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Saturday, January 28, 2012

What is Happiness to You?

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” 
― Dr. Seuss

What makes you happy? Are you generally a pessimist or an optimist? Sometimes happiness shows up as soon as we wake up, some days we never feel completely happy. So, I was running around yesterday doing some errands I was thinking about it. What makes me happy? When am I the happiest? I'm also reading a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, so I'm sure that played into it too.

Overall, I am a pretty happy person. I would say I'm an optimist and happy 97% of the time. Give me my dog and a book to read and I am set for a good day. I also had to paint my toenails yesterday and I realized, painting my toenails makes me happy. The fact that I CAN  paint my toenails makes me happy. The bright colors brighten my day when I see my cute toes in flip flops. And on a day like yesterday when it hit 85* here, I was wearing flip-flops, so seeing those cute little bright red cute toes made me supremely happy. I used a red color call Racey Rouge. How could that not brighten your day, I ask? Here's a pic of my "Racey Rouged" toes in front of Sid last night. Yes, I'm pointing my toes funny so that you can see the color.

As I said, I was running around doing errands, and one of those was taking Sid to the groomer's. While I was waiting for him I went by my old work and I even went by Starbucks, picked up a Frappacino (thanks Christmas gift card!) and then stopped by the Garden Grove Library. I used to go there all the time as a kid with my mom and we would take bread to feed the ducks. The ducks are still there, being fed by a new generation of moms and kids, and they even have geese, roosters, and special ducks that aren't the normal Mallards that I'm used to. I was sitting there reading and an older man came up to me and he told me they even get a crane. He also told me that the roosters are there because the GG Police confiscated them from a house (they're illegal here because of the noise and because people do cock fighting) and the cops decided that the library was the best place for them. It's a good deal for them now. It's where I'D want to go. :)

So, I took Sid to the groomer's and now he looks and smells likes a brand new dog. And with my newly painted toes, I feel like a new woman. I spent some time with old co-workers and at a place full of books.

So, here's my question to you, my dear readers:
What makes you happy? Big or small? Whether it helps you get your mind off MS or whether you are perfectly healthy? I'm very interested to hear what makes your day brighter.


  1. Running makes me happy. The fact that I can still run makes me happy. I was diagnosed in 2006 with relapse remitting MS. Every day that I can get up and still run, I am a happy girl. I may never win any speed records but just getting out there is enough for me. :-)

  2. I find that amazing that you're doing so awesome with your running! I can manage to get myself on the treadmill every now and then, but I'll admit, running is a chore to me. I wish it wasn't. Yoga is more my speed. But how wonderful is it to run and do yoga and tell MS to go suck it. Sorry for the rude choice of words, I would probably use worse if this wasn't a public forum, but that's how I feel. It's so nice when our bodies co-operate! We have MS, it DOES NOT have us!! :)

  3. GREAT POST! I had an answer... but my list got too long, so I wrote my own blog... It's here http://mjsdailyhappenins.blogspot.com/2012/02/what-is-happiness-to-you.html!! sorry I know I talk too much!! ;)