Monday, January 2, 2012


About a year and a half ago, I interviewed a very nice speech pathologist and ended up working with her at Ephesus for the 2010-2011 school year.  She glowed, all the time ---always smiling and pleasant.  You could almost see the sunshine radiating from her office. (Our rooms have no windows and horrible lighting, so this really was a miracle!)

Working with her was such a pleasure, and I was really sad when she found a place to work down in Atlanta after her husband changed jobs.  I bet they all love here there too!

I think she had to work at being happy as it's not always a natural state for people, and was inspired by someone who actually wrote books about the subject.  My friend also had a blog, and found small moments during her days to be happy about.  You can check out her blog here.  It's called "The Gladdest Thing Under the Sun".  At first, I couldn't believe anyone could write such a thing, but as I read it more and more, I started to try to alter my own outlook on my life from cycisism and a bit of resentment to trying to see life more as a gift.

Our church is offering a short class based on the Happiness Project book, so I signed up with the first class starting Thursday night.  I'm looking forward to it, and I'm sure you'll hear about what we talk about in future blog entries!

In the meantime, check out this video.  The title is gratitude, but as you listen to it, it's also about happiness---being grateful for each day.   The photography is amazing, by the way!  

Click here to watch the video
There is also a very cute Vimeo video here which I found from the blog, Film English, which is using this particular film to discuss optimism with upper grade students. This little girl wouldn't be deterred from her own happy outlook and expression in spite of the dour photographer.

I guess this is sort of my New Year's Resolution---to carry around a half full glass, to smile, and to consider each day a gift.  I think this outlook helps my family too.   Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! I love your post, and especially your resolution. I'm just cementing my happiness resolutions now, as well! Happy new year!!