My daughter is 12 and has discovered the sisterhood of shopping with friends. She enjoys going to the shops with one or two friends whilst I take some time out with a book at a coffee shop nearby (I’m not at the point of leaving her at the shops without an adult close by).
When she comes home she loves to show me the one or two little treasures she purchased and quite often her little spree includes a pretty silk flower. She loves them – wears them in her hair, on her clothes, on her belt and around her wrist.
I asked her once why she loved wearing flowers. Her response was as simple as it was profound. ”They make me happy mum”.
In a world that seems so harried and fast, where if we don’t have the latest this or that we can’t seem to get by, where homes are filled with stuff and gadgets that often become as obsolete as they were necessary, exactly what is happy?
I don’t think I have the answer but what I do have is the desire to find happy. I’m calling it My Happiness Project. Profound I know but to me, simple and happy seem to work together as well as strawberries and chocolate. So My Happiness Project it is.
Since that little conversation with my baby who is wise well beyond her years, I have searched for anything I can find that will define happiness. Books, movies, cards, quotes, stories from people who tell me that they’re happy and why.
Goodness! I have learnt so much and I have so much to share.
My quest is to now consciously recognize and share what makes us happy. I want to find the little things that mean happy to me and to others. I want to give voice to the little stuff that I think we can take for granted (well I can I’m sure) but if we lost them we would mourn them. I want to share what I have discovered about being happy from others.
I hope you enjoy my journey into happy and that what I share makes you feel……well, happy.