Now I try to be happy as often as possible, but as we know, real life happens and our happiness stores can literally get drained. The other day, I was having a particularly, great day, I was as happy as a pig in mud…… Everything just felt good. I thought to myself “why do I feel so good???” Had I found a new wonder drug??? Had I received a raise at work?? Had our teenagers cleaned the house?????? NO, none of the above……But I did find my answer…I was having “Grateful day”: It made me realize how feeling grateful literally boosted my mood. It was as if taking stock and taking a moment to smell the roses had slapped me in the face and said “You are one lucky lady.”
“Why are you so grateful?” I hear you ask me.
Well……I adore where we live……you may say well you must live in your “dream house”, no our house is a normal everyday house, actually it is quite small and nothing like I would picture my dream house…but I love that we live in the country at the bottom of a mountain and we are surrounded by stunning nature, our house is modest but comfy and homely. I love my family…….no none of us are perfect…….my hubby and I have been together for nearly 25 years and we are different, we disagree from time to time, we have different interests but we love each other and share the same morals and goals in life. Our greatest achievement is that we have brought 2 little munchkins into the world. Are our kids “good”? Well I would say that our kids are “normal”. Sometimes good and sometimes, let’s just say, “challenging”. I think parenting teenagers is like riding a Giant roller coaster…..sometimes fun, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes everyone is having a great time, than sometimes you feel like you are going downhill faster than you would like and sometimes it is just downright scary. At times I want to pinch their little cheeks and cover them in kisses but at other times I want to run off screaming and ripping my hair out. We love them and try to do the best job we know how and some days feel happy and other days we just have to look for happy moments. I am happy at work….Do I have an awesome job that pays stacks? No, but I work in a friendly team and we get on well, my job is not far from home and fits into my kid’s school day. I feel productive, part of a team and I feel valued…..that makes me happy. I love my free time?? Do I spend lots on shopping; do we travel lots, dine out often and rub shoulders with influential people? No, I walk the dog, catch up with friends, cook, try to stay on top of chores and I go to Zumba classes. “Ohhh” I here you say….”you go to Zumba; you must be fit and sexy?” No way….the Zumba classes are run in an old hall by a lovely lady older than me who loves music and dance……my class has no resemblance to the sexy Latinos shaking their booties on television. Actually, we probably look more like a Country women’s association, cooking class than a sporty, trim bunch of athletes….but we have fun.
So as you can see my life is not grand or filled with material riches but I am grateful everyday for happy moments and for what we have. I am happy for every blessing in my life, no matter how small and I really believe that this gratefulness helps keep me happy and gets me through the tough times.
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach (Author of Simple Abundance)
“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach (Author of Simple Abundance)
What are you grateful for????? What makes you happy???? Let us know???