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Over the last couple of months 2 things have got me thinking more about happiness. The first was the recent International Day of Happiness. The second; Pharell Williams’ song “Happy

What is this thing called happiness?

How do I get more of it?

Am I ‘happy’?

It turns out Happiness/happy has its etymological origins circa 1300 from ‘hap’ meaning ‘chance or luck’. 

Dictionary.com defines Happy as;

  1. delighted, pleased or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person
  2. characterised by or indicative of pleasure, contentment or joy; a happy mood, a happy frame of mind
  3. favoured by fortune; fortunate or lucky; a happy fruitful land
  4. apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances or ideas
  5. obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in a combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.

So then, we are lucky, fortunate. 

And if we are those things, why, then do we need a day to remind us to be happy? And why are so many people in the world on prescription (or otherwise) drugs to make them feel better? How is it that we have fallen so far from ourselves?

I have a few theories, some of which include the fear driven news media, trashy magazines telling you who and what you should be, rampant consumerism and governments that are bit by bit removing our rights as human beings. 

Now to combat all this doom, gloom and depression we have a burgeoning industry of courses, coaches, psychologists and psychiatrists to help us be happy.  

“For $199 i can teach you to be happy, and if you call within the next 20mins we’ll knock $100 off the price and give you a second place for free, that’s $400 worth of value for $99. That’s right $99! But wait there’s more. If you pay today we’ll throw in a free set of steak knives."


It’s no wonder we need a day to remind us to be happy.

Somewhere along the way it all got complicated. We lost the connection to ourselves. 

It is my firm belief that at our core we are beings of light, love and joy. It’s our natural state. We are meant to be in love with ourselves, in love with our true nature and to be happy. It is our birth-right 

What can you do now, today to be happy?

STOP! watching the news - life is tough enough without seeing death and destruction; buying trashy beauty magazines (they only make you feel ugly); playing everyone else's game; hanging out with negative people who just bring you down.

Plan for the future, and then live life NOW. 

Do what makes you happy. Walk barefoot on the grass. Watch a sunrise. Play.

Meditate - sit still and focus your mind on your breath. Watch it flow in and out. It is the fastest way to bring you into the present moment. If you are not sure how to meditate there are plenty of free guided meditations on line

Exercise - it doesn’t have to be heading to the gym. Go for walk, run, swim, dance. What ever makes you feel alive. Do that.

Spend time with friends and family - one of the 5 regrets of the dying is that they didn’t spend enough time with family and friends. Pick up the phone and call someone today.

Smile - smile at yourself in the mirror; smile at your friends and family. And if you are feeling really daring, smile at a stranger. You never know it might make their day and safe their life.

Practice gratitude. What is one thing you can be grateful about right now. Acknowledge it. There are even apps for your phone to create a gratitude journal.

Finally, make a choice to be happy. Wake up everyday and take a moment to decide how your want your day to be. Do you want to be weighed down by the negativity of others or do you want to live each day with joy?

We’ve only got one life. The choice is yours.

Last modified on Saturday, 10 May 2014 05:08

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