Happy International Day of Happiness🎉. For me happiness is marching to you own heartbeat. Or writing My Story Of I one day at a time. No matter what you say after ‘’Happiness is …’’ it is and forever will be an inside job. It’s you who has to make an active effort to make sure that you are happy. No one else is responsible for your happiness but you. That being said there are many things that you can do to be happy, get happy and/or stay happy. Seeing that today is called International DAY of happiness I decided to treat myself all day, but before I tell you about that I want to share with you the #1 reason why you should celebrate International Day Of Happiness.
Why You Should Celebrate International Day Of Happiness
First of all I can already hear the thoughts ”it’s a fake holiday, so why celebrate it?”. I used to think like you, it still makes perfect sense in my head. Yet in another way it doesn’t anymore. This is because I have come to realize that we never actually stand still and ask ourselves one of the most important questions:
”Am I Happy?”
”Do I contribute to my happiness?”
If we never stand still and ask ourselves that, then how do we know? How do you know when you never ask? It might seem weird as this is you talking about yourself so you should know, right? Not at all. Life keeps us busy at all times. There are so many things that happen without us noticing, that you not noticing whether you are happy or not is something that can easily happen.
That’s why I say you now have a day that is specifically named after happiness, why not actually make it about your happiness? Why not take International Day Of Happiness and stand still at the question of ”Am I happy?”.
As I said before in the opening paragraph; Happiness is an inside job. Only you can make yourself the kind of happy that is lasting. Other people can only contribute to your happiness they can’t in fact make you happy.
Seeing that happiness is a forever inside job you have to debate yourself about your happiness. You have to find out whether you actually are. Since life keeps us busy at all times, why not use International day of happiness as that day a year to finally stop the clock and evaluate your happiness.
Don’t sit still on your happiness
Don’t only stand still at the question! Do something about the answer. If you are perfectly happy then celebrate it! If you are unhappy do something today that makes you happy. Before you think that something has to be a plane ticket to Paris or any other dream location, let me stop you immediately.
When you properly get to know yourself you know that making yourself happy can be as small as sleeping in an extra hour on any given day. Happiness is not the grand things, happiness can be achieved by small things with grand impacts.
The tagline for My Story Of I is ”Love Yourself & Celebrate Your Life”. Being happy, even if only in moments, is part of celebrating your life. Don’t let International Day Of Happiness pass you by without using it as the perfect opportunity that it is to do something that makes you happy.
One Of My Best Happy Days
For my International Day Of Happiness in 2018 I did something I haven’t done in months and not just because I’m sick. It’s because the activity bores me, even though as a child I used to do it every week. I went shopping and not my kind of shopping which is just being in the city center for 20 minutes making laps in my go to stores without actually browsing and seeing what I can find. During my lap I just kinda glaze the racks and if something catches my eyes I will stop and look and if I really like it I will buy. This time it was different. I browsed, I found, I bought. (Imagine this being said accompanied with a drum roll I personally think it sounds better.)
For most this would be any day of the week, nothing special no big deal, but for me it’s a huge deal. I have been homebound the better part of this (2018) year. My only outings being to the hospital. This was the first time that I was out of my house doing something that felt ‘’normal’’, even though I hate to say it like that. That aside I felt happy. Really really happy. Browsing around, laughing and swiping cards. Perhaps the latter one, one to many times.. We’re going to say I was helping the economy! 👏🏽
Perhaps I didn’t do anything special in the majorities eyes, but I’m the beholder and I say what I did was special. It was special because it made me happy.
Happy International Day Of Happiness, may you make the day honor its name.
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