First of all let me tell you a little about me. I am from the southeast and now live in the northeast. The winters are extremely different here! Although, I have been in the north for several years, nothing prepared me for one of the worst winters on record. So with that said, I went into hibernation. After months of hiding from the cold, snow, and grey skies, something wonderful happened one morning.
The sun came out, birds were singing, and I didn’t have to wear a coat. A couple of months later, it was SUMMER!
Summer meant it was time to get my happy back. Everybody! Get out of my way!
Summer is a great time to get out and do something. By something I mean fun stuff! The stuff you have been wanting to do, but haven’t done yet because it was, well not summer.
Here are a few suggestions.
- Take a walk in the park.
- Wear flip-flops and short shorts.
- Send the kids outside to play while you relax from the deck.
- Take a day trip.
- Start a new exercise regimen.
- Go on a picnic.
- Read a book while lying on a blanket in the grass.
- Roll around in the sand.
- Go bike riding.
- Get a new hair style.
- Do something you enjoyed as a kid.
These are just a few things that helped me get my happy back, but I challenge you to develop your own list. It may be August, but it isn’t too late! It can be something simple.
Okay, I know you want an example.
Here goes mine.
Recently, my husband and I took our 4-year-old son to the park. He is able to function on the structures without assistance, and just observation. So, my husband and I each took turns playing in the park. Yes, I admit it! I went on the slide, swings, and some other thing that spins around. I don’t know what it was called, but it was SO much fun!
I laughed and then laughed some more. And the best part is it didn’t cost anything. The cost of getting my happy back after a long, hard winter………absolutely priceless!
So, how are you using summer to get your happy back? What, you haven’t yet? Well, what are you waiting for?
Sure, happy can occur any time of year and I absolutely encourage it. Yet, I know soon enough the sky will turn grey, the leaves will wither and fall and the layers of clothing will begin to weigh us down again. Hibernation will soon follow, and we will mumble to ourselves I wish it was summer again.