Happy Things

15 02 2011

Happy Thing: Lady Bug Luck

Life is hard right now. At some times it is nearly crippling. Even when I’m functioning well, I’m having a hard time keeping things in order and facts straight. It could not be a better time to embrace the flaky than right now. So it’s a good thing Bethany made me this mug.

Happy Thing: My New Favorite Mug

I’ve long toyed with the idea of doing a 365 thing on Flickr. I had thought it would be cool to document an entire year of my life, starting on my birthday. But I’ve never been ready. I’ve also been waiting for a particularly cool age like 35 or 40. But this year I wasn’t sure how my birthday was going to go, and I tried to just focus on the little happy moments and forget any shit that might happen.

Happy Thing: Kids Playing in the Late Afternoon Sun

I normally don’t start big projects like this when I’m in the midst of Hard Times, but this one focuses on The Happy and I feel like I need that. It’s almost like a prayer to find one happy moment and to photograph it. It requires thought, intent, almost meditation. It helps cultivate love and happiness. And having a record of The Happy is not only a visual way to count my blessings, but also a therapy since looking back at the photos is nearly as effective as taking them in the first place.

Happy Thing: Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough

I was toying with the idea of starting a Flickr group for it. Not a big one – there are tons of similar ones out there for strangers – but one where friends, if they choose, could join in and we could feed on each other’s Happy. No rules, no pressure to do anything perfect, just a big fat batch of Happy. If there’s enough interest I’ll start one. If not, I’ll just be happy with my Happy.

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11 responses

15 02 2011
chasingthefirefly

I’d love to join in on the Happy. I think when we’re not happy, it’s the best time to remind ourselves that it does exist, somewhere out there. I’m sorry that you are having a hard time of it.

15 02 2011
Summer

DO IT! I’d play! Would it have to be every day?

15 02 2011
ZebraBelly

No rules! I think the ideal would be to aim for every day but sometimes it won’t happen or maybe you’d rather do it once a week or whatever. Make it Happy for you.

15 02 2011
Annika

You can count me in.

15 02 2011
bethany actually

Yes! I’m in. I might even wait to start daily photos till my birthday, which is just over a month away.

15 02 2011
bethany actually

(Because I wanna be like you, of course.)

15 02 2011
Sarah

Go for it – not just the group, but being happy too 🙂

15 02 2011
Jess

I might be ready to join a 365 group one day soon 🙂

16 02 2011
Jen

I’d play along. I’m already doing a 365 project on my other blog where I try to get a moment every day. I’d like to see what other people do too.

16 02 2011
Sonja

I want to be in that group!
Viva la happy!

12 06 2011
bethany actually» Blog Archive » happy things

[…] on her birthday this year that she would take a picture every day of something that made her happy, to remind herself in the midst of a difficult time to Find the Happy. She decided to create a Flickr group so her friends could share the happy too. Finding a bit of […]

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