Everyday can be a holiday.
That means that every day we can find something to celebrate.
There are so many holidays out there that have very specific meanings. Beyond that, there are feast days for Saints every single day. So why do we only choose to celebrate on these specific days?
Halloween, Presidents’ Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Arbor Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Barthdays…these are just some of the familiar holidays. Then there are more obscure ones like Talk like a Pirate Day and today being Pi Day.
Why do we reserve celebration for holidays? Why do we feel the need to slog through the rest of our days, hour by hour, in order to celebrate during just those specific times? Why do we take such pains to reserve joy?
When all is said and done, I think we all want the same thing, but via different routes. We all want to be happy.
I don’t mean euphoric, out-of-body, head-in-the-clouds happy, I mean happy as opposed to depressed, sad, low, discontent. I mean that sense that you are content, lacking anxiety, pleased with life, feeling positive.
Everybody wants to feel good. Everybody wants to be loved. Somehow we have been taught that love, joy, celebration, and happiness all come in limited quantities, and we need to hold to them tightly. Somehow we have come to believe that there is not enough happiness for everyone, so we need to be greedy with ours, and not share because there’s not enough.
This is untrue. The universe is abundant, and there is more than enough happiness to go around. Happiness is probably the one thing that EVERYONE is entitled too. But it’s not something limited, something that has to be earned, it is something to be shared, to be spread, to connect and unite us.
No, you can’t be happy all the time, and that is partially because we need to feel the opposites in order to have balance. But that does not mean we should only feel happy rarely. We have the right to feel happy more often than not. Why do we accept so easily that we need to put limits on this?
You don’t need a holiday to be happy. You can celebrate the littlest things if that brings you joy. Happiness is not to be reserved only for the rich, or only for those who earn it – it is for everybody, and there is more than enough to go around.
So let’s all eat pie this Pi Day to celebrate. And then Saint Patrick’s Day later this week. And then Random Happiness Day Just Because – whenever. Celebrations create positivity, and with positivity we create happiness.
Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that we don’t need a holiday in order to have a celebration, we can celebrate whatever whenever we want. When we find more things to celebrate, we build more good feelings and when we feel good we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.
This is the one hundred eleventh entry of my Positivity series. It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone. Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.
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