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March 20, 2013

The Secret to Happiness: Happy International Happiness Day!

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” ~ William Blake

Today is the first ever United Nations International Day of Happiness—a date intended to celebrate the United Nation’s commitment to “better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies.”

In celebration, I’ve ‘scrinched’ my eyebrows and spent at least the last 15 minutes perusing my inner-being looking for the very best advice on happiness.

After only the most careful reflection, I have whittled and distilled my wandering thoughts down to just these…

My three simple steps towards happiness:

1. Breathe.

2. Let go.

3. Follow your heart (no matter where it might go).

(repeat)

So, Happy International Happiness Day! Go out into this world, explore…discover… and pursue your biggest and wildest and craziest dreams.

And in that most spectacular process of wandering about, try your best to also make someone else’s day.

P.S. Yes, ‘scrinch’ is a word—well, at least it is to me.

Bonus Video: Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Shadyac on Happiness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmdPe0oZKZ4

 

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Ed: Kate Bartolotta

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Jacklyn Flowers Dec 27, 2014 6:46pm

Happiness is a choice. If we can decide to be happy regardless of our circumstances. Love the idea of having the International Day of Happiness by paying it forward and expressing happy with others. Thanks for sharing!

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Snowyogi Mar 20, 2013 10:29am

Greensky Bluegrass uses that William Blake quote on a wonderful song called Tuesday Letter. Give er a listen!

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