A Dose of Happy

Happy

Junior High/Middle School is a tough time for most kids. I certainly had my struggles. I was far from popular, was picked on for being "poor," and wanted nothing more than to get out of there and onto high school where I believed life would really begin.

Which all boiled down to me being pretty depressed and sad most of the time.

Finally, my mother had had enough of my moping and sat me down on the bed in her room. She made me read aloud the little counted-cross-stitch design hanging on her wall. It was a paraphrase of an Abraham Lincoln quote:

We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.

She explained to me that happiness is a choice. It doesn't matter what life throws at you. You could have the worst luck in the world, but you always have the choice to determine how you're going to deal with it.

You could let life beat you down - turning you into the cliched crotchety old man threatening young whippersnappers with a shotgun to stay off his lawn. Or, when you find yourself knocked backwards, you can dust yourself off, take a deep breath and put a smile on your face. 

Everyone has SOMETHING to be thankful for. When life becomes difficult, think of the good things. Maybe your good thing is that smile from a loved one that says "I'm so glad to see you." Maybe it's the feel of a cool breeze on your face. Maybe it's as simple as realizing that you woke up this morning still breathing and with your heart still beating.

Whatever you go through in life, find the good things, and let them bring you joy. 

Choose happiness.

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Gratitude Is Happiness Doubled By Wonder

This week we celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States.

Gratitude Is Happiness Doubled

Holidays can be tough. They aren't always the perfect picture presented in glossy advertisements for cranberry sauce. Today, no matter where you are - with beloved friends, which difficult family, or by yourself with a frozen turkey dinner - take a moment to think of one thing for which you are thankful. Allow that sense of wonder and gratitude to wash over your heart.

What was your one thing?

I'm thankful for my daughter. She brightens up every day of my life.

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Dose Of Happy: Summertime

 

Last week was officially the start of my summer break between semesters. I have kicked ass in school for the first two semesters of my library science master's program, and I deserve a little break.

Why is this my happy today?

Because last week I didn't know what to do with myself other than work, I was getting restless. But I have found lots of things to do. It will be a great, fulfilling summer.

I'm stoked about being busy and having fun, while leaving the stress behind.

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What's your Happy?

Don't think you have one? Look harder. Something will make you smile today. 

We want to know! 

Share it with the world on your blog and then link up below, tweet it out (hashtag #DOHMonday #WithTheBand) or share it on Facebook. Whatever you want to do, do it. Just find a bit of happy in this Monday! 

 

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Dose Of Happy: Making A Comeback

 

A little more than a year ago, I was a victim of workplace bullying. The bullies got me fired from two jobs and as a result, I had a mental breakdown. It wasn’t pretty.

I’ve worked in one specific field for the last ten years, but I promised myself I would never go back to it because they had ruined it for me. I let my certification lapse. I gave up. If it weren’t for the love I got from The Band, I don’t know how I would have survived.

Today I am going back to work. 

Not just any work, either. I’m going back into my chosen profession and I’m excited about it. I love my job and always have, even when it was stressful and exhausting, so going back to it is a wonderful feeling.

My dose of happy is my new job and the knowledge that the bullies may have hurt me, but they didn’t win. I won’t let them!

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What's your Happy?

Don't think you have one? Look harder. Something will make you smile today. 

We want to know! 

Share it with the world on your blog and then link up below, tweet it out (hashtag #DOHMonday #WithTheBand) or share it on Facebook. Whatever you want to do, do it. Just find a bit of happy in this Monday! 

 

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Dose Of Happy: Savings

 

I'm sure most of you are like me and wish a money tree would just sprout up in the middle of your home/yard.

Since the likelihood of that happening is pretty slim, I've had to look for ways to make our budget stretch. I'm big on clipping coupons and watching for sales. I've also gotten really into thrift shopping. It's more like a treasure hunt to me, and I'm always excited to see what I can find.

This weekend my fiance and I stopped in at a local thrift store on the way home from a date. We didn't have much time or a clear idea of what we were looking for. Sadly, he didn't find anything that he couldn't live without. 

Me? I struck pay-dirt! I found a novel that I read as a young teen that has always been on my "books to own" list as well as a summery t-shirt dress. 

Finding fun deals makes me happy. A cracked but well loved novel on my bookshelf makes me even happier.

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What's your Happy?

Don't think you have one? Look harder. Something will make you smile today. 

We want to know! 

Share it with the world on your blog and then link up below, tweet it out (hashtag #DOHMonday #WithTheBand) or share it on Facebook. Whatever you want to do, do it. Just find a bit of happy in this Monday! 

 

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