When you hear the words “happy place”, where does your memory take you? Your happy place is a mental vacation spot- it’s a tranquil state of mind you can visualize and go to restore balance in your life. Have you ever found yourself in a place where you were completely at peace with your surroundings and state of being? Think back to a memory, time or place that made you feel this way- that is your happy place.
How to find your physical happy place
For some, it’s as easy as driving out to their favourite spot by the beach, or stepping out right into their own backyard. For others like myself, it takes a bit of time and effort to take me back to my happy place. I found my happy place last summer while solo-backpacking in Whistler. I was biking through the trails of the forest when I came across a stunning teal blue lake that stopped me in my tracks. As I rode around it, I found a trail leading to a dock. It was morning, and I was alone, so I tied my bike up and went down to the dock to take a better look. The mountains surrounded the crystal blue lake and all I could hear was the sound of the wind, trees, and birds. A few feet away from me I spotted a cub playing in the bushes and swimming in the water while the mother bear searched for berries. I felt completely at peace, safe, and one with nature- I was watching it unfold right in front of my eyes! I had never seen anything so breathtaking, and had never felt more at peace.
If you haven’t been able to find your physical happy place, think of where your heart longs to go. I had wanted to travel to Whistler for years- I had no idea why, but I was always pulled to the beautiful mountains and nature, so I went on a whim and instantly fell in love. Go on an trip, a journey, an adventure- even if it’s not far from where you are and explore. You may not be able to travel far due to whatever circumstances, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the beauty around you. Maybe your happy place is where you made your favourite memories growing up, or a place you’ve been going to for years. You often find your happy place when you’re least looking, but once you find it- you’ll know.