Three Secrets to Happiness

I am inviting you to a challenge. Just try it for one day. If it works for you, try it any time that you want to improve your day.

Here is the challenge:

1. Become aware. Look for ANY moment that brings you joy. It can be the slightest thing: the light rain coming down, the laugh of someone you love (the laugh of someone you don’t know, but it makes you laugh – because people laughing is really funny: Contagious laughter compilation), a big smile from a stranger, the smell of baked bread, a song that makes you want to dance, photos (This Is What Happiness Looks Like In One Photo) – you get the picture.

2. Just live in that moment. Appreciate it for as long as the moment lasts.

3. Be thankful that you get to experience this. Have you noticed that often happiness is linked to gratitude or thankfulness? According to an article in HealthLine titled Benefits of Gratitude, ” What if there were a solution to stress that involves nothing more than feeling thankful for the good things in your life? In fact, there is. That solution is called gratitude.”

Even though we often forget it, time is a gift. Today is a gift. How we spend our time is often up to us, but a lot of the time we aren’t aware that we might have a say in how our day turns out.

Take this challenge. If you have any moment that makes you happy, please share it on social media #BeingHappyNowChallenge. You might just make someone else happy.

 

Love Being Love

I was out early this morning, and as I often do, I observe my surroundings as I pass by things. I saw what looked like an abandoned house. It was a small house with red siding. There were overgrown bushes along the front of the house and weeds coming up by the two front steps that led to an old, dirty door, with cracked paint and a broken window pane.

What caught my eye, though, were the beautiful pink flowers tucked neatly inside an edged flower bed to the right of the door. They were perfect. So pretty and bountiful.

I thought how the flowers didn’t know where they were blooming. They were just there to do their job.

This made me think of love being love. Just like most dogs. They are love because they express love. I think that’s why so many people love their dogs. Many people will tell you they like their dogs better than people. Think about it. Who give you such unconditional love? No matter what our flaws may be, they still love us. They love us a lot.

I wonder if we could be more like the flowers and the loving pets. Can we just be love?