I'm not saying I'm an expert on happiness, but I do know that it is something that everyone strives for in this life. "Happiness is the object and design of our existence", as the Prophet Joseph Smith once said. And I do know that happiness is what motivates us to do things like work harder, be stronger and better, learn more, find peace, find religion, find answers and direction in life--you name it. I think most people will agree that happiness is important.
When I wake up and hug my kids and play on the floor with them, I am happy. When I wake up and start cleaning and checking email and making lists of things I need to do, I am unhappy. (I can do it later!)
When I take all the extra free time I have to write in my personal journal, or read my scriptures, or read the latest issue of the Ensign, or read a good book, I am happy. When I use all my extra free time on cyberspace social networking, or clicking through the endless sea of blogs about people I don't even know, I am unhappy. When I wake up and say my own prayers and pray with my kids, I am happy. When I exercise I am happy. When I don't exercise I am unhappy. When I watch a good movie with my husband I am happy. When I idly flip channels on cable I am unhappy. Holding and snuggling our baby makes me happy. Thinking about ever being away from my baby makes me unhappy. Working outside of my home would make me extremely unhappy. Spending time with Micah makes me happy, hence getting our kids to bed at 8 o'clock pm makes me happy.(although waking up at the butt crack of morning makes me unhappy...but ya can't have it all) Being my authentic self makes me happy. When I help a Mom with breastfeeding I am happy. When I do nice things and serve others I am happy. When I eat a lot of junk food I am unhappy. When I finish an awesome sewing project I am happy. When I let a messy house stress me out I am unhappy. When I wake up each day happy and grateful to be mother to these 3 wonderful kids and wife to amazing Micah, I am happy.Oh and rainbows and pumpkins make me very happy......and on and on.....
Knowing what makes me happy and unhappy is pretty cool. I am going for happy these days, so spending more time doing what makes me happy and less time doing what makes me unhappy seems logical. I am grateful for God's help in helping me find the happy, keep the happy, and continue to follow the happy. I fully appreciate that He points me in the right directions (when I ask), because otherwise I could be a basket-case.
Everyone's happy is going to be different.
This is my happy right now.
I should also mention the happy inspiration I've received from reading this article, "Of Things that Matter Most." by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Some of my favorite quotes,
"In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e."
"We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strenghthen our families."
"I think most of us intuitively understand how important the fundamentals are. It is just that we sometimes get distracted by so many things that seem more enticing."
"As we evaluate our own lives with a willing mind, we will see where we have drifted from the more excellent way. The eyes of our understanding will be opened, and we will recognize what needs to be done to purify our heart and refocus our life."
Also, photo booth makes me happy:
"Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God."
— Joseph Smith Jr.