What Oprah Knows for Sure About Happiness
As Dr. Phil always says, "You gotta name it to claim it." I've been claiming happiness for a long time, dreaming big dreams and using the outcome of those dreams to bring beauty into my own life and to serve others.
Service, I gotta say, is my biggest reward and brings me enormous happiness: surprising other people with unexpected, needed and sometimes just-for-fun support.
What else does happiness look like for me? It literally looks like my own backyard, glowing in setting sunlight or fogged with mist from the Pacific. Every time I look at my yard, I get a thrill of delight.
Same goes for...
—Delicious food from my garden. (Today for lunch I had a bowl of tomato soup made with freshly roasted tomatoes I picked this morning. Mmm-mm #happydelicious.)
—Rolling in the grass with my dogs.
—Sitting on the porch with friends, enjoying an evening cocktail.
—Sharing a meal.
—Talking books with people who appreciate good stories.
—Taking a morning hike.
—Luxuriating in a steamy bath with oils and candles.
—Watching my South African daughter-girls grow into confident women.
—Teaching what I've learned.
—Knowing I am loved.
Bottom line: I know for sure I've "made it" 'cause my happiness looks like my life.