Sometimes you do not need inspirational qoutes or good advice when you are looking to be happy. Sometimes a wonderful cheery song is enough. Pharrells 'Happy' must be the theme song to top all happiness theme songs.
There are few things as pure as the laughter of a child. My son giggles when I make farting noises on his tummy and I love seeing his open joyful face. It might be a cliche, but I believe that a lot of adults would smile a little easier if they dared reconnect with that child within themselves. While many might agree with this statement, truth is, that far too many people are afraid to do it, because it involves letting go, and not caring what others think. Children does not worry about convention or judgement, and they laugh and act on what feels good.
So how do we, as adults, learn happiness from children? I am sure wiser people than I, have written tons on this subject. All I can do is write from my own experience.
What I do, is play. Forget about feeling silly or maybe just embrace the silliness. What did you love doing when you were a kid? Playing games? Make pretence? Being creative or physical? Building stuff or getting dirty? My husband will tell you exactly when I am overcome with childish enthusiasm. The tricker is the magic of empty cardboard boxes. I completely forget that I am a reasonable, interlectual, grown up woman. I get my sissor and colors and I probably look ridiculous but who cares. In that moment, I am happy.
Be brave and let go.
Me 2013 - making a viking ship from a cardboard boxes
Life is not always easy to navigate and you can find plenty reasons to be miserable. The world is full of injustice, violence, prejudice and opposition, as we are reminded daily, in our own lives or when we turn on the News. Pursuing happiness is a very human quest and takes up a significant part of our time. In this blog, I will write about things, moments, experiences that awake this wonderful feeling. Happiness - in my eyes - is not a goal you can achieve. It is not permanent. Happiness is about being thankful for what you already have, and even what others have. It is an ability to be in the now. It is doing what makes you feel alive, and remember to do so every day. So, if you want to be reminded of these things and if you would like a place where there is always a smile to be had, then you can follow this blog. Hopefully, it will be full of humor, beauty, philosophy, the wonderfully weird and heartwarming. Happy New Year 2016