Are You Happy?

Jenna over at Eat, Live, Run asked this simple question today. To be honest I might not have answered it if there had not been a contest involved. ;)


I am not usually a very optimistic person. I often look for hurdles and stuff that has to be done rather that stuff that makes me happy. Today though I thought about the question for less than about 2 seconds and I was able to answer, “Yes!”. What is funny is I did not really think about if I was or not, I just knew that at that moment, I was not unhappy. It was almost a reflex. When I did think about why, I came up with really simple things.

1. Gorgeous weather this morning (doggy walk and my run and sunroof open on my drive to work)
2. Yummy breakfast (more overnight oats)
3. Lunch at Whole Foods, outside, in said gorgeous weather very soon
4. The smell of soup cooking last night reminding me of fall

I stopped at that because the hurdles were trying to creep into my thoughts. This just reminds me to think more in the moment. I don’t mean abandon all sense of planning for the future by blowing all my cash on a trip to Anguilla (would be nice though). I mean live in the moment in small ways; a good breakfast, a good sleep, doggie kisses and good cooking smells from my kitchen. I have worries, but maybe I don’t have to worry about them 24/7. That might take some effort on my part but the way I am feeling makes me want to start.

  • Snooty Primadona

    I think I'm a generally happy person. Sure, there are things I will never have that I've always wanted but they aren't as important to me as they once were & I certainly wouldn't let it get me down. I'm in good health, have a family & cat that loves me, a roof over my head, a great wardrobe, a car to get me around, friends who make me laugh and food to keep me alive. Throw in a few vacations a year & I'm a happy camper.

  • Los

    My wife has these hurdles to overcome sometimes … they seem a bit more pronounced now that we have a little one on the way.