Jester by Dave Hamster
Happy April Fools Day everyone! As you may have noticed, I have been incommunicado lately. I’ve not been myself. Instead I’ve been upset, hurried, tired, grumpy and depressed. Since I started this site to increase happiness and notice the positive, I obviously don’t like dumping that stuff into my blog.
However, after two weeks of being worried, busy, dispirited and blue, I’ve had enough! April Fools Day seemed like the prime time to come back to being myself. (Lucky for me a have a high happiness baseline and that’s not too hard to do).
The newspapers, radio hosts and of course a few coworkers have tried to pull some fast ones today. It’s fun to see people being silly and lighthearted, and by-golly we could use some of that right now. I love the crazy holidays – like did you know that tomorrow is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day?
We all know that suffering and worry that many of us face right now. Whether it’s our own, our family or friends, we see the problems – they’re on the news every night. But that’s why it’s extra important to spend time having some good healthy fun. To acknowledge and value what we already have.
Be grateful for what you have. If you have a home – be glad, there are some who don’t. If you have a car, we happy, some are losing theirs. If you have health, be thankful for it, there are some who are ill and in physical pain on top of this financial suffering.
Appreciate the simple; the beauty of the sun rise in the early morning sky, the pinks, purples and orange glow as it moves high above. If you see a child smile at you in the store, smile back. As you walk into work or drive down the road, stop and notice the blooming trees and bright spring grass.
Be a fool. Today it’s officially okay to be silly. Don’t bother with the pranks and such, just have fun. Tell jokes, invent a new dance move, give out compliments, and smile while you do it. Give a crayon love letter to your significant other, or a play dough butterfly to your coworker. Shake things up in a good way for a change.
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Don’t just sit back and think “Well, I’m too busy and stressed right now to have any fun. I’ll enjoy myself later.” Don’t fall into this trap. We’re almost always busy, and stress is constantly popping up in one form or another. Don’t put off until tomorrow good times you can enjoy today.
Happiness is not selfish. When you feel good, you have more energy and can spare more attention for those you love. When you smile, they smile. When you laugh, so do they. Your good mood can infect those around you for the better. Try a little foolin’ around today and see for yourself.