Celebrating the First United Nations International Day of Happiness!

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So today is the first ever International Day of Happiness.  I heard about it through my inbox this in an email from Daily Good, which is often a bright spot to my day.  Mark Williamson wrote a story for the International Day of Happiness (which I really want to call the International Happiness Day because that unnecessary preposition in there feels very unnatural) listing his Manifesto for a Happier World.  It’s well worth reading.

I love this idea.  I love that over the last decade or two, there’s been this call for research into positive psychology, for getting back to roots, to people, to good values.

Because modern society is sick.  We’re busier, sleeping less, stressing more, fatter, unhappier, unhealthier, less satisfied, more connected (digitally) and yet more lonely, and we are constantly bombarded by messages of negativity and sensationalized awful from the media.

And I’m thrilled and people are calling for a counter movement to all of that.

For my own part, I stopped watching the news years ago, after I ODed on 9/11 coverage.  I disconnected from the toxic people in my life.  I started making more time for the things that are important to me (which is largely writing).  I’ve made efforts to take better care of myself, both with a healthy diet and exercise and with making sure I get adequate sleep (most of the time).  I’ve enacted staunch boundaries with my day jobs so that they don’t overflow into everything else (as much as I can).  I’ve made a concerted effort to be nicer to myself, more understanding of my own limitations.  And I’ve done my best to appreciate the small things.

And I can tell a difference.  I’m calmer, less stressed, more satisfied with life (despite the periodic flail, which I am convinced is a natural part of the creative process).

Am I happy all the time?  No.  Nor are you supposed to be.  You can’t have the positive without the negative for contrast.  I read a quote the other day that really highlighted this so well:

The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.

~Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

So I’m taking today as an opportunity to reaffirm my commitment to leading a happier, more joyful, wholehearted life.

Are you willing to take that challenge?

 

Kait Nolan

Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. This Mississippi native has something for everyone, from short and sweet to Southern contemporary romance to action-packed paranormal—all featuring heroes you’d want to sweep you off your feet and rescue you from work-day drudgery. When not working or writing, Kait’s hanging out in her kitchen cooking and wishing life were a Broadway musical.

3 thoughts on “Celebrating the First United Nations International Day of Happiness!”

  1. Dennis Langley - March 20, 2013 9:09 am

    I’m in. We spend far too much time being negative to ourselves which bleeds over into how we treat others. Great post. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Diana Beebe - March 20, 2013 2:36 pm

    Great idea! Have a very happy day! :-)

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  3. denizb33 - March 22, 2013 6:59 pm

    Hope you had a happy day!

    Reply

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