Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

Besides turkey and pumpkin pie.

The song Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson has been around for a while, but whenever I hear it, I smile.  And today, I thought about how the lyrics are true.  

Everybody wants to love and Everybody wants to be loved.  

Thanksgiving is a holiday that makes us think about that.  I hope everyone has loving people to share a special meal with — whether that’s family or friends.

I couldn’t find an official video, so I linked to a live performance on the Rachel Ray show.

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This is one of the songs that always makes me happier.

Darius Rucker has a wonderful twinkle in his eyes.

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It’s the time of year to watch It’s a Wonderful Life again, although arguably, it should be watched year ’round.

Poster for IAWL

Poster for IAWL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I watch this film, I am reminded to be thankful for the many blessings in my life.  George Bailey, although an admirable man, isn’t as thankful as he should be in the beginning of the film.  It’s only when he loses what he has that he realizes how wonderful his life really is.

I don’t want that to happen to me.  I want to enjoy life and be thankful right now.   But that requires some attention.   To explain:

Before my wedding I was given some wonderful advice that I’ve tried to pass on to other brides.

Your wedding day is going to be hectic and distracting.   If you’re not careful, you’re going to go through the whirlwind and not really remember much of it, except for the photographic evidence.  So take time, several times during the day, to be still and observe what is going on, so you will have distinct, clear memories of this important day.

Two men wearing morning coats at a wedding. 1929.

Two men wearing morning coats at a wedding. 1929. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The point of this is to slow down and be mindful.  I have several very clear, very sweet memories of my wedding day, one of which was sitting down quietly alone with my mom.  I wore her wedding dress,  and we talked about that and my great love for her.   In the twenty-something years that have passed since that day, the memory of that conversation has remained a sweet and tender moment for me,  giving me strength and comfort.  There were no photographs, but the memory is there.

I want to make good memories now in other areas of my life.  Slowing down and being observant is good, but I’m also trying to write significant moments down in a journal.  Some people keep diaries, others keep gratitude journals, others scrapbook or blog.

Life is more than a never-ending to-do list.  I believe that gratitude is key to happiness.

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