My Happy Place

happy place

NOUN North American

(With possessive adjective) a place which a person associates with happiness, visualized as a means of reducing stress, calming down, etc.; (hence) a happy state of mind.

1990s ; earliest use found in The Ottawa Citizen. Source: Oxford Dictionary

Not only when the days are getting shorter the barn is my happy place. Every day after work I can go there to come down, to charge my batteries, to simply be there and think of something else than work, money, life. The barn seems to be like a whole different world, where only horsey people meet to do only horsey talking. Most memories I have regarding barns are positive ones. Sure, sometimes bad things happen there, too. But you will never feel depressed there. Not only you can do what you love (e.g. horseback riding), there is also somebody waiting for you.

Last week, when I was on holiday, I missed to go to the barn. I wasn't unhappy, of course, holidays are great and doing a little sightseeing is a treat. But coming back always feels like coming home. I am lucky enough to have Hafl in a barn that is more than gorgeous and the common rooms are as comfy as my apartment. So I really enjoy to be there not only to have great training sessions but also to just hang around and chat, watch Hafl graze, do some barn chores or whatever I feel like doing.

Happy places come in all sizes and colors and you can have more than one. According to professor of psychology Christopher Peterson happy places are easily accessible, neutral and without penalty. What's more, he emphasizes that happy places are always contributing to the meaning of our lives.

I am pretty sure that everybody has his happy place, but just in case, here are five things you need to do to find yours:
  1. Recall places you’ve been where you appreciated the sounds.
  2. Summon the places where you’ve enjoyed the imagery.
  3. Choose a place where you can experience the elements that contribute to your happiness.
  4. Remember where you were when you experienced deep contentment and meaning.
  5. Stay open-minded.

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