What is happiness? The first thing that popped into my head when I read today’s daily prompt was: cuddles. Happiness = Cuddles. It’s as simple as that. I would do just about anything for cuddles. There is no better feeling than lying in bed, snuggled up with my boyfriend, while we watch a movie or read or scroll through the humor section on pinterest. I love waking up in the middle of the night and snuggling close to him, having him pull me in close or throwing a leg over me. We have a tendency to sleep pretzeled, as he calls it. It reminds me of what I read in John Elder Robinson’s book (Look Me in the Eye) where he describes it as sleeping in a pile. Anyway, happiness to me is him throwing a leg over my legs while nestling into each other. Doesn’t matter how stressed, anxious, or sad I’m feeling because cuddles are an inexpensive cure-all to what ails me.
Of course, as I thought more about the daily prompt, I realized that there really are so many things that mean happiness to me. Happiness is tearing through a good book while munching a delicious snack. Happiness is teaching a fun lesson to my fantastic group of first graders. Happiness is getting a pay check to do a job that I absolutely love! Happiness is coming home to a dog who is wagging her tail so enthusiastically her whole body is shaking. Happiness is ice cream (lots and lots of ice cream. Or fro yo.). Happiness is my niece toddling over to me and raising her hands up because she wants to be picked up. Or to give me a hug, or a kiss. Happiness is my younger niece cooing and smiling at me. Happiness is seeing a beautiful sunrise on my way to work, or simply admiring and enjoying the clouds in the sky. Happiness is a field of sunflowers in the summer. Happiness is watching my boyfriend sail on the lake. Happiness is a pedicure with orange nail polish. Happiness is a friendly bartender who provides good service (and happiness is also leaving that server a good tip!). A little more literally, happiness is that pill that keeps my anxiety in check so my brain doesn’t send me into the frenzy of a panic attack several times a week!
After this post, I’m feeling so positive! Now I just want to cuddle and eat ice creams.