Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may also reflect judgement by a person about their overall well-being.
In the past few years every other day has been deemed an international celebration day. We celebrated International French Fry Day, International Jazz Day, and International Margarita Day as if Cinco de Mayo isn’t enough for us Americans. Today, March 20th, is International Day of Happiness and that’s one day I have no shame in celebrating a fake holiday.
Happiness is something that we all are in search for. Trying to find things that will make us happy then realizing those things only have a temporary affect then we’re back at square one asking the question, “what makes me happy?” Many people list tangible things like money, food, new clothes, the hottest shoes out, the fanciest car, thing with monetary value. Now, let’s think about that for a second. What if all the fancy and most expensive things went away, what would bring you happiness? We’ll revisit that question soon.
I’ve gone through my own battle with trying to figure out what makes me happy. I challenged myself to participate in 30 Days of Happiness back in November due to a personal phase of depression. Every morning I would wake up and write down the things that I am happy for that day. Sometimes it took me a while to think of something but as the days went by it became easier for me to speak on the things that made me happy and I carried that happiness throughout my day. My happiness ranged from being happy for just waking up in the morning, to old skool music, the friendships that I cherish dearly, to just being happy that Friday decided to show her face again. During my 30 Days of Happiness I didn’t focus on anything that held monetary value. At the end of every day its not about which pair of Jordan’s you’re wearing or if the diamonds in your chain are real or fake. All that matters is the person inside, your heart, and the little things that you will cherish for a lifetime.
So I ask the question again. On this International Day of Happiness in 2017, what makes you happy? Take a moment to dwell on the little things that make you smile and write those things down and continue to acknowledge those things on a regular basis.