Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Place

One way to help with our way of attending to things, and overall production, is to have an escape. The artist, SARK frequently speaks of having a magic cottage, but one working mother, named Laura but known in the cyber-world simply as "Lolli' on her blog Better in Bulk, describes having a “Happy Place.” Not as a means of avoiding problems that need to be dealt with, but simply a place to “get away” and refocus.
She says:

Scientists claim that one of the best ways to relieve stress and be a happier person is to find a personal “happy place.” In fact, scientists report that the brain can produce its own antidepressants and going to your ‘happy place’ truly works.
I found my Happy Place last year. I took a path that I had passed weekly on my way to Target and Walmart, the theaters and Kohls. I had seen the trail head many times, but I had never taken the time to find out what was beyond the road. Until last year. Set back from a main road, and only a 20 minute walk from the parking spot, is a little piece of heaven. The moment that I saw this spot of ground, I knew I had found my Happy Place:

With the constant din of life in general, it has become almost necessary to have a haven of some sort. I would reckon that most have this, whether they realize it or not; and those who don’t are no doubt longing for one. Even if it’s a magic cottage in your imagination.

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  1. Hi Brooke:

    This reminds me...last night...without getting too much into it I got really depressed about something (Laura had long since taken an Advil PM and I was alone with a slew of thoughts hit me).

    Anyway, because of the fact I lean on emotional eating, I decided I needed to get out of my head. I knew of a Blockbuster that closed at midnight and I debated, "What should I get?" I was looking at sci-fi and horror films, and I found "Blades of Glory" and I thought "Humor Distraction Brooke taught me!" I bought it, took it home and watched it.

    I tell you, you are saving sanity one person at a time!

  2. good for you, don! i'm glad to help! laughter beats chocolate din dins any day!...b

  3. I'm at my happy place right now -- isle of palms! yay! but I don't get here often enough. I completely agree with your post that a happy place is essential for recharging and finding peace of mind in the craziness of everyday life. I guess, my happy place closer to home would be...starbucks?! haha :)

  4. very nice! i am jealous, kristen. starbucks will pale in comparison...b