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4th Hubpage Anniversary -Happiness
How I Began
Today is my fourth Hubpages anniversary. When I arrived here I had done very little online writing, although I always loved to write, and I am usually reading two books at once. I wrote stories, editorials that frequently were published, kept a journal, but I had a lot to learn.
I was fortunate as some people who are no longer writing here helped me along with many suggestions. My writing improved, and I did 30 hubs in 30 days, then, 60 hubs in 60 days. I made friends with people and loved to write. I didn’t see any money for the first few months, and at that time we were paid my Google, not Hubpages. Hubpages has changed a lot in these four years, by adding classes for new-comers and so forth.
Experiences along the Way
I designed a genealogy webpage after taking a class, but it was a lot of work to keep up with so I let it go. I am almost done with a book and have also done a lot of freelance writing because if you pick your topics carefully it can be a good source of income. I have recently written some magazine articles and hope they will sell. I think Hubpages has taught me so much, and I have continued to expand my writing to other areas also.
Another Happiness Quote
Satisfaction has many meanings; not all of them are happy definitions. For instance, one states “the payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sin,” and “reparation or compensation, as for a wrong or injury.” This sounds like justice and obviously the person committing the sin or the injury is not the one who ends up satisfied.
I was thinking of satisfaction in a positive light. Some of the synonyms are:
I was thinking about my life as it related to writing this morning, and I concluded that I am satisfied with my progress. I am happy most every day, even though I do have a tendency to over-commit. I get some direct orders that take time, and I have not given Hubpages as much attention due that issue. I don’t want to lose my friends on Hubpages, and I love to read the Hubs of all the many gifted writers. I am going to try to rearrange my time a bit differently, so I can spend more time here.
When I thought about the fact that I was satisfied with my writing progress, of course, I had to look up the word satisfaction. I will say I have not moved ahead as quickly as I would like, but I do have an elderly mother to care for and my husband also had a stroke a few years ago, so his abilities are limited. He is actually doing a lot of the cooking now, and that is HAPPINESS for me.
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Satisfaction
“Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
A Job Well Done
When I think of a job in terms of satisfaction, I think of the sense of accomplishment. I personally believe happiness has a lot to do with your expectations also. Is my writing a job, a career or a passion for me? Typically, jobs hold more appeal when they pay well. It takes a lot of work before writing pays well, and it does not work that way for everyone. I think careers are more about advancement and moving up the ladder of success. A passion is what writing is to me, regardless of the amount of money I earn each month.
Does Happiness Depend on Others or on Me?
Happiness is subjective, and generally people judge experiences as positive or negative. It stands to reason positive experience bring happiness into our lives, and the absence of negative experience certainly add to happiness. Can I take constructive criticism and use it? I sure can and do. If someone gives me a poor review, I can decide whether I believe their words are true and make some changes.
Or, I may decide I simply disagree with them, and know that everyone has a right to an opinion. I do not have to take a negative review personally. Misery is an option I do not often choose. I tend to be pretty straight forward in my views – kind of like the saying “what you see is what you get”.
Bob Marley-Don't worry be happy
Happiness and Satisfaction Poll
Are you happy and generally satisfied with your life?
I may have rambled a bit, but on my anniversary I think it may be okay. It is good to share and do a self-evaluation now and then. Some flowers or perhaps some candy would be fitting for this anniversary.
© 2013 Pamela Oglesby