This image was taken by me a few months ago. It made me feel good and it made me happy because I was doing something I enjoy, cloud watching, right before I watched the sunset of course. I was out in nature which is full of happiness. If you look closely enough you can even see a heart in the clouds.💙
While every day should be a day to celebrate happiness, March 20th for many is the official International Day of Happiness, founded by Jayme Illien and adopted by the United Nations who announced the official day in July of 2012. The celebration was celebrated for the first time in 2013 as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world, and a reminder that it does not have to come from materialistic things. Happiness can come in the form of friendship, family, health, spirituality, and greater self-awareness.
There is a difference between material happiness, which implies having all the basic (or extravagant) comforts necessary to live life, and spiritual happiness, which implies something else altogether.
The quote above comes from chapter 41 of a book titled The Teenager’s Guide To The Real World by Marshall Brain. I’ve never read this book before but I am quite interested now after reading a bit about it on bygpub. Have you read or heard of it? If not I encourage you to check this chapter out at least, it’s just one page. Chapter 41: Material Things Will Not Bring You Happiness. The book has 46 chapters but you can read 20 chapters online free! I’m not a teenager anymore and it would obviously probably benefit teenagers more but I think adults could probably pick up a thing or two as well. The website looks to be a bit outdated but still able to read, the book was originally published in 1997. The chapter even goes deeper by discussing the meaning of life. There were a few things I disagreed with, and I almost stopped reading at some point but I’m glad I continued to the end.
No matter where you are in life and what your situation may be. If you allow materialistic things to be the source of your happiness, you give power for it to be taken away. If you have happiness within yourself no one, and no situation will be able to take it away from you.
So today I have a challenge. How many of you can come up with a list of 20 things that make you happy? That’s right- 20! BUT the list can not include anything materialistic (money, shopping, having a nice car/big house and so on). If you accept this challenge repost this or create your own post with your list. Here is mine:
20 Things That Make Me Happy:
- Knowing I’ve helped or inspired someone
- Giving compliments
- Seeing people uplift/encourage each other instead of putting each other down or trying to compete
- Reaching goals
- Deep conversation
- The power of a good book
- Writing/Blogging/Being creative in general
- A night sky full of stars or a beautiful sunset/nature
- Alone time when I need it
- Being with true friends/family
- Seeing a mother with her baby (I am happy to see father’s with their baby as well, but there’s more of an emotional impact with a mother since I’ve grown up without mine)
- Animals (kittens especially make me happy)
- Feeling full of energy/good vibes
- Learning new things
- Visiting new places
- Waking up every morning because one day I won’t be able to
- Love, in general
- Knowing that I am becoming more comfortable and confident in myself and growing into this beautiful person inside and out
I did it! Can you? If you don’t think you can come up with 20 things that make you happy, how about a list of 20 happy/positive quotes? Comment below or make your own post.
Don’t worry, be happy!