International Happiness Day - Did you miss it?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

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." 

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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
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I love Mac's paw print, we got one too of Timber.  So sweet.  So glad you two chose the opportunity to unplug and enjoy the moment.  We enjoyed a nice cup of coffee and stroll through Bend today... felt good!  

Mar 22, 2020 04:59 PM #23
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Hi Debb and Bernie- I saw your comment on Roy's post and had to see how your mom is doing. Please tell her that the NFL channel is replaying some good NFL games on its channel. In fact, I'm watching the replay of this year's Super Bowl when the Chiefs won. They're replaying the Seahawks v Steelers game tomorrow at noon CST. 

Mar 22, 2020 07:43 PM #24
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Debb, what a sweet post, and can imagine your sadness over Mac's passing.  Someday (probably soon) Mia will cross the bridge too, and will be heart broken.   International Happiness Day can still be celebrated with friends that care!

Mar 23, 2020 11:40 AM #25
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And today is National Puppy Day! 

If we can just remember to 'default to gratitude'  . . .

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thank you 

 

Mar 23, 2020 03:21 PM #26
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Hard to focus on the "happiness" with such uncertainty and chaos in the air, but your post and it's message is a great one for these times. Thanks!

 

Mar 23, 2020 05:19 PM #27
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I try to stay happy and positive every single day... (It works for me

 Happy Monday Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Mar 23, 2020 09:47 PM #28
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Debb & Bernie  I am confident the majority of the US missed this day and wished they did not... now with that said I agree it is a choice and I keep trying to convince Diane of that, Endre

Mar 23, 2020 11:06 PM #29
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Kathy Streib thanks again for the feature in your weekly picks. I appreciate it - and here's to another day of choosing happiness. 

 

Hi Carol Williams - yes, it is a nice memento of Mac and a total surprise. Let's choose happy again today, the Governor has finally made our Stay-cation official. 

Mar 24, 2020 07:15 AM #30
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Myrl Jeffcoat - I can tell from your posts that you do choose happiness. It's the only way to live. 

Mar 24, 2020 07:16 AM #31
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Sheila Anderson Brian England and Kat Palmiotti - there are always reasons to be grateful, even when it seems things are uncertain, like now. It really gets down to the simple things. Grateful for legs strong enough to walk/run, the sound of wind in the trees, birds singing, love from a pet....

Mar 24, 2020 07:18 AM #32
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Hi Roy Kelley our Governor finally made it official - our two week mandate begins this week. We've already been volunteering and staying home, but so many people ignored it, he had to order a two week stay-at-home.  It's the old, " it can't happen to me thinking." 

Mar 24, 2020 07:20 AM #33
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Grant Schneider wouldn't it be great if this brings about more kindness, respect, and empathy in the world. 

Mar 24, 2020 07:21 AM #34
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 gratitude is one of the best ways to choose happy. We do miss Mac terribly, but we focus on being grateful for the adventures we shared. Thank you so much.

Hi there, Jeff Dowler, CRS - we are focusing on gratitude right now. Some days it is the little things - sounds of birds, great coffee, a house we love...we are lucky ( like you ) to have a spouse to share this with, I feel for folks who are alone. 

Mar 24, 2020 07:24 AM #35
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I am wishing you and your loved ones happy days, good health, and the blessings of nature. 

Gratitude, isn't really gratitude, if it doesn't come from the heart and soul. To me, you're like a soul sister here on AR who really gets what it means to have a kindship with nature. 

Mar 25, 2020 05:30 AM #36
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Debb

I truly enjoyed reading this. It gave me a bit of comfort for I have no kids nor pets. I do have several friends who keep prompting me to get a dog. Who knows.... cheers cvc

Mar 25, 2020 08:25 AM #37
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Curtis Van Carter do it. They are the best and most loyal friends we can ever have in life. 

Mar 25, 2020 08:33 AM #38
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I feel like the world did miss it but now we shall celebrate iin a whole different way once we get our lives back on track. :)

Mar 26, 2020 11:11 PM #39
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Nice tribute to Mac the cat!  Let's make every day be a happiness day!  I wish it was so easy to make it true for everyone.

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I just wanted to read what makes my friend's happy again...

Happy Saturday Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Mar 28, 2020 08:37 AM #41
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I missed it but I am happy and I glad I read your post!  Wishing everyone Happiness!

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