Don’t Downsize your Happiness

Happiness flowMaybe I’m the only one who does this, but sometimes, when something wonderful has happened, I put a limit on how much happiness I take away from it.

There’s some crazy little place in my head that says “Okay, you’ve had enough happiness from this. Time to move on.”

I’m learning, albeit slowly, to tell that little voice to “Shut it!” and enjoy the full measure of happiness.

Why do we do that? Decide our happiness should have limits.

I think sometimes it’s because we see so many unhappy people around us, (in person, online or in the news) and it makes us feel guilty.

Don’t!  Please don’t.

If something has made you deliriously happy, savor it. Enjoy it. Share it with others. You might find a little of your happy rubs off on them.

We also might feel unworthy, like we don’t deserve to be so happy. We haven’t earned the right to be happy.

Tell that little voice to “Shut it!” too.

We all deserve to be happy. All of us. Happiness isn’t a prize or a goal you work toward. It’s a feeling I hope each of you experience every single day.

Don’t limit how wide, deep and full your happiness should be – let it flow to its full potential. Embrace it when something brings a ridiculous smile of elation to your face and let it linger as long as possible.

Don’t downsize your happiness for anyone – even yourself!

Bask in that full measure of joy and let it shine brightly in you. You never know how many other people that light will bring a little happiness to in the process.

Shine on!

Each Monday I share my thoughts on happiness in my own personal Happiness Project for 2014. Feel free to post your thoughts or comments on happiness.

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