Wow. Talk about Terrific Tuesday!
This is going to be a smorgasbord of things to make you FEEL GOOD, find GRATITUDE, SMILE, LAUGH, and hopefully radiate more HAPPINESS.
Thanks to my wonderful sister in law, it was brought to my attention that tomorrow is actually the first UN International Day of Happiness! Visit the website and sign the pledge: I will try to create more happiness in the world around me. Let’s help happiness spread like wildfire (or perhaps like contagious laughter) and share some good feelings, good deeds and good actions in your community. Use the #happyday hashtag on twitter… and then keep going! And make every day a happy one for you & those around you!!!
One of my “keys to happiness” is GRATITUDE. If you find yourself struggling to find the joy in your life, discovering the little things you’re grateful for may help to open that door. To combat depression and seek happiness this is exactly what Hailey did when she began her 365 Grateful project. As a photographer she captured images of little things in her day that she loved and was thankful for. It has subsequently become a book and is in production to become a film! Visit the website to learn more, and to unleash the “extraordinary power of gratitude”.
From time to time I think we all struggle to find the joy in life. It’s often due to the stresses of our every day lives. Pressures and deadlines in our jobs, being overwhelmed by our to do lists and the lack of time to get things done, and the want for more down time (or in my case currently – too much down time). I find myself fighting the flow of life. Like a fish trying to swim upstream I waste so much energy trying to be happy. When in fact, I think that deep down our true nature is one of happiness. I believe that as children we come into this world with a certain understanding of ourselves and of life. I believe it is this knowledge that feeds our intuition and instincts. However our challenge in life is that we experience and are taught things that may veer from this innate truth. That is why I love and appreciate children so much. Some of the things they say reveal their understanding and how they see the world. Watch this video and take a peek at some of the incredible insights of this nine year old:
Can you let go of your head and trust your instincts? Listen to that voice deep inside and know your truth…
Finally, this is a feel good video that may move you to tears (ok it may just be me and my ‘over active tear ducts’). Before I moved to England, I had the privilege of working with Special Olympians in rhythmic gymnastics. It was such an incredible opportunity that filled me with love and helped my heart grow bigger than the grinch’s!!! This video was taken from Dale Lowe’s blog. Kitchener, Ontario will host the Special Olympics International Tournament over the next few days and this video (taken last year) shows an incredible example of the spirit of sport and what true sportsmanship is!
The motto this year is “Yes I Can”.
You can too.
You can be grateful. You can be happy. You can share your joy and inspire others. You can do good deeds and help others. You can trust yourself and know that you are a part of this incredible web of life and the universe. You can make a difference. You can be the difference.