Last night I posted "What I Want" (a revised post from one I blogged about last week); I felt that before I re-posted "How's Your Mood Working for You" I needed to know what I really wanted (I sometimes need to work backwards). So even though today was not a wonderful day and I almost feel hypocritical to post anything, I am going to "push on" and post what I had intended to in the first place.
I blogged about making a list of the things that would make you happy which I had done several years before, but this time my list was a little more specific and detailed. This is a list (as well as my "wants" list) that I need to put up where I can read it every morning or when I start to feel badly or discouraged.
Here's a sampling of "What Makes Me Happy" to give you an idea (as if anyone might take this idea?): *Living and "doing" with ease *knowing that I've done the right thing *helping others (physically or emotionally) *meaningful conversation *laughter *taking photographs *being with family *all kinds of music *a clean, comfortable home that reflects my personality *when I'm working out and can feel my whole body (and muscles) moving, working & stretching *driving with the car windows down (or moon roof open) *being at the beach, seeing & hearing the ocean *good, clean, fun *fresh scents *being needed *creative ideas *connecting with friends *aha moments *watching children (& especially my grandchildren) play and laugh *feeling "balanced" ...... this is just a sampling and I'll most likely add to my page-long list, but the point is to have my "happiness" list reflect my "wants"and as I was reading through both lists last night, I realized my "happiness" list does follow my "wants" list.
Today while I was reading my scriptures I came across some passages that talked about having "opposition in all things" in order to know the good from the bad, happy from sad, etc..... I realized and was reminded that in order for us to know joy we need a little sorrow. I think we'd all agree that we get our share of sadness or sorrow; do we realize as we're feeling sad that there's an "upside" to that?
We have many opportunities to learn and grow. I have learned (or realized) that I don't need my "happiness journal". I have a Gratitude Journal where I reflect and list 3 - 5 items each day that I have seen or thought about that I am grateful for, and in feeling gratitude I will also feel happiness and joy. (So I won't waste my cute Happiness Journal, I'll use it as my Gratitude Journal when I fill it up)