Image courtesy: Pexels.comVenturing into the great outdoors for awhile is a surefire way to become a happier person. It's pretty hard to take in a breathtaking landscape and not instantly feel a whole lot better about life, you know?

Today features two great holidays - Happiness Happens Day and International Cat Day. Kinda neat that one holiday stresses the importance of paying attention to your happiness and the other causes it to happen. It makes me smile just thinking about my ornery fuzzball of a cat and all the silly things he does. Like how he used to sleep across my wife's neck when he was a kitten. See? Instant happiness.

Today's holidays got me thinking of other things that induce happiness, and the urge to write about it struck. Here's a few activities that I love to get you started. I'm sure you can come up with a bunch more!

Experience Mother Nature.

This could be as simple as taking a stroll around your neighborhood for a breath of fresh air or as involved as an adventure down into the Grand Canyon on a donkey. There's just something about getting outside for a bit that makes you feel better, more peaceful, and genuinely happier. Go play in the rain on a warm summer day. Let the morning sun shine on your face. Share a walk in the woods with somebody you care about.

I like to go bicycling, hiking and canoeing, though I don't do these anywhere near as often as I'd like to. Still, every single time I head out, my happiness goes straight up. Heck, even just anticipating an adventure gives my mood a big lift. I especially love that getting outdoors is usually free. What's not to love about free fun?

Go prepared, though. Pack supplies, and dress appropriately. It's kinda hard to maintain your happy when you're really thirsty, you're fending off mosquitoes or you have a nasty sunburn. Or maybe you're hardcore and those things will remind you of the fun you had - whatever makes you happy!

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Share some positivity and help make the world a better place!

Image courtesy: Welzen.orgA little kindness goes a long way. (Psst: It's also contagious, and that's a very good thing!)

I thought I'd kick my humble little blog off right by tackling something I see daily in the world... a distinct lack of kindness. This is genuinely frustrating, because it's so much easier to be kind than it is to be mean! Here are four easy ways - and one challenging way - in no particular order that you can contribute more kindness to the world. As the saying goes... be the change you want to see in the world. Pass it on!

Hold the door!

I just have to start off with this. While at the bank on Monday, I opened the front door and held it for a young woman who didn't even acknowledge my existence as she charged through. Somewhat stunned, I blurted out, "You're welcome!" - which I shouldn't have, and in hindsight probably came off as snarky, though I was only trying to impart a little human awareness - and I again got exactly no reaction at all. That was pretty surprising (and disappointing)... but what followed was even more surprising.

A middle-aged woman in an impeccably tailored business suit saw what happened and hastily intercepted the young woman. The older lady squared up in front of her and stopped dead in her path. Politely - but sternly - she admonished, "Miss, you owe that gentleman an apology. That was pretty rude."

Amazingly, instead of telling the older woman off, the younger woman dropped her head in embarrassment, turned back to me, and very sincerely apologized and thanked me. I said with a smile, "Happy to!" - and that was the end of it.

Now, this isn't to point out some generational flaw... my point is simply that not only should you hold the door for folks (because it's a good thing to do), but it's just as important to appreciate folks who hold the door for you. Most of the time, it makes everyone's day, including your own.

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