In the middle of writing this post, I took a dog-park break. While the monster puppy ranged around, I saw this on Facebook from my friend, Lisa Carmen:
These days, happiness and joy are acts of rebellion. Be a rebel.
Here’s the post, but now as an act of rebellion.
The folks at Every Monday Matters give us an important reminder during a time when the news is so bleak. We still have the right to happiness! October’s theme is Get Happy.
There are a few universal truths that all of us share—we don’t like pain, we don’t like worry, and we don’t like sadness. Given the choice, we would avoid all of that. But what if we did have the choice? Some argue that we do… that we have the ability to ignore even pain. Interesting, right? We don’t recommend trying it, unless walking on hot coals is a personal goal. But there is something we hope you will try, because not only is it good for you, it is good for the world. It’s called, “Happiness.” What if we all choose to be happy or even happier this month? Yes, we get it … there is always plenty going on in our world and in our lives that make it super easy to not feel happy—bills, social injustice, workload, endless chores, etc. And as if all of this wasn’t enough, we have unexpected elements, like natural disasters, illnesses, or accidents. In other words, we have our hands full this month, because being happy can take work. It also takes an absolute commitment from our hearts and our heads. Sure, we can all experience small moments of joy, but we want happiness to be a way of life. We want this to be our baseline—that thing we all feel deep inside throughout our day. So get ready for an incredibly rewarding month, because happiness matters.
Sadly, they released their monthly theme on the Monday following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. (A good reminder to all of us to monitor our social media feeds that are on auto schedulers.) But, if you think about it, it’s the very best time to be reminded that we must continue with life and living it to the fullest. Or, as previously mentioned – it’s an act of rebellion.
This week, EMM takes a look at what makes us happy in the “new normal.”
We often wonder if everything has just become way too serious. In some way, growing up has become synonymous with growing serious … more responsibilities, more awareness of people’s judgments, more “know it all-ness.” But we don’t think this needs to be the case. After all, who ever said that being happy, laughing, or expressing your inner-nerd or childlike ways have an expiration date on them? We certainly didn’t. So, this week, we want you to DORK OUT. If you are feeling it, go for it. If you always wanted to be Captain America, then throw on the costume and be the Captain. Even better, ask friends to join you so you can dork out together. We guarantee one thing for sure … that you will smile, laugh, and have a blast. And, what better way to create happiness in your life than to smile, laugh, and have fun? But it starts with you and your willingness to just let go and dork out. So do it, because dorking out matters.
So, come on . . . how do you dork out?