Saturday, September 04, 2010

How to: be happy no matter what

Say yes to a ridiculous idea.

Inhale deeply the scent of a beloved pet.

Walk barefoot on the beach.

Remember all the times you never thought you’d make it this far.

Ask a small child to help you paint your toenails.

Dance to that one song...

Take a nap.

Do something creative.

Have something wonderful read aloud to you.

Wear a shortish dress to show off your long legs. Accept all compliments graciously and with a wide smile.

Treat yourself. Maybe to ice-cream. Or fresh flowers.

Give away love everywhere and any way you can.

Go to the farmer's market and buy a pint of strawberries, then eat them quietly in your living room when you are all by yourself.

Make funny faces at very small children when their parents aren't looking.

Work out. Not to be skinny, but because becoming strong will make you feel powerful and confident in so many other ways.

Show up even if you don’t know what to say.

Water the garden.

Take time off. Travel. Meet strangers where and how they live; get a larger perspective of the world and its people and your place in it.

Read an old love letter as a reminder that you have been adored.

Sit with the ocean or under a huge old oak.

Want what you want just because you want it.

Compliment a total stranger.

Buy one bar of lovely dark chocolate and eat one tiny square a day like it is the secret to life and liberty.

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Care to add to the list? What makes you happy no matter what? Let’s make a list we just can’t help but love!

9 comments:

Rabbits' Guy said...

That is quite the list!

I probably got to pass on the toenail painting and the dress part. Snuggle a bunny works well. And don't expect much.

Jayne said...

I love your list Laura... so I'll add one more.

Read Somewhere in NJ daily while smiling

egretsnest said...

Watch the sunlight dance on the redwood branches in your backyard and take a deep breath.

Forest Green said...

This is one of the loveliest posts on the Internet ever!

Having my bunnies sleep with me is pretty neat ...

amarkonmywall said...

A lovely post.

How about: Wrap yourself in a blanket, go sit outside after midnight and listen to the night sounds.

Although having bunnies sleep with you sounds heavenly, too.

NCmountainwoman said...

Sitting on the deck with my morning coffee and watching the birds always makes me happy.

BergiesPlace said...

This was a delightful way to begin my day, especially after yesterday's summer "end."

ReluctantChickenFarmer said...

Tell your sister that you love her.

LauraHinNJ said...

Aww jeez, Kev...