Today is National Happiness Happens Day
As children, happiness comes easily – a funny sounding word, the sight of a puppy, or the first taste of candy. But as adults, happiness can be more illusive. We carve our lives into pieces, trying to determine if we have adequate amounts of happiness. We ask ourselves hundreds of questions – does my job make me happy, am I happy with my weight, am I happy with what I look like, would I be happier if…?
It is important to ask ourselves these questions and to be the pilot of our lives, instead of a passenger. But sometimes, too much awareness serves to make us more frustrated than happy. While it’s important to be self-aware in life, I’ve found that performing a near-autopsy on every aspect of life and being overly hard on myself for being human can serve to drag me down instead of raising me up.
And sometimes despite our best efforts, fate seems to align the stars and planets to give you a spectacularly shitty day/month/year and even the most carefully deliberated decisions don’t seem to help.
Then what are we to do? How can we find happiness?
Finding happiness is the great pursuit of our lives, the question we search to answer throughout our lives.
I answer this question for myself by taking pleasure in the small moments of happiness. Small moments of happiness and of gratitude can find us anywhere – a bright and sunny day, cool breezes that caress your skin during an oppressively hot August, an extra few minutes of cuddling in bed before work, a smile from a friend, or the glistening layer of cheese on a New York or New Haven style pizza (this is true happiness btw).
Moments of happiness can happen all around us and sometimes they have the power to carry you through the day…which reminds me of a quote –
“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Here’s hoping that happiness finds its way to you today, and every day.