I’ve been thinking about my year-long happiness goal – my plan to have a smile of my face and a song in my heart for at least 99 percent of the year. 99 percent seems like a lot, doesn’t it? But who wouldn’t want to be that happy? If you were happy 99 percent of the time, in a few years you’d be a glowing ball of positivity, lighting up others with just a glance and a smile.
I’ve made it through the first month with only a few hours of sadness during a night of self-made negativity. Plans got changed, I went out anyway and then drudging up old wounds, decided I’d rather be home in bed with my dog. But the next day I was over it and the happy was back.
I’ve started to make happiness part of my daily routine. Whenever I’m not a shiny, happy bubble of radiance, I look for something to turn on the positivity. I play with Slayer, make plans with a friend, put on music and sing my heart out, revel in the tiniest things to make sure my mood stays light.
I never leave work without a plan. Going out is easy, being around my friends means laughing and laughing means happy. Staying in is where I used to get in trouble.
Throughout my day I think about what will make me happy and content, whether it’s trying a new recipe, getting some chores out of the way, taking Slayer for a walk, reading a few chapters of a book, or watching a movie. I make goals and then I go home and accomplish them because I know accomplishing goals makes me happy.
Last night I made fried zucchini and udon noodles, watched three hours of Lost with Slayer and then finished my night with yoga and MCS on Jimmy Fallon. It was a perfect night in and everything I did made me happy.
I’ve also been working through bigger goals on the weekend. I attended a blogger meet-up and made a bunch of new girl friends, I went shopping with my sister, and I’m taking a class.
I know that only I can make my own happiness. Over the past year this has been proven to me time and time again. If you’re not part of my positive, awesome time then I’m just not going to keep you around. Family, friends, bloggers, it goes for everyone.
All of this stuff seems like a big giant DUH, right? It never occurred to me to be happy all the time because my mind would just remind me that bad stuff happens, so it’s impossible. But if I decide to take control of my happiness and adjust my attitude when life hands me a pile of shit then it is actually possible.
I’m just going to be crazy happy all the time. No question about it. Shiny, bright, happy, radiant, positive, full of fireworks and sparkles.
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