What A Stranger Taught Me About How to Be Happy Today

when people i meet in everyday life teach the qualities I want in myself


Today I took a much-needed day off from work. When I took my dog Buddy for an early morning walk, I noticed I was feeling a little blue. Little did I know I would soon have a very nice lesson in how to be happy today.

I haven’t been to a yoga class in months, since the teacher who I really liked left the gym where I go. But I really love and miss yoga, and since I wasn’t feeling great to begin with, I thought it would be nice to treat myself to a class…

I didn’t have high expectations for the class- only to ground myself and feel connected with others and get myself out of my funky mood.

When you first walk into the building where the classes are held, you have to sign in on a sheet for the class you are attending. This morning, written on the Yoga sign up sheet in loopy cursive happy writing was, “Good morning Yogi’s! :)” Wow, I thought, no one ever does that.

When I walked into the room, Anne (the instructor, one I’d never met) gave me a huge smile and welcomed me with a big hello. No one ever does that either… So nice to have a greeting and a smile first thing when you walk in. I was glad I came already! 🙂

Once we were all seated on our mats, Anne had us close our eyes she shared a little of what she is going through in her life. She mentioned being in the menopausal age and not loving her belly bulge and how she is trying to cut down on her sugar intake. She commented how we should all mind our sugar intake.

Then she read aloud a beautiful passage from a book. It was about choosing to be happy in any situation. She read about seeing no evil, hearing no evil, and speaking no evil. That we should only allow ourselves to dwell on and listen to and speak of good and happy and kind things. That if we choose to think happy thoughts, we become happy people. I was very tuned in to that of course, yes and about the belly fat too. 😉

The class was a really good workout which I was grateful for. It felt good to move and stretch my muscles.

She kept up her theme throughout the class, reminding us to choose to see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. At one point when some were attempting a hard balancing pose, she said, “Just give it a try! You are stronger than you think!”

At the end of class after we were done with Shavasana, she said the true mark of a yogi is being truly happy for other peoples’ happiness. Wow, I thought, what a great concept! She thanked us for coming and said what an honor it was to lead us in our yoga practice this morning.

This lady was wonderful. I never had a yoga class like that- and when I left I felt so good! It was so encouraging and positive! Anne was so genuinely nice and genuinely happy.  You could just tell. She truly seemed to embody what she spoke of and she so inspired me today.

More than the workout, I was so glad to hear her heartfelt message. I just love it when people I meet in everyday life show and teach and demonstrate the good qualities I am working to have in myself 🙂

be genuinely happy for other peoples happiness


I’m not by nature a naturally happy person. I notice people around me who are and I always find myself wishing I could be more like them.

But thankfully I can work on it everyday, and learn a little more about how to be that happy person I so admire.

This morning the message was Be Happy Today in Thought, Word, and Action. And it was delivered so beautifully by Anne.

Today I will take notice of and be appreciative of the day and the moment I’m in. Today I will choose to be kind to myself and to everyone around me today. Today I will choose to see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

Thank you Anne, for a wonderful class and a wonderful life lesson on how to be happy. 🙂

xo, Lisa Arcelia

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12 thoughts on “What A Stranger Taught Me About How to Be Happy Today”

  1. What a lovely message, Lisa! I find that it’s easier for me to be happy when I remember to be thankful for what I’ve got.

    The other day, I sat down to lunch with my husband, and when I pulled the tea jug out of the fridge, there was only a little bit of tea left in it; my kids had nearly finished it the night before after I went to bed and then not made anymore (as kids will do!).

    I started to complain “Well, that’s the end of the tea! Thanks for that!” (heavy on the sarcasm). And then I looked at my husband and said, “You know, instead of being annoyed at the tea being almost gone, I should be thankful that there’s still enough left here for me to have a glassful with my meal.

    We both looked at each other like “Yeah!” and it made us both happy again and we enjoyed out meal and I made more tea when I finished.

    It’s really easy to let the little annoyances overwhelm our happiness – but if just try to be thankful for the things we do have instead, it can make a world of difference!

    1. Hi Kelly! You are so right- a little bit of gratitude can really help turn things around. I reflect on things I am grateful for often, it is a practice of mine. I love your little story, and can certainly relate! My husband and son leave mostly empty containers in the fridge regularly ;). So glad you and your husband were able to enjoy your meal – with a little bit of tea & gratitude! 🙂 Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

  2. Well done!! This is such a great post. And well done to Anne for being able to pass on the message in such an awesome way for you. I wish you all the happiness in the world 🙂
    Stay safe, stay smiling!

    1. Thank you Chrissie, both for the comment, and the beautiful sentiment! The truth is you could tell Anne was just being her natural self. I just love those naturally kind and happy people. I am slowly learning how to put that good stuff out there myself. Better late than never I guess 🙂

    1. Thanks Michael I appreciate your kind comment. It was refreshing, what a nice way of putting it. I’ve never seen a ton of guys at yoga, but there are always a few. You might want to give it a try sometime, it’s a wonderful way to de-stress. And I imagine you might have a little bit of stress running around after your little ones 😉

  3. Thanks for sharing Lisa, this is great. I’ve taken yoga classes in the past but never had an instructor talk about what their going through as well, very humanizing. A good book to check out about happiness and positivity is the Secret.

    1. Thanks so much for the comment Sam. Yeah I never had a yoga class like that. The energy was so positive. Compared to other yoga classes I’ve gone to where it is either really fruit-loopy or people trying to outdo each other with the poses. And thanks for recommending The Secret- I agree, it’s a great book 🙂

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