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What is a "happy room"?

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Yesterday, I mentioned cleaning my "Happy Room" and Sparkfriend WhitneyTeacher asked what my happy room was so I thought I would blog today about happiness.

People often confuse "joyfulness" with "happiness". The word "happy" comes from the word happenstance. Clearly defined, happiness is influenced/caused by your happenstance, or external cues. Your surroundings circumscribe how "happy" you are.

Joyfulness, on the other hand, is internal. Though we can be extremely sad, we can have joy in our hearts. This word is most often joined with Christianity because as Christians, our joy comes from knowing that in spite of all the trouble and hurts in this world we have the HOPE and assurance that God is in control and that Jesus died for us so that in the end, it is all worthwhile.

Definitions aside, I can now explain my "happy room". As most of my regular readers know, I believe we choose how to respond to any external stimuli. Many (most?) people consider laundry to be drudgery. Shortly after Rich and I married and I moved into the house, I was in the laundry room which is small and, well, BORING! C'mon, it's a LAUNDRY ROOM, for crying out loud! But this room has a large window which overlooked the mountains in the back which are foothills to the Cascades. I could see the cattle in the field between the house and the mountains. It was pleasant.

I decided to straighten the room up and move some shelves in for my laundry supplies. Then I moved in a rocking chair to get it out of the living room. One day I was sitting in the rocking chair folding laundry and realized how peaceful it was with the hum of the dryer and the sunny view from my window. I moved in a book shelf to put all of my herbal medicine reference books in there, added a couple of devotionals and some 'memory books' such as an old reading book, childhood journals, etc.

I started hanging pictures on the walls. First it was just my kids, then my parents, then my grandparents and grandkids. The walls are now lined (well, plastered might be a better word!) with pictures that make me happy! My rocking chair has a coat of fuchsia paint to add color to my room. I have a TV/DVD player in there and a radio. I also added my medical/herbal cupboard where I keep all of my medical supplies. I have some puzzle magazines and ink pens. I keep special sentimental gifts from my kids in there and my piggy bank collection.

My laundry room is no longer a room of drudgery, but a place of peace and quiet reflection. Looking at the pictures, I reflect on happy times and is comforting especially when I might be feeling down.

Unlike most people, my laundry room is my Happy Room. Tell me about your "Happy Place". If you don't have one yet, what would make a happy place for you?

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    Beautiful blog. I really enjoyed reading this. I don't have room to add a rocking chair to my laundry room (long and slender, like I'd like to be). I have added cute curtains and I don't look at it as a bad thing. Guess I'll have to think about a happy room. Sounds like a great idea.
    1749 days ago
    This is a super Blog - I could picture each change, in your laundry room, as you described it. I think what I enjoyed most was picturing the view from the window - an ever changing landscape. We have a bedroom window like that that looks out to Pike's Peak- not that I don't enjoy the view from each room in the home God has provided us with. emoticon

    I never think of doing laundry as drudgery - instead my heart sings with praise of the provision of our Abba Father - for clothing, for a washer & dryer, for laundry detergent, for softener, for the ability to be able to do the laundry without any assistance (I have an elderly aunt who has to pay someone to do her laundry), for the additional exercise doing laundry gives my body, & for sunny days when the "solar drier" (as a Spark friend calls a clothesline) can be used; thus, saving money on the electric bill. Most of all I so enjoy the time spent with the Lord, as I hang out & later bring in the laundry. Yes! I thank my Creator God for laundry day, don't you know?

    My physical happy place is in my beloved husband's arms! And, of course, the home we share together is another happy place. Actually, I believe that wherever I am blessed to be with him is a most happy place.

    God bless!

    P.S. I have been thinking about your Blog & decided to come back & share that I have always thought of happiness as being a choice we make - where joyfulness just comes & fills our very being without a choice being made. Of course, that is simplistic - but it works for this gal!
    1750 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/7/2013 6:32:14 PM
    What a brilliant idea I wish I had a laundry room so I could transform it as you have.
    My happy place is in the garden during the summer and in the living room for the winter.
    1750 days ago
    What an exceptional idea. I need to get a laundry room, but someday I will have one, and I will always remember yours now and fix my up to be my "happy room" as well. Thank you for a grand idea!!!
    1750 days ago

    Funny thing, I really enjoy doing doing laundry. My mother in law thinks I have some screws loose. :) , but my laundry room is far from pleasant. What a great idea!

    Also, it never occurred to me that there is a difference between joy and happiness. Nice to learn.
    1751 days ago
    Thank you for the explanation emoticon emoticon
    My happy place now is our newly rebuilt deck. I've felt a little lost in the last year without it. Before marrying Rod I didn't really have a happy place. I always loosely defined it in my mind as "home" and never really felt like I had that comforting, safe place even though we always had a place to live. A story for another time maybe.
    1751 days ago
    Beautiful. My happy place would be a room to meditate in filled with crystals, soft music and a comfy recliner.
    1751 days ago
    My 'happy place' is a chair from which I can see outside by looking the one direction and my favorite picture of Our Lady of Guadelupe by looking straight ahead. There are shelves with family pictures near. The entire, extended-family portrait and some of my angel collection are on the mantle above the fireplace. There is a calligraphy from my parents which states 'God Bless Ypu and Take Care of You'. It is signed Love Mom and Dad. I can sit there with my legs elevated, relax, pray, read, be on the computer, do Sudolu, etc.
    1751 days ago
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