Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker


It's an Inside Job

Never make anyone else responsible for your happiness. Iyanla Vanzant

Happiness is an inside job. I have read that, I have heard that but I have never really felt that until now. The responsibility for my happiness lies with me.

When I depended on external events and people for happiness, I was left wanting. If they did not do the thing that "would make me happy" I would be sad.

If my football team won I would be happy, if they lost I would be in such a foul mood.

If the weather was warm- happiness, if it was not- sourness!

So confusing to my system.

I was willing to make my happiness my own job, it took some practice but this is what I did:

1. I wrote down what make me happy that I could do for myself when sliding in the pool of sourness

2. I practised what was on the list - every day I did one thing that made me happy

3. I let go of the result, of wanting things my way when I have no control, things like the weather, the football game - nothing to do with me. The football took some practice though I must admit

Those 3 simple steps truly changed my outlook and of course my mood.

I think it was more than just me that benefited from the shift!


Have you read any of Akosua's work?

What Did I Learn Today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love

Nyabo (Madam) - Why Are You Here?

Daily Lessons on the Journey - A Journal

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