“I can’t be happy every day, but I can be cheerful!”
This is a quote that I got today from my daily calendar, For Women Who Do Too Much (it was on sale at Chapters after Boxing Day, okay!) I actually don't like the calendar because it makes me feel old. On February 4th, the quote was…
"As we all get older, we seed the culture with vast amounts of acquired wisdom. (At least we hope so!) We're like a bunch of gray-haired Johnny Appleseeds!"
I think it was targeted to women 50+ but ANYWAYS, it sometimes has great quotes like the one above!
Being named JOY, I have a pretty happy disposition most of the time. Actually, almost all of the time. But as I get older (maybe the calendar is for me!?) I’ve found that some days, I don’t want to put on a smile, I just want to wallow in whatever is getting me down that day. And the kicker is that most people take the constantly happy person for granted. So, why try? As my current favorite book of all time, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin has helped me realize, its selfless to act happy and it takes energy, generosity and discipline. Even on the days that I don’t want to act happy, I like the idea of being cheery, because it’ll make YOU feel happier by the end of the day. Being a downer is taxing on your friends, your family, and most importantly yourself. And for every person that you talk to in your negative mood, you bring them down a bit too. On the other hand, when you act happy, or even cheery, it multiplies and comes back at you, because you’ve probably made the person you talked to happy, which in turn makes you happy! It pays to be joy! (I LOOOOVE puns with my name! hehehe…)
Of course, everybody has their days, and nobody can be 100% sunshine and smiles all the time, but consider what’s getting you down and whether it’s really worth giving it energy by being sad or angry about all day. If it is, ask yourself if you want to share your gloom with everyone you meet that day, or just a few select people who can actually help you get through it.
Tomorrow, I’m going to be happy, or at the very least cheerful. Hopefully by the end of the day, I’ll be full of JOY! ;)
All she needs to know for now! ;)