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Welcome Spring & International Day of Happiness

Today winter is officially over and spring begins. Yay! Whoop whoop!  2015 was the coldest winter I can ever remember and the record books confirm this so goodbye and good riddance to Elsa and the old man. It is time for the yearly renewal of the life-force of Mother Nature and all her colourful splendour. I'm sick of snow. 

The simple fact that it is spring today makes me so incredibly happy which is opportune as it is officially the International Day of Happiness. 

To help spread the joy here are a few of my favourite quotes on happiness. 

I like these because they speak of acceptance and action and I completely agree that being happy means being accepting of yourself and others and doing something productive and/or positive with your time. (I say that because dancing isn't necessarily productive but it sure feels great!)

Little actions and words can have lasting and great results. I think it's always best to live a hopeful life and know that every kindness is admirable and has value. Today I plan on spending time together with my 16-year old daughter doing stuff that makes her happy (which either means going to the mall, a movie or giving each other manis and pedis) and simply enjoying her last weekday of March break. Ensuring her happiness fills my cup. I will also cook a nice meal for my family which hopefully makes them feel good and loved, which is what they are but I don't always have the time or inclination to show it. Today I'll make an extra effort and the meal will be infused with love and good intentions. (Not that my husband will taste it cuz he drowns everything is hot sauce.) 

Are you doing anything special to recognize the International Day of Happiness? Please share in the comments below.

Just for fun please enjoy this playlist I made with 22 of the grooviest songs around to inspire you to dance, laugh, sing and generally make happy. 

Happy day! Happy spring! 


Spring, Glorious Spring!

"For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring (s)he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours." Pam Brown

"For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring (s)he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours." Pam Brown

Today is the first full day of Spring 2014. This afternoon I rejoiced in the warmer weather and longer day, sitting outside on a coffee break and enjoying in the sun on my skin while the birdsong touched my hopeful soul. That's the magic of spring...hope. The understanding that Mother Nature will show her gentler side and reduce the frost and chill and provide the necessities of life; fertile soil, temperate weather and increased sunlight.  It is a time for renewal, rejuvenation and rebirth. 

Many have compared a woman's menstrual cycle to the changing seasons. They break down the comparisons as such:

Winter         Menstruation

Spring          Pre-ovulation

Summer       Ovulation

Autumn        Post-ovulation, pre-menstrual

 

It's quite a lovely way at looking at a monthly cycle. If we can liken the thickening of blood in the womb to the making of a bed for a possible baby, spring would be the time we make the bed anew, optimism intact.

In her book 'The Way of the Happy Woman', Sara Avant Stover writes

Women’s moods and energy levels wax and wane like the moon, ebb and flow like the tides, flourish and decay like the seasons. Living in harmony with these cycles strengthens us, makes us wiser, and heals us. Denying them weakens our spirits, our bodies, and our connection to life herself.

and she continues...

Each month our bodies go through mini-seasons with our menstrual cycles. We’re continually incubating, creating, shedding, and letting go. At ovulation we’re ripe and fertile, much like the earth at the height of summer. The week before menstruation we start to contract and turn inward, as we do in the fall. When we bleed it’s an inner winter. We hole up alone (ideally) to dream and regenerate. After menstruation we’re reborn as we are in the spring, having let go, rested, and purified.

Understanding you internal weather forecast can assist you in living a more harmonious life. It can enable you to make decisions that are in your best interests, acknowledging your fluctuating moods and energy levels and setting realistic goals that are attainable. Such knowledge and actions are based in self-love and self-awareness, something we all need if we wish to live happy and productive lives. In essence, reaping the best and bounty that each season offers us.

I am in the spring of my current cycle, in the autumn of my days. How about you? What season are you presently enjoying?






Posted on March 21, 2014 .