What does it mean to be happy?

As humans, we all seem to be searching for happiness.

Some will find it in materialistic wealth – for every dollar they earn they can chalk up a point for happiness.

Some search for happiness in every spiritual pathway they can find – seeking out the perfect religious path that will lay a foundation for happiness.

Some seek happiness in exercise, in attaining the perfect body. Some even go a step further and use medical means to enhance their bodies so that they can be happy.

I have never judged anyone for seeking their own happiness. To each their own. 🙂

For me, tonight I celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary with my Husband. As he so kindly pointed out, he has been married to me for half of his life.

I chose the whole weekend to celebrate this year. You see, while the rest of us were at home over the holiday season, he went to work every day, getting up early and coming home late. He often gives up his happiness so we can have ours. He never asks for much materialistically, always letting the kids have what they want before himself. He even sold his pride and joy, a motorbike, so I could have a car.

This year I took him to a music shop and bought him some new bass speakers for our Soundproofed rig. He does the sound for us. For me it was a way of paying him back for all the times he did without. He had initially dreamed of getting these speakers, wanting to give the band, which is my dream, the best sound he possibly could. Unfortunately, we did not have the finances at that stage. This gift made him happy and that made me happy doing it for him.

We then spent time with our kids. Anniversaries for us have always been time spent with them. We never chose to have special dinners out or time away because our kids make us happy.

As I looked up at the table tonight looking at my little tribe, I realized that I had found the secret of happiness. It was in them. It was the fact that Jamie was over the moon that he was at a “posh “restaurant. The waiter put the napkin in his lap. He ordered the steak, and I watched his face. Yep, pure happiness. In fact, he proclaimed loudly “I have found nirvana.” There was my daughter who talked and talked about her dreams for the year. There was a smile on her face – happy to be dreaming about her future.

Then there was hubby, quiet as always. He was happy just being with us, enjoying his little tribe. And those that know him know he sits on the sidelines, never loud bit supportive and loving.

For me I found the secret of happiness. It was watching my little tribe happy in themselves. Sometimes we spend so much time searching for happiness that we forget it is right under our noses.

Namaste lovelies. I hope you all find your little bit of happiness.

Laurainne Marshall (AKA Lo) lives in Sydney, Australia with her 2 kids, Hayley and Jamie, and her soul mate of over 30 years, Graham. Their furbaby is a beautiful Groodle  named Jarrah.
Laurainne has many roles - Wife, Mother, Teacher and Musician. She believes that life is to be lived at full throttle and is deeply spiritual. Her motto is “Grab life and run.” She also believes one person can make a difference in this world and hopes that by sharing her life experiences, she might inspire a few people along the way.
When she is not teaching through the week, you can find Lo belting out 80s hits in her band Soundproofed. You can follow the band on Facebook.

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