We do live our lives at a very fast pace and remember what W.H.Davies said in his poem 'Leisure' -
'What is this life if, full of care,
we have no time to stand and stare...'
If this is what he said in his time and age (1871-1940), imagine what he'd be writing about today's pace.
You could also collect your personal photos of good times spent to add to the above. Looking
back on fond memories never fails to bring a smile to my face.
In the Times of India, the editorial page has the Speaking Tree column, which invariably has words of wisdom written by a variety of authors, in a very simple manner. When we read the papers in the morning haste, I often fail to grasp the entire meaning as I skim through it superficially. Cutting it out and sticking it in my happiness journal enables me to read it at leisure and with a better understanding.
Another great use of this book is your personal travel destination guide. We subscribe to two travel magazines and each ones tries to outdo the other talking of places at the other end of the world in addition to the popular places in and out of India. While some may be doable for us, others might just be a pipe dream. I like to stick pictures and notes from the stories where I plan to go sometime in my life, instead of hoarding the entire loads of magazines in precious real estate in this city. This way you have the relevant pieces stuck in front of your eyes, and when there's a nice tourism deal to the place you want to go, you can clinch it immediately!
Sometime ago I came upon an interesting idea of maintaining such a scrapbook as a family gift registry. Invariably when someone dear asks you what gift would you like, if you are like me, you will be clueless.
When you do come across items of joy from magazines, news items or so, you could keep a cut out of the same. It could be new design of a dress from your favourite brand or an exquisitely designed piece of jewelery. If you have cut out their pictures from promotions or ads, you atleast know what you want. It could also be that you save up for the thing that gives you joy and gift it to yourself on some achievement.
You could also use this to stick pictures of gifts you'd like to give your spouse, your mom or your kids. Did your kid point out to an advertisement for a game in a magazine? Cut it out and save it, you can surprise your kid by getting him/her that very game as a gift as soon as the occasion presents itself.
I know scrapbooking is an intensive hobby in some parts of the world, and I make no claims of being a 'scrapbooker'. For me it's just a collection of visuals, stuck randomly in a good quality bound book, with handwritten comments that come to my mind. I emphasise on the quality of the journal because constant flipping of pages will cause wear and tear, and you don't want this beautiful book falling apart on you!
The larger picture - Visualisation
To quote from 'The Secret' -
The reason visualisation is so powerful is because you create pictures in your
mind of seeing yourself with what is it you want, you are generating thoughts
and feelings of having it now. Visualisation is simply powerfully focused
thought in pictures, and it causes equally powerful feelings. When you are
visualising, you are emitting that powerful frequency out into the Universe. The
law of attraction will take hold of that powerful signal and return those
pictures back to you, just as you saw them in your mind.
This is what keeping a happiness journal can do to your life. Apart from giving you that momentary happiness, putting you in that happy, grateful mood can actually end in you possessing that lovely view, or that cuddly dog, or anything that you visualise. Putting those pictures in front of your eyes, makes visualising them in your mind's eye much easier.
I can tell you from personal experience how gratifying it is to have all things that make me happy at hand's reach. It is dreamy yet practical in its own way!
Google can make you happy too!
This afternoon, our dear friend google brought a smile to my face with the two lovely bouquets indicating that today is first day of spring! Here's to more blooms, more sunshine and more happiness in our lives!