I was introduced to the site Felicidário in my weekly reading of SwissMiss and fell in love with it. Head over heels. The illustrations are delightful and every time that I visit it, I can’t help but smile.
As the site explains, “Felicidário is a calendar and a growing dictionary with 365 pratical definitions of happiness. When you’re 65 is happiness knitting a sweater, enjoying the dolce fare niente or is it doing things you’ve never done before? Every day for a year Felicidário will suggest a new definition of happiness for the elderly.”
I struggle with the word happiness for the very fact that it means something different for every person you meet. And, as Felicidário points out, it means something different to you at each stage of your life. In the same way that we look to children to remember innocence and wonder, we should look to the elderly for wisdom in returning to the simple pleasures of life. We have a tendency to rush through life, and if we can stop every once and awhile and reflect on how something as simple as a tasty, ripe strawberry can delight us, then we might be able to shift our life focus all together. If you are trying to reconnect with what makes you happy, sometimes it is just a matter of taking the time to slow down and realize that there are probably several small things throughout the day that make you smile. Relish in those.
In an attempt to do this, I have created a Pinterest board titled “One-a-Day Reason to be Happy” (inspired by one of my favorite books as a child by the same title) where I have been listing the things that are my definition of happiness. In doing this, I hope that it gives me inspiration to remember to slow things down, not take life quite so seriously and just be.
Image via via Felicidário – HAPPINESS IS A SUMMER PARTY