Wow, I guess that's a lie. I guess lately I haven't been thinking very happy thoughts. Except, not about anyone else--about myself. I seriously didn't realize until this moment that while I've got the speaking happy down, and thinking happy thoughts about others, I haven't been doing happy things and I haven't been thinking happy thoughts about myself.
But I'm here to talk about acting happy this week.
I've been thinking about what it means to do happy. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” So if you're thinking good things about people, about life, about yourself; and you're speaking words of kindness and goodness, your actions should reflect those things.
By ensuring the happiness of others. Caring for your children, your spouse, your parents. Your neighbors and friends. Spending some time outside, soaking in the sunshine, filling your senses with the sweet smell of spring.
Or pursuing your talents, your hobbies, feeding your soul with the things that bring you joy.
See, that's where I've been going wrong. I've lost sight of what brings me joy. For me, just realizing where I've lost sight of my priorities is enough to set me right again. It's just a minor course correction.
The point is, it's all connected. What you think, what you say, what you do.
I'm making the necessary adjustments. I'm telling myself sweet nothings (you're so awesome, ali. look at you! look how beautiful you are! :D) and I'm going to do more of the things that make me happy. Write for the right reasons. Spend time with my family. Spend time outdoors. Allow myself to work a little less and live a little more.
How about you? What will you do to bring happiness?