Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s almost Independence Day and I’ve been thinking about this edict. What does being happy mean and how does one pursue it?
For this furry angel, happiness is just being. I am happy because I choose to be happy and I know it’s my divine birthright. Sure, it’s easy to have that state of being as an angel, but I felt this way in my earthly body too.
I’ve come to believe that we each have the ability to decide how happy we want to be. If you focus on all the good stuff in your life, it’s easier to hold a joyful state of mind.
What you think about has great power over how you feel. I wake up thinking about endless grass to romp in, peanut butter treats, the love I feel from my family and the recent success of my SF Giant’s. It’s impossible not to feel happy when I hold this focus!
I’ve taught mama well and she’s finally getting the hang of choosing perpetual happiness too. Having pups in the house inevitably drives the happiness thermometer higher & mama’s feeling the happiness heat!
Because of some deep hurts and challenges, mama got out of the habit of being diligent about her pursuit of happiness. Part of my purpose on earth was to remind mama that her default emotions are happiness, joy and gratitude — not worry and regret — and I can happily report Mission Accomplished!
Mama has been on a happiness high and I’m smiling down upon her. She adores Timmy, Wilbur and Bella, enjoys stimulating work, has incredible friends and lives near family that she loves. Staying laser focused on pawsitive people and activities is clearly the way to pursue happiness.
You’ll find that the happier you are, the happier everyone around you will feel. Next time you’re in the grocery store, focus on how happy you are to be there. Hold gratitude for the abundance of food choices, compliment a fellow shopper on their cute shoes, eyeglasses or baby, thank the checker for doing a good job, etc… I promise that if you do these small things, people will be smiling with you. You’ll look around and feel joy emanating from everyone.
Quick tip from your furry angel: The quickest way to achieve a high level of happiness is to hug a dog!
Pursue happiness with great gusto, friends! And report back to me on the grocery store experiment.
~ Wags & Peace ~