Monday Mojo for Caregivers – The 3 Elements of Caregiver Happiness
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. Love. Purpose. Selflessness. That’s it. Everything I’ve learned about happiness lies in those three words. Why those words? Because in their absence it’s hard to be happy. Your mind wanders and sets upon trying to fill that void, leaving little room for joy and happiness elsewhere. I’m willing to go as far as to say that these are the three most essential elements to your happiness.
These words are like a Jenga tower. With all the blocks in place, happiness can flow. Remove one, and the tower can fall. Their importance relies only on what you are missing.
Here are the 3 elements of caregiver happiness!
- Recognize Love
It’s easy to feel lost and abandoned as you walk through the caregiving journey, sometimes alone; and as if the world does not care about what’s going on in your life. But it’s up to you to reach out of the darkness and feel the light.
Without love, and the subsequent support that comes from it, happiness is rarely ever possible. Love goes beyond that of a partner and intimate relationships. It stretches out in to the reaches of parents, cousins, siblings, friends, and those around you who care for you.
It may be helpful to wear a piece of jewelry or hold a special object that reminds you of a loved one. That way, when you’re feeling down, you can look to that item to find strength in knowing that someone truly care for you and love you.
- Find Your Purpose
Truly happy people have a clear idea of where they’re going. They have something they want to live for. Something to strive for. Something to try and attain.
It doesn’t have to be career based. It can be passion for fishing or gardening or designing tiny little paper houses from recycled newspapers. Anything you want.
But in order to focus on being happy, you should take the time to sit down and identify what it is you want to do. What you love to do? What gives you purpose? What makes you, you again?
- Be Selfless
The word “caregiver” itself gives us a sense of selflessness. You literally give care to others. It is in your nature to give and to expect nothing back in return.
That is what selflessness is!
It’s going above and beyond you, to let another’s happiness be facilitated. It’s seeing the bigger picture. Making someone else smile. Showing them the same things that you wish to be shown in your life.
Without any return, because it is the right thing to do.
Truly happy people find themselves taking pleasure in making other people happy, because it is the most universal and sought after currency in the world.
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