make some happy

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I just wanna wear jumpers and jump around the puddles. Or overalls and run over all the hills.  What about shorts and sit behind the shortstop? Am I going too far with this, or should I make a silly about a skirt?

Thing is, I have an overwhelming urge to stick my toes in the mud and walk across the creek.  I want the sun to shine so bright that I can swim in the lake and sip sweet lemonade.  Imagine bare legs tanning and light freckles emerging under the endless summer sky.
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But perhaps I’m jumping too far ahead?  Shouldn’t I be more excited for the spring that keeps promising to come?  The spring, of course, is when everyone is hopeful.  The flowers begin to bloom and people everywhere are excited about picnics at the park and walks by the river and bike rides at the lake.

My imagination is getting the better of me on this cold winter’s day.  To get over my winter blues, I bought myself some ice cream and flowers.  Gotta make your own happy, right?
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Speaking of creating happy – Matt Richardson emailed me about a KickStarter campaign he’s doing for his new greeting card business, Gramr Gratitude.  Matt founded Gramr Gratitude to encourage people to become happier by writing handwritten letters.  The idea that practicing gratitude makes us happier is nothing new, but Matt designed his company so that saying “hello” and “thank you” and “you’re so kind” is not only easy, but fun.

Gramr Gratitude inspired me to do a random act of happiness centered around, you guessed it, thankfulness.  I put together a pre-paid greeting card and left it for a stranger.
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23 thoughts on “make some happy

  1. Ah, I love you Jen. YOU make me happy, just by reading your posts! What a fantastic idea… I was actually thinking last week just how sad it is that no one writes letters anymore. I love the ‘gramr gratitude’ idea and your ‘random act of kindness’ makes it even better! I’ll do this in my apartment block. May the happiness spread, and indeed – as you stated – to be happy is a CHOICE. No matter what else is happening in our lives xxxx

  2. Marvelous! Opening up a bright greeting card like that one must have been a day-maker! And you can buy all the ice cream and flowers that you want, girl. Anything to help get us through this goll darn freezing weather. Bring on the picnics and bike rides to Minnehaha falls. 🙂

  3. Aw, such a cute idea! I love what you had to say about “making your own happy” – it really is a choice. And that ice cream would make me so happy right now – Day 10 of Whole 30 is making me want sweets like no other!

  4. You just make me smile every day! Your random acts of kindness are so sweet, and so thoughtful. I’m going to go check out Gramr Gratitude- sounds amazinggg!

    p.s. i love that you bought ice cream and flowers for yourself. sometimes, it’s important that we be responsible for cheering ourselves up!

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  6. I am going to check out Gramr Gratitude, because handwritten correspondence is a major part of my practice. In fact, I could say it has taken precedence over my journaling in the past year. I write to friends near and far and have a steady correspondence going with my paternal grandmother. Letters in my mailbox give me just a little lift!

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