today’s a smiley day

Today has to be a smiley sort of a day, because it’s the International Day of Happiness!

On March 20 every year, the United Nations wants us to “smile, share, eat healthily, exercise, be grateful, give back, think positively, spend some time with friends and family, spend some time alone, be mindful, dream, listen to music, say thank you and mean it, compete, be charitable”.

In other words, they want us to do whatever makes us happy and they want us to talk about it too! Which of course means today I will be stalking the set hashtags (#internationaldayofhappiness #happinessday #choosehappiness #createhappiness #makeithappy) to see what everyone is up to.

I personally hope to spend a few moments sitting on my back steps watching the local magpie family hunt up a snack in the (slightly in need of a mow) lawn. And if that doesn’t make me smile, I’ll crank up a little Pharrell (with added Minions) and dance around house.

Fittingly, the image I’ve chosen was taken at GOMA in September 2016 when I (as usual) checked out the children’s exhibition area. At the time, the Children’s Art Centre featured an interactive project developed in collaboration with Chinese-born Australian artist Ah Xian called Naturephysica and yes, I not only played under the light show, I tried to draw a teapot on my head. (Trust me, that would make more sense had you been there.)


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