Often we seem to make happiness feel like hard work. Sometimes we’re looking for one big major breakthrough or event to happen so that we can be happy. Yet when I talk to people about things that make them feel happy they talk about the small everyday things that mean the most to them.
Happiness for me can be as simple as sitting on the deck with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day) listening to the birds, or watching the sunset. Or it can be hiking in the woods with my husband, or playing with my cat or playing tennis with friends. It’s really the simplest things that bring happiness – and they’re here already, we don’t have to chase them.
Every day we are invited to choose happiness. Yes, things happen that we don’t like and that cause frustration – perhaps your car broke down and it’s created an inconvenience and you think there’s nothing to be happy about there. But perhaps it broke down just as you arrived home, rather than when you were driving on the freeway, and perhaps it happened at the end of the day when you’d finished all your running around, rather than at the beginning of the day when you still had things to do. That’s something to be happy about.
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