We can’t always be happy. We can’t. Period. Because the bastard driving in front of you will drive slower than your grandmother when you are late for a meeting. Because someone you know will sooner or later succumb to the inevitable death. Because the sun doesn’t always shine.
Having said that, we can always use some happiness tips. I have heard of many – forgive and forget, live like there’s no tomorrow, well…that’s about all I remember. (Some advice, don’t forget happiness tips when you’re writing a blog about happiness. Or don’t be lazy to Google. But…let’s continue anyways.)
In my experience, the single most useful tip for happiness is: be thankful. That’s it. Be thankful. If you failed a test, be thankful for the taste of failure so early in life. If you just got fired, be thankful you had a job, because trust me, it’s not easy getting a job (I hope I’m not making it worse). If you got cheated on, be thankful you saw their true colors now rather than later. If someone you love died, even though I know no one will ever be able to replace him/her, be thankful for every second you spent with them. Be thankful that you had someone to love. Be thankful for the smiles of children.
There is this poem by Bob Perks, I Wish You Enough, that I always keep in mind every time something unwanted happens:
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”
I think this poem says it all. Be thankful for every tear, every smile, every day.