When I was a little girl I wanted to have a magic wand to make everyone happy. I guess some dreams we never grow out of!
A few years ago I created a Christmas card for friends and family with all the things I wished for them written in rainbow colours. When I visited my friend Sally three months later she still had the card on her wall. I asked her about it and she told me that happiness was not just for Christmas (!) but that it was for every day and maybe I should publish it.
So I tweaked it a little and it became The Happiness Manifesto
Now there are over 14,000 copies out there in the world - as greeting cards and posters.
You can read The Happiness Manifesto on my shop page.
A little while ago I received an email from a woman in Ireland who told me that she had been suffering from depression for some time. A friend had sent her a copy of The Happiness Manifesto and she had put it on her office wall. She read it through every morning and she was writing to tell me that it always made her smile and lifted her spirits. It made her feel happy!
As I read that mail I realised that I had finally found my magic wand. After almost 60 years of living on this planet I have created something which contributes to the well-being of friends, family and strangers. That makes me very happy!
I believe that happiness is not a goal or destination but a way of travelling. It is a way of BEING on our journey. We can choose to give happiness a try, to focus on the good, the true and the beautiful. We can choose to do things which we know in our hearts will make us feel lighter.
Dancing, singing, walking in nature, painting, reading uplifting books, reaching out and touching another's life with love - whatever it is.......happiness is there as a potential gift for us all to share and enjoy.
May you be well
May you be happy
May you be at peace