Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Make your own sunshine. This is a mantra I believe in and live by for many years now. Possibly forever. Choosing to be happy, no matter what, choosing to see the bright side, no matter what, has been a lifesaver for me. Smile and you will get through it.

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Don’t depend on others to make you happy. Only you can make you happy. Only you can choose to be happy.



What makes you happy?

I have a long list of things that make me happy; make me smile.

Sunflowers are one of those simple things.

“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life like the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.” Smart, enlightening words by Helen Mirren.

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Vincent Van Gogh liked sunflowers. He even took credit for them. “The sunflower is mine, in a way.”Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Coming home from Lubbock, after Cameron graduated from Tech, we saw a large, sunny field of sunflowers. We pulled over, got out and took the silliest, most wonderful pictures.

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

That made me happy. Pictures with my girls make me happy. My three kids make me happy.

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Helen Keller had the right idea when she said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.”

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Yes, there are much prettier flowers out there. After all, sunflowers don’t smell up a room with their fragrance. But they are bright and lovely.

Be bright, sunny and positive. Like a sunflower.

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

I am choosing to be happy like a sunflower.


Here is a list of more things that make me happy.

My family makes me happy. My husband makes me happy. My faith, shopping with friends or with my girls, seeing my parents, seeing Mark’s parents, eating out with friends, eating in with my friends, charcuterie boards and wine with friends—all these things make me happy.

Having all three of my children under one roof makes me happy.  Hearing all three of my children laughing probably is the prettiest sound in the world to me–and that makes me happy.

Traveling makes me happy. Writing for a travel blog also makes me happy. (read my post here about Amelia Island!)

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Date night with my husband also makes me happy. 

Weenie dogs in general make me happy but Charli and Martha, (I call them the weenteam) they make me smile daily and make me so happy. And, our sweet lab, Jemma, (her real name is Remi), the three of them have my heart. My grandpups make me happy, too. (and my grandkitties!)

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

 

There are many things in Waco that make me happy-the Alico Building, Austin Avenue and the Castle Heights neighborhood, wine bars, driving along the Brazos River.

My new home makes me super happy.  My sunroom, my kitchen window, our enormous trees and my bathroom! And of course, the husband that lives there and those who enter to visit!

Not only do sunflowers make me happy, all flowers make me happy!

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Blue skies always make me happy! And sometimes, even the rain makes me happy. Especially in my sunroom! Choosing to be happy on rainy days!

I really love to eat, so good food makes me happy—pizza, TexMex, seafood, Cajun, salads (thankfully) and carbs (un-thankfully)—I could go on and on. (I wish working out made me happy!)

Oh, and then there are cupcakes! Oh my!

Choosing to be happy-sunflowers and other smile bringers

Another thing that makes me happy is writing.  And being read. A blog post that has almost 9000 readers makes me ecstatic!! My cupcake blog post, featured on Waco Moms Blog, reached those numbers. THAT made me super happy!

You make me happy. You, taking the time to read this blog post or any piece of mine, makes me so happy and I appreciate you so much. Truly.

I am hoping you are choosing to be happy. I hope for you a smile and lots of happiness today!

Tell me what makes you happy in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!

love and blessings~dd

*I wrote this blog post in October during a 31 day writing challenge.  Today, I rewrote it because happiness is a fun thing to write about.  (It makes me happy!)

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dedradavis

I am a late-in-life journalist that is God-fearing, husband-loving, with three beautiful grown children. I love my dogs, my family and my friends. I love traveling and am also in the process of discovering Waco, after living 20 minutes away since 1998; it is about time! My goal is to grow and push myself daily.

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