How often do we do things that make us happy?   We get so caught up in our everyday lives that we often get sidetracked from our own happiness.  I know from the minute I get up some days I feel like my day is scheduled from start to finish and I forgot to schedule in “Happy Time”.   We get lost in work, taking care of our families, our homes, and everything else that happens in our day to day lives and forget to take some “Happy Time”.

Stop for a minute and think about what makes you happy, really happy.   Can you name 3 things?

Do you start to overwhelmed or unappreciated?   Do you feel like your life is a bit out of control, running people here and there, sports, dance, music class, meetings?

Technology is a wonderful thing but that can also consume our lives, how much time do you spend looking at your phone, checking email, facebook (that alone can suck me in for an hour or more if I am not careful!), games…

My children are grown and on their own and yet my husband and I look at each other and say “Why don’t we have free time”?   We thought when our children grew up and moved away we would have so much time to ourselves.   Not sure what happened but we feel busier than we when our children were younger and involved in sports!

Now truth be told, it’s our own fault.   We said “yes” too many request because we want to be helpful and be involved.   But I’m learning what I need to do is pray before I respond, allowing God to direct my path.   By praying first and following God’s path, I’m doing the work that is needed but also feeling the most helpful and not overbooked.

Do you take the time to dream about what makes you happy, to envision these dreams, to asking for your dreams to be fulfilled?   I’m not talking about winning the lottery though I’ve dreamed about that from time to time but really dreaming about pure happiness.   My family gives me much joy and happiness but we don’t get to see them all the time because of distance.   Dreaming about the times we visit our families and experience time with them makes me happy.   Picturing my husband and me playing and walking with our granddaughter makes me happy.   Actually taking a long walk with my husband and our dog makes me happy.   I’m a simple pleasure type of person.  Watching a thunderstorm makes me feel happy; sitting around the fire at our lake home with family and friends makes me happy.

Stop and think about it, how can you change your life and rediscover your happiness?  Don’t let life pass you by, stop, really stop and smell the roses or watch a sunset or listen to the birds sing.  Spend time with your family, read a good book, take a walk, talk to God.

Remember to Be Happy, enjoy the simple pleasures, laugh with your family.

Gluten Free and Happy

 

Barb

 

 

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