Cookie's Bliss

Bliss Bits

Jenny crossing Robeson CreekHappiness generally comes in tiny packages, sometimes so tiny that it’s easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. And because I made a resolution to “Find the joy, lose the beleaguered attitude,” I need to make sure I’m not looking the other way when the bluebird of happiness flies by.

One easy way to fine tune my bliss meter is this – Every night before I fall asleep, I mine my day for bliss nuggets. This leaves me a feeling of appreciation for the joys of the day and sharpens my bliss sensors for the following day.

The variety of gems which fall out of this exercise is fascinating:

  • Pink panther oboe notes, signaling a call from Bob
  • Laying flat on the floor with my arms over my head
  • Tami’s happy, smiling “hello”
  • My palms against the smooth bark of a beech tree
  • Jenny wading barefoot across the icy waters of Robeson Creek
  • A warm smile on a stranger’s face at the post office
  • Bright red cardinals against the background of a gray day
  • Haruka’s easy, musical laugh
  • Running into family at the Marketplace
  • One of Link’s soul-enriching hugs
  • NPR sound byte: “In capitalism there are some winners and some losers. And it’s unfortunate, but that’s how our system works.”
  • Walking around town, car less and carefree
  • Sitting on Hailey, taking in the view from Round Top Mountain
  • Playing Beck’s “Loser”
  • Vegan Tettrazini and Rise of the Planet of the Apes

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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