The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine, and he told me that when he’s stressed out, he takes a couple of minutes and goes to his “happy place.” Although it sounds a bit corny, I think we could all use a visit to such a place from time to time.
When I am down in the dumps and need something to make me happy, I can think of three images right off the bat. One is dreaming about one of my favorite places to visit, and that’s Sedona, Arizona. It has one of the most remarkable landscapes I’ve ever seen, and when I make it there, I love to hike among the red rocks, get my feet wet in Oak Creek, and dine in one of the many great restaurants. I always come back from that daydream with a smile on my face:)
The second place I love to visit, sometimes only in my mind, is Tuscany. Like Sedona, this area of Italy is blessed with a beautiful landscape, terrific food, and wonderful people. Throw in great history and art, and I can dream about this spot just about every day.
The last image that brightens my day comes in a little package, at least for the time being. Awhile back, one of my co-workers gave birth to a joyous little boy named Brendan. I can’t recall ever being around a baby that is so consistently happy, and he brings a smile to all of our faces every time his mom brings him in to visit. Sometimes, he gets to stay for a few hours, and we love having him around. I’m sure he gets grumpy and screams like any six month old, but we never really get to see that side of him 🙂 He can come by and visit any time, and his sisters are always welcome too.
So, in about the span of two minutes, I’ve been reminded that I have a lot to be happy about. I’ve had the blessing to not only dream about these wonderful places, but I’ve gotten the chance to visit them many times over the years. I get to share in the happiness of having a little one around, one so joy-filled that, when we see him, he makes our day a bit more bright.
When you’re having a bad day, what do you think about to make you happy? I hope you can think of at least one person/thing that reminds you that, when it’s all said and done, we have it pretty good.