Happiness Tingle

Yup, another post about happiness. In a blog post last week,  I invited you to write about happiness and link back to my blog. When I am focused on a topic, I see it everywhere – in my flower garden, books,  quotes and on the back of cereal boxes! If you have a tip, secret or awareness about happiness and care to share, leave a comment below!

Here are a list of words that immediately take me to a good zone. Ready? (Feel free to add your own to this list!)

Taking a hike to Rabbit Mountain in Lyons, CO
Click photo: Lace up your boots and let’s hike!
  • Bask
  • Bliss
  • Dance
  • Engage
  • Dream
  • Move
  • Laugh
  • Learn
  • Travel
  • Read
  • Sing
  • Share
  • Thank
  • Listen
  • Appreciate
  • Blog (of course)

For each of these I can write a full post about how this word brings me a sense of happiness …but that would take the mystery out of it.

What words give you a happiness tingle?

Key to Happiness #1

Three year old singing with his heart and soul on a table in the gazebo!
Three-year old singing with his heart and soul!

My number one source of happiness comes when I am  with my grandson.  We see each other at least once a week and I am enthralled when we are together. He is funny, smart and engaging. I am funny, encouraging and willing to teach as well as learn.

This young person makes me laugh, makes me question “why I do things that way”, offers insight from 36 inches off the floor and remembers everything I say.

In the course of 30 minutes, you can find us playing hide and seek, wearing bandanas and cowboy boots, playing with cars and making towers that we can knock down with pillows.

We have our favorite libraries and playgrounds and we are always open and ready to try one more.

His presence allows me to have a ‘Do Over’ where I can get it right this time. Even though I was from a large family, I still had to learn the art of motherhood as I went along. There are some things I wished I had done differently and with my grandson in my life, I get to apply the wisdom I’ve acquired!

In this photo (umm, yes, I always have my camera ready!) he is singing me some wonderful song as he stands atop the stage (he’s on the picnic table) for the whole world to see. I have a huge grin every time I see this picture. Click the photo to see a larger image.

So many more things to share with you – Hope you liked this one!

Check out the photography that brings Reb happiness at colderweather.com

Where does happiness come from?

Happy baby
Happiness can rub off you!

Where does happiness come from? In the world today with all the ups and downs that we face, we still run into people who radiate happiness. And when we find people like that, we want to be around them because their happiness rubs off. It truly does.

In my opinion, happy people ‘think happy thoughts’ thereby drawing more good things to them.  They are optimistic, have a healthy sense of humor and find the good in each person or opportunity. They listen more than they talk and when they do talk they find a way to express something good about a person or situation.

Happy people feel frustration with some people, just like the rest of us; however, they don’t spend time dwelling on the negative where there are so many good people, opportunities and things in the world.

You may notice happy people draw attention to the everyday things and make them special. They comment on colorful items, notice smells, compliment someone for something trivial and put attention on you. They say ‘thank you’ all the time and mean it!

Most of all, happy people don’t realize their presence. They laugh, smile and are successful in ways that you can’t measure.

Happiness is an attitude. Own it, claim it and live it.

And smile…