From Jack’s Winning Words – “The Happy Book is about what makes you glad.” (Rachel Kempster & Meg Leder) The Happy Book is a book that you write for yourself. One page is titled, “What makes you happy? Maybe it’s….” Or, “Your favorite smells, sounds, tastes…” What are they?
I must admit that I hadn’t heard of The Happy Book before reading Jack’s post. I certainly hope they give you a pen or pencil with it, or maybe both (in case there are some things that you’ve not sure make you happy and which you may have to erase later).
One occasionally hears the phrase “imagine yourself in a happy place” when people are trying to calm down someone who is upset or distraught. I think it is important that we all have some “happy places” that we can get back to mentally when we need a boost or just relief from the stresses of the day.
It seems to me that the real appeal and magic of having a physical Happy Book is that it forces those thoughts back out of the recesses of your mind and brings joy and maybe a smile or a chuckle as you mentally relives happy moments in your life. To sample The Happy Book at the Barnes and Noble site, click here.
I suppose that we all have an internal Happy Book in the back of our minds somewhere; someplace that we store good memories and a place that we can get back to when we need to. Maybe your Happy Book memories are of a favorite vacation place or maybe a special event that you went to. Perhaps your Happy Book is full of memories of people that you are happy being around and with whom you have had fun and good times. Occasionally favorite food or meals will have a place in your Happy Book and certainly, if you’ve had pets there is a special section in your mental Happy Book for them, too.
With all of the curve balls and negative things that life can throw at you it is important to be able to open your internal Happy Book when you need it. One way to make that easier is to take some time each day thinking about the things and places and people that make your happy or that made you happy in the past. By reinforcing those happy memories you make them much easier to get back to when you need them. Then, when strife or sadness or despair start to close in on you; you will be able close your eyes and go to a happy place.
Maybe you should even start your day every day with a quick peek into your personal Happy Book; so that you start off on the right foot. And speaking of feet, I’ll bet there’s a place in your Happy Book that is chocked full of your favorite pairs of shoes. Drag a pair out and put them on; then you can have happy feet all day long, too.