Hello Happiness Fans,
Here is this week’s Happiness Report.
THE GRAFITTI ENGRAVER
When most people think about guerrilla art, the very first thing they envision is graffiti.
From daredevils tagging trains to plucky grandmas becoming a member of to-paint-the-bandwagon, street artists around the planet earn their mark by defacing walls and subways. North of the American border, however, a nameless perpetrator of a more refined style has been building his or her personal quieter accomplishments in the form of a collection of cheeky plaques affixed to the park benches in Calgary's Bowmont Park.
As reported by Worldwide Information, the engraved plaques—which includes these types of irreverent observations as "Benjy, the first hamster to fly solo close to the earth, took off from this location in April 1937," "Nothing of note happened here—or at the very least that is what they want you to believe" and "This bench marks the landing of the first UFO in Calgary 1963"—initially fell afoul of the city's plan on commemorative plaques and graffiti.
Calgary moved quickly to remove the prank bench signage. Then the public demanded them back as it made the park goers happy.
"Life's complicated; happiness isn't. A happy mind makes the best choices!"
THE STORY OF LIFE
Sometimes people come into your life, and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, coworker, long lost friend, lover, or even a stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes, things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first. Still, in reflection, you find that you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart without overcoming those obstacles.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or through luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because, in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.
Make every day count!!! Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make your life anything you wish. Create your own life, then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.
Until next week, make yourself happier by delivering an unexpected favor to another.
Yours in happiness,