All of us are no stranger to happiness, and it is impossible to say that a certain person has never felt happier in their entire life, or even just let out a brief smirk. Yes, we may experience bad times in our lives, but we still got that feeling of happiness even just from small, worthless things.
I still remember a friend shared the story of his experience. There was a time when he went on his own to look for a job in downtown Minnesota and end up sleeping on the streets or the local park. Because he doesn’t have anywhere to go to and even don’t have enough money to buy himself a decent meal. Then, when he was sleeping on a makeshift bed made out of cardboard and scraps just beside Walmart, he was awakened by a rustle beside him. What he saw surprised him: a mother cat just dragged her two kittens beside him to warm the kittens up. He then curled up so that they are situated on his stomach side. That time he felt a bit happy because he knows that somehow he had helped a poor animal and her kittens.
With that story, I just have realized that no matter how dire out situations are, we can still fell happy even just of a little while. And that brief moment of happiness is the spark that will light up our motivation to conquer our current dilemma. We may learn a couple of things through that experience about happiness.
Choose To Be Happy
Happiness is a choice. I choose to see the brighter side of things and I choose to be happy and thankful. That it is still not too late for me get myself up from negativity and look forward to a positive thing that can happen later on. A lot of people say that happiness is directly connected to a person’s mood. And moody people tend to be less happy than the rest because that’s how they are. But in reality, they are not happy all the time because they choose to. We have the switch to either turn our happiness on or off at any time. And it is more pleasant to turn it on all the time.
Don’t Worry, Everything Will Be Alright
Worrying is our reaction if we feel unsure of something that is about to happen. Possibly in a bad way. Keeping yourself worried to all the possible things that may happen will turn you into a paranoid. Who always feel anxious and in doubt of what they afterward do. To lessen your worries, you always need to think of Murphy’s Law (whatever can go wrong, will go wrong). Accept uncertainty, afterward ask yourself if the problem is solvable or not. If it is, then you can just correct it afterward. Not indulging to worries is a key factor in having a happy life.
Laugh With a Friend
We, humans, are social creatures who revel in the company of others. And what better way to be happy than sharing it with others, right? Having someone to be with and laugh with greatly helps in improving your overall mood and increasing your happiness. Laughing and enjoying the moment releases us from stress and lifts up the burdens and problems we carry. No wonder why happy people are more social and friendly compared to others.
One more thing to note about happy people is that they tend to be more appreciative than others. They tend to say the words “thank you” and “I appreciate it” frequently. Letting people know that you appreciate what they do to you, even if it just the little ones, will go a long way. This will make them feel acknowledged and will also feel that what they did means a lot to you.
I guess you are wondering what happened to my friend after that incident, right? Well, he got a job at a nearby doughnut shop. Got enough cash to get an apartment, and got a girlfriend. Then, after another two years, he got a good paying job in his brother-in-law’s business. All I can say is just because of that mother cat and two kittens. Realizing the importance of not letting yourself get drowned in negativity and there is always a way out of it. Learning the importance of finding happiness in even just the smallest things, for small happiness will lead to much greater ones. Thus making you a much better person in the end.