Finding The Happy?

This week we celebrated “International Happiness Day“.  A day where everyone is invited to join the movement to create a happier world.  Did we though?  Did you?  I sure didn’t.  For me, this past Monday was a big old grumpy blur.  In reality it was just another manic Monday and I don’t think I did my part to contribute to International Happiness.  Thanks to my sour mood I might chalk up last Monday as one of my worst Monday’s on record.  Not because anything in particular went wrong, but because I’m fresh off a trip to Cancun and re-entry into the real world can be brutal!

So now, here I sit, three days late to the party and clearly way behind in my “Happiness Celebration” and I have a burning question.  Do we celebrate every damn thing now?  Without exaggeration, it seems there is a day for just about everything.

  • March 23 – National Chip and Dip Day – actually I could get behind this one
  • June 2 – National Go Barefoot Day
  • July 27  – Take Your Plants for a Walk Day
  • September 22  – Elephant Appreciation Day
  • December 5  – Day of the Ninja
  • December 7 –  National Cotton Candy Day
  • January – Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Feb 26 – Tell A Fairy Tale Day

Need I say more?

Of course, when I stop being so grumpy and take a moment to reflect.  Perhaps “International Happiness Day” isn’t such a bad idea.  If we were to take a moment to pause, to think about one’s state of happiness, it couldn’t be a bad thing.

As long you don’t end up is a state of sadness.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said; “Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”   My goal:  To live life well and to find the true joy in every day.  So instead of putting the pressure to be happy all on one singular day, today I bring to you a list of little things bringing me joy.  I don’t think happiness can be achieved in one day but I do think if we pay attention to the little things that make our lives brighter, we could find ourselves coming from a place of happiness more often.

Here are the little things that have helped me smile this week:

  • Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream.  An entire container just for me.  Don’t judge.
  • Family dinner nights.  Bonus points if it’s take-out!
  • Dreaming and planning that next vacation.  Always.
  • The first cup of coffee every day.  Nothing beats that first hot sip.
  • Finding a great book. (and the time to read it)
  • Date night with my SassyHubby.
  • Scoring a parking spot up near the front of the mall.  Love.
  • Buying coffee for the people behind me at the Tim Horton’s Drive-Thru and just driving away.
  • A new manicure.
  • Fresh linens on the bed.
  • Late night movies and hot buttered popcorn.
  • Friends who are there…no matter what.

This list of things, it may not seem like much, and it may change day to day, but when you know each one can help you find your smile, when you are lucky enough to be laughing more than crying, perhaps only then can you say you are living your best life.

As I try and celebrate my own kind of “International Day of Happiness” – looking for the joy in every day – I will try to remember to laugh out loud,  appreciate my friends, be thankful for my health, play with abandon, choose with no regret, live as if this is all there is and love with my whole heart.  For these are the things that make me happy.  Well that and ice cream.


  1. Judy Cowan says:

    I agree 100% with the happiness from the Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream – my fave!

  2. kathy downey says:

    I’m with you darling on all counts,i found a new love recently and it’s called coffee caramel fudge Ben & Jerry’s have you tried it yet?

  3. Jamie hall says:

    Now I love your suggestions I could get behind those

  4. sarah alexis says:

    Bahahahaha seriously???? I need to tell my sister that July 27 – Take Your Plants for a Walk Day – it’s her BIRTHDAY, what fun that would be?! lol

  5. Wow completely absurd but amusing…I plan on using them as an excuse to CELEBRATE!

  6. Krista M says:

    I know, all these “celebration days” are getting ridiculous! I didn’t celebrate International Happiness Day but we did order Chinese Food as a treat & had a fun family movie night so hey I guess that counts for something.

  7. Stephanie says:

    I didn’t know about all those days.. lol there really is a day for everything.

  8. Melinda Jana says:

    I like your list. it totally helped cheer me up, especially the book, date night and ice cream part!

  9. kathy downey says:

    There seems to be a day for everything,i wish everyone could be happier everyday.

  10. Debbie WhiteBeattie says:

    I’d like to know when every stupid thing out there in the world became a reason to point it out and give it a special day. I mean come on, chip and dip day, cotton candy day. I know I may sound like a downer but it’s ridiculous and stupid. There’s many other things to celebrate and none of them should be national anything day.
    There’s my rant and I’m sticking to it!

  11. All those things in your list would make me smile too! Especially the fresh linens and Haagen-Dazs 😉

  12. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream would definitely make me happy too.

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Whoever came up with all these let’s celebrate days, I really find it quite ridiculous. It’s not as if you get free cotton candy on that day or anything. I really don’t bother with any of those days, in fact I didn’t even know they existed. I’m all for being happy but not just on one day of the year!

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