It was toward the end of 2015 that I came across an online post that introduced me to the “happiness jar.” I was to write down a happy thought or a moment every day, place the note in the jar at the end of the day, and read and reminisce about all of my happy moments at the end of the year.
Seemed simple enough!
The “happiness jar” challenge turned out to be more difficult than I thought. For someone who is not necessarily known for her positivism, and is a kind of person who worries about everything (I sometimes even worry about why there is nothing to worry about), I had my work cut out for me. I had to learn to focus on the positives more than the negatives, and be mindful of every little thing.
The happiness jar became a way of life. It taught me the importance of mindful living. I became more grateful, positive, optimistic, humble, and “happier.” Even during the hardest times and days, I knew that I still had to think of a happy thought before going to bed and that alone brought me peace and tranquillity. The most challenging times were the days that I knew “there is nothing happy about today” and “things cannot get any worse.” Whether it was the loss of my grandparents, a stressful day at work/school, and/or the consequential emotional, physical, and financial challenges of being an adult, it was all an attempt to drag me to the “unhappy side.” But to my surprise, every day had the unexpected ability and power to bring a smile to my face. Whether it was the many groundhogs on my way to work, my graduation day, not having to wait for the bus, spending time with my family, finding the job that I love, or just coming home to my partner and our cats at the end of a long day, they all showed me the power of mindful living and the true meaning of happiness.
By Dec 31st, I have intentionally had 366 happy thoughts/moments.
Happiness is not ready made. It is a way of life. It is how you choose to take on each and every day. It is what you choose to focus on. I am still figuring it all out for myself, but I do know this: Happiness is family. Happiness is yours and your family’s health. Happiness is having a loving home – wherever or whatever that might be. Happiness is the ability to smile in the midst of sadness and difficulties. Happiness is a hot cup of tea and a silly Christmas movie. Happiness is to love and to be loved. Happiness is my parents, siblings, and the rest of my family. Happiness is my partner and our cats!
Our days are numbered and our lives are short. Enjoy what you have, in the moment you have it, and for as long as you have it. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be happy! Be healthy! The rest will work itself out…You will see…
Now, you may ask yourself ‘why the blog?‘ Well, here are some of my reasons (a.k.a excuses ):
First, I miss my “happiness jar!” So, I am hoping that this blog will help me to not only continue that exercise, but to also share my happy thoughts, moments, inspirations, life lessons, etc… with you, my readers!
Second, I hope to share my love of animals (particularly cats, mainly because we happen to have three amazing cats who have adopted us as their human parents!) with you.
Finally, I hope to share some of my experiences of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, along with some of my favourite recipes.
Well, I think this is plenty for now 🙂
Welcome to my blog!!! I hope you enjoy this journey with me, and hope to see you back again!