Did you miss the good news?
Yesterday was International Happiness Day. We didn't realize it until today. However, we did choose to be happy yesterday, and we will again today. It's important for us to remember no matter what is going on in life, we can still choose to be happy. Yes, it's a choice. Even now, during these difficult times.
Yesterday marked a week since our sweet Mac's (aka McKinley) passing, and Bernie picked up his ashes. The bag included a tuft of his soft creamy fur and the paw print memento shown in the photo. We could have easily felt overwhelmed with sadness the rest of the afternoon. Instead, after a few tears, we sat on the porch and toasted the good times. We chose happiness.
Yesterday, we focused on gratitude for the time we shared with Mac. Gratitude is a perfect antidote for sadness. In fact, there's science to back it up. "Gratitude makes sure that while in the midst of things that give us a dose of negative feelings, we don't lose sight of the good." When the brain experiences gratitude, there is an increase in neurochemicals that foster closeness, connection, and happiness.
Yesterday, negative news filled the headlines. Therefore, we decided to check out of the non-stop loop. It's no wonder we missed the side note about International Happiness Day. However, in retrospect, we really didn't. We chose to honor our intention to live our lives with a positive mindset. Moment by moment. We chose happiness.
Dr. Wayne Dyer notes one of the most self defeating behaviors is looking for the secret of happiness outside of ourselves. As Dyer would tell us, "There is no way to happiness, happiness itself is the way."