“Joy, how do you do it? How do you stay so happy? How do you smile all of the time?”
I literally, can not count the number of times I’ve been asked these questions.
I’ve always had the lamest reply… “I dunno”. I say. Not because I didn’t want to share some big secret that I was hording to myself, not because I didn’t want to divulge the answers, but because I genuinely did not know.
I’ve always been happy after all, most of my life, its something I always simply took for granted. Then, things changed. For the first time in my life, I went through some real struggles, some losses, some pain, some depression. I was NOT happy. I did NOT smile. I didn’t like it, but it was what i woke up to and what I went to sleep to every single day. As time went by, I came to the realization that I wasn’t just going to wake up happy again one day…I was going to have to work my way back to happy. I realized that it was high time for me to discover the REAL answers to those questions, to begin researching and realizing what it is that makes and keeps ME happy, and more importantly…to share that information with others.
This has resulted in my metaphoric “Happiness Cake”. Over the next week I will be posting a short series of ingredients for this recipe. I’ll say in advance that this is the recipe that works for ME. I don’t guarantee that it will work for you. You might try my cake and hate it. However, you might also try my cake and think it’s the best cake you’ve ever tasted! You may want to switch out some of the ingredients for others, GO RIGHT AHEAD! Whatever works to make YOUR cake taste the way you like it!
Join me tomorrow for “The Happiness Cake: INGREDIENT NUMBER ONE”.