Tuesday, April 27, 2010

SENSE of Happiness

I love reading the Prosperous Writer Ezine by Christina Katz. This week her article focused on number 17 of the 52 qualities of a prosperous writer: Happiness. When I think of the word happy and being happy, a scene from the movie Legally Blonde pops into my head. The law students are working on a case and sitting around a conference table with their professor. They are discussing the probability of a woman's guilt of murdering her husband. Elle Woods speaks up and says "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't shoot their husbands."

I like to think that anything a person loves to do and does so passionately releases a "happiness factor". It may not be endorphins per se, but it always makes them feel better. I love attending my local Zumba class. The Latin inspired music and the exuberance of my instructor always inspires me. After the class, I may be physically exhausted but I leave the class with a sort of happy peace. Every night I write at least 750 Words on the 750words website. I write about various subjects or vent frustrations. Afterwards, I sometimes feel mentally exhausted but I still achieve the "happy peace". I also agree with Christina, that the most deeply unhappy people have no idea how their negativity impacts others. Unfortunately, some of us have experienced this first hand. Something in their lives makes them so terribly unhappy,they feel they must play your emotions until you are on the same level. The closer this person is to you, the harder it is to keep your happy mind frame. This has always been a difficult situation for me to overcome.

Catherine Pratt of Life-With-Confidence, says after listening to negative person tell their horror story, ask them to tell you something positive. I think tomorrow I will ask the people I deal with to tell me something positive that has happened to them, just to see their reaction. Positive for me is the thought of building my new desk, seeing the family this summer, and my son's promotion. Nothing that is earth shattering but these thoughts still make me feel a sense of happiness.

1 comment:

motherlogue said...

Thanks for this advice about asking someone to tell you one positive thing. I am going to use this! Great post.

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