101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #46–Focus on Your Favorite Things

One of my favorite songs from the classic musical “The Sound of Music” was Julie Andrew’s “My Favorite Things.” As the lyrics say, ” I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.”

I learned a long time ago that being happy is a choice. Happiness doesn’t magically happen to people. It is not a function of luck or genetics. Even people with really rotten luck and horrible genes can CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.

One of the easiest ways to do that, is to focus on your favorite things.

In step #39, we played a favorite memory game. Here are my answers to that quiz.

Dog: I once had a dog named Jake who was freakishly human, so human, in fact, that I could look at him through my thumb and forefinger and yell, “I’m squashing your head!” and he would howl as if in agony. Every time I tell that story it cracks me up. I tell it often.

Green: Green was my original favorite color. (Later in life I added the color purple because who can have just ONE favorite color?) When I was in high school, I painted my bedroom Emerald Green and all the furniture and my head board were lemon yellow. It made me happy every time I went into my bedroom.

Now, exactly 40 years later, my bedroom is seafoam green with gold accents. Yes, I have become more subtle in later years.

We’ll continue this discussion on Step #46 B.


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