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International Day of Happiness

Happiness

Happiness

Today is International Day of Happiness.  In 2012 The United Nations proclaimed the day for recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.  Happiness is different to everyone and achieving lifelong happiness is in hot pursuit by many people these days.  Whilst the day is about raising awareness for public policy it also gives us an opportunity to discuss happiness and what it means to us as individuals and as a community.

I know that in my life  I appreciate those moments of pure joy and happiness that scatter my world but I too realise and appreciate that sometimes I need to look a little harder to find those moments in every day.  As a parent I love seeing the joy and delight in the kids faces and sharing fun times together.  I must admit that my attempt at recreating playschool at home the other day was fun but ended in  frustration when I had to scrub the grout to remove the green stains from our rainbow bubbles.  Note to self; we don’t have to try that one again.  Whilst our painting and bubble play was pure joy for the kids and we had a great time I have now seen where my limits lie.  Next time I will just be happy with one activity after school.

I came across this article which has some tips for increasing your family’s happiness and health.  I found them interesting and achievable so if you’re interested you can check it out here; 13 tips to increase your family’s happiness and health.    I must admit that fun in everyday is great so long as I keep my expectations to a normal level not some freakish recreation of playschool and instead enjoy  riding to school together, cooking or squashing the playdough together.

What’s your way of getting some happy into your day?

Natalie

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