“Happy” reminds us that happiness is a choice, along with a million other emotions such as anger, joy, melancholy, peace, and so on. When we consciously pay attention to our emotions, we put ourselves in the position to examine them and thus give ourselves the option in that moment to change our minds about how we really want to feel.
“Happy” also shows us that happiness comes in many colors, forms, and flavors. It asks us to stop using something outside of ourselves to “make us happy” and instead find it within ourselves. We can start by broadening our perspective on what constitutes happiness. For many people, just taking a deep breath, seeing a newly bloomed flower, or hearing their favorite piece of music makes them happy.
From University of Minnesota professor emeritus David Lykken about being happy he states “…everyone has the ability to train their brains to live a happier life. It takes work and practice, of course, but researchers have discovered that if you “practice” happiness, you’ll feel happier.”
With the myriad of emotions available to us on any given day, how about today we decide to be happy.
0.75″ x 1.125″ x 0.375″ (1.75 x 2.5 x 1 cm)