Getting Excited About Silly Things (Or, The Secret to Happiness)

Hello internet people! I want to tell you all some exciting news–I just bought CONCERT TICKETS!

Why does this matter, you ask? Well, mostly it matters because I’ve loved the All American Rejects the longest of any band I still listen to and because I am therefore barely able to contain my joy at having these tickets (on their way). But it also matters because somewhere in the middle of jumping up and down in excitement, I had an idea for something important to blog about (or, so it seemed).

What does it mean to be happy?

I know it’s a big question and I don’t propose to give you the full answer, but it’s an interesting point to ponder.

You see, I tend to get really really excited about things like going to see a movie I’ve been waiting for (can anyone say Hunger Games?!) or going to see a band I love in concert, and some might say that’s a little bit silly. I will probably spend most of today with a ridiculously stupid grin on my face. I will probably listen to Beekeeper’s Daughter and Someday’s Gone (the latest releases from AAR) upwards of a thousand times before their album comes out and I buy that, too. But you know what? I think that’s okay.

I think sometimes we need to get excited about seemingly little things. I mean, sure, I didn’t get my first story published (yet) or get into grad school or anything life altering (yet). But the anticipation of something I really want to do, I think that’s important too. You know how they always say “don’t sweat the small stuff,” but I think there’s something else we’re forgetting–you need to appreciate the small stuff, too! It’s important to get excited, jump up and down, smile over something small… because when you smile, your mood automatically gets better (at least, according to my Neuroscience professor, and I’d say that’s a pretty reputable source).

So nothing big and life altering from me today. No tales of my exciting travels (but don’t worry, I’m going to STRATFORD UPON AVON tomorrow, and that’s sure to yield quite a post). Just a little reminder that you should get excited about something–whether it’s a new episode of your favorite show, eating a candy bar, or just talking to a friend.

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