International Day of Happiness 2017

Today, 20th March, 2017 (Monday) is the International Day of Happiness – the concept of such “days” leave me perplexed, simply because often these are things that one should be mindful about always.

Like mothers day, women’s day, father’s day, valentines day, etc. – to me these days feel like someone is playing a joke on the world and reducing human sentiments to no more than posts on social media. (and yes, I do acknowledge the delicious irony that is this post)

Happiness is a state of mind, which requires nothing external, which has no limits or rules.

To be Happy, simply be. It really is as simple as that.

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Lately, one of my favorite things to do is reflect – to be still and observe the patterns of my life, to be able to review my reactions to life, perhaps with the hope that I can better myself, and that gives me immense happiness.

So in the spirit of celebrating the International Day of Happiness, I will do a thing that always makes me happy – make a list (of things that make me happy), so here goes –

  1. Making Lists 😉
  2. Puppies – playing with them, looking at pictures/videos, or even just thinking about them changes my mood for the better
  3. Re-reading books – it always gives me the feeling of coming back home
  4. Reading book reviews of books I’ve already read, which gives me an insight to other people’s perspective on books that I’ve loved, more so when I find opposing views than mine
  5. A good cup of coffee – I once tried to give up coffee and practically lost my will to go on (I wish I were only saying this for effect), to have seen what life could be like without my favorite beverage gave me a real appreciation for it. And now when I drink coffee, I savor it for the drops of heaven it really is ❤
  6. Revisiting favorite memories, of certain moments which seem devised purely by the cosmos above
  7. Talking to old friends…

and many more, a list like this is endless, just as it should be.

In life, we often forget that there is something to be happy about each day, not just happy – delighted and enchanted – the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the joy that surrounds us each day, our jobs, our experiences, the endless possibilities of tomorrow which gives us hope, even just breathing (taking full deep breaths) and enjoying the essence of being alive and present.

Its all right here, waiting for us to stop being busy, and just look.

So today, I promise myself that no matter how busy or difficult my day gets, I’ll take at least 30 minutes to just indulge in things that give me joy.

I hope you do too.

Until next time, be happy!

xo

Winter Dream…

Perfect way to start the Christmas week, this song has been playing pretty much on the loop all day and I can’t stop feeling thrilled!!!

Don’t Wake me up
If this is love
Please let me be
Swept completely off my feet
This snow globe scene is turning me
This Christmas Eve
“I” became “we”
Don’t wake me please
From this winter dream
Winter dream

Music makes my heart smile, Always… ❤

Happy Holidays..

xo

Something wonderful

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❤ sometimes finding a photograph that exactly describes your life’s philosophy means you just HAVE to share it…

When you live each moment like something wonderful is about to happen, one of two things will happen:

a. Something wonderful will indeed happen !!
b. you’ll be in such a wonderful state of anticipation, that itself is wonderful enough.. 🙂

Go ahead, dare to dream, and make it a good one !

xo

Just be…

Yesterday was international day of happiness, and just like love, I don’t think it is something that should be defined.. It should only be felt..

While wishing my loved ones, I kept thinking, I’ve taken so many of the little joys of life for granted.. And that has got to stop !

I’m not going to intellectualize it or try to write epic sagas about what happiness means, instead I’ll just be..

Let the moment, in all it’s joyous glory, wash over me, each and every day..

Happy (belated) international day of happiness !!! ❤️

xo

3 steps to happiness !!

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Feeling low ? Feeling dejected and annoyed by the way things are going ? Don’t worry, you are not alone. We’ve all been there. Here’s the good news, there’s a 3 step process to change your mood almost instantly..

And here it is:

Step 1- take a pen and a paper, a pencil or even a crayon would work just fine.

Step 2- make a list- write things in your life that you’re grateful for, it could be anything.. Your family’s love, the stranger that smiled at you in traffic, the picture of a puppy that melted your heart, the song that holds a million memories.. Anything..

Step 3- you’ll start to feel warm and fuzzy inside, let that feeling in and don’t resist it. You might even start to show physical signs, like a big smile on your face.. Let that persist.

Commit to yourself to make at least or person happy everyday, and start with yourself, contrary to what others may try to make you believe, it’s not selfishness, it’s self-preservation. And continue on to make it the best day you possibly can..

Do it as often as you can, and always remember happiness is an inside job, it starts with you and all it takes is an attitude of gratitude.

Always be happy now, don’t put it off for later, don’t constrain it with conditions like I’ll be happy if I lose weight or I’ll be happy when I get a dream job or whatever.. Be happy to be happy, for none of us know for sure what the future holds. So stop wasting time, it’s a perfect day to have a wonderful day..

Smile, won’t you ??

Until next time….

xo