Happiness is not easily definable. Is it a feeling we get when life is going well, a state of mind, or some sort of physical wellbeing? I don’t know the exact definition of happiness (and this is not meant to be a philosophical blog thankfully), but I do believe that happiness comes in the smallest ways. Random, tiny bits of your day, like that first sip of coffee in the morning, are moments that bring a smile to my face. And if you have tons of these small moments everyday, then isn’t life a little brighter?
Back to my example of that first sip of coffee… Often, I cross people on the train or on the sidewalk, multitasking with their portable mug and phone, walking at a fast pace, barely paying attention to their surroundings. I wonder, what if they actually took the time to sit down in the morning to enjoy their cup of coffee? It might mean waking up a little earlier (not achievable for everyone, understandably), but just taking five minutes to sit down before starting your day is worth it. So use whatever fancy machine you have and make yourself America’s favorite brew. Pour that cup of java in a real mug. Now this step is VERY important, because the mug is part of the coffee experience (and anyways, who prefers an old plastic cup over a homie mug?). Any kind of mug – could be the one your grandma gave you, one that makes you smile because you’ve had it since you first started drinking this liquid heaven, or one you just find pretty. As long as you like it, it works.
And now for that aha moment: Smell the strong aromas of your brew. Just one breath to fill your lungs with that luscious smell of coffee is already relaxing. Then sit down: whether it’s on your cozy couch, on your outdoor porch or just in a random chair, sit somewhere where you’re comfortable. It’s the start of your day so better make it count! Take that first sip of coffee. Pause. You just took the time to make coffee and actually enjoy it. Smile at that thought. Look at the clock and realize you still have plenty of time to get ready and begin your day. It only took five extra minutes, but you are seated comfortably and savouring coffee. Not too bad eh? Today is bound to be a good day.
I don’t know if the “first sip of coffee” experience is everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended), but I’m sure everyone can find tiny moments in a day that bring them bursts of happiness. Because honestly, you don’t have to do much to make your day just a little brighter.
Written by Marie Le Cannellier