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50 Shades of Happiness

Finding what makes us happy can sometimes be a difficult journey. I remember when my oldest daughter went to college – every year she changed her major trying to find what she enjoyed the most.

Finding Happiness is a series of trials and errors, until we find the right thing, hobby, career, or even relationship that fills our hearts and souls with joy.

Happy can come from a favorite song, book, or movie. A smell of your favorite flower, a taste of your favorite food. Something that evokes a happy memory from the past.

Me with two of my grandchildren.
Me with two of my grandchildren.

Happiness can be simply in achieving inner peace. Happiness may be noting more than not feeling pain, whether emotional or physical.

Some of my HAPPY triggers are:

  • Songs that are tied to happy memories
  • The sauteed shrimp at Pirates Cove in Garibaldi, Oregon
  • Being wrapped in the arms of the one I love
  • Hugs, especially from my children and grandchildren
  • Writing
  • Dancing
  • Going for a walk just after a rainstorm
  • Spring flowers
  • Kittens and puppies
  • #Coldstone cheesecake icecream
  • My toes in the sand on a warm beach
  • A glass of Cabernet at a sidewalk cafe in Europe
  • Sleeping in
  • Popcorn with extra butter
  • Laughing until my sides ache
  • Kisses
  • Laying under the August sky watching the meteor showers
  • Making someone else’s day better by something I’ve said or done

    playing in the fountain
    playing in the fountain

What are some of your Shades of Happy? I would love to hear from you!

Be Happy

I remember once, my mom telling me, above all else, she just wanted me to be happy.

I think about that often. Am I happy? What makes me happy?

I think the best way to describe true happiness is when we feel completely at peace with exactly what we have. When we don’t need anything else, when we don’t need anyone to do anything for us.

I am happy, just the way I am, right now.

Outside influences and relationships add experiences to my life, but they do not affect my happiness. Because my happiness is my choice.

I choose happiness.

I appreciate the blessings in my life and claim the good still unfolding.

Whether I am praying alone, playing with friends, or planning an

Me with two of my grandchildren.
Me with two of my grandchildren.

adventure, I am content with myself and with others. In this moment, I am enough and I have enough to be happy.

Choose happiness!