Lately, I’ve seen an awful lot of gratitude and happiness #100happydays hashtags on the social medias. I have to say, the 100 days of happy challenge is refreshing, for more than one reason.
First of all, being battered by constant negativity is bad for your mental and emotional health. If your Facebook feed is filled with haters, it’s going to affect you. That was a lesson I learned early in life. When I surrounded myself with sarcasm and glass half full kind of people, it was harder to see the reasons to laugh. When I moved towards people bubbling with optimism, suddenly anything seemed possible. Not to say I don’t appreciate some solid sarcasm and dry humor…I do. But I much prefer to hold onto happiness where I can.
This past week a good friend of mine lost her horse and all of us barn girls felt the pain of it. It was an animal we had all worked with, loved and enjoyed watching them bloom together. They had been in each other’s lives almost as long as we had all been friends.
With any loss, though, comes the negative side of life. Pain. Bitterness. Blame.
None of us wanted that for our friend. The grieving process is hard. If we were in a logical frame of mind during our hard times, we would never chose to make it worse on ourselves…but so often, we do just that. If you aren’t in the habit of happiness, it’s easy to fall into the trap of negativity.
We all encouraged our friend as best we could, and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. Point out the positives. Smile. Laugh. Remember the good memories. Be grateful for the time you had and the experiences that shape us.
Maybe the 100 happy days challenge isn’t your thing…you’re not a hashtagger by nature. But the lesson is applicable to all of our lives. Our perception of a situation almost always affects our reaction. If you view something as overwhelming, its easy to feel helpless. However, if you make an effort to make the best of something, it’s much easier to find your happy place.
You can face things out of your control without acting out of control. In fact, one of the few things in life you can control is your reaction to life. So ask yourself, would you prefer to wallow? Or would you prefer to shine?
Train yourself to appreciate, to be grateful, to smile and to laugh. It won’t always be easy. Generally speaking, life is hard. But you will get so much more out of it if you let go of the small stuff and embrace the blessings that comes your way, however big or small those blessings happen to be.
As my buddy Nick used to say, “Live Life :: Love Life”. :-)
So…this is really kinda sorta a photography blog. Why did I choose that particular photo for this soap box speech? Because it makes me happy. haha I printed up for the winner of our quotes project, Marie and loved the way it turned out. I felt pride that the effort I put into the image came through in the print. I loved the feeling it gave me when I looked at it. It was, in a nutshell, a smile-maker. And I wanted to make you guys smile. :-)
Enjoy your holiday weekend, friends! Next week we a revealing a super cool collaborative project, so stay tuned!