“How happy are you today Rory?”
I have to be honest and concede to not feeling particularly overjoyed with life at this current time – this is not to be confused with feeling depressed … l am pretty sure l am not in depression – in fact l know l am not.
On a scale of 1 – 10 on the happiness scale l travel through various stages during the course of the day, each and every day is reflectively different to the previous day and so far in the last few weeks, there has been no specific landmark to suggest that one day has been the same as the previous day.
So where am l on the scale of happiness? It’s a question l ask myself daily – “How happy are you today Rory?” “Well seeing as you are asking Rory, l’ll tell you! “Thinking harder on the subject let’s take today as an example.
The time as l write this is 10.33am, l am aiming this post to be my 12.35pm slot, second post of the day. I woke up this morning to my two alarm clocks – l have shifted their timing slightly and have one now set at 6.59am and the other is set for 7.29am as that seems to make sure l get out of bed before 8am. This is working so far, so that earns me a happiness point of 1. So on the mornings now getting up before 8.00am, l am already on a score of 1 point, which is better than being on 0 points.
I am trying to get back to my system of going to bed at midnight and have been struggling with that for several months now .. a result l think of the stress load that is building up in the house sees me retire for the night around the 2am mark. Last night l was in bed at 12.45am, so as that is the start of a new day that is also worth one point. So this morning having got up at 7.33am, l was 2 points happy.
l created a prompt – ‘Funny Brain on a stick with a quirky dick!’ which was a comical spoof [for those who didn’t suss that] about “I Feel Shitty!” Yesterday l actually was walking and dancing around the house in my PJ’s and fluffy Yeti boots before 8.00am as a 1 point Happy person singing ‘”I feel Shitty!” to the inside my head music of “I Feel Pretty!” I was contemplating how my brain which in comparison to my aching and ageing body is still pretty alert once it wakes up – but astonished at how Mr Willy irrelevant to my age is always so chipper and perky?
Every day is the same – l don’t award ‘Dick’ any points because he is just from outaspace l think and has an agenda of his own! Maybe in the next thirty years if Morning Dick is so chipper he might get a point for effort of presentation … but for the time being – no points to Dick!
But l did award myself 1 point to my Brain for creating the new song lyrics before 8am – so that’s how that prompt came about – l was singing it in the morning as a 2 point Happy Person! But that was yesterday – l finished yesterday on 9 points Happy. On a scale of 1 – 10 Happy, l was a 9 last night.
Last night Suze and l went out for dinner with her brother and his wife, and their son and his girlfriend, celebrating their 31 years together in anniversary. [Her brother and his wife that is] It was a good night with good food, good laughs and it was good to get out on a break from the house and away from the nightly ritual of stress with your dog who has dementia. Of course l worried whilst we were away, because in the evening’s Scrappy’s pacing rises and increases expotentially and so the stress creeps up. Then you travel through various stages of guilt – but we got back and she was fine – proving that Suze and l just overworry about our furbaby.
Yesterday morning l was awarded a further 1 point before 8am, hearing Suze describe hearing some ‘wildlife snorking’ [that’s a noise] in the garden the previous night which turned out to be from the resident garden fox [she saw the fox outside the bedroom window] who found the garlics now covered by netting and was snorking disapproval. So the netting worked and that was worth an extra point.
So by 8am yesterday morning l was 3 points Happy before my first coffee! By the time l had my second cup of coffee l was 4 points Happy. The day progressed at a good level of production and by the time we went out for the evening at 6.30pm my daily post quota was already in the bag. All l had to do was come back and create the post dated Universal Greeting post for this morning – so it was a good day for the Happy 9 pointer.
Today – 1 – 10 Happy Scale – Wednesday 08th January 2020.
Well it’s 11.05am and l am at a 6 point Happy stage. I have awarded myself a 1 point for creating this post and knowing that in the next 20 minutes it’ll be finished in plenty of time before the 12.35pm slot. Meaning that l can get some reading done of other blogs before l start my next slot post [4.55pm] at 1.35pm.
So far today l get 1 point for getting to bed at 12.45am this morning, 1 point for getting up before 8am, 1 point for getting Scrappy walked before 9am and that it was a good walk without incident and Scrappy enjoyed it as much as she can and is aware of, so that is good and reason to be happy and that she is still with us. 1 point for the online shopping being delivered and everything was present with no changes or items missing and 1 point for starting the ‘blogging day’ with a clear idea of what l want to do today on the scheduler. 6 points Happy – which l don’t think is that bad for before midday.
So with my point system everything is about baby steps to keep my positivity levels high, most days l finish on a 7 – 8, but depending the stress levels in the house. Points can of course be taken off equally as much as added. So l know l am not depressed – but l prefer to be Happy pointed over Unhappy and have no points. But l do some days have to work really hard at it – because there is a lot stress ongoing at present … however l’ll discuss that later, this is a 2 part post anyway, so l’ll conclude this week.
But so far ‘Today is a Happy Day!’
However, how about you? Do you have a Happy Point system or a motivation system to keep your enthusiasm on par with your life?
Let me know below.