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It may be a smile, laughter, giggles, a warm hug, a kiss, sweet words, sincere appreciation from another soul, gentle reminders, love, tranquility, peace, a pat on the shoulder...
It might be good health, good weather, gentle raindrops, clean water, butterfly, bees, flowers, trees, blue sky, moon, sunrise, sunsets, ocean, beach, mountains, plants...
To some, it may be coffee, milk tea, ice cream, chocolate, cake, food on the table, a roof over our heads...
It could be some time alone or being with someone, music, KDrama, Netflix, good internet, BCH, an upvote, a remark...
Or maybe a pet or pets, husband, wife, friends, kids, family...
Today, happiness is a new nephew!
I simply cannot contain my joy learning that a new member of the family has arrived. My sister-in-law who just joined the family last year in July gave birth through a caesarian operation last night. She had to endure 4 days of being induced to go into labor but for some reason, she didn't. She had to go under the knife after the doctor found out that the baby's heartbeat became weak.
Apparently, when he was finally taken out of his mom's womb, our little baby didn't cry. Turned out, his head was covered with a sac which the doctor had to tear apart and remove before he cried. His father was born the same way based on my mom's story. They were very worried because he didn't cry until they noticed a very thin sac covering his whole head and face. More like he was wearing a transparent helmet. I think they call it "caul birth" in medical terms which is quite amazing.
He is now the third in the family who will be celebrating birthdays in October, fourth including my nephew in my husband's family. I am quite excited for the time to get better and we get to bring the whole clan together and celebrate this magical month! But for now, even without any grand celebrations, we are just thankful, happy, and joyful to welcome this new, beautiful life and we call him Zach.
Apologies by the way, I'd like to add a photo of him but the new mom didn't approve.
I somehow felt the new Dad's enthusiasm, excitement, joy, and happiness while relating to us via our family's group chat their experiences when they finally welcomed him in the hospital. Too bad we cannot raid them there, lol! If we can, we'd probably be carrying him in our arms now. Or his grannies will also be dancing with him already haha.
I hope to write about him again when we get to visit them in the city some time in the very near future.
Generally, happiness is a positive emotion or feeling or even a pleasurable thought. To some, it may be a goal achieved, a dream fulfilled, a place, a message from someone we have been missing.
It is a broad word, a subjective one. How one defines it differs from another.
Someone's happiness may be another's pain. (Talk about a mistress being happy because she's got another woman's husband on her bed.)
To me, happiness should be found in ourselves first. It is within our being. And the moment we find "it" within, we will begin to see things differently and it will be easier to appreciate things and people and events. It is one that we should not be chasing elsewhere because when we do, we will more likely be disappointed.
Also, being happy doesn't necessarily mean we always feel high in positive emotions. We can still be lonely, bored, angry, frustrated, or anything in between. But at the end of the day, we still bounce back to being or feeling positive, grateful, and happy afterward.
And that's what truly matters...
So how about you? What is your happiness? Or more like, what's happiness for you?
Thank you and please share your thoughts in the comment box below.