A Happy Transformation
Every Sunday night I try to write a very personal note about happiness. Not a post about art, poetry, happy news or resources but a post that relates personally to my own journey in search of happiness. I’ve talked about my story before, I wasn’t always a very happy person. I struggled in my late teens with drugs and alcohol and eventually found my way to my own personal rock bottom. It was a long road from that moment to the beginning of the Ministry of Happiness seven years ago. I did a lot of work on myself over those years although I still suffered from periodic depression.
The Ministry of Happiness was born out of my own personal research and search for happiness. I created this blog to be able to share what I learned, it’s blossomed, thanks to all of you, into much more than that. I thought it would last a year, seven years later I’m still learning, still writing and still finding out some much about how to be happy.
About five years ago at a friend’s anniversary party I had a couple of interesting encounters. Two separate people who I had grown up with, but how hadn’t seen me in twenty years, both commented on how nice it was that I had become a happier person.
I was reminded of that night recently on a couple of occasions. Recently while talking with some colleagues at work about how I take off and runaway to travel every few years, a colleague remarked that’s why he’s always smiling. Another person related how she told someone we worked with that I was the happiest, most frequently smiling person that she has ever worked with.
I have to admit these descriptions of me by folks I’ve worked with for about 8 months took me by surprise. I don’t see myself as a bubbly, yippy skippy kind of person. But multiple unsolicited observations deserve some consideration and introspection. So as they say on TV I went to the video ok, not so much the video as the photographs. What I noticed, particularly in the pictures of me over the last couple of years, is that I am smiling more in the photos that were taken of me. Looks like there might actually be something to this whole happiness business after all. I am reminded of a very early post on this blog, The Art of Smiling and Staying Positive. Happiness begins with a choice, you choose how you react to the conditions and situations in your life. Smiling helps as well, your smile makes other people react positively, which in return, makes you react positively. A positive feedback loop of positivity is a really good thing and makes everyone happier. So smile my friends and make the choice to be happy and you’ll find yourself having happy days, it’s worked for me, it can work for you. ~ Rev Kane
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