Christmas is barely some two weeks away. Holidays are around the corner and goodwill again will fill the community. What is it about celebrations and festivities (like a birthday or a wedding; or like happened in a nation during the recent Olympics), that give us a feeling of wellbeing, happiness and kindness?
During these joyous periods, it is as if we call a truce, we declare peace and we avoid conflict. Enemies and opponents stop fighting or arguing. Our inborn search for happiness is willing to call a halt to provocative behaviour and to keep the abrasive part of our natures in check. As for the living saints among us, they just relish the temporary and welcomed sanity of ordinary human beings.
When you hear Jingle Bells or Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ in the mall, no matter what your religious belief – there is no denying that it makes you feel happy. When the family has dinner together on a religious Festive day; or at a wedding or a birthday party; there is a feeling of bliss and a sense of well-being. And, when the festivities are in full swing – unwanted thoughts and behaviour patterns of fear, anxiety and an imbalanced mindset are blocked out.
If the combination of events and happenings up to and on the celebration (birthday, wedding, party, religious festivity) produce happiness as they do, then wouldn’t it be just wonderful, if you could concoct and bottle a special mixture of all those lovely feelings and good moods? It would be the ideal remedy for when you are feeling blue, low, or miserable – at other times in the year. Perhaps this hope is not so far-fetched and way-out.
Phil Collins sang a song called, A groovy kind of love. A line in that song said, “When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do, is take a look at you, and then I’m not so blue” etc. etc. So no matter what turmoil’s going on around you, it is possible to take a dose of whatever it is you’ve put in the bottle, and experience peace, security and calm. If the magic tonic is a certain type of music – listen to it. If it is a special song – sing it. If it is entertainment of a particular good sort – enjoy it. If it is prayer and the meditating on scripture – then hide yourself in it. For a believer, this is the best and preferred route.
Do what you should be doing, regularly. Make it a practise to trigger those things that make you feel happy, and blissful, and that give you a sense of well-being. You can do this while you are working and surrounded by people, just as well as you can do this when you are alone. It’s from this place of peace and happiness – you can better face the world and its many surprises.