The universe likes to send me curve balls sometimes.  In the middle of all the craziness, it can be difficult to continue to see the positives in every day.  So I’d like to take a few minutes to just appreciate the things that contribute to my happiness.

1. The Radio

My entire life the radio has kept me company.  My Mother was pretty passionate about music which definitely had its influence.  She is the reason I have a solid appreciation for the tunes of eras past.  Yet it was listening to the radio when alone that helped me to develop a distinctive musical taste.  So many  of my meaningful moments have happened at music events and live performances fill my whole being with joy.  I would never have discovered this love for music without the radio.  I owe so much of my personality to those early days of playing in the back yard with the radio on.  On top of that, free music at the push of a button as long as I have power… who can say no to that?

2.  Riley & Cyrus

My friend has two boys and I am so grateful for them.  Through the time I spend with them I am learning patience and flexibility.  The level of joy they have amongst their recent struggles reminds me not to let the world get me down.  Plus they give me an opportunity to acknowledge the child-like side of myself.  It’s no secret that I’m a kid at heart, but the thing about adult life is that it doesn’t lend me many opportunities to acknowledge that side of myself.  The time I spend with Riley and Cyrus is so special to me because it allows me to embrace a side of me that often gets neglected.

3. My Brother

Some might be surprised to read this considering the difficulty we have getting along sometimes. In spite of all that  we can set it all aside and really be there for each other if it’s called for.  He has been a huge help over the last year, even though he has contributed to my stress at times.  We have an ever-growing library of inside jokes and luckily enjoy a lot of the same things.  He is the ultimate P2 and we can rock any game we try together.  On top of that, we’ve been a team for so long that if we lock it down and get motivated the two of us can accomplish anything.

4. The Little Things

Whether it is a customer telling me that I made their day or waking up to a fresh pot of coffee, it’s the little things in life that can make even the worst day better.  It’s the way my dog tilts his head when I talk to him or finding toonie in the bottom of my purse when I really need a coffee.  A friendly conversation with a stranger, or the first signs of spring.    If you let enough of these little joys in throughout the day, it might just break down that bad mood.

This is just a small sample of the things I try to appreciate from day to day.  I’d love to know what in your life makes you smile.  Let’s spread some happiness down in those comments.

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