The HAPPY Movie

When I think about being happy, I think about small things, like watching How I Met Your Mother with Colin, making my nephew Declan laugh, hearing my grandfather say ‘I love you’ when we end our phone calls, giving my sister Kelly a hug when I haven’t seen her in a while, etc…So many nice thoughts come to mind when I think about happiness.

I also think about bigger things, like our wedding day coming up in September, my supportive and amazing family, my great circle of friends, my education, my home, my job — I could go on and on. I have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings in my life — but sometimes I struggle with happiness. It’s not always easy to just be happy — no matter who you are, or what cards you’ve been dealt. Being happy is very much based on how we see things, then interpret them, and overall how we let them affect us on a daily basis.

I recently heard about the documentary called HAPPY and was very intrigued. I saw that they were screening it in Boston, so Colin and I went to go see it. It is a story about real-life people from around the world — who they are, and what happiness means to them. This movie goes into new scientific findings from the field of “positive psychology”, and the role our brain plays within our happiness story.

Here are some of the important questions this movie asks / covers, “Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?” (Source).

I am so glad I got a chance to see this movie. It was thought-provoking, and really inspiring. I laughed, cried, and definitely thought more about what makes me happy and why. Even though I live a great life and am usually a pretty happy person — I know I could always try harder to appreciate all the good in my world. I strive to lead a happy life. I want to feel fulfilled, to be healthy, to embrace the positive and turn the negative away. It’s not always easy, but it’s a work in progress, and a cause I am definitely committed to!

You should absolutely check HAPPY out — it is perfect for all ages. Feel free to browse their website and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter) — also check out this blog post on Maria Shriver’s site, it’s great. Most importantly, please think about purchasing the DVD on iTunes. It is SO WORTH the $9.99. Enjoy!

I love happy photos:

Declan and I laughing away!

My friend Kait and I chuckling in NYC

My bud Kelly :)

Cape time and happiness

I’m sitting here on the beach listening to the waves, absolutely basking in the sun. I’d like to soak up every last bit of summer if I can – I can’t believe it’s mid-August. Why does time go so fast when you’re a ‘grown up’?

As I sit here, I guess you could say I’m reflecting on my life at the moment. I am engaged to my love, Colin and wedding planning has been so much fun. I have a nephew on the way (in just a couple of weeks now!!!). My Mother is coming back from London finally (Dad, we want you back too!). I just attended a great conference in San Diego for work and got to see my big brother while I was out there. I have missed him so much and it was so darn good to sit down and catch up over a beer and a delicious meal. I have a good job and a new apartment we both love. One of my best friends in the world just came up to MA to visit and we had a ball! My family is happy and healthy and to me, that is most important. Not to mention the fact that I’m blogging while sitting on the beach in the Cape with Colin and his family. Life is good people, life is good.

I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m bragging or I’m trying to rub the whole “sitting on the beach while you’re
at work” thing in you’re face, because I’m not. What I’m doing here is taking a moment. I’m taking a second to breathe it all in and realize how thankful I am for all that I have mentioned. It’s so easy to get caught up in the BS of everyday life. Just last week I cried because I made a mistake at work (I need thicker skin, I know). I bitched almost all day long on Sunday because of waiting at the airport and losing my bag. I skip the gym because of laziness and I deprive my body of the sleep it needs by staying up too late every night. I pick fights with Colin when I’m cranky. I take important things for granted.

But today, I’m filled with thanks. I am quite simply, happy.