If you go to Google Images and type in “Happiness Is” – you will see that Happiness is many things.
As I sat enjoying a lemon poppy seed muffin (or 2) this morning, I realized that this also could be a “Happiness Is” moment. Really good!
But I realized that it was really a combination of many things that made me feel happiness.
The peacefulness in my life sure helps despite my personal health trials and concerns. The love and support from family and friends is certainly a factor. I also contribute some happiness to consciously trying to cultivate a feeling of being content despite the media pressure to buy, upgrade and consume.
There are many temptations advertised but instead of going shopping, I am going to seek simpler and less expensive pleasures, like enjoying the beautiful snow outside. It is too cold to make snowmen and the cold keeps the snow light like a feather.
A snowflake can land on your sleeve and if your eyes are quick you can pick out the amazing design on that snowflake.
Despite the nuttiness of people during black friday sales, and the frustration of trying to find parking in malls, underneath it all there is the desire to slow down, unplug, and just relax and be together.
Ahh, maybe that is the true zenith of Happiness, being relaxed with those closest to your heart.
Happiness is really about that, being together, connecting with those that you really, really care about.
Happiness is many things, big and small, including counting our blessings every day.
One more thing to share – I watched an amazing Ted X talk by Robert Waldinger.
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life. It is about 12 minutes long, and he is also an amazing speaker.
Regarding what is Happiness? – he has another answer, one that I think is worth your time. To watch & listen click here
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Pictures are courtesy of Google Images.