Mother’s Day Invites Happiness Theme – South Platte Sentinel

Jennifer Gobel

On this first Wednesday of May, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. THANK YOU to all the moms, grandmothers, aunts, friends and neighbors who love and help raise productive and responsible adults. I hope Sunday will be filled with calls, cards and hugs!

Thinking of the joyous celebration in honor of mothers invites the theme of happiness.

I often hear: “I just want to be happy!” Forest Gump might wisely say, “Happy is also happy. I agree – we are responsible for our happiness and should prioritize the activities we enjoy the most and select people to join us who help us laugh.

Sounds pretty easy, right? It’s not that easy – we find grumpy people almost everywhere, and sometimes they look at us in the mirror.

Psychologist James H. Fowler, a professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego, studied 5,000 people for over twenty years and found that one person’s happiness benefits others. He says, “We found a statistical relationship not only between your happiness and the happiness of your friends, but between your happiness and the happiness of your friends’ friends.”

He says we are happier if we hang out with happy people because there is a chain reaction. In other words, one happy person can influence and improve the happiness of many – maybe dozens – maybe hundreds of people. I think Ronald Reagan did; his joy influenced a nation – millions of people.

I thought to myself the other day that I might feel happier if I rolled up the corners of my mouth. It’s easy, builds smile muscles, makes me look younger, and could become a positive habit after three days.

Last week I was standing in a casino and watching people play at a regulation sized electronic shitty gaming table. Six of the players were in town for a bachelor party, and yes, they were partying a little heavily, but they were laughing and joking and having fun. I stood there, and even though I didn’t know any of them, I laughed and had fun just in their presence.

Happiness IS contagious.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer and poet, said, “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without putting a few drops on yourself.

Happiness perpetuates happiness.

I remember a spring concert I attended a few years ago at Sterling Middle School. It was excellent, and the last song the combined 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs sang was power of one. Although meant to address issues of bullying and hurt, the song was also about happiness – happiness starts with a person, and that might as well be you and me.

Today, I choose to be happy—do you?

Until Next Time: Live While You Live

Jessica C. Bell