Today I repaired a shower grip that had come loose, instead of simply buying a replacement. This small act saved me a few dollars, and brought a disproportionately large surge of joy. I think the joy came from knowing that I was in control of my life. I had found do-it-yourself joy.
Do it yourself joy, and other areas of your life
1. Do-it-yourself happiness
I used to think that other people could make me happy. This put undue pressure on my relationships and led to many disappointments. Once I accepted that I was responsible for my own happiness, I experienced joy everyday.
2. Do-it-yourself success
Some people seem to have all the ‘luck’. But I’ve come to realise that people work very hard for their luck. Success is not bestowed on us. It has to be earned. If you are willing to work harder than the next person, you can make your own success in your chosen field.
3. Do-it-yourself relationships
Many of us were brought up on fairy tales. One day we (the beautiful princess of our life) will meet a prince and live happily ever after. We are therefore devastated when real life doesn’t follow that script, and learn the hard way that relationships take work.
Obviously there is another person involved in a relationship. It’s ideal if this person is willing to work on the relationship as well. Still, marriages have been turned around because just one party was willing to work on it, even when the other party had given up.
4. Do-it-yourself health
We now have information on health at our fingertips. Read articles about staying healthy and follow their advice. Take supplements, exercise regularly, and get enough rest.
5. Do-it-yourself Life
Life itself is the ultimate do-it-yourself project. You can outsource your health to your doctor, your marriage to your spouse, your career success to a consultant, your faith to a church, and your happiness to a counsellor. But life is the one thing you cannot delegate.
Do-it-yourself joy: it’s is in your hands
For an amusing read on making your own happiness, get Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster).