The happiness well

minionI 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 🙂

  1. Anything involving minions (sights, sounds, silly actions)
  2. Epcot
  3. Enjoying a glass of wine
  4. Good conversation
  5. Playing guitar
  6. Watching a thunderstorm roll in
  7. Hearing “Daddy!” echo through the house as I walk in the door
  8. Walking on the beach
  9. Driving to no place in particular
  10. 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.


26 thoughts on “The happiness well

  1. MRS N, the Author August 23, 2013 / 8:08 am

    Thank you for this post! I really needed this today as I have been dealing with something overwhelming me. I need to find my happiness well and I will strive to remain happy! Thank you for the reminder and have a blessed Friday! 🙂

    • davecenker August 23, 2013 / 8:12 am

      You’re very welcome! I am glad that I went with my intuition on this post and hit publish even thought it wasn’t as refined or eloquent 😉 Have a wonderful, peaceful, and happy weekend!

      • MRS N, the Author August 23, 2013 / 8:25 am

        It was actually very refined and just as beautiful as all your other posts. You have to go with your gut when you’re a writer. Thank you and have a great weekend!

  2. Amy Lynne Hayes August 23, 2013 / 9:20 am

    Excellent reminder!! Often happiness is viewed as an elusive unicorn, something to be searched for and never quite within your grasp. Much of that is learning to change your mindset, and look for positivity versus negativity, reasons why it could world/happen/succeed rather than reasons why it couldn’t. Beautiful post to inspire each of us to appreciate all this is in our lives. 🙂

    • davecenker August 23, 2013 / 9:31 am

      Thank you Amy, you have managed to portray my exact thoughts in a much more eloquent way 😉 I hope you have an awesome weekend!

    • davecenker August 23, 2013 / 9:32 am

      Yes, that one is like one of those MasterCard moments … priceless 🙂

  3. Melissa Halsey Caudill August 23, 2013 / 10:22 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! And I especially thank you for reading my posts and commenting on them. You made my day with your comment on my “Happy Badges” post. I’m glad our blogs found each other! I think our work is very similar, and can definitely see that our goal is the same – to make people wake up and look around and realize that there is so much to be found if they just take the time to see it.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    • davecenker August 23, 2013 / 10:46 am

      Absolutely! You are very welcome 😉 My wish is to inspire others so thank you for sharing your kind thoughts! I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  4. thisbrightnewday August 23, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    Thank you sooooo much for your post! And the video! Splendid!
    Happy Friday!!!

    • davecenker August 23, 2013 / 4:17 pm

      You are very welcome! I am delighted to provide a “happy” start to the weekend 🙂

  5. lindseysurratt August 23, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    I love this: “It is a well of life, waiting to be tapped into if we choose to do so.” That’s a great way to put it and so true. We CAN choose to be happy, we just have to remember our happy things.

    Mine include:

    Walking into a book store
    Long car rides
    Making cookie dough with my poppa
    Goofy moments with my sisters
    Movie trailers

    Great post and thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • davecenker August 24, 2013 / 10:13 am

      You are very welcome! I am glad that you enjoyed the post and that it brought so many happy thoughts to the forefront of your consciousness 😉 Have an awesome weekend!

  6. alyssamichellefrench August 26, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    Dave–I love this post to the moon and back. You are such a talented writer and I’m so glad that you chose to go with the flow and share this post with us(: I’m very excited that you’re still enjoying the Michael Franti video (it makes me feel better that I’m still enjoying the song).
    Some things that make me happy:
    1. Spending time with my family and good friends
    2. Being outside in the rain
    3. Bookstores
    4. Singing in the car with the windows down on a beautiful day
    5. Swimming in Walden Pond
    6. Warm summer nights
    7. This blog.
    Have a great day!

    • davecenker August 26, 2013 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you Alyssa for your very thoughtful comments 🙂 Ever since I have been exposed to the Michael Franti song, I have been smitten with it. So much so that I think I need to learn it on my guitar 😉 Thank you for sharing your happy thoughts. They have inspired me to add to my own list! Have an inspired day 😉

      • alyssamichellefrench August 26, 2013 / 6:42 pm

        I’m so impressed that you know guitar, let alone that you can teach yourself songs! I wish I were that talented! Have a wonderful day(:

      • davecenker August 26, 2013 / 6:47 pm

        Surely, you overestimate my abilities 😉 Googling for guitar tabs is pretty simple 🙂 And I didn’t say anyone would actually want to *listen* to my playing 🙂 Remember, you are as talented as you decide to be! And you can have tons of fun in the process 🙂 Have an awesome day!

      • alyssamichellefrench August 26, 2013 / 6:52 pm

        Hahahah well I’ve tried a few times, so far nothing brilliant has happened! Then again, you’re totally on point with that statement…you get what you give!

  7. TauneZenDen September 17, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    Love the idea of a well of happiness! Thunderstorms, the beach and driving to nowhere are definitely on my list. And listening to my dad blues-out on his guitar… until I learn, too! 🙂 Thanks for the post!

    • davecenker September 17, 2013 / 2:12 pm

      Pick up that guitar and strum, it’s an amazing feeling that can’t possibly be put into words. I am just beginning to learn myself over the past year and it has been an amazing tool to quiet the mind and open the soul. Thanks so much for visiting and providing feedback. It’s always good to be reminded about that well of happiness beneath us 😉 Have an inspired day!

  8. Niki Richardson November 28, 2013 / 2:44 am

    Thank you for this simple but oh so important reminder of the most important thing in life– Happiness!

    My top 10
    1) Kissing my kids
    2) kissing my husband
    3) my toddler son ‘s little arms tightly wrapped around my neck (pure bliss!!)
    4) watching sunsets
    5) runner’s high
    6) sand between my toes
    7) vacations with my family – even if just mini trips– because it’s the only time we truly live in the present unbound by house chores
    8) Watching Jon Bon Jovi in concert withy best girlfriend
    9) house full of family and good friends sipping good wine or made from scratch margaritas while my incredibly talented hubby dishes up some amazing smoked BBQ!
    10) community of friends who I can count on in a pinch – because it truly takes a village to raise children!

    • davecenker December 1, 2013 / 4:55 pm

      Thank you for sharing such an awesome list of happy thoughts. Most of them made me smile as I read them 🙂 You brought a very important word to the forefront … simple. Sometimes, the simple things are often the most important as well as the ones that are first overlooked. Thank you for the reminder, it is always welcome 😉

      • Niki Richardson December 1, 2013 / 5:34 pm

        The pleasure was mine! It was fun to recount them– funny thing is they rolled off my fingertips in moments! You don’t have to think hard about what makes you happy– but often we don’t indulge in those simple things that give us so much happiness!

      • davecenker December 1, 2013 / 9:11 pm

        My sentiments exactly, my happy list also wrote itself quite effortlessly. And you hit the proverbial nail on the head. It is not difficult to identify what makes us happy. What often is difficult is indulging in those simple moments 😉 Best wishes for many simple happy moments 🙂

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