In honour of International Happiness Day I thought I'd choose happiness as my wonderful world.
Happiness is an odd quality, it's something we spend our whole lives pursuing. We often have a very fixed idea of what it looks like, how it will be, what to expect; but life never turns out the way you expect. Plans go wrong, things change and you're left trying to pick up the pieces. I have a tendency to stomp my foot and demand it turns up now. Right now. Not tomorrow. Now. It doesn't often seem to work.
Funnily I've not been feeling particularly happy on International Happiness Day, everything feels a bit of a struggle at the moment. I feel like I'm running on the spot and making very little progress. Let's blame it on the solar eclipse (which was a huge disappointment - see not happy today!), the spring equinox and the super moon all coming together. It seems a good enough reason to me.
I am not a patient person; but I'm doing my best to pay attention to the little things. You can find happiness in the most unexpected of places. All the clichéd ideas - a beautiful scene, time with loved ones, a great piece of cake - there's a reason they're clichés. They're true, I just need reminding sometimes.
So today on International Happiness Day I'm going to stare at this picture and remember there are reasons to be happy, I just have to let myself see them.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about people who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.
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I'm an author, disability activist, winner of the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition and The EABA for Fiction 2020 and co-founder of Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (ADCI).
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