“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~Omar Khayyam
Some days it’s easy to be happy. This has been a good day–I heard news of a new baby girl joining the world, a student who struggled in my class is getting ready to graduate with a good GPA, I separately ran into two old friends, and a former student came and said hello. Even with single digit temps, I call this a winner of a day!
I once learned of the Buddhist concept of Mudita. the pleasure that comes from other people’s joy, and I realized that was one thing I’m good at. Maybe it’s because I’m an empath, or maybe I just lucked out, but I really do rejoice in other people’s happiness. I don’t actually get its opposite, schadenfreude. Tell me your good news and I will rejoice in it. Seriously, I will.
Even though these things filled my cup of joy today, I don’t actually need them. Perhaps I’m lucky in that it doesn’t take much to make me happy. I may get angry and my temper may flare (um, see yesterday’s post!) but writing usually fixes it. And if it doesn’t, time with the cat, or a book, (or both!), singing a song, a pretty sight, and I’m good to go.
I’m making it sound easy, and it’s not. Sometimes I have to make a conscious choice to snap out of it. Sometimes it takes a day. Or two. Or a week. And sometimes the happiness doesn’t last long, but years ago I made a decision to be happy because being unhappy isn’t a good way to be.
So practice being happy. Practice makes perfect.