BYOH: Build Your Own Happiness or How to hack your own happiness buttons.
Today, the topic is sharing positivity.
Halloween gets me to thinking about the sweet things in life. The sweet things in life get me to thinking about the good things in my life. The good things in my life remind me of all the reasons I try to keep a sweet and positive outlook on life.
Halloween means candy and candy is one of the sweet things in life. I have my favorites that I like to hoard and keep to myself, but, for the most part, I love sharing candy because it is one of the few things, I know for certain, pushes people’s happiness buttons.
It’s the same with positivity. I am often surrounded by people who whine and complain, endlessly, about everything. and it is one of the biggest downers that I am forced to deal with on an, almost, daily basis. This is one of the few reasons why I must have access to my external happiness buttons (i.e. audiobooks, music, dancing on the spot), so that I can cope when I can’t get away from them. When I feel like people are bringing me down, I try to clap back with something positive. Sometimes, words won’t do the trick, but, candy will.
Even as a child, for holidays, I would give my mother something special made out of white chocolate. In it’s own way, it was an olive branch. It wasn’t much, but it appeased her enough that she wouldn’t be so vicious for a few days.
I do this at work, too. Coworkers, customers and friends, leave my desk with a smile on their face, whenever my candy dish is full. Their smiles make me smile and it’s harder to spread negativity when you are loving on a piece of chocolate. You can try, but you’ll still be smiling. Then, all I hear is how this candy or that candy really makes a person happy. I make note and try to get their favorites in the future. That pushes their happiness buttons and mine.
And, just like with my mother, I make sure that even people, who are not so nice to me, get candy, too. It helps me see them as less unlikable when I hear them squee because I stocked their favorite candy. And, as I think about it, I have had a number of people, who I thought, initially, were rude, who broke the ice with me, by buying me something sweet. A very sweet, and positive, version of Karma.
Halloween isn’t the only time to share your sweetness. And, you shouldn’t only share your sweetness when you are in your best mood. The sweetness and positivity that you share, today, could come back and bless you, tomorrow.
Feel free, to visit my Facebook page and tell me what kind of things that you do to push your own happiness buttons or drop a line in the comments section. I would really love to hear from you.
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