If you’re more concerned with the size of your pants, the filter on your Instagram photo, the way others perceive you than you are with your acts of kindness, your self-love practices, or your relationships with your fellow human beings then take a breath.

Close your eyes. Loosen your shoulders.

And try again.

Happiness is

Coffee with the perfect amount of milk

Sunny bike rides that relax me

Pain-free, sweaty runs

Listening to music that inspires me

Making one of my students smile

Cuddling Patrick when he’s a sleepy butt

Making and eating tasty pasta

Seeing wildflowers on the side of the road

Hugs from my students

Getting stronger at doing push-ups

My puppies’ reactions when I say “outside”

Talking to people I haven’t seen in awhile

Doing a craft and being proud of it

Hanging out with all my siblings

Making Liam and Clara laugh

Getting off an airplane

Finding that really cozy spot in bed

Putting on a sweatshirt when I’m chilly

Finding ripe avocados at HEB

Having a nice exchange with a cashier

Being content being alone

Reading books I really like

Waking up to a good hair day