Happiness Day – Because I Feel Like It.


Why not? No one needs an excuse to cheer up or feel happy, it can be done with a decision and a little work, which generally involves turning off the gloom – Not actually that hard if you’re being honest about wanting happiness, which is not the same as moping about complaining that you’re not getting any.

Pick a day, any day and for that one day, cut from your life any element that’s negative, destructive, demeaning, pessimistic – anything that makes you sad or angry. Don’t watch or read about real-life misery. You don’t need it. Don’t buy a newspaper. Don’t watch the news. Don’t engage with that person who brings you down or tears down other people. They can visit you or you can visit them another day.

It’s a decision, folks. You can choose it. You can make it happen.

Don’t make excuses for why it’s not going to work. If you start off with that in mind, you’ll get nowhere fast.

Can’t get away from that boss? Choose a different day when that boss isn’t in it. Neighbor or acquaintance bringing you low? Tell them that you won’t be available on that day. Trouble with a spouse? Why not include them in your plans? They might like a Happiness Day, too. Plan it like a date – surprise them with the idea of a truce and go for a walk together, or sit in the park, or – hey, go on an actual date (when was the last time you and your partner went on a date together?).

If necessary, do it quietly, mentally tuning out the bad and savoring the good. There is always a way.

Happiness is not something that’s going to happen for you or to you. You have to engage. You have to participate. Find wonderful things in the moments that surround you. Make that decision. Smell the roses. Enjoy sights and sounds as though maybe seeing and hearing them for the first time.


People wallow in misery way too much. Save your misery moments for fictional adventures and have a tissue box handy. In real life, ditch the gloom.

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