Wednesday, January 12, 2011

52 Pickup: 2/52

Remember, all 52 pickups are open to interpretation. My interpretation might not be the same as yours - make it yours, make it a mantra, make it life lived well.

This week the pickup is:

Wear your happiness with your smile. Wear it with your favorite clothes. Wear it with every sense you have - touch the people who bring you joy, wear scents that evoke delicious memories, cook amazing meals, smile, listen to invigorating music.

When you don't feel like it, when you're down, wear your happiness even more boldly.


This, is what we call my "happy hat"...ok actually it's "happy hat redux" (the first one got left behind on the first day of our honeymoon. Gasp!). The happy hat was (and is) a really cheap dollar hat. Somewhere along the line, during planning our wedding, the happy hat made it's appearance. The rule was simple - if you were wearing the happy hat you had to be happy...and someone else could put it on you if you weren't happy. You know what? It worked. Wonders. 

Funny enough, one of the people in my life who brings me more joy than I can stand, who turns my heart on it's side, cracks it open and let's the full joy of life beam out uncontrollably, adores the happy hat: my daughter. She puts it on whenever she sees it. 

I'm with her - put on that happy hat, wear your happiness as often as you see, feel, touch, taste, or even smell it. Embrace your happy...and let other people make you wear your happiness even when you don't want to.


Laura said...

I love the "wear happiness" mantra. It's something I try to do but can easily forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But what you wear and how you wear it can truly affect how you feel - thanks for the reminder! PS Love the hat!

Brandi said...

Lately, since I've been a bit sad and depressed, I've found that the best thing to do is put on a smile and laugh. It's really transforming. Even if I don't feel it at first, it eventually takes over. Wearing happiness definitely leads to happiness.

k said...

I really like that idea :) In grad school we had an invisible would help me go do karaoke and other things, haha!

Anonymous said...

Sort of like "putting on your big girl pants"! I likey!

:-) Lisa

Emily said...

Something I really need to remember to do is wear my happiness. I just get so swept up in the negative I forget some of the good things ya know.

P.S. I love that hat and that photo is so awesome!!

Abby said...

I think this is such a great idea, and so inspiring! I should have a happy necklace or something since I don't wear hats.

Sandie {A Bloggable Life | 365} said...

I love your 52 pickup series and am so proud of you, Tricia! Keep up the good work and keep writing what's fast becoming my favorite blog!