To celebrate International Happiness Day I tried something. No matter what…I smiled. All day long, at everyone. I focused on finding something to be HAPPY about in every situation.
I smiled at the man who told me that: “No. You are not covered under warranty for the key that popped off you laptop.” I focused on being happy they could repair it then and there, and I smiled.
When a young man tooted angrily at me because I didn’t move my car quick enough for him. I smiled and waved and focused on feeling happy that at 55 I am no longer that impatient.
When the woman cut me off in traffic I smiled and waved and felt happy that she had not actually hit my car. My baby means a lot to me after 20 years together. We are both a little dented, but worth keeping I like to think, so that made me happy.
I smiled at the young man who looked lost on the beach and he smiled back, then laughed when I pointed my camera at him.
When I got home and Jackie left me bleeding from at least three places I focused on being happy that eventually I got her to take her worm tablet. I smiled when I thought about the fact that later she would forgive me and cuddle up on my feet.
I have a friend who talks often about embracing happiness. I try to emulate her behaviour. She is possibly [no…she is definitely] the happiest person I know. She seems to draw happiness to her. This happens because she sends it out, every hour of every day, with not one thought of what it will do for her.
I hope you will read her post: Begin Your Happy
I have been trying to make the effort to smile at strangers [just friends I haven’t met yet], the angry, the sad, the people who don’t love themselves for the magical gift they are, for a while now.
And what I have found is that one day it was not an effort to be happy. I didn’t have to work at it. My happy is a gift that in giving to others I get back tenfold. And so my happy just keeps growing. It flows over and I get to swim in it every day.
Oh and…graffiti like this…it makes me so happy I have to share !!!!
And a completely unrelated kind of thing…but it will make your body very happy…Hungry For Change. You may have to give your e-mail address to click through to watch this video, but it really is worth it !!!