Happier Friday! This week’s “What makes you happier?” interview is with the fabulous Susan Wagner, who is a personal stylist, mom, marathon runner, blogger, and so much more. You can follow her on Twitter @WorkingCloset.
Susan, what makes you happier?
Running. I started running almost three years ago and it has changed my life; I’m more focused and better able to handle stress, and that makes me happier. In November of 2011 I ran my first half marathon; I’ve run five more since and am running another in April. Training for longer races compels me to prioritize and to say no to things that don’t make me happy. Running also lets me get inside my own head in really useful ways. My long training runs function as a kind of meditation for me, a chance to sort out my thoughts and gather myself and come back to my everyday life with a more positive attitude. And because I am running and training, I eat better and rest more, so I’m healthier — and happier.
Have you realized something about being happier that maybe you didn’t when, well, you were younger?
The things that make me the happiest are most often very small things, like an unexpected hug from one of my children or a text from my husband or a phone call from a friend. When I was younger I was always counting on big things to make me happy — finishing a project or falling in love or going on vacation. I still enjoy the big things, but the little steps are what make me really happy — which means that I can find a million happy things in each day.
Favorite feel-good movie? (We don’t judge, seriously.)
“Sweet Home Alabama.” Or “The Wedding Date.’ It’s a toss-up.
What’s the last thing you smiled about?
My 12-year-old son likes to be in charge of the radio in the car, and he is very opinionated about his music choices. Last night, he was making a list of songs I need to download before my long run this weekend and explaining why each was a good running song. That totally made me smile.
What do you dig about using Happier?
I love that Happier makes it easy to focus on the good things that are going on around me. I’ve always wanted to start a gratitude journal, but I could never make it work for me — I didn’t have the time or energy at the end of the day to sit and list the things I was grateful for. Happier lets me achieve the same goal in a way that fits my lifestyle. I’m already posting to Twitter and Instagram daily from my iPhone; having the Happier app right there next to all the others reminds me to be conscious of the good things going on in my life and lets me catalog them as they happen. It’s also nice to see what other people in the community are happy about — I find myself getting excited about other users’ happy moments, which makes me feel even better about the state of the world. The whole thing just makes me …. happier.
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