Happy International Day of Happiness
If I said I was ‘happy’ everyday I would be lying. I am certainly not a ray of sunshine everyday but I really do try to be. What I can say however, is that everyday I am optimistic. I am definatley a glass half full kinda girl.
If I am having a bad day or going through a bad time I am so optimistic that it will get better. I am learning that to be happy you can’t dwell on what has happened in the past but be happy and hopeful for what the present/future has to offer. I refuse to be anything but happy in my life atleast 80% of the time, and I truly am. No matter what has happened in my life or what may happen in the future I always strive to be positive and hopeful that happiness is just around the corner and it always is, you just need a little bit of perseverance.
I am currently reading ‘The little book of Hygge’ & I love it. It is based around the Danish way of living. Pronounced ‘Hue-guh’ it is basically illuminating the soul. According to author of The Little Book of Hygge Meik Wiking, ‘hygge’ can be defined as ‘Togetherness, relaxations, indulgence, presence and comfort. It all boils down to the pursuit of everyday happiness – the art of creating intimacy and cocoa by candlelight.’
I started to read it on Saturday and I realised, I am the definition of ‘Hygge’. Honest to God I even googled my last name to see if I come from Denmark. It is everything that I stand for. I find happiness in the most smallest things in life. Anyone that has stepped foot in my house will tell you there are always candles burning – it’s like a church. Take yesterday for example. I felt so content and happy. We had a day indoors just pottering around; candles burning, drinking tea, playing, watching tv, house chores, playing in the garden – I always make sure my house is a happy home. I treat it like a sanctuary. For me it is all about people coming round and relaxing. I always have candles burning, music in the background, endless offerings of cups of tea. Spending time with my friends and family in a relaxed and cosy environment is what rocks my boat the most!
So, what better day than a Monday to make a list and remind yourself of all the things in life that make you happy. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves now and again because it is so easy to oversee them. Like today for example – it’s dull, it’s Monday, you’re tired, run down.. but if you just remind yourself of what makes you happy and take some time to enjoy the things that do you will be surprised at how much it can shift your mood. Obviously there is a huge amount that makes me happy, but here are a few of the little things in life that do;
♡ A cup of tea in the morning and before bed
♡ When the sun sets and turns the sky pink
♡ Falling asleep on the BF which is pretty much an every night occurance as I rarely see past 9pm these days
♡ When Joseph wants a cuddle / falls asleep on me
♡ Anything by candle light
♡ Sitting in a coffee shop with a Caramel Lattee or Hot Chocolate
♡ A glass of wine and chit chat with my girls
♡ Cooking whilst listening to my other half and Joseph playing together
♡ Cooking for friends & family
♡ Roast dinner on a Sundays
♡ Winter walks
♡ A star filled sky
♡ Spring mornings. When it’s fresh but sunny
You get my drift. They are pretty obvious choices as I am sure many would chose the same ones. I could go on and list sooo many more but those are the little things in life that truly bring me happiness. Time well spent with the people that I love. So whatever day you may be having, take a little time to appreciate what is going right in your life rather than what is going wrong – Happy International Happiness Day ♡