The 11th Day of Christmas: Find Happiness with GaiamTV: The Ultimate Gift To Yourself

Sunday, December 16, 2012

For my 11th Day of Christmas, I am giving a gift to myself. Happiness. Right now our nation needs some happiness in our lives. I do not want to talk about what happened last week in Netwon CT but I know it has affected every single American one way or another. I personally haven't been this sad since 9/11. I was asked to watch the Happiness Film on GaiamTV, I quickly realized this would be the first time I have watched a documentary online. This film that took me on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. After watching this thought provoking movie, I sat back and reflected on my life.

What are a few things that make me happy? What are the non-material things that make me smile a little more throughout any given day? I am using non-material due to the fact that new shoes make me very happy but the feeling goes away quickly (hence why I own over 100 pairs). Some of the individuals featured in the movie Happy had living situations that you nor I could ever imagine. Yet they were still happy, some without a single pair of shoes.

In no specific order, this is what brings me happiness:
1. My family. I am extremely close with my Mother. I un-expectantly lost my Father when I was 24 years old. Not a day goes by where I don't miss him and this time of year is always hard. Certain songs and movies remind me of him. Through the years, instead of reflecting on the sadness, I use those memories as happy thoughts. Moving across the state was extremely difficult to do due to the closeness relationship me and Mom have. My step-father stepped up and is an amazing father figure and I could not imagine our life without him. My family means everything to me and I cannot wait to spend time with them over the holiday's.
2. My boyfriend. I met Gabe for the first time when I was 17 years old. His sister Emily was a good friend of mine in High School. He is her younger brother. 13 years after I met Gabe, my Step-Brother got married. At his wedding, I saw a good looking guy across the room who was very familiar. After some inquiry, I found out this guy was Emily's brother Gabe. We talked about our families, me finding out Emily was about to have her first baby, and instantly had a connection. We started dating a few months later and here we sit three years later. I cannot imagine my life without Gabe.
3. My friends. I met my best friend Keri when I was 7 years old. We shared a desk and were separated within the first week of meeting (talking too much). Over 25 later, we are as close as ever. I met my friend Darlynn when I was 23 years old. I was her banker and had to help her consolidate credit cards. We had all the same store cards and I knew instantly we would be close friends. Moving away and meeting new friends was very hard. A year and a half after moving, I have an amazing group of Tampa friends who I love dearly, Leslie, Lauren and Katie. I am so thankful for them being in my life.
4. My animals. My cat Boo-Kitty lives with us in Tampa. He is my 20lb fur-baby. My dog Deezyl, lives with my mother in Daytona. Everytime we come into town, I make a pit stop at the house to get dachshund kisses. Both of them are my bud's and I love them both dearly and in return, they show me unconditional love.
5. Being me. I love that I do not have to change who I am to appease anyone. I am comfortable with me being me. I was a kid who always followed the in crowd or tried to change myself to fit in. Now that I am in my 30's, I am 100% Megan, an adventurous girl who loves trying out new cuisines, drinking too much wine, running, reading, going to the beach and watching college football.

So now I ask you, what makes you happy? Gaiam TV is offering a free 10-day trial and I encourage you to watch Happy. GaiamTV offers top documentary films, fitness tv (including amazing yoga), television series and much more. Plus, when you sign up for a free 10-day trial using this link, you’re automatically entered to win a 3-month subscription and a cozy, organic fireside blanket (Over $125 Value!).

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