The Happiness Project

How To Get a Quick Fix of Happiness

There are certain images, phrases, songs, and memories that always make me happy.

For some reason, this line from Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson strikes me as one of the funniest things I’ve ever read (and it’s not even a quotation from Johnson):

“Lord Chesterfield being mentioned, Johnson remarked, that almost all of the celebrated nobleman’s witty saying were puns. He, however, allowed the merit of good wit to his Lordship’s saying of Lord Tyrawley and himself, when both were very old and infirm: ‘Tyrawley and I have been dead these two years; but we don’t choose to have it known.’”

An image that always makes me happy: the famous opening hat toss from The Mary Tyler Moore Show . Mary Richards’s feeling of sudden exhilaration is familiar, but rare and precious.

A memory that always makes me happy: Early in our marriage, my husband walked into our bedroom in his boxers and announced, “I am LORD of the DANCE!” and started doing that Celtic dancing. I still laugh out loud every time I think of it. He’s never done it again, though I’ve often begged him for a repeat performance.

I like keeping a mental list of these kinds of things. It’s a way of cultivating an area of refuge .

Do you have any ways to give yourself a quick fix of happiness when you need one?

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