Ssh! It’s a Secret! Well a “not-so-secret” Secret Society of Happy People.
Today, thousands of members from around the world join together to celebrate Happiness Happens month, which takes place during the entire month of August. The purpose of Happiness Happens Day (August 8th) and Month is to share happiness and encourage people to talk and think about happiness in their daily lives. Too often people wait for “the big happy”, searching and longing for what they think will make them happy, and forget about the many wonderful happy moments during each day.
“You can never have too much happy!”
says Pamela Gail founder of SOHP who has identified 31 Types of Happiness
Before starting the Society I’m sure I tried virtually every “get happy” philosophy or how-to program available from the spiritual to the cognitive. I believed if I just did something better, smarter or faster, I’d be happy more often. While I certainly learned things in every program, none of them was going to make me happy all the time. I’ve always seen the silver lining in most situations, but apparently I didn’t want to have to look for a silver lining because life was always happy.
What I learned from my searching was that although you can’t be happy all of the time, you can be happy most of the time. If you want to be happy more, it’s easy — recognize more happiness that’s already happening.
After starting the Society I identified different types of happiness to make recognizing more happiness easier. Sometimes happiness is the relief and satisfaction we get when we finish cleaning the kitchen. Sometimes, it’s watching a child or pet do something that amuses us. Or sometimes it’s obvious such as going to a party. But, ultimately, happiness is about recognizing and experiencing moments of happiness when they happen. If you want to recognize more happiness, start by taking your Happiness Inventory? You’ll discover you have more happy moments than you recognize.
There is nothing stopping you from being happy – it is your choice, your attitude, your decision. Accept who you are…not who you wish to be; be grateful for what you do have…don’t focus on what you don’t have, and appreciate what you have been given, not desire that which is not yours. Remember Happiness Happens when you are aware of it, so take note of all the little moments that occur, and don’t forget to check out the 31 types of happiness! Don’t worry, I’ll be posting a different one everyday as a reminder. You might be surprised to realize you are experiencing all types of happiness! Please share it in the comments below – it makes me happy!
Life happens – choose 2behappy!
Life happens – choose 2bepositive™