People keep telling me I look happy. And it's true. I have a general sense of well-being, of contentment and satisfaction with my life.
For me, it's not about having things to be happy, but being happy with the things I have.
Bhutan measures its Gross National Happiness (GNH) based on psychological well-being, health, education, time use, cultural diversity and resilience, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and living standards.
Perhaps this offers some insight for happiness at a personal level: look after yourself emotionally and physically, make learning a life-long journey, be organised so you can achieve your goals, seek out difference and take in a broad range of experiences, act ethically, contribute to your community, create a garden, make the most of what you have - however much or however little this is.
There are fun ways to use your Happiness Jar as inspiration for writing. I'll explore this over the coming weeks.