It’s day 3 of my two month Global Twitter/Blogger Happiness Project and in my little sphere I see things shifting.
Let’s take a quick look back at yesterday - I attended the annual ESI Spa Show here in Vancouver with my lovely daughter, Courtney.
I gave her the lowdown on my project - she was vaguely aware of it having read my first post - but, like a few folks I’ve heard from, she was not quite sure what it was all about.
So… a recap of sorts…
For two months, February and March, I am focusing on this one question:
What is happiness to me?
The objective is to ask myself this question daily, often - not just once but several times as the day unfolds around me.
I have invited YOU to participate.
I have asked you to jot your answer (namely the thing that created or triggered your happiness) down somewhere - a calendar, the note pad on your smart phone… somewhere you can see it and reread it.
If you wish to blog it or tweet it all the better.
Mostly what I’m interested in is the “doing it daily” bit and seeing what happens to our “state of happiness” in doing so.
Does thinking of happiness daily alter our perception of it?
You tell me.
Let me share with you the way this morning unfolded. I received this text from my daughter.
It instantly put a big smile on my face.
“Why?” you ask.
Well, I wanted to see if asking herself the “happiness question” would lift Courtney's spirits and change how she sees things.
Lately she’s been overloaded with stress from work, family and health related issues and she’s been rather down about it all.
Yesterday, as we walked the convention floor, I stated openly things that were making me happy.
I am happy with my career choice.
I find happiness in being a member of the longest standing beauty association in BC.
I smile at being so easily recognized and valued in my field - this gives me true happiness.
After thirty years I am still deeply passionate about what I do - there’s happiness if ever I wanted it!
We came upon a booth wherein worked the most amazing young woman, Tirra - she radiated warmth, kindness, compassion, gentleness and spiritual awareness.
It was wonderful being in this woman’s space. When we concluded our business with her we embraced and shared a hug - it was the hug of growth; of caring and sharing - it was a magical hug.
Did you know hugging is so underrated - I love being hugged! It refuels my soul. And, dare I say, my soul was most generously topped up.
Dear Miss CP (as I affectionately call my daughter) received a hug too - we all smiled.
Whereby I openly stated…
Happiness is being present and accepting the gift of touch - of kindness and compassion - this sharing of a hug and all it offers.
Here is a photo of me and Tirra - I wanted to capture the moment to share with you.
We left the convention with an added bounce to our steps. Heading over to the Pan Pacific Hotel for dinner I noticed the lightness and happiness resonating from my daughter.
During our meal I asked Courtney if she would partake in my Global Twitter/Blogger Happiness Project - she agreed without hesitation.
I think I can safely say it was one of my happiest moments.
Back to this morning…
As I dog-sit Courtney’s wee pup, Al (whom I featured in last year’s A-Z Challenge) I see my daughter daily.
What I saw today was my “ah ha” happiness moment - I’m smiling broadly as I type this - she bounded into my home with such wonderful energy - truly happy.
Because, she tells me, she woke up and immediately embraced the question… she found happiness in something as simple as how she started her morning.
How about you?
Are you asking yourself, “What is happiness to me?” daily?
What’s your answer?