"Well, I'm what I am and I'm what I'm not,
And I'm sure happy with what I've got.
I live to love and laugh a lot,
And that's all I need."
Kenny Chesney, Never Wanted Nothing More
Are you happy with what you've got? Does happiness happen in your life? Well, if you're not sure, you've got a whole month of August to figure it out, 'cause August is Happiness Happens Month.
Happiness Happens Month is a whole month dedicated to what makes you happy. It may sound silly, but it has a very important purpose. It reminds us that happiness happens one small moment at a time, and it's up to us to recognize those moments as they're happening. Secret Society of Happy People (SOHP) was founded in 1998 to "provide a missing voice for those who are happy and want to express it without having other people rain on their parade." They started celebrating happiness on Admit You're Happy Day August 8, 1999 and in the year 2000, they expanded the celebration to the whole month of August.
Now, every August, the Society puts out a list of challenges one can do every day to celebrate and promote happiness. So, what are you planning to do to be happy or to help someone else be happy this month? Like charity, happiness also starts at home, so do something nice for yourself first. Make someone else happy by doing something nice for them. The more unexpected, the better. Laugh a lot; smile; put on a pair of silver shades 'cause happy people always see the silver lining. For us country folk, the list could also include: go ride your horse, watch a sunset (or sunrise), or go fishing.
Talking about country folk, some research was done in years past that found people living in rural areas or small towns were generally happier on average than big city dwellers... unless they were Millennials. Millennials were generally happier in big cities (just you wait, kids, till you get to be our age). There's something about the close knit community and nature's beauty that makes most people happy. For me, seeing our ever changing Montana big sky, watching a new fawn skip through the grass next to his mother, or stopping in the road to let a brood of ducklings cross to the other side are all worth so much more than a high-falutin career in a big city or a pile of money in the bank. County life makes me happy, so that's where I'll be spending the rest of August. How about you?
P.S. Does shopping make you happy? Check out some fun jewelry and accessories for chic cowgirls in Buckaroo Bling shop.