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Happy “Right Now”

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I love a good “what an awesome 2014 and can’t wait for 2015” post like everyone else. There’s something about humans collectively stopping to mentally review the past year and project their “coming attractions,” the best bits of how we all hope the next twelve months will play out. There are very few times when we can feel this kind of connected moment among the billions of people on our Earth.

Some of us have clever and magical ways to capture and/or reflect on the significant points of the year:

But here’s what I’m proposing: How about instead of trying to stuff in a year’s worth of moments into one night, no matter how ceremonious and celebratory, we spend a couple of seconds reveling in each significant or simple moment…as it’s happening?

How about if we take a few minutes at the end of each day, maybe just before we drift off to sleep, and instead of running through the lists of everything we have to do the next day, we acknowledge the beauty of what we experienced within the past hours of our waking lives?

How about if we force ourselves to find a single shiny needle of gratitude in the shit-coated haystack of our day?

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Happy Yet? You Won’t Be…Unless You Know This

I have two questions for you:

  1. How many times per day do you find yourself wishing or hoping for something you don’t already have: more money; a skinny/healthy/different body; someone to share your bed; more time; less work?
  2. And how many times per day do you feel grateful for what you already have?

I’m guessing your answer to question one is a lot higher than question two.

And if it’s vice versa, then you can sit back and read this post with a self-satisfied smile on your face, Mr./Mrs. Enlightened Pants.

I’ll admit it. I spend most days chasing after the elusive “More” Bunnies. Just like real bunnies, they’re fast and multiply quickly. I can never keep up.

But I decided to do something different. Earlier this year, I found a website that offered a thirty-day challenge to focus on the things that make us happy. The kicker? We had to look at what already existed in our life.

No “More” Bunnies allowed!

So, what does it take to make you happy?

First, because I’m an English major, writer and nitpicker, we need to break this question down. You can’t be expected to give a thoughtful answer if you don’t understand the meaning of the question.

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