Resurrecting Happy.

Via on Apr 16, 2012

What do you want most in your life?

If you are like most people you would say, “to be happy.”

Even if you said more money, a lover, a nicer home ask yourself why you want those things. I would suggest you believe having them will be more happy.

What if you could just be happy now–even without them?

Our “American dream” culture suggests that we will be happy when we get more money, more status or more reputation but recently released studies suggest that, although the wealth of the average North American has doubled in the last 50 years, we are actually not any happier. So we have bigger houses and nicer cars but we are not actually happier.

So what does make us happy?

Research suggests humans are happiest when they focus on these three intrinsic values:
•    Personal growth or connecting to who we really are as individuals and unfolding our purpose
•    Cultivating close relationships or being a part of a community of like-minded people
•    Being in service to others and the world

I am not suggesting you abandon your Porsche and live in a yurt, but if you are seeking to resurrect happiness then connect to your self, connect to others and just lend a helping hand.

Rather than negating yourself, take that course or learning that you feel called to.

Rather than isolating, ask someone to go for coffee or just smile at a stranger.

Rather than saying it’s not your problem, pick up that piece of garbage or help someone with childcare.

I guarantee you will feel happier.

Like me you may have spent many years of life working, striving, wanting to improve, overcome, succeed and achieve – which is all good but in the end for what if we are not happy?

I dedicate this spring to the resurrection of happy! I still have a ‘to do’ list and love moving and shaking but at the top of my list every day is, “seek happy.”

Much love to you all.


editor: Greg Eckard



About Shasta Townsend

Shasta Townsend inspires people by helping them make more sense of their world and flourish in it. Thanks to her emboldened but down-to-earth teachings and her passionate campfire style story-telling, she provide students and readers with the clear know-how to experience inspired possibility and real joy. Focusing her expertise in sacred sexuality and love, Shasta's breakthrough methods awaken and empower individuals to embrace intimacy as a source of transformation, joy and spirit. She fearlessly offers up the sacred cows of sexuality and romance, as she transparently and meaningfully speaks, teaches and writes to the power of true connection as a catalyst to experience our innate wholeness, happiness and freedom. Evidence of her gift is apparent in a multitude of success stories from her happy readers and students. She calls her self the “untantric Tantric” teacher and encourages you to release dogma and become your own guru. She offers many opportunities for you to flourish in the bedroom, the boardroom or wherever your life takes you. She is a featured columnist Rebelle Society and Vivid Life, she speaks and teaches worldwide and is completing a book on the power of sex. Visit her web page to learn more or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


5 Responses to “Resurrecting Happy.”

  1. Robert Piper Robert_Piper says:

    Enjoyed the article!!! I liked, those three topics you pointed out.
    1. Personal growth
    2.Cultivating close relationships or being a part of a community
    3. Being in service to others and the world

  2. Hi Shasta,

    Great little piece! Featured on Elephant Journal FB Page.

    Jeannie Page

  3. Tanya Lee Markul Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Posted to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

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  4. Valerie Carruthers ValCarruthers says:

    Wonderful post, Shasta!

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Spirituality Homepage.

    Valerie Carruthers
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