So, here’s something I was pondering this evening as I was procrastinating about writing this blog post – is happiness all that it’s cracked up to be? Who decides what happiness really is and who has it and who doesn’t?
When I decided that I would blog every day for 30 days, I started on a Saturday, so that meant that I had plenty of time during the day to write that first post. In reality that post pretty much wrote itself in a matter of an hour first thing in the morning, but you get my drift – I still had plenty of time if I so wished. Well, today is Monday and after a full day spent in front of a computer for work, the thought of gleefully skipping home and blogging wasn’t really my idea of fun. So, instead I’ve managed to spend the past couple of hours procrastinating – yay me!
Like I said in my initial post – there are no expectations with this project – some days I imagine that writing will be hard and I’ll only manage a few words and some days it’ll be much easier when I get myself into the flow. The thing is that I actually love to write – so much more than I like to speak. Maybe it’s the idea that I can back space my way out of things, rather than it just being out there and impossible to take back when you’re talking to someone.
So, is happiness all that it’s cracked up to be? Well, its still early days for me, given that this is only day three, but I’d like to think that it is. The sheer effort of thinking about happiness I’m sure is making my happier – what you think about grows, right?
The eternal optimist in me says that yes, of course it is – what is life without happiness? There is also another part of me that wonders why we even have to examine happiness when surely it’s just a given birthright? The truth (for me) is that happiness is a choice. I can get up in the morning, stub my toe on the way to the bathroom and think horrible thoughts all day – usually resulting in a not particularly fun or productive time, or I can choose to wake up, say thank you to the world and get up and go about my day. To the world at large, I probably don’t seem that different on either day, but inside I know the difference and I think that’s the point. It’s easy to walk around letting people think that you’re always happy just because you can put a smile on your face, but what really matters is how you feel about yourself and your space in the world.
One thing that thinking about this has highlighted for me, is that doing the things that I love really are the key to making me feel much happier. One thing that I really love is music and singing. Anyone who’s heard me sing will testify that I’m essentially tone deaf, but I absolutely love it! I’m that girl at the traffic lights, driving on her own, singing her lungs out, more often than not having a bit of a boogie in the car, totally oblivious to the world around me. At work, I like to listen to music – my work colleagues often comment about music coming from my office (and my terrible humming – hehe, sorry guys)! When I was a kid, I used to sing into my hairbrush (come on, we all did that, right – especially us kids of the nineties)!
I’ve heard people talk about their one great talent and for years I have wondered what my true talent is and it was only a couple of years ago that I decided that my great talent is that I remember words to songs. The music has to be playing, of course, but I know the words (or I hum along and make up my own words) to pretty much everything that comes on the radio. I genuinely feel happier when music is playing.
The moral of this story? I think happiness can be found anywhere, in the smallest of things and at all times of the day. It’s not found in just one thing or one action, but it’s a feeling that you can choose each and every day.
Are you interested in doing your own happiness project? I’d really love to hear in the comments below what you thought of this post. Does this post help you in thinking about the little things in life that make you happy? Share with me below what those things are for you, it’d really make my day.
Until tomorrow – hopefully with less procrastination next time!