If You’re Happy and You Know it…

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.  

14 thoughts on “If You’re Happy and You Know it…

  1. Could relate to your Jan. 2 blog…both the dog walk and in awe of natural beauty..and Archies response! Enjoyed reading blog…

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kathie. Guys… They just don’t “get” it sometimes. 8) lucky they have us, huh? Thanks again for your comment.

  2. I have done that EXACT thing – gone out, see some amazing natural thing (this morning’s 3 inch snow as the sun was just beginning to light up the sky) and asked . . . .(can’t call mine Bossman, but ‘J-Man’ will work) anyway; asked ‘J-Man’ to check it out as he came to the kitchen for his ‘before getting back to work – coffee’. ‘That’s OK, I’ll see it as I drive to work’ – another shared moment avoided . . . still; it’s nice to be able to get happy over such things isn’t it? And to be able to not be offended when others don’t see the vision . . . which is equally beautiful :- )

    1. thanks for the comments, Suzi2. it seems a lot of ladies have similar stories to share. Mars and Venus comes to mind. Appropriate, I guess. love~

  3. Love the starry sky post! I do this, too, every night when I take the dog out. I love being covered by the little white lights. It broadens my world and makes me feel so small and so big at the same time. Happy new year!

  4. Thanks for the reminder to look up, Susie. I, too, love the grandeur of the sky, both night and day. Recently driving home from a writers meeting at night I was awestruck by the huge golden orange moon hanging low in the sky. I waanted to knock on everyone’s door and tell them to look up. Keep feeding yourself beautiful thoughts. Happy New Year.

  5. Greetings! Good expression Susie. Easy flowin’ and likeable to ponder. Now what colored glasses do I need?

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