Justin Blowers

Today, March 20, is the international Day of Happiness, so I’m challenging everyone to be happy.

This year’s theme is “Happier together” so it’s a great time to tell a certain someone how happy they make you. Whether it’s your parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, husband, wife, child, friend etc., just tell them how happy they make you.

Whether it’s a text, call, Facebook message, tweet, whatever the mode of contact, just reach out. In fact, it will probably make their day to hear that, then you’ll really be contributing to the international day of happiness.

Also try doing a little something, no matter how small, for someone. It can be something as simple as holding open a door or picking up something for someone.

Again, the theme for this year is “happier together” so try spreading a little happiness yourself; there are a lot people around that could really use it.

You could even host a happiness dinner. The Gross National Happiness USA organization has guidelines for putting the specifics on their website, but it’s really simple.

Just invite friends and family over for a dinner. What you have doesn’t matter just as long as you’re all together. Now just set aside time to reflect on a time when everyone was happy and then have a nice discussion about what matters in life. The organization says that last year some of the things that mattered were family, love, friends, health, laughter, music, faith in God and home. So be sure to talk about and maybe figure out what really matters to you and what makes you happy.

But make sure to do something that makes you happy today, too. Block out a certain amount of time today and have it be your “me” time. Whether it’s finishing an episode of your favorite show, playing that dusty instrument in your closet or just having a long overdue conversation over coffee, do something you want to do.

Everyone deserves to be happy at least one day in their life and today is probably the best day for it. It doesn’t get much more thematically appropriate than International Day of Happiness.

And don’t forget to take time to think about the things that make you happy as well. So often we get caught up in our mistakes or our schedule that we stress ourselves out. Take just a moment and think of all the good in your life. Think of all the things that make you happy, remember that feeling and try and keep it throughout the day.

It’s hard to stay happy throughout an entire day, which is why this is a challenge. It’s commonly said that it takes 21 days to form a habit and the only way to do that is one day at a time. Maybe it’s the motivation you need to make a change in your life for the happier.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at sjblowers@southeastsun.com.

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