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The happiness project – 3 things or more

I was stressed this morning at the doctors’ office getting tests done and while reading a magazine came across an article about happiness and the author made some points that hit home for me. While I was worried and sad as I’ve been having some health issues and the doctor hasn’t been able to figure out what’s wrong, I became happy as I realized that I can still walk around albeit a bit slow as I get dizzy and am still functioning. The author pointed out that in today’s day and age, we tend to look for happiness in things we can buy and after a little while the “things” we have become normal and disappear from our view and cause us to keep looking for the illusive happiness. The author argued that instead of looking for happiness in things, we should remember the experiences we have each day and document them.

I’ve always been a happy go lucky guy and it takes a lot to get me down but I’ve found myself in a slum after coming back from my vacation and haven’t really been apprecaiting what I have rather thinking about what I left behind on my vacation. The weather hasn’t helped much as it snowed the day I came back from Brazil. So today, I decided that I will change my perspective on how I live and will document the good in my life on daily basis and wanted to invite you to join in my quest. I’m going to try and post them on my website daily as well to keep you posted on what I’m going through but it will be in my diary at the very least. I plan on picking up a daily planner just for my appreciation journal so I can look back and remember all the things I’ve enjoyed.

Going back to my health issue; I was having dizzy spells when I was in Brazil and wrote it off to having a mild heat stroke. It happened a couple of times again while still in Brazil then went away after getting some rest and rehydrating. When I came back to Toronto last month, I was still having them and didn’t think much as I was pretty tired from the long flight back. It got really bad over the past two weeks and last weekend, I wasn’t even able to leave the house as I couldn’t stand. I went to the doctor and they did bunch of tests but to no avail. Today, I went for blood work and the results for those are still pending. The good news from my doctor’s examination is that it’s not zika virus and I passed my neurological test with flying colors. Once I have my test results back, I will be posting more about it.

Here are the things that I’m thankful for today:

  • I finally got to spend a whole day at the office with no headaches and was able to reach out to a lot of my clients that I’ve regretfully neglected due to my sickness. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment for me that I’ve been able to do this and bring some sense of normality back to my life. I’m not planning on working too much this weekend as I don’t want to over do it but I’m thankful for the response I recieved from my clients and friends so far.
  • I’m thankful that I had enough money today to go replenish my fridge. As you can imagine, being sick and ordering food via delivery was compounding what I was feeling and spending time today in the produce aisle and buying healthy food for me to cook was therapeutic. I find cooking a great way to destress and find amazing new flavours to try. I just have to make sure I spend time cooking and eating what I bought so the produce doesn’t go to waste.
  • I’m thankful that I didn’t get a parking ticket today. Yes, it’s the first of the month and on my street, starting April 1, we have to park our vehicles on the other side of the road and any car that hasn’t moved by mid morning gets tagged. Since I had to go to the clinic for my tests, I was already out before the parking officer came by. Every car on my street was tagged by the time I came back.

There are numerous other things that I’m thankful for as well such as my family and friends that messaged me asking about my health after I posted about it yesterday, my dog who loves me unconditionally and ate two buckets of yogurt that I forgot to put away (lol), for not getting pranked by anyone today and for people that smile as they walk past me and brighten up my day.

I hope you will join me on this quest to share happiness with everyone. You don’t have to share what you are thank ful or happy for but share this project with your friends and family and get them involved in your life and talk about it. If you are planning on posting it on your website, send me the link so I can share it with you too.

Looking forward to seeing how this project will change my life and do post if it makes yours better!

Live strong and be happy

Addy