I come from a long line of Grumpy Guses. Dour-faced predictors of gloom and doom, we clomp through life as if every day is a battle that we’re bound to lose. I can hold onto a grudge until it's old enough to draw social security.
But eventually –thank goodness!—I realized that, as the Ferenghi say, there’s no profit in this. Being negative doesn't improve any situation, nor does it ward off trouble. No one wants to linger in the presence of a grouch, including me. And I hope very much that many people will show up for my funeral service and say nice things about me. With sincerity.
Once I made that astonishing discovery, I started collecting items that either help me feel a bit happier or that support happiness. Like this really magnificent poem by Hafez of Persia:
Ever since Happiness heard your name
It has been running through the streets
Trying to find you.
Or this discovery from Duke University:
A 20-minute walk, three times a week, is more effective than being on an anti-depressant.
Did you know that smiling signals the body that we are happy even when we aren’t? File that under ‘Fake it ‘til you make it.’
I bundled a few more of the tips I've found to be helpful into an article, "11 Simple Ways to Get Happy in a Hurry," which you can read on Sivana Spirit by clicking HERE.
Happy reading! (Get it? Happy reading.)