There are good days and bad days. Sometimes, the good and the bad even overlap.
If you ask me to pick a day in the past where nothing ever went wrong , I can’t give you an answer because I know that there’s always going to be something causing it to be imperfect – may it be a long line, traffic, misplaced items, rude people, wrong orders, late responses, people not answering calls, among many others.
It’s part of the human consciousness to pick up bad things first before looking into the good things. And this is not our fault – this pre-wired instinct has made man survive life. This starts to become a problem when we only ever focus on the negatives in life. This makes us take for granted the amazing things life has to offer.
Most of you guys who have been reading my blogs probably are in the adulting stage. A stage where you find the most struggles as it’s your first venture out to the big scary world. A lot of different stress will (or may have) come in your way, but the fact that you are still here and reading this means that you are still managing. Up to this point, I am still overwhelmed whenever you guys tell me that in my own ways I’ve brought you happiness. I want to thank you all for letting me be part of your weeks and for allowing me to make you smile.
So happiness… honestly, I have spent much time thinking about how I can keep making things that have a positive impact for you. I’m inspired to do my work, and read up a lot about how I can share with you some ways to help you keep a pocketful of sunshine as you go on with your life. In the process of me creating inspirational things, I found one simple truth.
Happiness is a choice.
From the moment we wake up, we decide if we’ll live our lives guided by a number of feelings – anger, guilt, fear or happiness – so why not choose happiness?
Some people will argue that it’s hard to be happy. I think this is mostly because we expect life to throw us happiness in grand and elaborate forms. Truth is, happiness doesn’t always come in huge packages.
Remember when we are young? Happiness is ice cream, new shoes, a puppy or a joke your friend told you. Why can’t we recreate our own simple version of happiness and live our lives full of them? A bunch of small things eventually creates a bigger picture of contentment and peace. “How to be you”, “Sana All” –these don’t have to be there when we look at our own lives and find joy in the little things. How to be happy? Choose to be.
I choose to look for happiness in my everyday life. This is the easiest way of staying positive. The way I incorporated that in my routine is that before I sleep, I write 5 or more things that made me happy that day.
Here’s my most recent list:
1. I’m flying home to see Slater and Sky today!
PS. i bought the cutest little Halloween costume for sky and i cant wait for you all to see her in it!!!
2. I can now make a decent breakfast spread that Slater actually enjoys! 👏🏻 Good job self!
3. I’m getting better at being mindful and living in the present moment. Less anxiousness, less complaints. Everything just is- and that’s okay! 🧘🏻♀️
4. I use my phone soooooo much less these days- and I don’t feel guilt about it either.
5. Getting to spend more time with my family in Cebu!
6. My home office is 80% done and I’m sooo inspired to get back to work!
7. I spilled iced tea on my laptop and thought I’d have to spend 70k to replace it- but SUDDENLY it magically fixed itself and they repair center said i didn’t need to repair it anymore! Woohoo!!!
I actually have another…
8. Writing this blog.
Just scrolling up to what I’ve written down, I can’t help but smile. I guess there really is no secret recipe to happiness other than learning how to appreciate the things in your life that are going well. Not that we have to ignore our own issues, but my point is that we look for hope in the things that makes us happy.
What made you happy today? Take some time to write it down. I’d love to hear about your story. ❤️