I’m fighting off catching a cold right now, which got my mind to thinking about catching things. I’m not very good at catching a baseball and I’m not always very good at catching onto jokes sometimes, but what I am good at catching is happiness. Happiness is a state of mind, not a state of circumstances, and once you accept it as a state of mind you can learn to catch happiness in everything that you do.
Benjamin Franklin couldn’t have said it any better than he did in his statement that “the Constitution only guarantees the American People the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Happiness is part of the freedom that we are due, it is something available for everyone. And while we can’t extrinsically measure happiness or what makes people happy, we do know that happiness is grounded upon very intrinsic values; happiness starts from the inside out. Research has shown significant evidence that self-evaluation of happiness increases through movement, community involvement, the pursuit of passions, and belief in contributing towards a greater good.
Catch some happiness today. Invest in yourself by moving your body in sport or exercise. Invest in others by contributing to your community and environment, and invest in the world around you by standing up for someone or some cause that needs you.