3 INDICATORS OF HAPPINESS IN THE MAKING

Life is so full of insanity.  As my mamaw used to say, “Ain’t it though.”  She believed in tornadoes and storm cellars, staying clear of cattle with horns.  Life on a farm in west Texas!  But I digress.

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Especially, though, insanity seems to reign during this time of year, when we’re all running around like lunatics, shocked at how quickly the holidays came upon us, frenzying.  And man, can I ever frenzy!

 

Do you ever get in one of those places where you’re so crazy, you don’t even enjoy the holiday season? You make sure everyone around you does.  Well, if you’re a woman, that is.  Men tend to coast along, saying things such as, “When do we eat?”  That truly is the way to a man’s heart.  A little sex, a little respect, a sammich or two . . .

 

But I digress.

 

This time of year, though, I know that following my spiritual/psychological program (if true, they’re the same thing) is an absolute must.  If I don’t, there are so many holes I fall into that the road ahead looks simply pockmarked.  But if I keep up with my walk, as the 5 Stages of Recovery say, I finally walk down a different road.

 

But again, I digress!

 

Do we see a pattern here?  LOL.  No wonder it’s so difficult to keep me on a positive path.  That’s like Zig Ziglar says though, “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”

 

So then what happens, when I’m dedicated to my path, indicators pop up out of nowhere.

 

3 Things Happen to prove Happiness is occurring, even if I didn’t notice it:

 

1). I find myself smiling.  Out of nowhere.  All of a sudden I notice it, but by then it’s been going on a while!  And frequently.

 

2). I see beauty in mundane things.  I’ve always sort of thought this is why people see Jesus’s face in pancakes.  I mean, have four people look at the same cloud formation and they’ll describe four entirely different pictures.  And I’m not pooh-poohing folks who believe Jesus is speaking to them, in any way.  But rather my point is that the world is, indeed, the way we see it.  And when happiness is bubbling up, the things we look at change (a quantum physics fact!). I see the circle of life in even the tragic.  Rather than, All is lost!  LOL.

 

3). My energy level stays up, even at the end of a 12-hour work day.  I feel light, tired but in that “good tired” way.  As opposed to being spent and panting at the end of a similar one.

 

I think it’s the smiling though.  My dad, a psychiatrist, always said that it takes less energy to smile than to frown.  (I think I frowned a lot as a kid.  LOL.)  He said this was scientifically proven, and when I went to research this, all I could find was how many muscles it took to do either.  Which isn’t the same as energy.  I mean, it takes a lot less energy to flex a bicep than a hamstring.

 

But mainly, all I know is smiling makes me happy, and happiness makes me smile.  And then I see beauty.  As the poet John Keats said:

“Beauty is truth, truth, beauty,–that is all

          Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

 

How does happiness take you unawares?

 

 

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