The rationale behind Act Happy Week is that scientists are discovering that even if we don't feel happy, by acting happy and visualizing happiness our brains release chemicals in the body that can be beneficial to our health, wealth, and friendship. Dale Carnegie, an early proponent of positive thinking, emphatically believed that if we "act as if [we] were already happy ... that will tend to make [us] happy." I keep a quote from Martha Washington displayed on my refrigerator that reads "I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but but by our disposition."
|lilacs from my backyard displayed in an antique pitcher from my parents, doily crocheted by my mother|
|I loved John-Boy and wanted to be a writer just like him....(and for the writers who read my blog, I do know that I should correctly write "wanted to be writer just like he (was a writer) but I am deliberately using idiomatic English instead, because it sounds artificial and pretentious to say 'just like he'. I just wanted to set the record straight, in case my mother reads this....)|
and here's one of my favorite spring poems to start the week on a happy note:
If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary's cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.
Unfortunately, today is NOT that kind of day, as a new snow storm started up shortly after I posted this blog, and another 2-4 inches of snow are piling up outside. This weather is seriously delaying lilacs and peaches, but thank goodness for Miss Marple and John-Boy on television! I'll try to keep thinking happy thoughts in spite of the snow and I'll let you know how it worked tomorrow....