For the last few weeks I have been letting my stress get the better of me. While I still find myself smiling and saying hello to everyone I am still letting in moments of frustration cloud my overall feeling of the day. Yes, this is a normal reaction and it makes me human.
I just don’t want it to creep in too much or too often in a day or week. If it lingers it becomes more of a outlook rather than a moment. So I am trying to remember to practice looking for the happy so in those moments I can almost use them as a mantra to see the happy. So what makes me happy?
Having Ice Cream for dinner. Not that I did this last night! 😉
Puppy kisses and smiles.
Giving back to others.
Spending a day just reading. Currently reading. Very sad and emotional but good read.
The perfect cup of coffee. I don’t need to add cream, perfection.
What makes you happy?
This is so important to remember because there are times when we get so low, it’s hard to see the sunshine. Remembering what makes us happy is a great way. Make a list when you’re happy and keep it to remind yourself when you’re not. Have a great day!
Thank you. Yes, sometimes bad days flow together and it is important to not let them. Sometimes you just have to push through until happy is the norm not the exception.
Biana @ Blovedboston says
I absolutely agree with you – Happy is a choice and we are the ones in charge of that!!! I hope that the stresses fade away and you have time to unwind and relax this long weekend! xo, Biana
That you I think things are looking up and I try to make the good out weigh the bad each day. Some days are hard though. This weekend is much need and I am excited for it.
Samantha @ 24to30 says
I needed this reminder too! I’ve been letting things I can’t control get the best of me lately also. I hope that whatever is stressing you is resolved or passes soon! You always have the cutest coffee mugs!
Thank you. It is looking up already!! Aww thanks, it is a slight obsession of mine! That one is from Anthropologie.
Bri @ My Life As says
This is so true. It’s especially important to remember the little things when life is stressful.
It is, they can really turn things around when you get down.
kathy at real talk says
these are all perfect! happiness is definitely a choice and it’s too bad that a lot of people let *un*happiness rule their lives. it’s so amazing that you can see the silver lining during such a time; it’s what makes you so amazing 🙂
Yes, I can have my days that just stink but I don’t want it to ever be my norm! Thanks girl! I know I have my short comings but I try to work on them.
Linda Sheridan says
Amen, Leo Tolstoy. A gratitude attitude is a wonderful thing and essential for happiness. Always look on the bright side !. I think this is a Hoda Kotb quote- some people are praying for the things you complain about.
The more grateful I am, the more good comes into my life. You are a smart cookie!!
Mantras help, too. My daily gratitude list is an important part of my day.
Happy Friday Eve!!
Love, SMD’s Momma
I love that quote too! We could certainly have it a lot worse so it’s important to be grateful. I love the idea of a daily gratitude list, so important to remember all the good things no matter big or small. Happy Friday Eve!
So true, lady! Some people just let the drama overwhelm them and don’t see the good in life. It’s so much more fun to have a happy outlook right?
Yes, and it just sucks the energy right out of you. It’s totally okay to have the moment but there are so many moments in a day.
Ice cream for dinner is always a good choice, as is chips and salsa which would have been my decision last night!
I so wanted taco bell but I resisted! I fully support chips and salsa.
Brianne Bracco says
Sometimes those moments are never fun and I hate that it can get the best of me too, but the fact that you have this great list to keep you positive is the way to keep looking at things and conquering any stressful times out there. 🙂
It is so important to not let it knock you down for long! It’s okay to feel it, just not over cloud all the rest of the feelings.
I agree with you here!!! It is ok to have moments where you are stressed or down, but you cant let them take over!!! Puppy kisses, coffee and a great book make everything better.
Exactly, it’s ok to feel it, analyze it, learn from it. Just don’t let it darker your door for too long.
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
I always do a quick and dirty three things I’m grateful for whenever I get pissed or upset or angry. I believe in feeling all the emotions, I think it’s productive, but I also need to be able to get myself out of a negative mindset. The gratitude list helps center me really quickly. I love yours!
I had CheezIts and ice cream for dinner Monday night. NOT SORRY.
Yes, I mean we all have our moments of WTF but i don’t want it to linger too long. I want to feel all the feels and then move on.
No judging here girl!
Kate @ Green Fashionista says
Great list of happy thoughts! And that coffee looks delish! Hoping you can unwind and enjoy the long holiday weekend 🙂
Thank you. It’s my new favorite coffee, no cream needed so that is a plus. Everything is looking up!!
Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis says
Tell me where to find this clean house I didn’t have to clean myself? lol Hope you’re feeling happy today!
I’d love to find it myself, once I do I’ll let you know! 🙂 It is coming up roses today! Thanks!
Carly Blogs Here says
I love the simplicity of all of these things– always the things we overlook usually and ice cream, books, and a good cup of coffee are definitely things that make me so happy that I take for granted most days!
Thank you, I am simple in my tastes for sure. It really is the little things.
Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie says
I so agree that it’s a choice (most of the time). Love this list, it just made me smile (:
Yes, even if the situation is a hard one, there are moments within that day to see the good even if just smiling at a stranger. Glad it made you smile, that is the best! 🙂
Happiness is a choice! Love this post. Needed to hear it. I have been on “vacation” and my office has bothered me nonstop and I have been letting it upset me. Need to just accept it and move one. Be happy with just being off from work.
Yes, it’s important not to let it get you down and while it might be frustrating don’t lose the overall happiness of the day.
Ice cream for dinner is a great indulgence occasionally!
Some days it’s just necessary! 😉
love this post girly. totally agree. and ice cream for dinner, yes please!
A little ice cream never hurt no body! 😉
Meg Taylor says
I just love that coffee cup! And how could you not smile when you get home to that sweet Seamus face? I love your positive attitude.
Thank you! I know, it’s hard to be upset or sad around his happy face! I really try especially on the hard days!
Ice cream for dinner, breakfast, lunch… it’s ALWAYS appropriate! 🙂
I’m gonna clean the shit out of our apt this weekend… even gonna shampoo the carpets! Can’t wait for that just cleaned feeling and total relaxation on Monday! 😀 … but I willlll be doing it myself. 🙁 lol
It is always a good idea! I really need a good deep cleaning. I will live vicariously through you though for now. Hehe!
Kay R. says
Ice cream for dinner and coffee… sigh why do I always read blogs when hungry!
Haha! Did you get a craving? I can’t be blamed! 😉
Hope everything gets better soon! I love your list!! And that icecream.. oh my! I could have some of that right now! I may have to do a list like this too 😉 Hugs!
It is much better now, thank you. It’s good to have a list you can drawn on for the rough days. Thanks so much!
Kimberlee @ I Have A Degree In This! says
Aw it happens to the best of us. Definitely need to take a breathe and make the conscious effort to not do it. A good book and a cup of tea make me happy 🙂
Sometimes we need to take a moment to just slow down and breathe! Those are the best ways to get to happy!