The Pursuit of Happiness: Small Changes Equal Big Results

The pursuit of happiness can be a lifelong journey, but there has to be a few shortcuts, right? For some women, making life easier — and therefore, happier — is as simple as letting go. Fort Wayne’s Stephanie Hostetler says she has stopped comparing herself to other moms for peace of mind. Debra Lynn says, “I quit trying to measure up to my mother’s expectations.” Now she is only accountable to herself.

A simple change to your hair care can also make life less complicated, and your beauty routine happier. Fort Wayne’s Beth Gadbois says, “It’s been eight months since I have colored my hair and I have come to fully embrace the beautiful silver streaks of wisdom that now dominant my head! Just like stretch marks, they are the battle scars of a life well lived!”

Bonnie Omer Johnson decided to quit excessively styling her hair. Now she simply pulls it back or clips it and goes. She has gained tons of time. “I like that my hair is not in control of my mood in the mornings nor demanding of my time…it cuts my getting ready time down significantly.”

Changing your expectations about your housekeeping could be transformative in your happiness scale. Fort Wayne resident Heidi Cox says she has quit “thinking my house needs to be spotless at all times, which has given me more time to just relax and hang out with my family.” 

Clever Alicia Marie of Fort Wayne learned to groom her dogs herself. “Luckily they are both short haired so this is fairly easy. And we are now saving around $350 a year,” not to mention the time involved transporting the dogs.

To keep social media updates from distracting her, “I put my phone on ‘do not disturb’ when I’m reading, sleeping or writing,” says Maria Hoffman.

For Dorothy Jones, happiness came the day she allowed her son to finally buy her a dishwasher. She has more time and less mess to scrub.

Even small changes can positively affect your life. Try one of these, or come up with your own. Happy Happiness to you!

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About Drema Drudge

Drema Drudge received her MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University and has had her fiction most recently published in The Louisville Review, Mused, ATG, Mother Earth News, and Penumbra. She is a frequent contributor to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Drema is married to musician Barry Drudge. They have two grown children, Mia and Zack. Feel free to visit Drema's website where she explores her passion for writing about art at

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