We all want to be happy. In fact, we need to be happy. When we are happy, we release all sorts of great chemicals, called endorphins, into our bloodstream, which can do everything from make us feel healthier, stronger, smarter, and even younger.
But happiness is elusive…just beyond our grasp…at the tips of our fingers. And while we may want to be happy, we really don’t always know how to go about achieving that end.
Recently, my daughter said to me, “Mom, I want to be happy now.” (We’ve been going through some tough personal times around our house lately.) While I understood exactly what she meant, I reflected for a moment and then replied, “Well, look outside. The rain just stopped, the clouds parted, and that means you get to drive to work in the sunshine. Be happy!” Of course, she stared at me blankly, snorted, “Right, Mom”, and headed for the refrigerator.
But the point is, we have to look for ways and reasons to be happy and we have to be happy in the moment. Happiness is rarely long-lived or never-ending. Instead, happiness comes in little fits and bursts, reminding us (if we are astute enough to recognize it) that there are,
- always two ways of looking at something,
- that every cloud really does have a silver lining, and
- life truly is what we make it.
So, even in the midst of tragedy, pain, illness, and just everyday monotony, take time to find small things that bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. It’s not so hard to do. Right now, I am happy that I have been able to share my thoughts with you. And if my words have made you stop and reflect for a moment, then I am doubly happy (and grateful, as well).
Happy is as happy does. And it is up to you to do it!