Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Happiness Challenge

Ding dong, the witch is dead. Which old witch? The wicked witch! Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead. 

Goodbye and good riddance, February. A house has been dropped on your sorry ass.

Hello, March.

March 1 is only a date on the calendar, but I feel better knowing that February is over and done with. For me, March means good things:

My birthday is March 9. I can't wait to see all the lavish gifts my devoted blog readers and my pretend boyfriend George Clooney send my way.

The first day of spring is March 20.

St. Patrick's Day is March 17. I like the color green and four-leaf clovers and good luck and booze. I like jokes about leprechauns with punchlines that my brother, Tim, and I then turn into an inside joke that we repeat for years afterward.

The new season of Psych started last night and Community comes back March 15. Joy is now guaranteed for delivery each Wednesday night at 9 and Thursday night at 7. Multicultural bromances are my favorite thing.

It is true that I have been in a funk for the first two months of this year. I've been doing a lot of this:

"(Crying). Yeah. It's my new thing. I've gotten abnormally brilliant at it." - Diane Keaton in Something's Gotta Give.

I have an attitude problem. It's time to enact an attitude solution.

So I'm giving myself this blog challenge: Each day in March, I will write about a happy memory, something joyful from the past three-plus decades, maybe something from the past day or the past five minutes. These things may be big or small but they will all be things for which I am grateful.

Grandma and Cousin Edie
My grandparents, Wes and Carlene, used to have "happiness" parties. I've seen photos of the yellow smiley-face decorations, the groovy 70s-era clothing.

Their lives were not perfect. They had more than their fair share of difficulties. But when I think of them, I think of people who chose every day to love one another. I think of people who chose happiness, who knew that it was rare and worth celebrating.

If I have a choice, I choose happiness.

Now here are some random quotes about happiness:

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. - Henry David Thoreau
Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. - Dale Carnegie 
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. - Leo Buscaglia
 I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. - Gilbert K. Chesterton
 My chick bad, My chick hood, My chick do stuff dat ya chick wish she could. - Ludacris.

Welcome to The Happiness Challenge

I hope as the month goes along that you'll drop by and share your happy memories with me.

If you have a blog, please feel free to start your own Happiness Challenge. My friend Stephanie started with this lovely post. Erin started with a wonderful tribute to the beauty of letter-writing. My cousin Richard began with a letter, too, and a photo that will make you squeal with happiness. It's that cute.

Related posts:
Beautiful Baby (The Happiness Challenge Day 1)


  1. I love a challenge.

    A happiness moment in my life would have to be the year I was 13 and in 8th grade. I had two of the bestest girlfriends, a great tan, fantastic grades, loved the apartment I lived in with my mom and sister, and we were all truly happy. It was a fabulous school year and a great, fun summer. I smiled a lot that year!

    1. But you hadn't met me yet! I'm gonna let this one slide since I like picturing tan little Tina with her good grades and her bestest girlfriends and her happiness. : )

    2. This is JUST 8th grade happiness. We'll need the rest of the month of Happy to post all the happy moments that came AFTER 8th grade....WITH YOU. :)

  2. I love your happiness challenge. It is sort of like Polyanna's "glad game". Here is a happy I had last night (I love that alliteration!!). My daughter Natalie and I went to see Wicked. In the program was an ad for the next show, South Pacific. She said, "Mom, do you remember when we were vert little girls, we were worried about getting soap in our eyes when you washed our hair? You would always sing to us I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair, and make us sing it too. Natalie now babysits with her 2 little nieces. She said when she washes their hair, she always makes them sing it too. When she forgets, they always remind her:)

    1. I love that! Everyone should sing this song while washing their hair! Thank you so much for sharing that memory.

  3. I just had a happiness tear; pretty much happens anytime I see/hear Wes & Carlene.
    Amy, one of my favorite memories of you is how much you loved your job at Lo Bils. :-)

    1. That made me laugh out loud. Lo Bil grocery store = good times.

  4. I think one of my happy memories was during my bridal shower. I was never one to scribble "Mrs. Kirstin ______" when I had a crush, so I didn't even think about what my name would be when I married Chris. His brother's wife, Christy gave me stationary with my new name on it, and seeing it in print made me cry with joy. It is such an awesome name... Kirstin (kiki) Commons. I am blessed with this name and the family that comes along with it!

    1. What a good memory! This is so sweet it brought a little tear to my eye. And you do have a good name! And a good family!


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