I’m not a happiness guru (you can stop laughing family) but lately I’ve been thinking about quick fixes; simple ways to be happy. When people ask me “Are you happy?” I’m usually stumped for an answer. Is it a permanent state of mind? I don’t think it is. Happiness feels like a fugitive that comes when I least expect it and leaves before I’ve had time to appreciate it. Chasing contentment has always felt like a much nobler pursuit. The word content doesn’t feel so loaded and forces you to think of the things you already have. In saying that, there are times when cheating contentedness via a block of Marvellous Creations is perfectly acceptable. Other things I recommend trying:
1. Buy a bra that fits
I’ve endured under-wire interruptus during a couple of pregnancies and I’ve been ignoring bras ever since in case someone took away “old faithful” (come on, we all have one). Well this week old faithful was binned and I realised the power of a bra that fits or doesn’t make you sing ‘Back fat, back fat’ to the tune of Dora’s ‘Backpack’.
2. Make a happy song playlist
I’ve had a happy playlist since the inception of iPods and it’s a guilt-free list of songs that range from the sublime to the downright questionable and I don’t care one bit because it’s like someone turned on the jubilation switch to my heart when I listen to it.
3. Buy a favourite food, put away the social media and immerse yourself in a good book or television series.
If you gave me Haigh’s Aprichocs, canoli, homebrand red licorice and a large bowl of fresh passionfruit, we could probably be best friends forever. A pair of tracky daks, fluffy socks and either House of Cards or Orange is the New Black and I’m content. Oh alright, True Blood too (sometimes there are willys).
4. Call your mother
Talking to my mother is like a colonic irrigation or at least what I imagine one to be like. I feel thoroughly cleansed after speaking to my mum, like I’ve just dumped all my problems onto her or something.
5. Try something new
Nothing too strenuous, maybe just a new park, a change of scenery or something different from the Thai takeout menu instead of Pad Thai Chicken and Pad Grapow Beef. Last week I ordered a seafood stir-fry and I was so disappointed that the next time I order, I can do so with conviction and without thinking to myself “Maybe I should try something different?” and I will be content.
Let me close by sharing with you one of my most happiest of happy songs ever. The film clip is slightly dated but it reminds me of a time when it was okay to accessorise a g-string with a bracelet and that can only be a good thing. You won’t find that crap on a Pinterest board these days.