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Gluten Free Happiness?
Something that I increasingly find to be important is happiness.
That may seem obvious. Most people want to be happy. But the reason I’m mentioning it is because focusing on health, even when things are moving in a positive direction, can be stressful.
Often when people are newly gluten-free, the focus is on what they can’t eat any more. They worry about whether they’re going to react to what they’re served at a restaurant, or at a friend’s house. They think and wonder and fret about what they have to do to treat the problems that they have thanks to gluten intolerance.
Some of this is necessary. There’s a lot to learn when going gluten-free. To be the healthiest possible, you may have to change your diet and other elements of your life radically. But the stress should not be ongoing and/or acute. There should be, at least, breaks during the process so you aren’t overwhelmed.
Eventually, when you have your diet and supplements, etc. “down” enough so you don’t have to mull them over often, you’ll probably feel and think differently. I certainly do. It’s a nice place to be, and one of the perks of being healthier.
On this site, I do my best to give recommendations and resources to reduce the transition stress so you can get to the happier place faster.
In the rest of this post I’ll be focusing on (gluten-free) happiness that requires very little thought that you can try to have right now, independent of where you’re at with a gluten-free diet.
What makes you happy?
How can you experience that now, or soon, and ideally regularly?
Often people think about the people in their lives that make them happy. That’s fine, but it’s good to have a “collection” of things that you can do or experience that don’t depend mostly on others too.
If you are currently quite ill, and perhaps unable to do some of the things that you love most, then focus on what you CAN do, not what you’re missing out on right now.
Here are some of the things that make me happy that don’t require other people. I don’t need lots of energy for 2 of them, and even when I’m tired I can manage a little of #1 usually! Perhaps you like some of them too, or they’ll help you
I LOVE to dance! I don’t need anyone to dance with me, I happily dance alone, in my home, to music that I like.
I don’t do it for exercise, even though it can be an excellent workout.
I do it because I feel beyond great when I dance.
No food or supplement or drug can give that feeling to me. Only dancing.
2. Watching Good Movies from the 40s.
“Good” is a matter of taste, of course.
I’m not a fan of all 40s movies. Also, just because something won an Academy Award and/or is said to be a “classic” doesn’t mean I, or you, will like it. Some films don’t hold up thanks to big changes in culture and values. And frankly, some of them are atrociously awful. If a film is so bad that it’s funny, great, but if not, no thanks. :)
Ultimately, I find both a fun snappiness and heart in many films from this era that I don’t find in other eras.
Recently I watched a film that I had never heard of before.
I had been feeling really low that day but this film made me smile and I laughed out loud a few times. It’s a Christmas themed film that was probably eclipsed by another Christmas themed film from the same era (It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946).
The film is Holiday Affair (1949) starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey and Gordon Gebert.
Holiday Affair (1949)
God is that a stupid poster. Don’t judge this film based on the poster. Also, in NO part of this film does Janet Leigh’s character dress like that. But she is truly lovely in this film. Very young too. This film was made more than 10 years before her most famous role in Psycho. If you watch it, note how small her waist is. Sure, women wore girdles back then, but even so, it’s damned small. Beautiful.
Gordon Gebert, who plays Janet Leigh’s character’s young son, acts and sounds like a real child. This isn’t the standard stilted overly sweet or smart alecky characterization you often see in Hollywood films of any era.
3. Art Nouveau
I’m in a bit of an Art Nouveau wave right now because I find many of the patterns and colours so beautiful.
I recently bought this ceramic trivet from The Art Nouveau Shop:
6″ square ceramic trivet from The Art Nouveau Shop on Etsy.com
Created from a photograph of an original Victorian Art Nouveau ceramic tile
Looking at my trivet, and using it with my various gluten-free hot meals and drinks, makes me feel a little better. Having things that I find beautiful in my home definitely helps with my mood.
Note: It doesn’t have to cost much to have nice things that are to your taste, if money is a concern. For example, there is an artist that I like and her original paintings are beyond my budget but I found high quality greeting cards of her work so I bought a nice yet inexpensive wood frame and framed one of the cards and set that out on a table.
How about you? What makes you happy?