According to The Secret Society of Happy People, January 21st is the saddest day of the year. I imagine it has to do with the weather and Seasonal Affective Disorder. I imagine it has to do with the temperatures and the length of day. I imagine it has to do with just about anything that can make a person sad, from depression to death; from illness to pain; from a Hallmark card to fill-in-the-blank. People get sad and there are groups, faith leaders, and societies, secret and otherwise, that will do what is possible to bring the happiness out of people. So the Secret Society of Happy People has declared January 20-26 as the Hunt of Happiness Week. I want to take part in this hunt and it couldn’t come at a more crucial time.
The Richmond area finally saw some beautiful, sun filled days this past weekend after seven days of cold, cloudy, rainy and foggy days. Those days had a major impact on me, more than I realized at the time. I mentioned in a previous blog that I found the searching for grateful gifts during the 12 Days of Christmas quite therapeutic. Based on that strategically placed conversation on the word “happy” I talked about, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and wondering what this word means. Sadly, I am not so sure I know what it truly means. I have been wondering what it takes to be happy, in the midst of pain, grief, and searching. I have been wondering why it felt so therapeutic to share the gratitude I found in the 12 Days of Christmas. I’ve been in prayer and discussion about all of this. Not all of it is clear yet, but it is clear that God is taking me in a direction that I am beginning to see.
That direction landed me on the Week of Happiness. If nobody else declares it so, I am declaring this week My Hunt for Happiness. Thank you to the Secret Society of Happy People. I have some tools that I will take along the journey.
- Watching the documentary, “Happy” directed by Roko Belic. The same strategically placed “happy” friend recommended this to me. And Starbucks recommended it as well. I believe in December, the documentary was their free download for the week.
- Reading the book, Stumbling into Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. He was a part of the documentary mentioned above.
- Putting focus on the book Daring Greatly, that was sent to me by a dear friend of mine, who gives me the space to cry and smile at the same time.
- Go out and fulfill my calling, even when it’s not coming to me. Not sure how that will work yet, but it will.
- Each day this week, share with you, the readers of Linda’s Bloughts, a gift of gratitude that comes in the midst of my day. Just like I did with the 12 Days of Christmas, I want to search for those gifts, no matter how hard it may be. It made a difference then and I know will make a difference now.
- And some personal spiritual and physical work that I can’t get into right now but will when the time is right.
And here is the secret of my hunt. When this week is over, I will take one other tool and continue the journey. The Secret Society of Happy People has a short guide I got on Amazon.com. It’s called, “Thirty One Types of Happiness Guide.” The guide has a short devotional entry for each day, with a focus on one word that can bring about happiness. I want to focus on that and write about these words each of the 31 days. I honestly believe this is a God given opportunity for me because the 31st day lands on February 27th, my birthday.
What’s the big deal with that? Birthday = happy right? Not if you know me. There is a history with my birthday now, which started almost 16 years ago. I won’t go into here, but you can read it on my birthday blog from last year.
The strategy is that after this Week of Happiness and 31 Days of Happy Focus, I will land on February 27th, with joy and happiness for the gift of life and celebration. Maybe I can have a party with those who love me, share that love, accept all of me, and celebrate the joy of my life.