I will be perfectly honest. I had a completely different post ready to publish today. It will make its way to your eyes at some point in time. In this moment, I have decided to heed my own advice and go with the flow, let my soul guide me in the direction it needs to go instead of shoving the proverbial square peg into a round hole.
Each of my posts to date has inspired me to think, to ponder, to reflect, to make some discovery about the life I’m living. My discovery today? Sometimes we make life too complicated. It can be much simpler if we choose to make it so.
Water is a necessity in our world. It hydrates our bodies, it supplies plants with nutrients through the soil, it provides electricity. Perhaps most important to some of us, it can be filtered through coffee grounds.
Without water, life would not be. In Florida, this water that serves as our lifeline is found in aquifers directly beneath us. Aquifers can be thought of as vast underground, porous rocks that hold water. Replenished through rainfall, they are like wells that are tapped into providing life to all living things.
Happiness is the same way. It is a well of life, waiting to be tapped into if we choose to do so. It’s not something we need to run around looking for. It’s right there, waiting for us. Unfortunately, we tend to pass right by it, oblivious to its presence. We have too many other “important” things to do. Honestly, sometimes the most important thing we can do is simplify life and enjoy it.
Instead of some deep thinking moment to stimulate your mind, today I choose to tickle your inner child, your happiness gene. Take a few moments to think about the things that make you happy, the things that bring a smile to your face, put a spring in your step, make you feel like you are floating through the air with a feeling of unadulterated euphoria. Now, write them down and keep them close to you. Draw from that well of happy thoughts when you need them most and be sure to replenish the supply often.
Here are some of my own happy thoughts 🙂
- Anything involving minions (sights, sounds, silly actions)
- Enjoying a glass of wine
- Good conversation
- Playing guitar
- Watching a thunderstorm roll in
- Hearing “Daddy!” echo through the house as I walk in the door
- Walking on the beach
- Driving to no place in particular
- Watching the intoxicating video below by Michael Franti 🙂
Include more of your own happy stuff into your daily life. Feel alive. Smile. Happiness is contagious. Spread it far and wide.