At my house we give these awesome little “Happy’s” to each other. Not all the time, just now and then and I think it’s such a cool idea (which I cannot take credit) that I wanted to share it with all of you today. I really love this…here is how it started.
During my first job out of college I met one of my dearest friends, Susie. She was (and still is) a lovely, gracious and beautiful Southern Belle with perfect skin and hair (of course). I, on the other hand, with a lot of the SoCal girl still in my blood and a love for all things a bit left of center, flip-flops and my Jeep, didn’t exactly scream “Debutante”, but hey, I managed. Anyway, I think she was the first person to embrace my somewhat offbeat personality and I think I might have been the first to admire her complete sense of style and total togetherness. It was then, and is still today a relationship that I treasure. Not only did I learn more than I ever thought I could learn about the appropriate wardrobe for good Southern girls (like never wearing white or patent leather after labor day (which was never and is still probably not a rule in California), she taught me a little something about spreading happiness to the ones you love.
A “Happy” is a little surprise gift you give to a friend, a loved one, a spouse or a child. It’s a simple gift that says “you’re important to me”. A “Happy” doesn’t have to be expensive or a one-of-a-kind treasure, just personal; no breaking the bank on this one. One of my first “Happy’s” from Susie through the years was a necklace. It was not just any necklace because it had a little glass bird charm on the chain and she knew I LOVED birds. How thoughtful, how very cool it was to have her sunshiny self drop by my house with a “Happy” for her friend. It meant so much to me and made me feel so good that she thought of me that day and she didn’t even realize it had been a difficult week. This was the little ray of happiness that gave me a smile and made me feel like things were looking up.
I adopted this creative gift giving ritual and use it with my family. Although sometimes a “Happy” in our house is simply bringing home their favorite ice cream and movie, It’s also finding my daughter a fun set of earrings and wrapping them up in a colorful bag and placing it on her bed so she will find it after school or surprising my nieces with cool and colorful flip-flops. It’s a small gesture that delivers a big dose of wonderful.
So here’s a challenge; think about a little something special you can bring home tonight to your kids, the hubby, significant other or a fantastic neighbor and start spreading the “Happy” beginning today!