One thing that makes me happy is visiting the oncology doctors at the VA. What? I'm not only happy when they tell me I'm doing well, but also when they start feeling for lumps in my armpits. I'm ticklish under my right arm and giggle. The doctors at the VA are kind enough to accept it and start laughing, too, thus when they're checking for those lumps, they just kindly accept the fact that "The Giggler" is there and are more gentle performing the examination.
What makes us happy if we're parents, grandparents or great-grandparents is seeing the joy on the faces of the littlest ones when they receive presents for their birthdays, during holidays or just surprise presents given for no more reason than the fact they're loved and they know it. Our youngest of nine great-grandchildren, named Mercy Grace (aged one), has irresistible cheeks. Great-grandpa here can't resist gently "chucking" them. It's been the case for each kid, grand-kid (we have four) and the nine great-grandchildren since 1961! Just a simple description of something that brings perpetual smiles to yours truly. Without presumption here, I'm certain if you have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, you can easily identify with the happiness I've described.
Obviously, if certain entertainment makes us happy, the producers of the entertainment have succeeded. Cherished friendships, of course, should contribute daily to our happiness. Those living in Ebenezer Communities are blessed to have the wonderful opportunity to develop new friendships at advanced ages, amplifying the happiness factor.
On the other side of the spectrum, depression sometimes rears its ugly head and we need to conquer it as intelligently and rapidly as possible. I experienced that not-so-pleasant feeling more than once. While I've not found a "magic wand" to eliminate the depression, I know that every time I've felt depressed I've been blessed to be able to snap out of it more rapidly every time. Counting our blessings is one way to realize we're always on the plus side of life. It's not easy to do, but it is do-able. Also, not being timid about letting friends know through what you may be going in regard to "the blues", is very helpful, to say the least.
We're not alone on this journey. Ebenezer's offers many resources and support groups regarding this subject are available. Thank you for reading, as always. (Be happy!)