Remember to be happy.  Oh shoot, I totally forgot. Not really, but it’s easy to get bogged down with the day-to-day and all the tasks that ‘need’ to get done.  There are times when I am so focused on getting to the next that it’s not that I’m not happy, I’m just ‘going’ and not ‘being’.  I’ve learned to remind myself:  stop and just take a moment. I look up and the sky is beautiful, the sun is shining and the bigger picture comes into view. That picture is of happiness and what a beautiful picture it is!

Being a mother, tapping into happy is so accessible through my children.  Of course there are times when they are not happy and we are all looking for a place to hide. When there are no storms and those precious skies are clear, I see the bliss in them and it’s whirling and swirling around in their pure and innocent little selves.  I witness this, it’s their everyday and to me, the adult, this is called play. That funny and silly, non-selfconcious place is where a piece of happy can be found.  Getting lost in the moment, with them or with friends, letting go and just being silly for the sake of making someone else smile turns into sunshine.  Those times are an opportunity to learn to be happy.  The more and more it’s practiced, the lighter we are and happier we can be.  By letting the serious out and inviting the silly in, a shift can take place that can alleviate the stresses that come with daily life.  It’s like when you are watching children play, isn’t it true that all of a sudden you notice you are smiling and feeling their happiness?  Play is not just for children, the more we can consciously incorporate playfulness into our lives the more automatic it will be and the more in happiness we will be.

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