It's something I've been thinking about a lot lately. In a good way, not in a you-only-appreciate-something-when-you-don't-have-it kind of way.
I like being happy. That sounds like a silly thing to say, but I'm discovering that its not true for everyone. Some people actually enjoy being unhappy. Or being things that make them unhappy, like stressed or worried or anxious or negative. That's not to say that I never feel those things, or that if you feel those things you can't be happy. But thriving on those feelings will never, never lead to a road of happiness, at least not for me.
Lately, Nick and I have been enjoying TED Talks on YouTube. Today, I watched this one-
Growing up, my parents instilled in me that I was smart, and that I could be anything I wanted to be. But somehow, even through hearing that positive reinforcement over and over, I still don't feel like I'm living up to my full potential, whatever that is. I could, and should, be doing more with what God has given me. But what? What special gift do I have that will make this world a better place?
Today I decided that gift is happiness. Most days, I am just the right amount of annoyingly excited about life. One of my most favorite things to do is to help the people around me be happy. To show people that they are seen, they are important, and that they deserve to be happy.
I'm going to start by taking the suggestions from the end of this TED Talk on how to create lasting, positive change...
-3 Gratitudes- trying to do this at dinnertime with the family
-Journaling- hence why I'm blogging! Need to get back to writing, pen and paper
-Exercise- I pretty much have this covered, so I'm going to add in something new I've been wanting to try!
-Meditation- need to work on this. Does being quiet for like to minutes while I drift off to sleep count?
-Random Acts of Kindness- LOVE this! Something I need to do more often.
It sounds so simple. Too simple, probably. All the best things are. But I'm going to make happiness my intentional mission, and see how it changes both myself and the world around me.