Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Because I'm Happy

I don't know whether it's because Nathan keeps this song on repeat, or because Owen watches Despicable Me 2 constantly, but the word of the day is happy.

Life is full of frustrating moments, overwhelming days, and missed opportunities to count to ten. However, those things are a bit easier to handle when I force my brain to redirect its focus. Let's all say it together now: "Easier said than done!" Now that we have that out of the way, let's chat. Let's talk about how important it is to remember the things that make you happy when the storms of the world are threatening to tear down your door. No matter whether your life is in a phase of smooth sailing or you're at the point of not knowing which way is up, there is something that makes you happy.

I imagine I can't ask you to join me in an exercise without doing it myself, so I will now comb through my mind and craft an actual list of ten things that make me happy at this exact moment. Little things that have brought a smile to my face and reminded me that life is a pretty sweet deal. Here's the finished product:

  1. The sunny, yellow jonquils that line my commute.

  2. The fact that clouds have taken over the blue sky and the smell of rain is on the breeze.

  3. Owen hasn't cried at day care drop off in quite some time.

  4. Nathan was patient and polite this morning, despite having to sit in the boring office with me.

  5. It's officially less than three months until I dig my toes in the Florida sand {this should count for two happy points}.

  6. I get to listen to a handful of my youth kids practice reading the Stations of the Cross tonight.

  7. The way Nora's eyes light up when I toss her in the air {bonus arm workout!}

  8. That I've officially registered to attend my first Arkansas Women Bloggers conference. It's six months away, but I bet you'll be hearing more about it before then.

  9. The crisp, unopened issue of Better Homes and Gardens waiting on my kitchen table.

  10. A plan for a long phone call with my best friend.

To be perfectly honest with you, that was harder than I expected. But you know what? Seeing the things that make me happy would be number eleven on my list. Now, it's your turn. I'm more serious than you think. This isn't just me asking you to share something funny your kid did, I want you to put down your phone or stop clicking that mouse. I want you to grab a scratch piece of paper and some form of writing utensil. And I want you to make yourself write down ten things that make you happy right now. No matter how useless it may feel and no matter how deep you have to dig, just do it. If you're struggling, it may help to know that there are still things that make you happy.

Did you do it? Good. Now smile. Good.

Sorry for being bossy back there, I just think happy is one of the most important things a person can be. I also think it's something we don't allow for ourselves enough. This is something we all deserve, and it's up to us to choose our focus. Believe me when I say I know it's hard to find happiness sometimes, but no matter what, there is something. Find that something, friend, and hold on tight.

Just a friendly PSA to cap off your Hump Day. Don't forget to smile! :)

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Melody said...

I am participating on Instagram for #100 happy days. Take a photo everyday of something that makes you happy. I am on day 4 and I have to say it has certainly been enlightening. Oh and I am a fellow Arkansan. Take care.

Jessica Bauer said...

Hi Melody! Thanks for stopping by. :) I've noticed a few of my IG friends doing the #100daysofhappy, my sister-in-law especially! Maybe it's something I should get on board with, as well.

Jacqueline Wolven said...

They say that practicing gratitude brings in more goodness... a path to staying happy, I believe! Looking forward to meeting you at AWBU!