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  • Writer's pictureKeith Dussia

The Misadventures of Finding Happy: A Not-So-Secret Guide by Keith Dussia

If happiness were a lost sock, I’d be the one turning the house upside down, checking the fridge (because, why not?), only to find it chilling with the spoons. Yeah, my journey to figuring out how to be happy has been a bit like that—unexpected, slightly bizarre, and with a good dose of "Am I doing this right?"

Through it all, from chaos to harmony, I've stumbled upon a few nuggets of wisdom that are too golden not to share.
If happiness were a lost sock

Now, don't get me wrong. I've read the manuals, listened to the gurus, and even tried meditating once. Ended up just falling asleep and dreaming I was happy, which, let’s face it, felt like cheating. But through it all, from chaos to harmony, I've stumbled upon a few nuggets of wisdom that are too golden not to share.

1. Happiness is Like a Bad Hair Day—Embrace It: We all have those days when our hair decides to throw a tantrum. Similarly, happiness isn't about forcing every day to be a good hair day; it's about throwing on a hat and saying, "Bring it on, world." It’s about embracing the mess, the imperfections, and finding joy in the unexpected gusts of wind that mess up your hair even more.

2. Sobriety Without Being Sober: Now, before you raise an eyebrow, hear me out. I'm not talking about ditching your Friday night wine. I'm talking about being intoxicated with life itself—sober enough to experience every moment fully, yet drunk on the beauty of the ordinary. It's finding delight in the small things, like how amazing your first cup of coffee tastes or the sheer magic of finding matching socks on the first try.

3. The Scholarly Pursuit of Nonsense: As someone who's down-to-earth yet has a penchant for the scholarly, I've found that diving deep into the realms of knowledge doesn't mean you have to drown in seriousness. Happiness often hides in the footnotes of life’s textbook, in the absurd, the nonsensical. Ever read a philosophy book backwards? Me neither, but I bet it’s a hoot.

4. A Rebel’s Guide to Contentment: Who says happiness is all about following the rules? I rebel against the idea that there’s a one-size-fits-all recipe for joy. My recipe includes a dash of defiance, a sprinkle of spontaneity, and a whole lot of "watch me". It's about crafting your own path to happiness, even if it means occasionally coloring outside the lines (or all over the table, sorry Mom).

5. From Chaos to Karaoke: If my life were a soundtrack, it would be a mix of dramatic opera and unexpected jazz solos. Finding happiness in the chaos is like turning life’s unpredictable soundtrack into a karaoke session—grab the mic, belt out the wrong lyrics, and own it. Happiness is singing off-key at the top of your lungs because in that moment, perfection is overrated.

So, there you have it—my not-so-secret guide to finding happy. It’s a blend of embracing the mess, savoring the simple, indulging in knowledge for the fun of it, defying expectations, and turning life’s chaos into a sing-along. Remember, happiness isn’t about finding the sock; it’s about the wild search that leads you to spooning with spoons and wondering, "Maybe I’m more of a flip-flops person anyway."

Here’s to finding your happy, in the most unexpected places. 🥂


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