Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. ~Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Thanks to Pat Wagner for this quote and the lovely photo of her bathtub full of catnip that accompanies it on her post card. In times of depression, of course, the exhortation to be happy can be a mockery. But I like the implication that for most of us, most of the time, if we have a few tools and techniques at our disposal, happiness is a choice, and a wise one.
This must be true, if we take into account the many who are in suffering and need much greater than our own, but are still able to maintain this state. Consider this quote: “Don’t be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous.” ~Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Here are some of the ways I encourage myself to be happy:
go outdoors, especially in the sunshine
pet my cat
learn something new
keep a gratitude journal
share with others in a variety of ways
visit with close friends
keep track of the good things I do for myself each day
make a donation to a cause I believe in
organize and simplify
crochet or knit
What are the ways you practice being happy?