Be Intentional: Achieving Happiness is Hard Work

Keeping it real, the world came pretty close to losing me a few times. That is how down in the dumps I was. I wanted to give up all, including my hope.

I felt like the life I was living was not the life I envisioned, intended, or wanted for myself. I am a college educated woman who was not working in my field of study, living paycheck to paycheck, and single and suffering from a sense of loneliness. How many know that, that combination can be emotionally and psychologically lethal?! It can make you downright unhappy. Coincidentally, my present circumstance is not too far off from the previously mentioned. However, nowadays I’m a bit more intentional about my happiness. I’m actually in a fight tooth and nail to maintain it.


Like accomplishing any other task and doing so successfully, you have to be intentional about being happy. Since it’s the more desirable feeling to have, I really wish happiness was the easier emotion to feel, but considering the disproportionate amount of people who are not happy, it isn’t. You have to work for it!

What I’ve learned about myself is my emotional pores are very big. If I am not careful negative emotions will overtake and consume me. In order for me to maintain my happiness, I must saturate myself with positivity on a daily basis. This means I have to:

  • Listen, and profess affirmations
  • Read self-improvement books
  • Listen to motivational speeches


  • Pray (talk and listen to God)
  • Listen to motivational music (Christian music mostly)
  • Train my mind to appreciate who I am (by encouraging myself, complimenting myself, and practicing self-love)
  • Write my goals down and keep them visible (some of them are on the index cards displayed in the pics)


All or a combination of some is what I have to do on a daily basis to medicate myself with positive energy that results in my happiness. For some, this may be a bit much, but for many who are on a journey to remedying fractured souls, hearts, and emotions, it’s not nearly enough.

Let no one tell you that you are overdoing it on your journey to happiness. Happiness is not a nine to five, five days a week, it is a twenty-four seven, seven days a week. If you don’t put in the work, you are as good as dead. In fact, unhappiness is the root cause of many homicides and suicides in our society today. I know it’s hard sometimes, but I urge you to stick around for the ride of life by pursuing your happiness. With diligence, you will get there soon enough!

Read another popular post I wrote on happiness.

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