November 28, 2010

C'mon Get Happy

Monday Morning Match is a short post - maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea - intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning.

How do you define "Happiness"?

If you had to write a definition for that word, what words would you use? You could be very dictionary-like in your definition and use words like "a state of tranquility free from anxiety and emotional disturbance" or perhaps "a feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, please or joy."

What if you had to describe what happiness means to you? No clinical definition, just a sentence or word story? What would you say? What makes you smile just thinking about how you would describe happiness to someone?

Is it....

  • Warm chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven?
  • Reading a good book on a rainy Saturday morning?
  • Having the first tee time on a warm summer day?
    • Someone else picking up the tab at happy hour?
    • A phone call from a co-op agent saying they've accepted your written?
    • A quiet lake and a full cooler of bait?
    • Walking hand in hand with someone special down a moonlit beach?
    • Hearing your children giggle?

    Yeah - those are all good definitions of happiness in my mind.

    What about for you? What images come to mind? What emotions are stirred thinking about what makes you happy?

    Here's your challenge. Write down ten things that you think of when you think of happiness. (I invite you to add a few in the comments section below.)

    Now, instead of just thinking about what creates happiness for you in your mind, go out this week and make it happen with your actions.

    Have a great week building relationships, solving problems and having fun.