Canada Flag touque on a snowy day

Go Ahead: Be Happy

It’s a snowy Sunday in Toronto and many people will probably complain. Why? It is February in Canada and – at least in this part of the world and for as long as I can remember – it is winter and it normally snows in winter. I get it, it’s harder to drive and walk and you have to shovel the snow and the sidewalks are messy… and all of these can be fun and positive things too.

I went for a walk and found lots of happiness. It was evident in the rosy cheeks of little people running up and down the hills with their snow-riding devices. Their parents trying to keep up; some madly running down the hill and screaming words of caution and/or navigational instructions. Some riding with the little people and developing rosy cheeks themselves.

The dog section of the Withrow Park was full of running fur balls of different shapes, colours and sizes. Some diving into the white stuff, some rubbing all kinds of furry body parts in it. Others trying to catch the snow in their happy mouths.

I enjoyed the walk enormously, the walking, the snow and the photo-taking opportunities it provided.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

– Henri Nouwen

Seeing good and positive side of things is said to enhance physical and mental wellbeing so, I believe, it is worth making an effort even if it doesn’t come easily. And of course, it doesn’t always come easily, especially when you’re tired, frustrated or hungry. Practice makes perfect though – keep trying and keep smiling.

More quotes on happiness

(pointing to the fact that it’s up to you)

“Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.”

– Dalai Lama

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.”

– James Openheim

“Some pursue happiness, others create it.”

– Unknown

“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.”

– Helen Keller

“The grass is always greener where you water it.”

– Unknown


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