To-day, March 20th 2014, is International Happiness Day.  It seems in our busy day to day lives we often don’t make happiness a priority.  We say we want it – in fact in survey carried out at the Day of Happiness site 87% said they would prefer to live in a society with the greatest happiness as compared to a society with the greatest wealth.  Yet too often we don’t take time to do things that make us happy.

And it doesn’t need to be big things – the tour of Europe or a week in Bali – to increase our level of happiness.  We tend to overlook or discount the small things that make us smile, that increase our level of happiness.  Watching a child’s joy in discoverying something new, or the pleasure of reading a good book, visiting a museum or taking a walk in the park, little things that can bring much joy into our lives if we would only take the time to recognize it.

Personally music is one of many things that makes me happy.  And just hearing a song that has happy memories makes me smile and brightens my day.  Every time I hear “Beautiful Sunday” by Daniel Boone I am transported back to a sunny 2nd storey cafeteria in Soll Austria with happy skiers dancing in a chain, ski boots clomping on the floor as we belt out the song as loud as we can, so loud we often drowned out the music itself.  But it was fun, and even over 30 years later, it still lightens my heart to hear it and brings back happy memories of those ski trips my husband and I took to Austria.

Listen to it yourself and see if the upbeat music dosesn’t brighten your day – “Beautiful Sunday” by Daniel Boone .

I often work with music playing, not only because it helps keep me from being distracted but because it also makes me happy.  And I know I’m much more productive when I’m happy and feeling upbeat.  I’ve also found that different music is effective on different days, likely depending on my underlying mood, so needless to say I have a lot of CDs and a lot of audio clips covering a huge variety of music genres.

So to-day, International Happiness Day, do something that makes you happy.  It doesn’t have to be something grandiose or take up huge amounts of time, just something that, even for a moment, makes you smile and makes you happy.  You’ll feel better for it.  And don’t stop once the day is over.  Why not make it a practice to do something each and every day that makes you happy – even if just for a moment .

Until next time, THRIVE on! 🙂

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Karen Switzer-Howse

Canada’s Premier ThriveSynergy Strategist