Showing posts with label relaxing. Show all posts
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 5

What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?


I view happiness as fleeting and temporary. Based on that...


1. A house clean... Cleaning is very overwhelming. I am not by nature the most clean and organized person. I fight to become clean and organized, with every fiber of my being. I am sure that having ADHD doesn't assist with my struggle. So the feeling of having a clean and organized home makes me happy. I feel a little proud of accomplishing everything. It is a fleeting feeling though, because as soon as my family needs to eat, bathe, or just live the house goes right back to the mess it originally was. 


2. Sisterly love... Seeing my older daughter, Abbie, sitting with her baby sister in her lap while talking and playing. With all the jealousy and general tears that life brings, it is only occasional that they are both in a good mood and playing together. 


3. My Frankie... There is something about Frank Sinatras voice and about that genera of music. It relaxes me, especially when I play it on my record player. The soft hum of the vinyl on the player and the slight pops of the needle as it hits specks of dust. I feel a connection to the music and to Frankie. His voice is smooth and soulful He is the only person that my husband will let me have a crush on, probably due to the fact that he is dead. 


4.Autumn... I love the smell of fallen leaves, hot apple cider, and my Autumn Walk candle. The feel of the cool crisp air is  refreshing and perfect for sitting outside cuddled up in a blanket. The taste of hot creamy soups. I love seeing the trees change colors and the bright orange pumpkins laying in rows for people to buy. The sound of Christmas music playing months ahead of time. 


5. Water... My oldest daughter believes that I am a mermaid that gave up my tail to be with her father. Something about water makes me feel like I can breathe. When I feel stressed or overwhelmed I will splash water on my face. I love to be in water. I often take a shower in the morning, go swimming or play in the water with the girls, and then I take a bath for an hour or two. I have always loved being in the water. It is not only refreshing for my soul, but it also helps me deal with the physical pain of the fibromyalgia. 


There are several things that bring me joy; such as God, my husband, my kids, my job, my friends, and my church. The joy is something that starts internally and expresses itself outwards. As compared to happiness, joy helps overcome struggles; whereas happiness is temporary and not powerful. Using things that make you happy do help to bring your spirits up, but it wont last forever. God's love gives me joy, even when it feels like my world is falling apart. 


What things make you happy? Do you have any outlets when you are stressed? Do you think there is a difference between joy and happiness?