One Small Happy Moment

Vivek Mittal-Henkle

Right now, life feels like a goldfish in a glass bowl in an earthquake.

Lots of stuff is going on. Lots of stress is going on. I don’t know, but I need to know, but I can’t know because I don’t know. Words like that last sentence happen because… I don’t know why.

What can we do about it? Be happy! No. (For me, this is one of the most annoying things a person can say, similar to when you’re nervous and they say “just relax”.)

A better way to go about it would be to make others happy. Start out with the little moments. People say life is made up of a bunch of tiny moments, so if a few moments become happy moments, and then a few more, and then a few more, it builds up. Even one little happy moment counts.

That’s why The Dig sent out a google form (which you can also view on the Virtual Great Hall!). Please take a minute to fill it out, and fill it out as many times as you want. The form aims to recognize people for the little things that make you happy, the kind of things you probably don’t remember next year or next month or next week. Those little gestures that take a matter of seconds but have so much meaning. Those gestures that may seem silly or weird to write about.

Why, you might ask? Being recognized for doing something kind or for just being you feels sooo good. I hope that you know what I’m talking about, and if you don’t, I hope you know soon. It’s like when you say something or do something that makes someone get a little smile, and you notice and realize you made them that little bit happier. It’s precious and amazing — so much so that it’s hard to describe.

Of course maybe there’s something that someone said that made you and others happy. That’s great! It doesn’t need to be one to one – there aren’t rules for kindness and gratitude! If you’re thinking it’s kind of weird to write this stuff in a google form and don’t want your line to be read by lots of people, just tell the person that they made you happy. And even if you do submit the form, still tell them!

If you’re not comfortable doing either, just write it down and keep it to yourself. Research that says that being grateful makes you happier. According to Harvard Health, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” If you are interested in this topic, there is lots of information readily available.

Give someone a happy moment because no matter who you are, where you are, or how you are, you can.

Thank you for reading!

Again, here’s the link to the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKPgRXNCw8YJFUJJfS6qg1MIviznn9m4RmvIzM2o1hz0mHqA/viewform?usp=sf_link!