It takes skill to be happy.
Living with Happy requires that you
Seek it out
And sometimes just grab it by the hand and take it everywhere you go.
I’m going to tell you a secret.
I don’t think I learned how to be happy until I dealt with having cancer.
(Don’t worry, it was over a decade ago and I’m aok now) I wish I could tell you that I consciously chose happiness. But that would be a lie.
It happened in the flash of a moment in a doctors office that when by so quickly anything could have happened. I had had over 5 friends die in the previous decade and I knew a lot of sadness.
When the doctor told me I had cancer, I thought, “I can laugh my way through this or cry my way through this. It’s going to be a lot more fun if I laugh.”
Sometimes its the decision we make without thinking that have the greatest impact.
Maybe its because I had known so much sadness and loss that I was able to choose. Or maybe it was just dumb luck in the moment. But every time I went in for blood work, I made it my goal to make the technicians laugh. Don’t get me wrong, I cried a lot. I still have to talk myself out of going into a state of high anxiety every time I step into a hospital.
But it was the sport of courting Happy that got me through.
The truth is, for a lot of my life I didn’t trust people who were happy. I thought they were delusional and completely checked out of what was happening in the world.
Now I realize that the truly happy people are the ones who choose joy despite their awareness of all of the ailments on the planet— those are the true rebels.
Because every morning they wake up, go to the heart; fling open those doors, and say, “reporting for duty.” And face the world head on, choosing happiness despite what is happening around them.
Because happiness is not only medicine… it is contagious (more on that later).
The older I get, the more responsible I feel to be happy.
YOUR LIFE AFFIRMING GREEN GIFT IDEA OF THE DAY
Give the gift of a wilderness experience:
Infinite Wild teaches womens wilderness immersion skills. Nature connectivity, woman's culture, and more.
This is a visionary program and could be an epic gift for yourself a woman in your life. Check out their 2017 programming at www.InfiniteWild.org
And if you aren't in the bay area... don't let that stop you from connecting with Outward Bound, Nols, or any other of the plethora of programs reconnecting people to the wilderness. Alaska Wildland Adventures leads amazing trips in Alaska. And Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris is a family run eco-tour business that leads amazing adventures around the world.
Wondering what is happening here? You just found yourself in Day 7 of my Advent Holiday Newsletter where I deliver one life affirming green gift idea, one golden nugget, and one idea for how to bring more story into your life every other day until the end of the year. Don't worry~ I'll return to sending out newsletters about once every month or so in 2017! If you want to catch up on the other green gift ideas and golden nuggets go here.
Your Golden Nugget For The Day:
Brain Pickings is food for the soul and a playground for the brain. A creation of Maria Popova — it is a cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, science, psychology, design, philosophy, history, politics, anthropology, and more; pieces that enrich our mental pool of resources and empower combinatorial ideas that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful. Above all, it’s about how these different disciplines illuminate one another to glean some insight, directly or indirectly, into that grand question of how to live, and how to live well. All delivered to your inbox in one beautiful newsletter once a week. This is a newsletter worth signing up for.
How To Bring More Story Into Your Life
Give yourself the gift of Soul Time:
Launch your new year with a radical new way of taking stock and exploring who you are in the world, how you want to show up, and what you want to accomplish in 2017.
Each month you will receive a story that will help you explore your inner landscape and will provide you a format to explore your relationship to love, courage, how you engage with the world, and serve as a tool for you to awaken and activate your inner warrior.
If you are interested in this online course~ email me and I'll send you more details!
PS: The image at the top of this email is from www.morningaltars.com
PPS: I'm sharing these rad things because I really believe in them, not for any other promotional reason. But if you have a green gift idea or golden nugget idea~ don't hesitate to tell me!