What makes you “happy”?
With all the “Happy New Year” wishes for a better 2014, peace and harmony, losing the holiday pounds, abundant blessings and health being presented to us, I’ve been thinking about what makes us tick in the happiness department.
For me, I felt extreme happiness last night when I took the dog out back for his last leg-lift around 11 o’clock. I was in my p.j.’s, bathrobe and slippers and when I walked out on the stoop, Billy hurried down the four steps to the patio to pee on the lattice work under the screened-in porch. He slipped around the corner and my eyes went right to the sky where the stars shone like the white Christmas lights on my tree. Elvis could have been painted on the black velvet sky that made those stars just pop. I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped as I tried to look at each glimmering star and planet.
Billy finished his business and pounced up the steps to go in and get his reward. We walked into the living room where Bossman was watching the news in his Archie Bunker chair.
“Hon! You’ve got to come out and see this amazing sky. The stars are the brightest I’ve ever seen them.”
“Naw, that’s okay. I’ll pass.”
“But, it’s so beautiful….”
“Toots, I’m watching the weather.”
I’m sure my mouth went into a slight pout and I returned to the sky alone. I wasn’t as happy as I’d been two minutes before, but the awe soon returned and joy filled my spirit again. Bossman was happy in his chair watching the weather. I was happy thinking of how this amazing universe had been created and wondered “Why?”
I did some research on what makes people happy the next morning.
Forgiveness makes us feel happy. Doing the forgiving as well as being forgiven. I didn’t need to forgive Bossman and I didn’t need to be forgiven when I disturbed his television watching, but I have forgiven others and a weight has been lifted from my soul.
Gratitude is also part of being a happy person. I was certainly grateful for the amazing sky and how it made me feel.
I’m sharing some of my thoughts with you by writing, which is a talent I’ve been given. I might not be the best writer, but I realize I’m happy when I’m writing and I hope that makes others happy, too.
I read that optimistic people who are satisfied with life and not self-absorbed are happiest. Put those rose-colored glasses on once in a while.
Short blog posts also make people happy, so I’m going to end here and extend wishes for everyone to see through the eyes of a child more often. Be in awe of nature and the amazing gifts we’ve been given in just the trees, sky, birds, sun, snowflakes and the air we breathe.
And wonder. Never stop wondering.