Just A Little Happy

When I picked up the kids from school today, my ten-year old son climbed in the car and asked cheerfully, "how was your day, Mom?" No matter how it had been, it was instantly a notch better just because of his genuine question.

Later, my eight-year old daughter said, "so Mom, tell me one happy thing that happened to you today." I had to think for a moment since the last several hours had been a mad dash to get some work done and I was still caught up in my drama. My daughter said, "oh come on, everyone has something happy every day. So what was one of your happy moments?" I laughed. Truth is, that car ride was perhaps the happiest moment of the day, but she was looking for more. I told her I had called my friend Andy that morning and he made me laugh. (He did. I knew he would. That's why I called.) She said, "oh yeah, he does make people happy."

Tonight a client whom I first consider a friend called elated (her word) to tell me we'd gotten a two week reprieve on some ridiculous deadlines. I got the joyful job of calling my coworkers to tell them. I could have waited until the morning, but I so wanted to let Kristen and Judy have one extra night to sleep peacefully. They deserve it, they work so hard at keeping things from flying apart. Hearing their happiness made me happy.

Yet another happy moment was finding a note on my purse when I left for work. "I love you! Have a great day. Steve." Me: happy.

Sometimes it seems that the world conspires to take away all our our happiness. But, in reality, the happy is always there in some way. It's up to us to collect those moments and carry them with us all the time.

The Dalai Lama said, "It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."

That quote reminds me of my friend Renée telling her kids to "have a happy heart." That phrase makes me smile. Renée always makes me smile.

So here I am reflecting on my day. I have such awesome people in my life (I couldn't get them all in this post) who enable these little moments of happy. A little happy goes a long way.