I used to want a particular kind of happiness, the sort that was all bright and shiny….. In this fantasy version of myself, I was super-confident and always smiling. Feeling good depended on getting the next hit of achievement – the next special event, whether getting a promotion or going on holiday or even getting married. But these big dramatic peaks don’t happen every day. So I was left feeling a bit glum in between, once I came crashing back down to earth after a high.
True contentment, I’ve discovered, can be found in the small moments of life that feel good. Mindfulness helps us to appreciate the specialness of the ordinary, so that we can find many moments of happiness in our day. It might be a beautiful flower you spot on the way to work, or the joy of sharing an unexpected joke with a friend. These little things don’t come with the fanfare of the big, special events, and they often go unnoticed. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have the power to transform a seemingly dull day into an awesome one. Take my day today for example, I was overly busy but also very tired at the same time, if I am honest the day was pretty dull until a colleague of mine shared a story with me that really made me laugh. I carried on the rest of my day with a high after that. I love moments like that.
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Be happy. x