Not only was yesterday the first day of spring/equinox – one of my favorite days to celebrate – but it was also International Day of Happiness. So this week I’m focusing my Week In Review on all things happy. Really though, this link up tends to be a weekly happiness recap regardless of the date. It always nudges me to look back and see all the things that made me smile and all the things that gave me a little boost of pride, purpose and positivity. I thank Meg for this nudge.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ― Oscar Wilde
So let’s take a look back at all the things in this past week alone that made me genuinely, so very happy.
Okay now let’s just focus on pictures, ya?
Plantains fried in coconut oil topped with 2 perfectly runny eggs
Baked sweet potato with butter and salt + 2 scrambled eggs with mushrooms and spinach + breakfast sausage links
Frozen spinach and feta breakfast wrap + roasted sweet potato + broccoli with butter
Honorable mentions go to:
“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
“If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” ― Andy Rooney
“We’re all golden sunflowers inside.” ― Allen Ginsberg
As someone who struggles with mood, and who to this day, experiences the dark and very real sides of clinical depression, I have learned just how much happiness lies in the seemingly “small” parts of life.
It’s funny. Meg told us last week that she would be focusing her WIR towards International Happiness Day, and so knowing that I wanted to join her, I strategically began my week thinking, “okay, what is going to make me happy this week?” And you know what? Because of this one question, I found more moments of happiness throughout the week than I have in a long time. By asking myself this question at the beginning of each day, I intentionally pursued things that I knew would make me happy. And then also, in the occasions I did not actively seek them out, I took note of them and appreciated them with much more clarity. Let this be a lesson to carry from here on in. At the beginning of each week – each day – ask yourself,
“What is going to make me happy today?”
Let that be your focus. Let this be your quest. And then bask in the sunshine that is coming through the window.
Have a lovely week you wonderful people.
What little thing made you happy last week?
Not a hugely exciting week. But I did get a few nice things…