It kind of sneaks up on you. Not an announcement over the loud speaker or the leading story on the front page of the newspaper.

For me, happiness is a sigh of contentment followed by "oh, what do I get to do next?"

I keep thinking of that insurance commercial where the people are in different stages of their life and are shown standing on a red dot and stating: "....... yeah, I'm there." I need to find a red dot rug and carry it around with me so I can stand on it to remind me where I am at right now. Because once you are happy, it can disappear out of sight in an instance. You have to cultivate it and care for it and form a symbiotic relationship with it.

Why all the happy speak? Well, I just told you. I need to write about my happiness as a way to keep it around a little longer. You know the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, You've got to accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative; and latch on to the affirmative; don't mess with Mister In-Between.

Hokey dokey. Here are some reasons to remind myself why I am happy:

- I painted a room today ...... while all three kiddos were home with me.
- Ben & Ellie had their annual check-up at the Dr.'s and they both received a clean bill of health.
- Coffee
- Library books

I could go on and on, but the point of my story is to prove happiness for me is all about the little triumphs. There was a time where I did not believe happiness, long-term-stick-to-your-ribs happiness, was something I could have. Something I even deserved. I am HAPPY to report I was wrong.

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