Happiness Day

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By May Anne Cacdac

The Iron Maiden

Thursday, March 20, 2014


YESTERDAY, I learned, was International Happiness Day.

According to an online source, “International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on March 20. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on June 28, 2012.”

According to the General Assembly, “conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal, recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples, decides to proclaim 20 March the International Day of Happiness, Invites all Member State, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.”

So in my bid to be one with citizens of the world to be happy, I made an inventory of what, indeed, makes me happy.

Wednesday came with the good news SunStar Baguio, Baguio Midland Courier and Baguio Chronicle are finalists to the upcoming Philippine Press Institute Community Press Awards slated May 1 and 2 in Manila.

My good friend and kumpare Harley Palangchao, after reading my Facebook status, sent me this message, “I’m happy nadagdagan ang finalists from Baguio,” referring to Baguio Chronicle, the youngest member of Baguio publications which are members of the Philippine Press Institute.

Jessa Mardy Polonio of Baguio Chronicle, meanwhile, also left a comment on my status, “Such good news to start the day. Yey!”

Happiness is best shared. And you can bet your true friends will always share your happiness.

I have great friends.

In last Saturday’s issue, I wrote the story on the Philippine Military Academy graduation. Since you cannot please everyone, not that I pursue to do so, there was bound to be some negative feedback on my story.

In an email, I was called a “whore to the military.” And that I am “obviously one of those women who are easily blinded by men in uniform.”

Was I hurt? No. Why stress yourself over something which is untrue? I’m no whore.

But yes, this heart belongs to a man who lives by the ideals of the military uniform. This is certainly easy to see. I wear my heart on my sleeves. I find happiness in that.

The other day, my older sister Cherry Anne, sent me a picture of her unico hijo Gabriel and the test scores he got for his examination in Kumon (in Illinois).

He scored perfect in “Sentences” and “Choosing words”. The 5-yr old boy was tested very young in life. And milestones like this one is worth the celebration. And this makes me happy.

Summer’s up. The 26 degree reading, with a real feel of 32 degrees, recorded Wednesday was uncomfortable but the seasons are inevitable.

My ate Cherry said Thursday in their city in Illinois has the springlike feel of 58 degree Fahrenheit. Roughly 14 degrees Celsius for those of us who are unfamiliar with the English system of measurement. Much like a day in October here in the Summer Capital.

That’s good news for them. They need a break. It was one tough winter.
Studies show in countries with severe winter weather cases of depression increase during these months.

“Mama and I will go walking,” she told me in her message. I pray for this good weather to continue. My mom loves walking and running outdoors. Get those endorphins pumping. Endorphins are known as happy hormones, too.

I had cake yesterday. Care of kuya Jawo. A man of many hats but more popularly known as deputy of Philippine Daily Inquirer North Luzon Bureau. I received a bar of chocolate from my interns also.

“Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – A.A. Milne.

These small gestures of friendship and respect, these make me happy.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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