Happiness Shift


“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with your family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going  to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawless happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.” - Andy Rooney

I read this quote not long after commenting on Victoria’s post about March being her month of personal doldrums, when I realized that January-February always bring on a particular kind of blues for me. Maybe it’s the holidays being over and any trips or vacations being later in the spring. Either way, when I read this quote I realized that I spend those months waiting for something to happen, instead of enjoying things like a morning walk with our dog in Golden Gate Park, a delicious dinner cooked by my husband, even getting a seat on the bus and being able to read during my commute. I think social media definitely plays a part in waiting for the wonderful things, because it’s all people post about. It’s hard to take a break from social media given my job, but I can try to shift my focus on the little slices of happiness over the ones worth sharing.