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

Best-selling author, award winning teacher and down-to-earth Canadian girl, Shasta Townsend helps women and men reconnect to their wholeness, release blocks to their happiness and reclaim magic so they can live a wonderful life, no matter what! Shasta is passionate about the how-to of creating good relationship—the relationship to our Self, to each other and to the Earth. She is a feisty champion of “unbroken wholeness”—that is the current of love, goodness and creativity that supports us always, and is adept at integrating various disciplines so we may tap into this current with power and ease. Shasta is your feisty champion as she helps to strip away the old stories and reveal your authentic radiance as you unabashedly create the next big, beautiful chapter of your life. Shasta shares her passion for living well as a Featured Columnist at Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, Rebelle Society and Vivid Life. Shasta leads retreats, workshops and talks around the world. She lives in Canada with her husband, cat and creative impulse. Her debut book, Happy, Sexy, Shameless – What Our Mother’s Didn’t Know About the Birds and the Bees is an international best seller and is available through and all amazon platforms world-wide. Connect with Shasta on Facebook or on Twitter @shastaherself.


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.

    Tanya Lee Markul, Yoga Editor
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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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