It’s my 18 month old sons favorite word. He says it constantly.
Sometimes it’s a statement… Sometimes an exclamation… but the most poignant is when it’s clearly a question.
I mean, y’all he is just one and a half and he’s reading others for happiness. It blows my mind how simple it is to find happiness and joy when you watch a toddler. They delight in the everyday and celebrate the little things. It is such a wonderful trait to see emerge… and it’s also a consistent reminder to look for the happiness in the world… not the assume that we need something to make us happy but to sit back and to see the beauty and embrace it… to create our happy each and each and everyday. A toddler doesn’t need to be taught to try and find happiness, they just do it.
Somewhere along the way, we seem to forget to look for happiness and instead we expect it to come to us. There is this shift from expecting joy to expecting, well, less. I’ve heard it so many times that we are the only ones that can control if we are happy and perhaps what that means is that we just need to step back and take in all the little moments in life that bring joy and appreciate them. That when we stop looking for someone or something to make us happy, we can see the happy all around us. And maybe in doing so we can put that happiness back into the world in a way that shifts those around us to appreciate the happiness in life as well. I sure know that having a toddler in the house does that for me. All I need is to see him happy and I cannot help but to smile back. My heart bursts with joy and it calms my heart…
What a beautiful gift to see the world through the eyes of joy, laughter and love…
I just love when the littles give me the most simple reminders…
Happy? Happy! Happy… XOXO