Happy: Adjective: feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc. - Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
A wedding. A birth. Two moments in life that make us feel 100% happiness.
A diagnosis. A worry. Moments that make us feel unhappy.
But that is it - happiness is just a feeling.
But it’s life, situations, that bring us those feelings. One thing that I’ve been pondering is how I can eliminate worry. Worry is one of my biggest hurdles. Life can’t be lived to its full potential when we focus our feelings on our problems. What if we tried focusing on what brings happiness? Let me share my five.
1. Food (and Coffee!)
Who doesn’t love food? In our house, we have a love-hate relationship with food. We love to eat it but hate to plan it out. (I’m working on this!) So, let me put it this way ~ we love to eat out. Having food prepared for me makes me happy.
But what happens when we do cook and I burn the food or it tastes disgusting? Do my feelings flip a switch and no longer chose happiness?
And, let’s not forget the coffee! Every morning, my brain thinks Coffee, Coffee, Coffee...You need coffee! When I take that first sip, it’s pure bliss.
2. Holidays, specifically Christmas.
My husband is already playing Christmas music. Wait, what month are we in? Oh, my. He has already heard one complaint from my mouth, so I won’t say much more on this. But Christmas brings us so much happiness! There’s just something about gathering with family and friends for a solid month (or more!) and worshipping the newborn King.
Before Christmas, we get to celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving. We hold the holidays even closer to our heart now that we have our first child. I have been so happy the past few weeks as I’ve bought her the cutest turkey outfit for Thanksgiving.
3. My husband.
My first love stepped into my life when I was an awkward ninth grader entering the new world of high school. Yuck. Looking back, I would be one of the first to say how young and immature we were. But, he made me happy and still does to this day. (Sorry, sappy!) He never fails to put a happy smile on my face when I may not feel happy. When we married five years ago, we mentioned that we may have a baby in five years. Who knew that would actually happen? That brings me to my next happy in life...
4. My daughter.
Wow. I don’t think I realized the happiness a 6 lb. 11 oz. baby girl would bring. But oh, she did, and does every. single. day. Now that she’s three months, twice the size, and changing daily, I can’t help but smile with happy tears in my eyes.
Although it may sound cliche - our faith is what holds us together. When I feel (there’s that feeling again) unhappy, Jesus calls me close. He tells me that there is joy within each situation of life--the happy times and the gloomy times. He didn’t promise the happy times always, but he promises to never leave us.
We have a choice of how to feel: happiness is one of those choices. You chose to be happy. Chose the things in life that bring you joy.
As we venture into this business as a family, we want to share our happiness and joy with you.