Scientists can prove “happiness” through brain scans, chemical secretions, even the subtle change in individual cells. It has also been proven that one’s facial expression can affect one’s disposition. The body anticipates “happiness” if one practices smiling.
I don’t need all that to know what makes me happy.
- Bare toes on the beach, the feel of cold, wet sand soothing away the tiredness
- A sunrise, its promise of a new day
- A vibrant sunset, the accomplishment of that promise
- Children’s laughter, especially giggles and squeals
- The first sip of coffee in the morning
- A drink of cold water flowing down a parched throat
- A satisfying ending to a good story, be it a book, a tale, or a movie
- A small, unexpected kindness
- A loving, understanding partner, family, a good friend
- A decadent dessert or a simple, crisp saltine cracker
- A moving piece of art; music that stirs the soul
- The perfect bubble
- A butterfly, a dragonfly, bird in song
- Warm, soft socks
- A roof over my head, safety from the world
- Food on the table
- a hug, an embrace, a slow dance with the right person
- knowing that you made a difference, fought the fight, left a legacy
- the belief in God and in life after death; we are part of something larger than ourselves
Happiness – the reasons we live our lives to the fullest, relishing the simplest of things that matter.