I would consider myself to be an overall happy person. I have a great family, a great life, two great jobs and food on my table everyday. I have everything in my life that one would think they would need in order to be happy. However, sometimes I struggle with finding the happiness that exists within my life, especially when my tasks become mundane and boring. I often find that the small, everyday things now have the ability to make me cranky and short wicked.
For example, last night my daughter informed me that she needed to bring in a birthday treat to school this morning because they were celebrating summer birthdays and she was one of them. Having a part time job on top of my blogging job on top of everything else that a mom already does, I didn’t have time to hand bake something for her to take in (within 12 hours) and I was feeling inadequate. I do realize that I may be spreading myself a little bit to thin these days, but I wasn’t going to let my daughter suffer because of it. So, I got up this morning and headed off to the grocery store to look for something birthday worthy that she could share with her friends. After perusing the store, I decided that my best bet was to pick up some fresh bakery cupcakes (because maybe, just maybe I could trick people into thinking that I made them). I found the perfect cupcakes with Hello Kitty rings on the top. She loves Hello Kitty, but I couldn’t get the Hello Kitty ones because there were only 24 in a pack and I needed 27. Once again, I fail. Needless to say, the ladies working behind the counter just couldn’t give me three more Hello Kitty rings so I could buy another smaller tray of cupcakes and place them on the top; giving me the 27 that I needed. No, that just wouldn’t make sense!? So I left the counter with no other choice than to buy the plain jane cupcakes with sprinkles on top so that no one in her class would feel left out. Every one of them needed to be the same, right? I grumbled at my obviously lacking choice (and at myself for not being better prepared) and headed to the checkout lanes. This was just going to have to work.
Now, answer this for me. Since when do checkout lanes no longer have actual people working at them? Trying to ring up my cart full of items by myself while also trying to hold on to a 3 year old jumping bean who just “wanted to help” was not my idea of a great shopping trip. By the time I had finally finished running each and every item past the scanner (with the help of my jumping bean) and paid for my purchases I was swearing under my breath, cursing the very person who decided to implement these new machines and vowing to never step foot in that store again.
When I got to my car I was tense and frustrated. I had allowed that little moment in the grocery store ruin my entire day and set me off into a bad mood spiral. Even more so, it seems as though these little obstacles were becoming more frequent and more of a way of life for me. But, why was I feeding them? Why am I allowing these “little irruptions” to become so strong that they could seemingly steal my happiness away from me?
Do you ever feel like everyday is the same? I feel as though I am falling into a pattern of normality. I am getting bored with my surroundings and my life and am simply on the waiting block for something big to happen. I keep telling myself that when something good happens to me, THEN I will be happy. But what about today? Why can’t I be happy today?
Thinking about it more, I have decided that in order to be happy I needed to act happy. I need to find my own happiness and even sometimes create it on my own. In order to do this I have decided to dedicate the next 100 days to finding happiness. I am going to search for at least one thing everyday that brings me happiness. I am also going into this experiment with the understanding that happiness doesn’t always just fall into your lap, you must sometimes go after it and seek it out yourself. So during these 100 days I am planning to make changes to my life and do things to help me find the happiness that I seek. Hopefully by the end of this experiment I will have taught myself to focus on the good in my life and train myself to look past the small things in search of the things that really matter.
So what types of things am I going to do to find happiness? This will differ for everyone, but things on my list are: being outdoors more, baking and cooking new recipes, eating better, going for a run everyday, finding ways to travel more, reaching out to friends and working on deepening relationships plus a few other personal goals which I might be ready to share with you on a later date.
The rundown: For the next 100 days I am going to do at least one thing, or find at least one thing that makes me happy in my everyday life. I am going to Instagram what makes me happy if it can be photographed and share the intangible things and experiences via twitter.
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If anyone wants to join me (and many others) on this journey, I would love to have the company! Lets create our own positive environments and move forward towards a more joyous life together . You can also share your own images or experiences by hastaging #100daysofhappiness in your posts. I will be doing the same.
As a further reference, I have found this book to be a great resource in my own personal journey. You may want to consider reading it while you embark on yours.