Mary: I’m happy–I promise you–I’m happy!
My friend Mary reminded me that is International Day of Happiness. I didn’t have it on my calendar, and I know I didn’t bound out of bed this morning as if I was celebrating a happy day. In fact, I talked back to my phone when the alarm went off and loudly said “NO” as if it was going to shut off and let me sleep another few hours.
The Telegraph (a U.K. news organization) listed 45 joyous things that will make today extra-happy, even as we stare down the barrel of five long days of work. I found most of them very British (British soccer players) and very repetitive (numbers 4, 5 and 6 are pictures of Bill Clinton and balloons). Here a few that we can easily think about today:
- Today is the first day of spring. Days will get longer and warmer and sunnier, and our moods should be lighter and happier. Right?
- “For Once in my Life” by Stevie Wonder: How can you listen and not smile?
- Louis Armstrong singing “It’s a Wonderful World”
- Dr. Seuss telling us: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
- A video of a puppy wearing Converse sneakers
- Smile: Smiling really does make you smile. The brain is always looking for biofeedback, which means signs from the external world that the body is doing well and coping with its environment. Smile and your brain gets tricked into thinking it’s happy. Which it is now, right?
Ten keys to happier living are highlighted at dayofhappiness.net. They are:
- giving (do things for others)
- relating (connect with people)
- exercising (take care of yourself)
- awareness (live life mindfully)
- trying out (keep learning new things)
- direction (have goals to look forward to)
- resilience (find ways to bounce back)
- emotions (look for what’s good)
- acceptance (be confident with who you are)
- meaning (be part of something bigger)
I practice most of these on a daily basis. Do you? As Chris Gardner, CEO of Happyness and author of “Pursuit of Happyness,” posted today: When you spell Happyness with a Y, EVERYDAY is Happyness Day!”