Intent of the Day: Happiness in the Unexpected


If you want to be happy, be.
-Leo Tolstoy

Our intent today involves retraining our mind and refocusing our eyes.
If we want to be happy, then it is our job to look for that and find it within ourselves.
So our intent today is to do just that. We want to find happiness in the unexpected.
In the last minute coffee date with a friend.
In the surprisingly good parking spot.
In the upcoming appointment with a really great specialist.
In the unexpected 5 minutes of quiet.
Let yourself be surprised with happiness and look for it in the things you’re flying past.
Find it where you’re least expecting.

Looking for happiness too? We have 3 resources to help:

  • This Inc. article about traits ONLY happy people have.
    Maybe some people are born with it. Maybe it happens once you are making a certain salary or once you buy a house. Once you get married to your soulmate? Maybe only if you live on top of a mountain by yourself.  Happiness can feel like an external trophy we’re trying to win, but it seems that real happiness might be waiting inside you with the right set of goggles. These traits are nothing new and novel. They aren’t grandiose. They are simple and that is why we can sometimes brush right past them when we’re developing skills in our life. They are traits that might be dormant in your life currently, but perhaps this is the perfect to dig out your gratitude or adaptability.


  • These tips on how to be happier from Adam J. Kurtz
    We love this list for a lot of reasons. A big one is that happiness doesn’t have to be hidden in anything huge, distant or unattainable. Happiness can be found in the big things AND the small things, the things that do not demand attention and the things we neglect to notice. Let sunshine be a smile-starter!


  • These 8 rules of personal happiness from Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin.

    It’s one thing not to be seizing the happiness in front of you, but are there hinderances to happiness that could use a mindful fix? Before something wonderful can come into your hands, it might mean first letting something else go. Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin shares her person rules for inviting happiness into her life, and who better to advise us!

Where have you found happiness hiding today?