Tag Archives: Happiness

Reasons to love: June

June has always been my favorite month. It is filled with perfect beach days, sun and sand. (It’s also my birthday month!) I wanted even more reasons to love June so here it goes… Enjoy!

June: 

June is Dairy Month, and ironically, Dairy Alternative Month!

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Baker Mortenson) was born June 1st, 1926.

Ben Franklin’s kite is struck by lightning on June 10th, 1752.

Rolling Stones release “Satisfaction” on June 4th, 1965.

June is National Candy Month!

Happy June, everyone! 

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a smile is stronger

There are so many little things in life that can make you smile…the right words from a friend, a call from a family member, a baby’s laughter, a hug from someone you love, your favorite movie, a great song…the list goes on and on. These happenings seem insignificant, however, when I take the time to notice what makes me smile, I realize without these moments my life would feel incomplete. When I was in the airport, a man was walking through security and had a wrapper in his hand. He looked for a trash can and found one, across the security lanes. He chucked that wrapper with sly confidence, secretly hoping he could make it in the trash can. When he did he looked around smiling, probably feeling a sense of accomplishment. That moment made me smile, and even laugh a bit. Such a small instance, yet creating significant happiness within me. And without happiness, within me and those around me, life wouldn’t seem worth living.

That is why God must have made smiling so much easier than crying. I notice the little things can make me smile, but it takes something larger to make me cry. God wanted us to smile more than cry…because it makes our life worthwhile. A smile is always stronger.

Gatsby and I

I have been looking forward to the moment I could watch my favorite book unfold on the big screen. The Great Gatsby. And wow, it lived up to my expectations. Reflecting on Jay Gatsby’s life after watching the film proved to be interesting, and this is because the perspective we see life through are very different.

Gatsby spent his entire life knowing, and dreaming, of what his life would become, a perfect image drowning in a hopeful soul. It was as if his life’s vision was as fragile as your grandmother’s china set, tucked away and never used so it cannot be damaged. However, it was the most beautiful object your eyes had ever seen.

For me, my way of going about my life is quite unlike that. I used to feel anxious when people would ask me how I wanted my wedding to be, how many children I wanted, what my husband would look like, where I would live…but after watching The Great Gatsby I am thankful that I am happy with the unknown. At least I will not end up like Gatsby, with all hope lost and a heart so indulged in a mysterious love that it may never heal. I have accepted that certain things may not turn out how I would expect, and I am extremely happy enjoying the ride.

Of course, we all have vague ideas of items we know we must achieve within our lifetime…and we should chase those with our whole heart! However, do not be discouraged if life decides to turn left when you have your right turn signal on. Embrace it, go for greatness.

It is simple, Gatsby will never know what could have happened if he freed his heart and invited someone, who had been searching for the same things he had been his whole life, into it.

Nobody right, nobody wrong

“One argument that none of us can hide, is the one that’s ragin’ down deep inside. Tryin’ to make a point or have the last word, but most the time people just tryin’ to be heard. They say you got to chose your side and when it’s done..nobody right, nobody wrong.”                                                      Michael Franti; “Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong” 

People forgive each other everyday, from the littlest missteps, to the sudden trips, or the greatest falls. Forgiveness is oftentimes taken for granted. People do not take the time to appreciate the courage in forgiveness. The courage it takes to forgive, and to ask for forgiveness, should be treasured by both individuals.

Forgiveness is a building block for happiness. When a person forgives, it builds a friendship, a trust, an unbreakable bond. The person who forgives realizes the courage within the person who apologized, and the greatness they could not live without. The person who apologizes shows immense courage, proving that they understand the feelings of the other person.

It was once said that, “Success cannot be achieved without unity.” Success may take on many definitions. Unity requires the ability to be able to forgive, and the ability to ask for forgiveness.

Mistakes are inevitable, but our reaction to these mistakes is what gives us life.

Happy: enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy.

The ultimate question: Am I happy in my life? And, if I’m not happy, what can I do to get there?

Why is happiness so important? I mean it must be important if our founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence.“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Our happiness is protected by the government…must be a big deal then! People always say, “just be happy.” But, if there is a bunch of things distracting your happiness – heartbreak, deadlines, a negative friend – how the heck are you supposed to “just be happy”?

I surprised myself. I discovered that regardless of whatever is roadblocking your happiness, a change of outlook can make you feel like the happiest person alive.

Matilde, an amazing friend, who I met when helping at El Buen Samaritino (a wonderful organization teaching children who otherwise would not have the opportunity of education) was the driving force in ‘figuring out my life’. (need some help with this expression? Check out my definition at the end of this post) I was really missing my friends and family while in Guatemala, and I told her that I didn’t understand why this was happening because I was only there for a week. She told me that missing them is a GREAT thing, especially in my ‘figuring out my life’ phase, that it meant I am happy in the life I am living, missing the happiness I was used to. WOW. She was right. And being in Guatemala, around so much joy, reinforced that I am happiest when I am impacting society, spreading some love.

So, I figured that out. I am happy in my life. But, there is many more things to figure out..Purpose. Love. What am I doing. What’s important to me.

If you’re going to read anything in this post, read this. Gandhi summed it up perfectly, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
So, now that I am back in the United States I am ready to take on thinking, saying, and doing all the same. Wanting to change the world one helping hand at a time.

‘figuring out my life’  an obscure wording  I use to describe my endless thoughts on..achieving ultimate happiness, understanding what love means to me, how can I let my passions shine everyday, how can I show people how amazing they really are..to name a few.