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Joy: From the Ground Up

The Happiness Project May 6, 2014

It happens all the time. Mom buys a book with all the best intentions of reading every last page and it sits. Sometimes in a pile on the nightstand where there is a (slightly better) chance it will get read. Other times in the living room by the couch or (worse yet) in the book case. I shouldn’t be too hard on her since she hasn’t had much free time since she brought home my little person.Happiness.

But I got to thinking today about the books on the nightstand. The coveted could-soon-be-read-or-at-least-paged-through spot. The same four books have been in this spot for quite some time now, including “Your Baby’s First Year” and “What to Expect The First Year.” As baby Carter is now four months old, these two have been paged through from time to time in what I can only describe as a studious manner. That leaves the dynamic duo otherwise known as “The Happiness Project” and “Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words.”

I find it slightly ironic these two should find themselves in the pleasure reading place in life, as mom finds happiness in words. This is something we have in common, I realized today when it only took two words to lighten my heart. Car ride. From the ground up, it’s no secret this is one of my very most favorite people phrases. And today it happened out of the blue. I am no dummy. I know when my people are getting ready to go somewhere together. Especially now when it takes them 15 extra minutes to pack up Carter and the diaper bag and whatever other baby-related things they deem necessary to bring along. When it happened tonight, I excused myself to the bedroom to resume my first evening nap.

That’s when it happened. Car ride? Silly dad. Of course the answer to that question is always yes. It wasn’t to anywhere special, but that didn’t matter. It never does.

What does matter, I realized today as I gleefully hopped in the car, is having those words in your life that free your soul and bring joy to your heart. Whether they come from books, from loved ones or from a complete stranger, they are as important as the air we breathe. I may not be able to speak such things, but I know it to be true and find other ways to show it. That is my own personal happiness project.


16 Responses to “The Happiness Project”

  1. Easter Ellen Says:

    Love this answer 🙂 Car ride!

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  3. utesmile Says:

    Wiles you look so happy in this picture, you really do love car rides! It is small inexpensive things which sometimes give the most pleasure and happiness! For me it is a hug from a loved person!
    Enjoy the ride!

    • Indeed. Happiness. From the ground up, it was happening in this picture. You caught me. 😉 I love your mention of enjoying the ride…so few words with so big a meaning.
      Lots of love to you!

  4. kiwiskan Says:

    In my experience those kinds of books never were much good anyway

  5. Car rides are the best. As always, your priorities are in perfect doggie order, W. My mom has The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal. It’s also next to her bed, but gets very little attention. Ditto the Twitter #100happydays challenge. Sometimes, happiness is so much fun, we get tired out and forget to record it except in our memories. And our hearts!

    Love and licks,

    • Memories and hearts are the best place for such things anyway in my humble doggie opinion. You have good sense about you, dear Cupcake.
      Lots of love,

  6. fredrieka Says:

    smiley face

  7. pawedblog Says:

    Oh Wiles! Beautiful post as always, and that photo of you is just adorable. You’re right all over again, it takes us people much more time than it has taken you to realise that words are probably the human races most powerful tool.
    Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

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