Good morrow, fair reader! How fares the world with thee today?
Ahem. Anyway, today I’d like to talk to you about happy places, and the different forms they take. We all have literal locations that we love, but we also have mental go-to places that put us in a better mood. Here are a few examples of the best happy places. I hope that you have at least one of each of these:
The Happy Place of the Past
Isn’t it weird that when someone asks you to think of a song, every tune you’ve ever heard goes straight out of your head? It’s the same when we’re asked to remember a time we felt truly happy. That’s not to say that we’ve never been happy, but that the pressure of recollecting our bliss on demand is a little too much to deal with. When we are at leisure to consider, we can all think of a period in our lives that brought us real joy. Whether it’s a childhood era, an irresponsible summer in adolescence or an eye-opening travel experience, each of us has a memory that can bring back a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings.
The Happy Place that’s a Person
Sentimentality alert – our loved ones are also our happy places. Whether it’s a partner, a family member or a best friend, the right person can immediately transport you away from your woes and worries into a place that only you two know about. When we talk about real love, isn’t that what we actually mean? The people we love don’t have to be perfect, or entirely compatible with our every personality aspect, or even physically present – they just have to represent a safe and happy place. Keane know what I’m talking about.
The Happy Place that Never Lets You Down
Some places make us happy time after time. Lots of my friends have theatres that they always enjoy visiting, or pubs that always deliver a great night out. Especially when we feel lost in general, or when life is confusing and annoying us, it’s a great thing to know that there is somewhere we can go that will always make us feel better. If you’re stuck for ideas (and you happen to be in Richmond), I would like to recommend The Farmery, which I have visited three times in the last week. I’m not even a tiny bit embarrassed about that. Their frozen yoghurt is seriously tasty.
The Happy Place that’s a Good Old-Fashioned Metaphor
Whether it’s a memory, an idea or a vague daydream, we all have a handy bit of our brain that allows us to transcend the humdrum and the horrible. We might not like to publicly admit the exact nature of our personal happy place, but it’s very healthy and helpful for us to have them. Heck, have more than one. Have as many as you like. As long as you daydream in moderation, there is no limit to the places your mind can take you.
The Happy Place that’s Yet to Come
This might be a literal location – for example, I really want to visit Egypt one day – or it might be an ambition that you hold dear. Either way, the best days of your life might not be ahead of you (although I sincerely hope that they are), but there is definitely happiness of some kind waiting for us one day. If we keep working towards what we want and where we want to be, we can take comfort from the fact that we will always be moving closer to another, exciting happy place.
Have a glorious Wednesday. May the place you are in be extremely happy.