Morsels of Happiness
On my morning walk today I saw six black cockatoos in a tree quite close up. I didn’t have a camera so you’ll have to take my word for it. I watched them for about five minutes and do you know, seeing them made me happy.
Can a day be without any happy moments? Even in these anxious times there are gentle interludes: – look at that cloud formation; the neighbour’s cat has popped over to be stroked; outside our local cafe Rupert the dog is waiting for his pat; wow – a cormorant is spreading its wings in front of a rainbow!
Happy moments spontaneously pop up.
I find that if I mentally register these morsels of happiness, they nourish me throughout the day. Later on I see the news and feel all the things that you are feeling. But it helps to remember those sweet tastes of positivity. I remind myself that even if I’m feeling anxiety now, I felt joy earlier – and that helps me not to be overwhelmed.
When I experience a moment of peace, something that provokes a smile, registering it might be the most important thing I do all day. It is an inoculation against misery.
Two mornings ago I took myself down to the waterfront to visit the birds. Their presence uplifted me.
What lifts your spirits?