I’ve been thinking about happiness today, trying to put a finger on what it is and how to hold on to it when you have it. Yesterday, I suddenly realized that I was quite happy, and I wasn’t the only one who noticed. When I went to the grocery store people kept looking me in the eye, smiling, and saying hello. It was strange because I usually feel somewhat invisible. Not in a bad way, more like in an undercover, superhero kind of way. Like I can move stealthily through my day and not garner a lot of attention. Perhaps it’s the writer and artist in me, wanting to blend into the background so I can observe and gather bits and pieces of people’s lives for later use. But there was no hiding yesterday. I felt like I had a spotlight shining down on me exclaiming, “Hey, look at her, she’s a happy friendly person!”
The interesting thing is, I woke up yesterday with the same blessings and the very same worries that I had the day before. When I did a search for books about happiness on Amazon I got 260,732 results. That’s a lot of books, most of them proclaiming that they can teach people how to be happy. Which is probably a good thing because when I searched for depression I got 263,382 hits. A close race, but unless the results are tallied in Florida, I would say that depression wins hands down. Where am I going with this? I honestly don’t know. Just like I don’t know why I was feeling bummed on Wednesday but woke up happy on Thursday. But I do know this much, even though I lost my cloak of invisibility it felt pretty good to be happy, so I’m simply going to enjoy walking in that spotlight for as long as it keeps on shining.
The photo above is of my daughter-in-law Meagan, my niece Aryielle, and Mr. bookbabie at a family dinner. Every time Meagan smiled at her, the baby totally cracked up, it was so funny and sweet we had tears streaming down our faces from laughing so hard. I wanted an image that illustrated happiness and every time I see that picture I can’t help but smile:)
Some people never find it, some only pretend, but I just want to live happily ever after every now and then. Jimmy Buffet
The brain is an odd and powerful thing. Post impressionist painters were the first art people to show in their work how the mind and feelings absolutely shape and color the world. It is so odd how some days are better than others. I wonder why people are made that way. It makes no sense to me.
I can see why that photo makes you smile. Adorable. 🙂
Sending smiles your way…
really nice one and keep it up!
I can see why it makes you smile. They all look so happy, and have beautiful smiles themselves!
you know sometime I feel like you do with the “spot light” when you want to be un-noticed, but i think “what do I have a boggier hanging out of my nose?” LOVE the photo at the top of your blog, now that made me smile.
Oh man Paige, I didn’t think of that…I’m never going back to that store again!
just seeing your photo gives ME hope that happiness can be found somewhere…
I can certainly relate. Its almost like you have to decide to grab your happiness when it decides to appear. You have a beautiful family.
Happiness is a choice we make everyday….regardless of what life is throwing your way!