Were you happy today?
What made you smile or laugh? What picked you up when you were feeling down?
Did you make someone else happy? What did you do for that person? How did it make you feel?
Today was the United Nations International Day of Happiness. During my free time today, I shared posts from my archives that featured happy pictures or happy anecdotes. I tweeted other people’s stories that spoke about finding happiness or being happy. I added happy images to my #100happydays board on Pinterest. I created my own “Acts of Happiness” badge.
I don’t know whether these actions made anyone else happy, but I know that they stopped me from thinking about how cold it is for the first day of spring. They distracted me from wishing I had some extra sick days so I can fully recover from my sinus infection. They made me smile when I could have easily frowned.
Some days, depression wins. Not today. Even though I can’t control what happens to me, I can choose how I react. Today, I chose to be happy.
It’s hard not to smile when looking at pictures like these. Go ahead: I dare you not to be happy.