It’s International Day of Happiness

Another day, another day of celebration: It's International Day of Happiness 2015 today so I'm just going to reflect on what's made me happy this week.

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One of the best ways of increasing your happiness is to reflect on what has made you happy every day.  You're supposed to write 5 things that have made you smile on a daily basis, and this act of gratitude has a longer term effect on your happiness level.​

Well, at 9.33 this morning, I was outside waiting to see the Eclipse and the sky was completely covered by clouds.  

Then a tiny chink in the cloud allowed the sun to shine through and, when I was looking through the viewing screen of my camera, I could see the partial eclipse of the sun.  ​Playing around with the white balance, by sheer luck, I was able to catch a brief glimpse on camera.

Seeing the partial eclipse on 20 March 2015 made me happy

That's the second time I've been looking skyward intently this week, as on Tuesday night, I was out on the A68 near Hamsterley looking for the Aurora Borealis - and I saw the very faint green glow​ of lights dancing against the sky looking up towards Crook and Tow Law.  It wasn't quite the spectacular firework display that normally gets shown on TV or in films, but I can now say I've seen the Northern Lights. 

Spring has most definitely sprung with more and more lambs appearing the fields around me.  I love watching them gambolling about and it always fills me with joy.  I'm hoping to get out on the hills at the weekend to see them close up.

By the same token, the plants and trees are beginning to wake up, and daffodils are ​such a bright reminder showing that the earth is coming to life again.  

Finally, the politics going on between my cats​ frequently drives me to distraction, but I had to laugh when I took this photo of Daisy being rather annoyed that her bed had been stolen by Chloe.  Daisy spends about 80% of her time in her bed in the corner and Chloe had deliberately taken squatters rights as soon as Daisy made a move to get some food.  Her face tells its own story 😀 

Cat politics - she's sleeping in my bed

The thing is that even the smallest things can make you happy, and when you keep appreciating the things you have in your life, rather than the things that you don't have, you change your brain chemistry.  Because you've then changed your brain chemistry, you're more likely to appreciate your life and grasp the opportunities presented to you, rather than worrying about the risks involved in them.   

This quote seems to sum it up:​

Happiness is not something ready made - it comes from your own actions.  A quote by the Dalai Lama

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

Gillian Lewis
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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D