I was begz0ring around for some blog ideas last week. Heatherbat helped with her guest blogging, and by encouraging me to answer in kind… and then awesomely one-upped me in the comments. Which is ace, hah – we can’t know ourselves without outside imput, after all! Life isn’t a vacuum, yo. <3 Plus, she does a better job of translating my thoughts into words for me, as she’s been able to do it longer – I didn’t figure out how to do it for myself to any degree until I was in my 20s. >__>
One of the other ideas suggested, the only other one that I specifically recall, comes from my friend Doris over at Dorki (amongst other places). As the closest thing to a theme this flailing attempt at blogging has is picking bits from the new, she suggested I should share my thoughts on the newly-formed Action for Happiness. And I figure that, seeing how I’ve had the time to do the basic reading today, today would be a good day for that.
Long story short – it’s jawsome.
Oh right… you might want a tiny bit more than that… fie, fie! *shakes tiny fist in mock rage*
Firstly, it’s not for happiness as the commercials try to sell you. In fact, I can’t see anything being sold, which is kind of the point – money can’t buy happiness. And, of course, we’ve been told for way too long that not only will it buy you happiness, but you’re obviously defunct if you don’t want to be Richie Rich. Rather, it seems focused on quality – quality interactions with other human beings. This is something that I only have limitedly in meatspace due to my own cute little personality flaws – remember the aforementioned crippling fear and paranoia? Makes it hard to talk myself out of the house, hee hee. Add in the fact that I’m hesitant to take on new things because I don’t want to make my schedule burdened with Stuff™® I’ll resolve this dilemma someday… hopefully.
Oh dear, I went off track? I do that. >>
Meatspace aside, I tend for the area that I can manage to give energy – online. And while I cannot find perfect love any acceptance for everyone; there’s only so many times I can turn the cheek, after all. But aside from those few, incredibly sad and tragic people I agree with Action for Happiness’ pledge – choosing to treat others well, put our strengths to good use, and to live a positive life of meaning and purpose. And of course, the pledge itself:
‘I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me.’
So of course, I’ve signed the pledge, and encourage everyone else to do it. It is the first step on their program, ha ha, quickly followed by doing nice things for people. And as I continue to flip through stuff on the site (there’s tons – let’s be fair!), I suspect that this might actually be the answer to my meatspace socialization woes… we shall see. I’m wary that it could be a bit on the smug git-titude side of life, but I can hope for the best… and generally do!
I think the point is, really… I consider myself a happy person in spite of my moodiness issues. I like doing good and nice for people, and it heartens me to see other people wanting to do the same. So y’know… I’m going to get stuck in – hope you do too. 😉