This week I am in Dallas at my oldest son's family's home. They had their fourth baby on Monday and my husband and I flew here from meeting our 10th grandchild in California. It's a little more difficult for me to blog being away from home and finding the time; I don't like taking my attention away from family since I'm not around them more than a few times a year. Being a long distance grandparent has its challenges.
Still, even while I'm not in the most perfect writing condiditons, I continually think about the subject of happiness and my Friday blog post that I have committed to. I know that not everyone of you who read this are waiting for it on pins and needles, but it is good for me to practice being consistent.
This week, still being without Dennis Prager's book, I have been wondering what aspect of happiness to cover in today's post. I have thought about the definition of happiness; since in the book Happiness is a Serious Problem, it is not covered. Dennis Prager chooses to not define happiness. I actually looked it up in the dictionary this morning and the definition is intermingled with the definition of joy.
Today, maybe we could explore things that add to our happiness? I know that being happy does not always come easily; sometimes we have days that we need to control our thoughts to maintain our happy feelings, but there are some days and some moments that add to our happy thoughts.
So, what are experiences or people that contribute to your happy thoughts? I'll list a few of mine and maybe this is a subject you might want to explore, especially on days that we need to search for happy thoughts.
Yesterday my husband and I took 2 of our grandsons (6 and 8 years old) bowling. I love our grandbabies but it's a whole new experience as they grow older and are able to participate in more adult activities. That's a happy experience for me. Holding a new grandchild is a happy experience, being in the city is a happy experience for me (there is something about the hustle and bustle and then at nighttime, there are so many lights!), being at the beach, having meaningful conversations, being outside just before the sun is going down, thinking about doing fun things with my children as they were growing up, and traveling are some things that make up my happy thoughts. Aren't happy thoughts what helped Peter Pan to fly?
So, what are some of your happy thoughts that help you to fly on days that your wings just cannot seem to catch the wind? It is good to remember them, write them down and store them up for a rainy day, but today the sun is shining and the moments that are contributing to my happy thoughts are flooding in.
Happy Friday everyone!