The word `merry' is universally attached to only one occasion that I can think of and that is Christmas. It occurs only once a year and to wait 364 days to be merry or to be merry only once a year is its own sadness. If that magical coin can only be flipped by you to its happy side once a year, you have to find some other ways to magnify the happiness that is a part of your journey.
`Happy 'is also primarily attached to one particular occasion in our lives and that is usually our birthdays. It also occurs once a year for celebratory purposes and is a good time to be merry but it is also sad to wait for it exclusively each year to celebrate life or to be merry. The good thing about birthdays is that a lot of people you know also have birthdays and even though it might not be your birthday today, maybe you know someone to be merry for.
It looks like the idea of being merry is beginning to extend itself from an occasion specific to the self to others and the magical merry side of the coin is expanding itself. If however we are only merry on such occasions, we place great limitations on happiness and are most likely associating our happiness with the receiving of gifts or attention. Gifts are great and attention also, but the celebration of life itself is more important. To be alive, to feel, to love, to be able to think, to see things, to indulge are reasons by themselves to be merry.
Money is important because we have created a society whereby it has become a necessity to survive. Having a job is important because it is a source of the money and your daily bread but do either really and truly make you happy? There are rich people who are not merry and there are poor people who are. There are people in well paid jobs who are miserable and those with none who are very merry.
There are many things in our lives to make us merry and or to make us sad. That is simply the nature and diversity of life. The things that make us sad, tend to find us by themselves or we allow them to. The things that make us merry, we have to find ourselves.To each their own source of merriness and sadness and to each their own share.The sharing of the merriness is what magnifies happiness and probably one reason why Christmas is so merry and the sharing of sadness has the capacity to diminish sadness. That is the magic of sharing both.
I have had my fair share of things to worry about and I have some things to be sad about but I have good people around me also to diminish the worry and sadness. I feel like I owe it to life and to others to be merry and so I wake up with the intention to be merry about the new day that has been given to me to shape of my own free will. I have others to cheer me up also and that magnifies the merriness to life also.
Wake up and be merry. Think of creative ways to make yourself happy, think of ways to make others merry and magnify your world with merriness.