Baby steps to living happy


My daughter, son-in-law and my 15-month-old granddaughter are staying with us this week. They're visiting from Portland, Oregon. It's wonderful to have them here with us.

I've been spending my days playing and interacting with my granddaughter. She's been teaching me a thing or two about living happy:

  • Wake up with a smile on your face. It starts your day off on the right foot.
  • Be honest. If you don't like something, let it be known. Don't be a people pleaser at the sake of your own happiness.
  • Eat when you are hungry, stop when you've had enough. Don't hang around the table, picking at your food just because it's there. You can always have a snack later if you need to.
  • Smile at people you don't know. Their reaction will make you both happy.
  • Sleep when you are tired, even if it means stopping what you are doing and taking a nap.
  • Let go. All bodily functions are natural. Hold on to nothing. (extra points for clapping for yourself for a particularly loud fart or burp)
  • Be silly. Make yourself laugh. Stick your tummy out and walk like a drunk cowboy if you want to. 
  • Be curious. Turn things over and try to figure out how they're made. Take time to touch, listen, and see the world around you.
  • Exercise with joy. Stretch, run, maybe a little impromptu yoga even. Downward dog, happy baby pose, anyone?
  • Dance when you hear a song you like. Don't worry if your new move looks like you should be in the movie, Weekend at Bernie's. Do it anyway. 
  • Read your books. Reading opens your mind to new things, lets you explore new places, gives you a little break from reality.

And finally,

  • Go to bed every day, totally exhausted, leaving everything you have out on the field.