Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Everybody gets sad. It’s a fairly regular aspect of life, and yet no one likes it when it happens to them. In fact, it’s particularly common during this part of the year. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, happens during the months when the sun starts to get shy. You don’t really begin to realize how big of a role the sun plays in your mood. Since I’m from sunny LA, I always took it for granted, but the first time I lived abroad in London I discovered just how important its bright rays were to me. You can live somewhere that’s cold and sunny, but London is cold and gloomy which can also make you feel pretty gloomy as well. That’s why I don’t take the big ball of light for granted anymore. I appreciate the sun and all that it does to brighten my mood. But the thing is, even when the sun’s out you can still have sad moments. The good thing is that there are things that you can do to brighten up your mood.

One of my favorite pastimes happens to be watching TV. This is something that doesn’t cost me anything and it also makes me happier. I love getting wrapped up into the drama of the different shows that I watch every week. My mom and my sister are the same way. They enjoy becoming engrossed in the twists and turns of the plot lines in the same way that I do. TV’s my thing and it’s my mom’s and sister’s thing, but for other people, it’s something different. My dad, for instance, likes to cook. He likes making a big meal once a week because cooking brings him joy. He works a lot and is always busy, but he makes sure that he takes a break from that work to do something that he loves doing. My brother, on the other hand, loves basketball. He played constantly throughout his life. He started when he was really young and he continued all the way until he graduated from college, which is why it’s such a big part of his life. Like my father, he also works a lot, but instead of finding time to cook, he always makes time to go and shoot a couple of hoops. He may not be able to play as regularly as he did when he was in school, but he still finds a way to play as much as he can post-graduation. This is what my family does to add a little bit of happiness to our lives, but chances are that you have something else that you turn to. The important thing here is that you do have something that you can go to in order to help brighten your mood. And it doesn’t always have to be something that you do physically.

Julie Andrews said it best in The Sound of Music when she sang the line, “I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.” The power of thought is so incredibly important. When my mind starts to drift back to good memories that I have, I automatically get happier. A lot of times these memories come out of nowhere. I can just be working on something and then out of the clear blue sky some moment from years ago will pop into my mind that puts a smile on my face. But I don’t have to wait for these memories to just appear randomly. I can bring them to the forefront of my mind whenever I want to, and so can you. When you’re feeling blue try and remember happy thoughts and this can help to make you feel better.

Like I said, sadness is a natural part of life, but you don’t have to let it be the only part of your life. There are always little things that you can do to make your day a little bit brighter positive thinker. You just have to find what works for you. And once you find it, make sure to use it. Everyone deserves to experience some happiness, which is why it’s so important that we find things that we enjoy doing. We may not be able to do it all of the time, but we should always make the time to do those things when we’re in need of a little bitty pick me up!