The Happy Bug

Just yesterday while I was waiting for my yoga class to begin I read an article in “Woman’s Day” magazine regarding happiness. Happiness seems to be a hot topic these days- everybody wants it and it seems most generally have it.  According to this magazine, 67% of people are “happy enough”, but only 11% are “blissfully” happy. When I woke up this morning, I would describe myself as “happy enough” but I definitely did not sing and dance to the kitchen to make my oatmeal. I have been exceptionally happy before though; but what is the trick? Through this blog- and your input- I hope to find out!
 While happiness seems to be a popular craze for adults- my generation, the young adults of today, still hasn’t been bitten by the happiness bug. I think we often see happiness in our future; our graduation, our wedding day, the perfect job, or our children. I often hear people my age wishing away their lives: “I can’t wait for this semester to be over”, “I can’t wait for it to be summer”, or “I can’t wait for the weekend”- but what about today? There is no waiting for today: it is already here.
 This blog is dedicated to young adults. We have the opportunity TODAY to decide what and who makes us happy- why not do those things and be with those people as much as possible? So many adults wake up in a mid life crisis because they didn’t follow their “happy trail” when they were young. Don’t be ashamed of what makes you happy- embrace it! And if you are not a young adult- I invite you to still participate. The best lessons come from life experiences and I would love it if you still shared your wisdom.
 I leave you with this quote for today:
 “Change your mind. Then change it again because nothing is permanent. So make as many mistakes as you can. That way, someday, when they ask again what we want to be… We won’t have to guess. We’ll know.”
Yes, that is from the new movie Eclipse from the Twilight Saga. I told you this blog was dedicated to young adults!
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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Comments

  1. Hey Lauren! Keep up the good work. This is great.

    Posted on 7.11.10 | Reply
  2. Fabulous post, Lauren! I agree wholeheartedly. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “I will be happy when [fill-in-the-blank] happens…” But with that mindset, you could spend your whole life waiting for the next thing to happen that will *finally* make you happy! I think the trick is to celebrate the things in your life that make you happy TODAY and then actively working to change the things you aren’t so happy about. “The Sunny Side Up!” will help us all do that!

    Posted on 7.12.10 | Reply
  3. Five Daily Gratitudes for Sunday July 11, 2010
    1. The smile of my neighbor, Desiree: She and her father were playing volleyball when I drove by and she always greets me with the biggest smile and wave.
    2. The best chicken sandwich: Guacamole and all.
    3. Street fair with my dad: Tacky clothes for sale, deep fried twinkies, and rides that could break at any moment. Classic.
    4. My new, purple, and owl-adorned planner: I love to be organized!
    5. Dinner with my parents: I wish we did this so much more. Even if the baked potatoes turned out Griswald Family Christmas style.

    Posted on 7.12.10 | Reply

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