It was a beautiful day and we just had to go to the park to enjoy the sunshine. In Queensland in the last week or so it has been non-stop raining and not many sunny days. But since it was sunny and a Sunday we grabbed the chance to go down to the park. We took our dog Sabre so that he could run around in the doggy park whilst Sienna could play and explore in the children’s park area. Sienna loves the swing and will just sit there for ages going back and forth. But this is not the story…..
It was on the way home that I was brought back to the simplicity of life. I was walking home with Sienna on my back. We were talking about the birds and the trees. Then all of a sudden Sienna came out of the blue and said “Mummy I’m happy”. It took me by surprise, only because it’s not something that you would think would come out of a 2 year old. I proceeded to ask her what made her happy and made a point of listing all the things in life that made her happy.
However this made me think. How many adults take the time to say we are happy and list all the things that make us happy. Do you give gratitude or thanks for the things in your life that make you happy? Or are you like many adults in the current society who either worry about insignificant things that may or may not happen or even worse not have the time to think about what is happening in your life.
By listing all of the things in your life that make you happy you are able to keep these things in the forefront of your mind. This makes you a happier person in general and this will then breed happiness. Happiness is contagious. Can you really stay sour when a family member is truly happy?
I suppose for me – It was more of a wake up call for me to spend more time just being happy and being aware of those events or people in my life that contribute to my happiness. I think it is a gift to be able to see through a child’s eyes occasionally and be in the moment and express our happiness.
Checklist to help enhance your happiness:
- Record the events/people/occasions that make you happy each day. Keep a notepad where you just record those things that make you happy.
- Take regular time out from your life to appreciate nature – eg sit on the beach and just admire the waves, the sky, the birds; or go to a park.
- Enjoy the company of happy people. Create friendships with happy people who enjoy life. Avoid or limit the time spent with ‘whingers’ and negative people. Just as happiness is contagious, so is negativity.
- Take time out to laugh regularly. Did you know that there is a statistic that suggests that children laugh 300-400 times per day, whereas adults only laugh 15 times per day. That is a tremendous difference! Watch a comedy movie, read a comedy book, or watch the antics of children… whatever tickles your “funny bone”.
- Place pictures around your office or home that make you smile – this could be pictures of loved ones, or pictures of something silly.
- Avoid watching the news at night – it is generally always depressing and dreary.
We all have something to be happy and thankful for – even if it is the sunshine for a day!
Spend time regularly pondering this through a child’s eyes.