Happiness. It's a word that has comes up a lot in life. I feel as though I'm a truly happy person and always have been. Is my life perfect? Heavens no. Is my life easy? I wish! Even on a truly horrendous day, I still find things to be thankful for and find happiness in them. Now, I've always considered myself a glass-half-full kind of person. Things don't go one way, you just move onto the next. Let the bad days roll off your back, keep smiling, and say a little prayer.
No one has a perfect life. Not a single person. What may look like a mole hill to one, may be a mountain to the person who has to climb it. I know I've had some tough times in my life, just like the next person. Some people are even shocked when they discover my path of life, but I've never known anything different. It's not fair, but I know I was never alone in my journey.
Someone very close to me once sent me an email asking for advice on being happy. They had said that I was one of the happiest people they had ever met and knowing what my past has been (a friend recently told me that she's shocked I'm not medicated having been through some of the trials- to which I got a good laugh) they wanted to know how I do it.
For me it's simple. On one hand, I'm happy by nature. On the other, I choose to be. I'm a firm believer that happiness is a choice. I choose to be happy. I'd rather go through life with a smile on my face (even when it's at its weakest) than a scowl with a bad attitude.
Don't let the small things get you down. Find the humor in it. Find the great story to retell years from now. Know when to quit, when to move on, and when to let go. Forgive yourself and others. Dwell on it long enough to work it through, and then put it behind you without ever looking back.
I'm not sure where I'm really going with this, but it's a post I've wanted to write for a while. As a child, all I wanted in life was to be happy and then one day I realized I already was and woke up even happier. Not everyday is sunshine and rainbows, but I start each day with a smile and some excitement for what's to come.
I know this was a long post, and thank you for reading. I hope each of you are happy and would love to have your input on what makes you so! Please leave a comment with what makes you happy and something you're thankful for.
Today, I am happy with my freshly painted nails, pink lipstick, and a lunch full of summer fruits. I'm thankful for my family, friends, and a job I enjoy.