Doing Your Happy Dance

How does happiness show up in your body?
How can people tell that you are happy?

When I thought about this and observed my behavior (or lack of happiness behavior) I decided to make some changes. I realized that in the past, most happy-making events were a surprise. So, I responded with shock and disbelief. But to the happiness bringer, I must have appeared stoic. If a gift was involved, I’d squirrel it away because it was a precious treasure. But the gift bringer must have thought I didn’t like it because it looked to them like I hid it away.

I realized that my behavior didn’t really encourage the happiness bringer to repeat the action…or take another risk to solicit happiness. So no wonder I was so surprised when it happened!

How about you? Do you smile, squeal or giggle? Do you gush profuse praise? Do you sit or stand in an open, receptive posture (i.e.: not crossing your arms or legs)? Do you take a deep breath and soak it all in? (I recommend trying this one, it feels really good.)

What about a happy dance? Do you have a happy dance? Do you let the happiness tingle and energize your whole body? What’s a happy dance, you ask? It’s pretty much how ever you choose to shake your booty. Mine is kinda the Tom Cruise, Risky Business slide across the kitchen floor with shaking and hoopin’ and hollerin’. Except I usually leave my pants on. Go on; give it a try when no one’s watching! Then you’ll be all practiced up the next time a “happiness event” occurs.

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