Happy Tatts

See below for a letter we received from a reader.  Hearing from you all just makes our world, you can’t even imagine.  It’s now 2:38 am.  I don’t get paid for these posts.  But I do it anyway.  Because we get letters like this…letters about happiness tattoos!  🙂  🙂

 
 
Dear Mara and Danny,
 
Last year I was a freshman at Stony Brook University on Long
Island.  I was miserable, unhappy, very far away from home and very depressed.  I couldn’t get silly thoughts out of my head that I wasn’t
worth it; thoughts that maybe I didn’t deserve to be happy and just was lost in
my loneliness, lack of confidence and negativity.
 
But… then I stumbled upon your blog (and the book The Happiness Project) and boy, can I
tell you how much of a difference it made!  As soon as I found your blog I went
through and read all of your posts! They are so inspirational!  I have come to
realize that as individuals we are solely responsible for the way we feel and
view situations.  We are responsible for our relationships and the way we act in
them. Your blog has taught me our need as individuals to have independence,
happiness and love and gratitude for everything around you no matter what – even
if it is hard to get out of a funk and realize the beauty around you.
 
Your blog made me realize the flaws in my cognitions, and
the way I was viewing my world.  I was too dependent on others, and wasn’t
actively seeking my own happiness and joy in life.  I wasn’t confident in myself
and didn’t feel like I deserved the love of my boyfriend or family and friends…
I have such great
gratitude that I found your blog. 
I have now learned how to be happy; how
to love and be loved.  To find beauty in the hardest of situations and have thanks
that I get to experience tough stuff in life so that I appreciate the good
stuff even more.  I have since transferred to a new school, and have learned
that I deserve to be in a place where I am happy, and surround myself with
things and people that I love.  (And that I need to show gratitude for those
around me!)
 
When I wake up in the mornings, the first thing I do is open
my computer and go to your blog and read your motivational, inspiring words
that start my day with the right mindset and a new lesson on how to be a better
person one day at a time.  Thank you so much for your daily reminders to have
love, happiness, gratitude, an open heart!  You have taught me to actively
choose to have the right, positive perspective on things in life.  You guys have
helped turn my life around, get me out of depression, and choose to be happier. 
I am getting a tattoo in a few weeks that says “Choose Happiness,” a life motto
that I have learned from you guys to remind myself of my own personal
responsibility to have the right mindset in order to live the life I want.
 
Thank you so much for writing everyday and for helping me so much! 
 
(I am really kicking myself for not
taking the chance to go on a walk with you when I was closer to NYC!)
 
Sara Dill
______________
 
Sara – your joy is contagious!  THANK YOU!!  
 
P.S.  The photos today are from Tattly, here in Brooklyn.  Think temporary tattoos designed by well-known graphic designers and artists.


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4 Comments

  1. Stacia March 19, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    What a great letter and post! I love my blog reading and writing, and find my inspiration from others as well. I have a tattoo, it says "strength" on the inside of my wrist/forearm. A constant reminder to me of why I got it and how it plays in my life everyday is amazing.

    Have a fab day!!

  2. katilda March 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    love love love the happy tattoos! they make me smile.

  3. Anonymous March 20, 2013 at 3:00 am - Reply

    you are turning into A Cup of Jo!

  4. Anonymous March 20, 2013 at 3:00 am - Reply

    not that that is good or bad, that's just what your blog is reminding me of lately

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