Recognize Your “Happy”

Melsha Shea lives on the other side of the Rockies from me. She loves snow and roasting marshmallows over the campfire. On the first day of summer this year she wrote in her blog:

For the next 93 days I’m going to do one thing every single day that brings me joy”.

She chose to capture her journey visually on Instagram, encouraging others to follow and share in her progress. Ahem, as I am not on Instagram, I missed the action. I caught up with Melsha at the end of summer after reading her blog, “My 20 Favorite Moments of the Summer”.

I loved the occasion where she let her inner child loose and climbed a tree. Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I did that. I’m definitely adding tree climbing to a future happiness list.

In chatting with Melsha, she admitted that while she’d thought she was going to have a hard time finding joy every day, she discovered that the project showed her at least one moment every day and multiple moments on most days.

At the beginning of October, I published my Happiness List for the month. Here’s what I’ve discovered so far:

• Having the list is motivating me to complete them all and not defer things to ‘when I have more time’, or ‘when I feel like it’.

• My camera skills are ‘point and click’. However, my small Nikon is forcing me to become fully engaged in the moment and calm my running inner dialogue. Suddenly I discover that I’m frolicking, laughing and happy.

• Both Melsha and I are aware that part of the joy experience is being able to share it with others. While I’m grateful for my family and friends who I keep dragging into my adventures, I’m also grateful to digital and social media for allowing me to expand my network in a new way.

• In the end, working my happiness list is a tool or a practice like so many out there. It creates an environment in which I consciously focus on recognizing and embracing joyful moments, feeling the joy that resides within. And that is a good thing.

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” ~Lucille Ball

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