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Punctuating Our Days With HAPPY Hours July 31, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Eeyore is prone to pessimism. 

Instead of looking for “the good,” he scans the horizon for something that holds no appeal . . . and hangs onto it.

Tenaciously. 

Devoting his focus and energy to things he dislikes causes him to miss out on any number of happy moments he otherwise might have enjoyed.

A.A. Milne’s Eeyore is not alone in his unhappy habit . . . I see Eeyores  everywhere. 

The world is filled with people who walk around with a perpetual sour look marring their countenance and obscuring their perspective.  They are never at a loss for something to grumble about . . . or frown at with displeasure.

Do they find some obscure satisfaction from dissatisfaction? Or some comfort from residing in an uncomfortable, albeit familiar, state of mind?

Perhaps.

And, then, there’s Tigger . . . who bounces through life with a perpetual grin on his face.

The anti-thesis of Eeyore.

Eyes wide open to “the good,” Tigger finds joy and beauty in every nook and cranny of life.  There is always something for Tigger to smile about as he moves through his days and nights. 

Can we not claim the same?

Happiness is never in things . . . it is in us.  Or it isn’t.  It’s a choice we make moment by moment, hour by hour, and day by day.

If we want to emulate Tigger’s optimism and enthusiasm, we need only punctuate our days with HAPPY Hours.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and Be Happy.  ~ Anne Frank

Ahh . . . that’s better!

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Artwork by Anne Abbgott ~ available at Island Gallery West.