Happiness is a choice. Here are a few choices that can help make you happy this very day. Choose at least some and enjoy your day. Here we go!
Smell it and put it in a vase on your desk. Drink in the beauty of this delicate creation.
Hearing the voice of a good friend will put a smile in your heart, and theirs, too.
When you make her day it can't help but rub off on you. Try it on your dad, too.
Start with Psalm 37:4 - "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."
Kiss those chubby little cheeks. If you can't hold one right now, look at a picture of one. This video will give you a glimpse of how cute babies are and how fun it is to watch them.
Have fun creating animated voices as you read. If you need ideas for good children's books here are some suggestions.
Breath in the fresh air and surrounding beauty. It will automatically bring on happy feelings.
Its rays have a way of putting a gild on everything they touch.
Pet shops will let you do this. And you don't even have to buy the puppy. But be prepared, you may not be able to resist.
Caring about others always lifts the spirits of the one being visited and the one who came to visit.
... with sparkles in the polish.
And feel the magic happen.
Relax and enjoy every minute of pampering yourself.
See the smiles on their faces as you hand them a plate of comforting food.
Thank him or her for a recent sermon and express what it meant to you. Envision the happy look as he or she reads it.
Even window shopping can be fun in a new, trendy shopping center.
Then stand back and enjoy that newly organized spot in your home.
Take a current magazine, and read aloud one of your favorite articles from it. It can open the door to an interesting discussion. Leave it for your loved one to enjoy later.
Tell her to hug it when you're gone as a reminder that she is loved.
Jump into piles of fall leaves, push them in a swing, chase them around the house, play hide and seek. Just have some fun with them.
The whole time you're working on it think how much your honey is going to love it.
Start with the ones closest to home and see again how blessed you are.
Tell a stranger in line at the store, "What a beautiful baby you have." Or "I like your scarf." Think of what it is you like about that person and say it. It will brighten your day and theirs.
Such as this.
Good music can take you away from the cares of the world. Beautiful music can heal the soul and bring you comfort and peace.
Let God know of your gratitude. Thank Him for specific things that bring joy into your life.
Have fun doing at least some of these things and you are bound to have a really happy day.
Gary Lundberg is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Joy is a writer. Together they author books on relationships.
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