Leap Day!

An extra day?! 68F?! I’ll take it!

Seriously, though. Take advantage of the extra day you’ve been given this year. Go to the park, take a walk, or just take a moment to breathe the fresh, spring air. Sorry if you are living somewhere the weather isn’t in your favor today. Take advantage of the day anyway.

I have been talking a lot about not taking things for granted and for being thankful for what you have. Every day, be the best you that you are capable of being. And be happy doing it.

Happiness is one of the most sought after things in life. Happiness. You look around for some sign, some person, some item to signify that you have found it. That you have finally attained happiness. What most people don’t understand, and something I often have trouble understanding, is that happiness is a choice. We all have the power to choose to be happy or not. I will never say that it is always an easy choice, but a choice nonetheless.

It’s all perception. What you perceive to be true about your life or current situation is exactly how you will see it.

Let me put it into perspective a little more, if I may. The other day on NPR they did a story on a man who has narcolepsy with cataplexy. Narcolepsy is where you suddenly fall asleep uncontrollably. It can happen at any moment. Only this man’s narcolepsy was also paired with a type of paralysis. He would pass out and not be able to move. This would happen many times throughout the day and was triggered by strong emotion – happiness being the main one. Happiness brought this man to a comatose-like state. So, naturally, his life has changed. He turns down social engagements, he can’t always enjoy time with his family, and it has taken a toll on his marriage (although his wife stands by him and seems extremely caring and supportive). Here we are, searching for happiness day in and day out, and this man has to try to avoid the emotion altogether. It just doesn’t seem right.

Perception can be a tricky thing. This is a lesson I continue to learn.

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