What makes us happy?

By July 18, 2013 16 Comments

Happiness is a basic foundation in my everyday life. For me there are many ways to experience the joy in the everyday life. It´s about finding the happiness no matter what daily situation you choose to be a part of. To be satisfied with what you are doing. When I went to university or when I had a fulltime job, I tried to find the balance in the time I had. To work hard and spend hours inside, studying or working has a big pleasure- If we choose it by our hearts. I think the freedom of actually choosing what we do, and realize that we actually choose something is one of the keys to be satisfied. Otherwise we need to change. And I think for most of us in the western countries where we have all the basic that we need to survive, we have the possibility to make that change. We just need to take the decision. For sure it´s not always easy and comfortable but it´s worth a try in the long end.

For me, these days, when I´m not going fulltime to university or have a fulltime “normal” job, I sometimes need to, for myself, justify how I spend the most of my days. How do I help this world to be a better? Do I make any difference? For sure I have been thinking in other ways to occupy my days but I chose what I do today and most of the time I´m satisfied with that. And the good thing is that we can always start going in another direction. If I realize that I´m not happy with what I do and loose the balance with what I think is worth for being alive I change and search for other ways to find it. I think to make a difference we need to be happy, to be aware, and to have energy. Today I have the possibility to take time. I have the time to do small things in my everyday life,that might contribute to a healthier world. And maybe that´s my key right now to be satisfied..? To live what we preach. To give the world those small things we do better in the everyday life- maybe that can make the difference? I think so.

Just the other day I was talking to a friend about being aware. In a world that we go from work, home to the computer, to an aerobic pass, to watch TV and so on I think it can be hard to be aware of other things than just the things that occupies our time. When we don´t even take the time to make ourselves a proper dinner scares me. I think cooking is a time to be in the present, it  aloud you to think about the day, make reflections, maybe think about where the ingredients actually came from and how they got to your home is worth the time we take from TV or computer. Maybe this is a small thing, but I think if we start thinking more like this, maybe we become more aware. Aware of how we live, what we live from, how we going to take care of what we live off and maybe think about how lucky we are that we actually have ingredients to make a proper dinner.

My conclusion of some of the things that makes me happy:

The freedom of choosing.

Satisfaction with the everyday life. This can be many different things.


The trust in that small things that can make small differences in the whole picture.



Mountain athlete, trail runner and ski mountaineer. Writer,mum and Co- founder of Living on a small farm in the Norwegian fjordlands!

  • María José Nieto

    Totally agree with you! 🙂

  • Fernando Moya Berlanga

    Wise wordl!

  • Chus Garcia Galan

    I could not agree more. However, you are lucky to find the time to think and write this paragraph. Somedays I feel my days do not belong to me; I feel a slave to time, when what I would like is to get some “control” over it, dosify it somehow… taste my dayas!! and stop and breath!! Thank you for sharing your thoughtsª

  • Alejandro Lobato

    Very deep thoghts, but I think you have overlooked something that for me is the key of all: Do always your best and be proud of that, regardless the result.

  • Awareness is key… to be able to experience this very moment. But it requires some effort to reach it and then constant practice… but it’s worth it. Thank you for this post, made me stop for a while!

  • Fredrik

    Du gör en hel del för att göra denna världen till ett bättre ställe. Du sprider dina goda recept, du är en otrolig inspiration och alltid verkar du genuint glad. Du sprider glädje och inspirerar människor. Det är ngt av det största man kan göra för mänskligheten. TACK 😀

  • Arnaud

    ” The freedom of choosing”….
    We can choose the way of happiness ….or not .
    Very good post 🙂

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  • dugatoandrea

    great resume of enjoy of living
    awarness it’s the foundation of happiness, and no other things can replace it
    all around us can help us to grow awarness, or to distract from our own

    finding our identity, means to be happy in what we do everyday, and not living everyday thinking to be in anotherplace

  • Hanna Pethani

    I just discovered this post of yours and I am not one to comment much but it resonates with me so much that I felt compelled to. It’s nice to know that there are others out there who also think this exact same way. What upsets me most is that there are so many things to learn about our existence and what we’re capable of as a human but it is impossible to know everything before our time is up. We are doing things that I suspect our ancestors never dreamed we would be doing… and I often wonder where we will be thousands of years from now.

    • dugatoandrea

      agree 100%

  • Arturo

    Really good words for people that is searching for their own balance.

    Thank you Emelie. You make me think today

  • Kelly

    So many days we just go about our business like a crowded big city and never really stop to think about our purpose or how we can help someone or something, be better. God has a reason for us being here, first to bring honor and glory to Him, and i believe second to be just what you have written, be as much as we can for others, love people, take time to reflect on the glorious life He has given us, talk and have a relationship with Him and others. There’s a song out called “we are not an Island” meaning, we cant do this alone. First we need God, second others. thanks for sharing all your adventures with us, you get to see His Glory out in the mountains and you share that with others, Thanks.

  • Humphrey

    Living in the now becomes so much more difficult as life expands out to careers, children, politics and the self inflicted pressures of a first world life. That being said, I found on one particularly stressfull expedition that the way to preserve my sanity was that no matter how fraught the day or the condiitons were, I had to find one thing of beauty in the day and savour it. It might be something I saw, thought or something someone said, but every day has one. You just need to be aware of it, capture it and savour it.

  • thomas

    Hi Emelie,
    one of the best articles I got aware for a long time.

    Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. –Unknown

    Happiness is not something ready made

  • thomas

    Hi Emelie,
    your posting, one of the best articles I got aware for a long time.

    Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. –Unknown

    Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own actions.
    Dalai Lama

    Take care Thomas