by Jo Davidson
Why are babies happy? They haven't set any great milestones for their success. They've not achieved a great deal other than perhaps filling a nappy and their belly (not necessarily in that order). Well they have no worries (Yeah, I can hear you shouting at me!!). Perhaps they don't, but I don't believe that's the secret to their chubby, smiling faces.
The thing is, babies take pleasure in small things. They're filled with wonder. They appreciate the love and kindness afforded to them and enjoy it. They delight in a butterfly flitting past, throwing a ball, or other children laughing. Now, yes I know, you're far more advanced than a baby but, the point is, you can still enjoy the small things in life. Try leaving work at work for a change, or switch your mobile phone off (I know, it's scary), turn the TV off, or whatever else might distract you, and devote some time to life's simple pleasures. Go out and take a walk around our beautiful countryside or coast (there's so much of it, particularly up here in the north east), spend time playing with your children (or trying to act cool with your teenagers) without distractions, get some exercise and release some endorphins, make a loved one feel special by devoting a little time to them, or go and do something kind for a neighbour, even a stranger, to brighten their day. It might surprise you how much of a happiness boost you get by doing things for others.
You see, it's good to set goals, and I'd always recommend having some small goals that you can achieve regularly and celebrate, but goals have a habit of getting bigger and bigger, and their really is no end other than the cemetery. So, while it's great to have a plan of where you're going, it's also important to show yourself compassion, take a little you-time, and smell the roses today. Because, who knows if they'll still be there tomorrow. To coin a phrase, "you're worth it". Live kindly, live gently, live yourself happy... :)