April felt like kind of a blah month – gloomy weather, heavy hearts, endless to-dos. Of course there were many lovely moments too, but I’m still ready to say goodbye to April. Maybe it’s all the extra sunshine and the springy hello of May, but today just makes me want to do this:
Two interesting articles on happiness came out recently. One study claims that money really can buy happiness. I mean the logic kind of makes sense, I have one less stress in my life because I don’t have to worry about having enough to eat, or having a roof over my head. The study also argues that happiness increases with wealth because it really signals greater freedom. Freedom to choose what you do, where you go, how you live. Do you agree?
The other is an Op-Ed piece in the NY Times by a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame that opines that the four necessities for happiness are good luck, fulfilling work, “the proper use of pleasure,” and love. I don’t think I disagree with that!
I feel like I’m always focusing on the big picture that sometimes I forget to appreciate the small pleasures in life. Things like:
– Sleeping under a warm fluffy comforter on a cold day.
– Chips and guacamole.
– An ice-cold glass of white wine, or alternatively, “fancy” water with strawberries or mint inside.
– A loving hand on the small of my back.
– Cute stationary that I’ll probably never use.
– Daily dance parties with Little Miss.
– Mom’s homemade chicken soup when I’m sick.
What are the little things that bring you joy? Do share!