What makes me happy right now? The fact that 2010 is coming to a close. I hope the door does kick you in the ass on the way out- and 2011 will be much better in terms of everything.
I came across this book The Happiness Project, and it has started me thinking about how much we determine our own happiness- because it means different things to different people. But exactly what can we do, what is actually within our power to make every day count?
1. Challenge yourself- is there something you always wanted to do? Maybe a place you want to visit, or a skill you want to learn? I'm not suggesting you break the bank- spend more time in the park watching children play? Learn how to make pastry-
2. Shop less. Maybe, for the next month or so- buy only the essentials. Determine what you need as opposed to want. Happiness cannot be bought at the mall.
3. Spend time with those that make you feel good. Never out of guilt or obligation-
4. Limit your exposure to negative news or television- while I do want to keep current on what is going on in the world, alot of it affects me badly, and then I feel like crap.
5. Stop worrying so much- most of it never happens anyway.
(Laura took this pic of FC at Christmas dinner, and we almost peed our pants laughing at it)
6. Laugh more- try and see the humorous side to a situation, or stop taking yourself so seriously.
7. Empathy- try and look at things from the other person's point of view. Human beings are much more sensitive than we realize, sometimes.
8. Be creative- write a novel, try watercolors- visit a gallery- there are a million things to try out- everyone has it in them.
9. Do something nice for someone- even in a small way. Wish the telemarketer a nice evening-the one who calls precisely as you're sitting down to dinner. Can you imagine having that job?
10. Accept- that has been a difficult one for me- to accept things as they are, and people for what they are. You can't change everything, and if a situation is untenable for you, move on and forget about it.
Okay, let's get to the good stuff- number one on the list has been something I've been resisting for a long time, and now a small dream has come true:
A Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel- this is a major learning curve for me. When everyone goes back to work/school, we are going to be spending some serious time together. I am thrilled.
And my last words for this most challenging of years is be nice to yourself- because you deserve it. See you next year.