Finding and Writing Happiness Everyday

If you are like me, and most everyone else in the world, there are days when you struggle to find inner peace, contentment and happiness in your life. Yet, if you reflect back at the end of each day, you will find that you can see happy moments in every day.

Erica Rodefer Winters wrote about her efforts to find happiness at Yoga Journal‘s blog, The Good Life. Winters suggest a keeping a “daily happiness log” as journaling method to find contentment:

Each day before I go to bed, I sit down and try to recall the one happiest moment of my day. I allow myself one line on my ruled paper notebook to express the moment (because I know I need to keep it short if I’m going to do it every day). At the end of each week or whenever I’m feeling down, I read what I’ve written, re-living each happy moment one by one. It always brings a smile to my face. I look for themes—things that make me happy time and time again, such as listening to my daughter laugh—and I know these are the things on which I should focus my energy.

One of the loveliest parts of this exercise is that when I’m keeping the journal, I know I’m going to need to write something down at the end of the day so I start to really look for the happy moments. I realize that I make mental notes of a lot of happy times throughout the course of the day. I’m starting to feel more contentment  in this beautiful life I’m living. It doesn’t mean that I stop working toward my goals. It just means that even if I never reach them, I can still slow down and be happy with where I am right now.

What a fabulous idea… You keep it short and simple… And then reflect back on the list weekly. I love this idea so much, I’m going to start my happiness journal tonight!

A Brief Review: Sinners and the Sea

Sinners and the Sea is a fascinating read about the untold story of Noah’s wife. I read a lot of historical fiction, particularly historical fiction with a women’s history perspective. Sinners and the Sea did not disappoint. It kept me entranced right through the end.

Little was written about Noah’s wife in the bible, she had no name but “wife.” Rebecca Kanner’s debut novel creates a memorable character in Noah’s wife.

Sinners and the Sea is a must read…

Sunday Night Jazz: Poncho Sanchez – Watermelon Man (Live)

Very cool video of Poncho Sanchez at the Montreux Jazz Festival (circa 2004) performing Watermelon Man…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oenlU0KiILc

Poncho is a phenomenal conguero. He used to play occassionally at this little Brazilian restaurant on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, CA., I was lucky enough to sit at a table right next to the band one night… Lot’s of fun! I love Latin Jazz…

Enjoy…

You Can’t Get There From Here: A Trip to Eastport

Three weeks ago I took a trip to Eastport Maine with a friend. The weather was mostly rainy, misty, foggy, but I still managed to take a lot of wonderful photos:

My photo gallery of the Eastport trip has a slideshow here.