Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Be Happy

Are you happy? What makes you happy? I've found it's the little things. A favorite mug for my morning coffee. Laughing with my sons. Working at my desk, with my dog in my lap. Sunshine. Flowers. Finishing a workout. 

But, I've also found I feel happy when, I do something for someone else. Make pancakes for my boys - one with chocolate chips & blueberries, the other plain. Select the perfect gift for someone's birthday. Give a compliment. Make someone laugh. Say a kind word. Help where I can.

Research shows that happiness is important to life. Positive emotions have positive effects on health, longevity, personal relationships, creativity and work satisfaction. Happy people tend to be more successful, live longer, have better connections with family and friends, miss less work and donate more.

So, with that in mind, I invite you to join me tomorrow in celebrating the International Day of Happiness, designated by the United Nations

Do your part. Create an act of happiness. Hold a door, let someone go ahead of you, put money in an expired meter, call an old friend.  You can post it to actsofhappiness.org & share it with your friends by using #happyacts. For each act posted, Live Happy will donate $1 (up to $25k) to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
To keep that positivity going, Live Happy magazine is giving 2 of you a year's subscription to its new, uplifting magazine. Leave a comment telling me one thing that makes you happy and you'll be eligible! And, be sure to leave your email so I can be in touch! Open until midnight on 3/23.

Be Happy!

21 comments:

Katherine said...

Happiness can be contagious don't you think? I love the feeling of nudging someone out of their funky state of mind and bringing them to the brighter side of the day. It makes me feel good to see someone wear a smile they didn't think they had.

I Dream Of said...

How fitting that the International Day of Happiness is on the first day of spring! Love your list of things that make you happy and couldn't agree more that it is the little things, and doing for others, that make the most happiness. I'd be happy to focus on happy for a day! Maybe the world will be just a little brighter tomorrow - but wouldn't it be great if we could bring the same focus to our lives every day?

Hope there is lots in your life that makes you happy today, tomorrow and always, Elizabeth! XOXO

pve design said...

Elizabeth,
One thing that makes me happy is my faith and looking forward to things. Goodness and mercy are all around us and sharing this is something that each of us can embrace. I am the kind of person that can't wait to give a gift early. Giving makes me happy.

Love to commission you to create a few fun happy gifts to have on hand for me to spread happiness and grace to others. I always think of how happy your little favors are that spread so much JOY!
pve

Debbie said...

My family - especially my children and granddaughter.

Stacey said...

Awww, I love this! Undoubtedly my boys make me happy. Also, coffee and sunlight:-). Happy day to you lovely. xx

therelishedroost said...

It makes me happy when we are all around the dinner table and my girls are all chatting and happy and have had a good day! It only happens at holidays now since my eldest is at college, so I relish those moments!
Have a happy day!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

I love this, Elizabeth! Doing things for others always makes me happy. I will have to keep the day in mind tomorrow as we navigate the airport at LAX and the flight home. Have a beautiful day!! xoxo

The Buzz Blog said...

Our grandmother always said the happy is as happy does and it's true, happiness is contagious. We try to live our lives as Tiggers and not Eyeores!
xxoo
C + C

The enchanted home said...

Wow who knew there was a day devoted sole to happiness...I LOVE IT! I totally agree about how it puts a pep in our step when we do something kind for someone else...and i cannot think of a better day that on the international day of happiness!! Thank you for telling us...you think the news would spread the word! We could use a dose of happiness and good cheer....after the tragedy of Malaysian airline situation, I am heartbroken over it. Hope you are well and so happy you had fun in Texas!

marlene said...

Oh you are so right..from small acts of kindness to others. Happiness comes within ourselves. The smell of a flower, a grandparent holding a child's hand, giving a smile to someone or a compliment...that first cup of coffee in my favorite mug, the sun shining through the morning mist. What a beautiful post. What a great way to start Spring!

marlene said...

Oh you are so right..from small acts of kindness to others. Happiness comes within ourselves. The smell of a flower, a grandparent holding a child's hand, giving a smile to someone or a compliment...that first cup of coffee in my favorite mug, the sun shining through the morning mist. What a beautiful post. What a great way to start Spring!

Belmontgolfmom said...

I am happiest when my family is together and laughter surrounds us. Another mother once told me a mother is only as happy as her least happy child. Agreeing with this statement and realizing I only have one shot at raising each child, I am giving it my best effort with no regrets.

A Perfect Gray said...

yes! thanks for that reminder, E! This morning, the promise of spring is making me really happy. donna

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