Some days we wake up feeling great! That’s always a joy when it happens. When a sense of physical well-being meshes with a positive emotional outlook, we may feel not only happy, but productive, capable, and all in all—happy to be alive. Why does this good feeling go away?
Too often, we don’t so much drive it away as we let it slip away by letting the burdens of the day accumulate on top of us. That’s the problem—the things we must do, that require our attention, get confused for the things we are. We’re happy—we should go along and bring happiness along our way, but all too often we let those feelings drain away into the monotony of the things we have to do. Laundry, shopping, school, work, the list is endless.
It’s much more helpful to our moods if we can carry a crystal sliver of that joy with us all day long. In part, we don’t need to expect too much of ourselves. No one prances through a day giddily, at least too often.
Still, it’s a wonderful thing to have the memory of that happiness inside us. It’ll influence everything we do. Even small things done with kindness can offset a great deal of other people’s pain during the day.
As long as we keep that fragment of joy alive, we’re less cranky, less easily frustrated, and more apt to spread a little of that happiness around. Happiness sometimes comes for no reason at all. It can be as completely unforced as a sunny day. Even when the weather’s changed, as long as the memory of that sunny day remains, so do in some small ways, its effects.
That’s a good way to think about the moments of happiness, of joy in our lives. Even carrying only bits of those happy moments ahead with us, they can be more than enough to brighten and renew dark days.