Wanted: Happy People

18 Dec

Wanted: Happy People

The yuletide season brings along a jittery feeling of being in a rush. Most of the time, people hustle and bustle along the malls, hurrying to catch up with the latest sales and 75% offs available. There seems to be a mass smoke everywhere, as if pollution has covered every corner of the street. Cars rustle to and fro and drivers feel tired after. This is just how life is every time Christmas arrives, I think – or perhaps this is just how it is in our place.

Perhaps I am just down today, brought by the various factors that affect my insanity today. Forgive me for the term, but I am not literally insane (I think). It just so happens that I am so affected by the family matters in here.

Mother and father screams at the top of their lungs because of various problems. Financial dilemmas bring us into so much hell today. Okay, I get it. Every family has its own problem, but coming to think of it, money is not the ultimate source of happiness. I know it is hard for my parents to arrive at solutions to meet our everyday needs, so by this time, I feel like it is a major confusion for the people around me. Now and then I see mom complaining that her hands are stiff and painful. They talk about the legal matters faced by our relatives. Mom rambles on and on that she is the blah, blah, blah… Okay, you must be quite weary about how I think about my parents.

To clear things up, well, I really love my family – no doubt about that, but it just so happens that the tension is really at its peak this time that I feel like they need to have a heads up, to try to relax, to stop, and watch what they feel… which brings me to the thought: where are the happy people today?

Happiness is just around the corner. Happiness is inside us. Everyone has a grasp of happiness within him. We are just too occupied with the thought that we are sad that we forget the instinct of being happy. I am no professional psychologist/Ph.D. to recommend to you my philosophical insights about being happy, but as a human being who is capable of releasing my inner musings on this universal topic, let me recommend to you some tips I believe are helpful to unleash the happiness in you, especially this Christmas season.

  • Find time to relax (even just a bit).

Yes, even just a simple five-minute form of relaxation will be very helpful for you to gain insight into your own peace of mind. Do not think that you are becoming lazy in doing this. In fact, by doing this you will be giving enough for yourself to de-stress. In turn, you too will be praising yourself since you gave yourself a chance to be calm and be energized to face the life ahead.

  • Do what you want to do.

Happiness is about finding your own source of joy, something (may or may not be material) which will really let you feel like you’re on top of the world and that no one can take that world away from you.

As you try to determine what makes you happy, again, try to squeeze out that juice of inner pleasure in you. Think about what makes you tick. Are you happy in giving your services to the poor children out there? Are you happy in singing your heart out in front of the videoke? Or perhaps you are happy just by spending time with your hubby? You are your own boss when it comes to happiness. Remember that. Even your family can’t dictate you as to what your real happiness is. Mind you, I am not telling that your family cannot be your source of happiness, but in this light, only you can find that certain “bluebird of happiness.”

  • Spread happiness around you.

Happiness is contagious. I thus remember an encounter I’ve had with my close friend this morning. The truth is, this experience is the opposite of what I am trying to arrive at in this conversation.

I texted my friend “Good morning! Enoy your day!” In reply, he told me not to greet him anymore with anything containing the term “good.” In dismay, upon learning that he does not want to be greeted as such anymore, I just shrugged my shoulders and well, though sad, said, “Okay.”

Saddening, but I have to accept that some people are just plain grinches this Christmas. I thus think about how he used to be so bubbly and nice to be with before, but because of a certain experience he had been into before, he suddenly turned into a sad being lately. It might be because of the Christmas effect (that stereotype that Christmas is a happy season), and so I reflect further and think about how Christmas can really be the happiest season of all – despite everyday’s struggles.

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