Stop Trying to be Happy

Stop Trying to be Happy


Sometimes we just try too hard…

We try to be perfect.

Sometimes we are so busy attempting to get everything done on our to-do list, that we forget why we are doing any of this in the first place.

We forget that it’s not always about selling our next work, updating our website, or getting enough followers on Twitter — it’s really about the joy of creating something that has never existed before.  It’s about allowing ourselves and our imaginations to run amok in the world without worrying about what other people are going to think.

Happiness is not an achievement
(but you may have to do some digging)

Happiness is not something that we can eventually receive if we do all the right things.  In fact, happiness (like love) is often discovered when we stop trying so hard to find it.

Happiness is not something that is created, but is something that can often be found buried beneath a big pile of old expectations and goals that we have long since outgrown.

We need to be able to let go of our expectations of what we need to do and how the world needs to operate in order for us to be happy.  As the poet Guillaume Apollinaire once said, “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”  🙂


Here are 3 related articles from the site that you might enjoy!

“5 Habits of Happy Artists”  (It’s not always about being more productive)
“Becoming an Archaeologist of Joy” 
(What will your Happiness Project be?)
“Rediscovering your Art and Reclaiming your Passion”  
(Making art fun again.)

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.”
~Edith Wharton


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