There I said it. So often we focus on the negatives and our state of unhappiness that we forget to acknowledge our states of happiness. At times, we may even feel guilty to note our happiness. Think about it. When is the last time you heard someone outright say I am happy. There are some people who might say “things are good” when you ask them how they are doing. But I truly cannot recall the last time someone answered that they “were happy”. It is a very rare event. In some ways we are now conditioned to heavily note the bad things.
We are meant to be outraged every ten seconds or so. Get outraged and post your outrage: that is our collective Modus Operandi (MO). Outrage is so ingrained in us these days, that collectively we get outraged at Kim Kardashian, for example, when she posts photos of her happy with our body. There was a celebrity twitter war a few weeks back between Kim and Bette Middler (yup she is still around, who knew?). In response to Kim’s millionth selfie, Bette Middler tweeted “Bette Midler, who tweeted: ‘If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s gonna have to swallow the camera.” Now, that may very well be true. However, why rain on someone’s happiness and good self-esteem parade?
I personally don’t like to emphasize too outwardly my happiness because I am superstitious. The second we note out loud our happiness something is bound to happen. But that shouldn’t be superstition its just one way the world works. Its like that concept of regression to the mean. Or like Seinfeld’s bit in one episode where his character noted he was always even. Things even out. Well, for some. There are individuals that have bad day after bad day. Yet, experiencing such bad days doesn’t necessarily mean they are unhappy. It can be empowering to remain happy in the face of obstacles and “haters”.
I woke up to a rainbow on my floor this morning. It set my day.
I had a great chilaquiles breakfast that I devoured with gusto. While I ate it, I kept thinking about how wonderful it was and how happy I was to be eating it.
Don’t be ashamed of your happiness. Maybe you don’t need to post a nude selfie (shrug) but shouting your happiness to the world, shouldn’t be a bad thing.
Look at this beautiful sunrise. Doesn’t it make you happy?