So, in spite of my quasi-bashing of the Happiness Project book a post of two ago, I'm becoming a disciple. My sister has an idea she's implementing from her journey through the Happiness Project that I think is just a stroke of genius! Every night before she hops into bed she is taking the time to think through what the happiest moment of the day was, and writing it down. Just a line or two. But what a fantastic discipline! First of all, it forces us to remember that, no matter how heavy our burdens seemed that day, there was a happy moment. It forces us to dwell on it, even if just for a minute or two, and be thankful. Additionally, it will allow us to see a pattern in what makes us happy, and that pattern, I'm guessing, may surprise us in the end!
So what was my happy moment for today? It had to be the 30 minutes in the hot tub with the family (T and the younger two kids, R and L). It was cold enough that the boards of the deck creaked as we walked on them, the sky was clear and full of stars, and we were all relaxed, talking about nothing, just being together. Oliver was alternately playing in the snow or under the deck, and then coming up to nuzzle someone's neck or lick an arm. We discussed which hot tub light color we liked best and why, deciding ultimately that red and blue were the favorites. R ran out into the snow for a bit just for the thrill of coming back into the warm tub. We discussed that although the challenge of making a snow angel in a wet bathing suit might sound fun, it would not be advisable with all the poop accumulating in the yard right now! And we saw who could lift their straight legs furthest out of the water while seated. That was probably the most important issue at hand. It was a happy moment!