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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Seeking Happiness

Today marks the last day in a month that is notoriously famous for people making very specific goals. They tend to fall under the categories of health, organization, education, or employment.

I’m not really one to make resolutions, but on January 1st I made a promise to myself.

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I was going to actively seek happiness every day.

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Now this concept is nothing new.

Truth be told a few years ago I tried keeping a gratitude journal.

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But on January 1st I decided that each day I would look for something that either brought a smile to my face or happiness in my heart and record it on my not very smart camera phone/Instagram.

I did not tell one single other person of my goal.

Of course the first week was easy. I was on vacation, had tons of time and was surrounded by beauty.

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I wondered on the plane ride home if I would be able to continue this exercise. School was once again starting for me which means a very busy schedule.

But I kept deliberately seeking happiness each and every day.

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I hesitated a moment before posting the following picture.

We’ve been taught that material things should not bring us happiness.

But honestly I did receive great joy in finding J.Crew Chelsea boots, leopard print, in my size for $39. I have been wanting such a pair of boots for over two years but a $150 price tag had always stopped me. 

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I also paused before I posted this picture that Cousin Sweet T had sent to me of her beloved Bostons, Mr. Keats and Pearlie Mae. They were wearing the Christmas coats that I had made for them.

I asked myself “Should it be ok to receive happiness from outside myself?”

Because again, we have been told to not look to others for our happiness.

But these pooches….

Poor Mr. Keats obviously hates his coat while Pearlie Mae has a huge smile.

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I didn’t hesitate to post a picture of this guy being awarded the last two required merit badges he had recently earned. He now only needs to earn and hold the position of “Life Scout” rank for six months before he can begin making plans for the Boy Scout ultimate goal: an Eagle project followed by earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

He’s 14 years old people! The vast majority of boys earn this rank at 16/17. 

This made me happy and I think it’s ok to admit it.

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So, it’s been one month of successfully finding happiness each and every day.

January is generally a hard month for me. But somehow it’s been transformed into something not so bad. I have to wonder, “Is it because I am choosing to seek happiness?”

I am looking forward to continuing the experiment and posting even more not so great photos in February.

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I want to close by sharing a bit of a full circle. One of the recipients of my “Share The Love” valentine kits posted a picture of her happiness on FB. For her package I had also included a circa 1966 pamphlet of “Easy Scrapcraft Ideas” knowing she would love it.

But when she photographed the items she inadvertantly covered the “S” so it was transformed into “Crapcraft”.

I laughed outloud.

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Seeking happiness, sharing happiness, happiness returned.

Laura

“I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

11 comments :

GSGreatEscaper said...

Easy crapcraft? Well, if one person's trash is another person's treasure, then that book has it in one!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great post. I love that you are finding happiness in the small things. That's what makes every day amazing.

P.S. I havn't made cards yet with my gift, but I love it. You always send love so that's what makes it special.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I love that you are looking for happiness and joy each day, it is the little things in life that bring the greatest joy! Thanks for sharing.

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

What a great "New Year's Goal"! Too often we forget about the happiness simple pleasures can bring and get bogged down by everyday life and stress. I enjoyed reading about the things that have made you happy so far this year.

foxandfinchantiques said...

Laura,
I am not a great fan of January, myself, as you can see I haven't blogged all month, so I LOVE your idea of photographing gratitude and happy things. I think everything should be included, happy shoes, the gift you gave to friends that made them happy that you love them, and the crapcraft is fabulous. You made people laugh. It is all happy and it is all gratitude shown in one way or another. Love this post.
Ginene

Rhona Lutton said...

Thank you for making me laugh, I really needed it.

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

What a great goal for the year! And I'll tell you what makes me happy . . . that snazzy outfit you have on in the top photo!
Wowza!

Blondie's Journal said...

I think January was very productive for you, Laura, and in the realm of what you wanted. The boots---not a want but something that rewarded you for believing in the good of everything.

Wow...your guy has grown and is so handsome!

Hugs to you,

Jane

Louise said...

Your blog has always radiated gratefulness, positivity and joy, and an appreciation for all kinds of things, big and simple.

Silvana Joanne said...

Good for you! What a great post full of joy and happiness :-)

Lisa said...

Laura I love that you are documenting your happiness pics on Instagram! It's a perfect format for journaling. Now when I see your pics I'll remember this post and share in your happiness,;-)