Every once in a while, I schedule in some secret special Sunday morning magic-time for me.

I love waking up early while most people are still asleep and everything is still quiet. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a personal ritual I’ve had since forever, to begin this lazy last day of the week.

This activity is crucial for when I need to reboot, recharge, and revive the soul. Getting two of these in a given month is a blessing. Most of the time though, it’s more of a monthly occurrence for me and I make sure I have one lined up, especially if things have been particularly busy, stressful, or if I need a general pick-me-up.

It’s my little secret – only I know I’m waking up to do this. I feel all excited knowing that I don’t need anyone’s permission but my own to enjoy this time.

Around 7.40am is the perfect hour for me – the beautiful tropical Sunday sun has started to glow, the air is usually still cool, and on magical days, there is a draft that blows in and sweeps into my living room, which to me, is an apt symbolisation of cleansing for a new start.

I love to take the moment in as I get a little yummy something to eat or drink ready. I give myself guilt-free permission to enjoy whatever I please. Sometimes I make french toast or have berries with yogurt, and sometimes it’s cookies, ice-cream or cake. Okay, maybe it’s more of the latter. Bliss. 😉

After getting everything ready, I settle in on the couch and then I… – watch a movie.

Yes, I wake up and get on the couch to watch TV first thing in the morning.

But I don’t just watch anything. I watch feel-good-movies. Movies about love, joy, happiness, camaraderie… For me, this is a great way to set me straight for the upcoming week, especially if I feel I’ve lost my spark a little.

It brings me back to my childhood – the simple joys of feel goods. When we were kids, my parents would let us camp out in our TV room some weekends and just have a movie fest with lots of kid-soul-food to enjoy. Sometimes we’d have friends, sometimes it would just be my sister and I.

Perhaps that’s where this ritual stems from. So today, as I watch my movies on Sunday mornings, I am completely free. There are no rules, worries or cares. I’m lost in the story and I go through it all along with the characters. I get excited, I laugh and sometimes I cry.

When the movie is over, I can feel that the world around me has woken up. It’s time to start the day and soon, a new week ahead. The happy relaxed pace is set, and the activities for the day align with that. It’s the day for brunch with friends, meals with family, or general lazy lounging.

Now choosing the right movie is crucial – it has to be one that gets you thinking about something happy; makes you self-reflect and want to be be a better person and want better things for your life and others; it has to uplift you and inspire in as many ways as possible.

I have a whole list of these types of movies to share, but today, I’d love to share a movie I recently watched that checked a lot of boxes. It took me on a journey on the question of “What is happiness?”. I had moments of worry, excitement, deep thought, love… the works.

The movie is called Hector and the Search for Happiness.

Watch the quick trailer here.

As the movie goes on, the characters reveal golden nuggets on the topic of happiness. The main character, Hector, journals his own personal findings on what happiness is. There are so many to extract, remember and cherish.

Oddly enough, after watching the movie I came across an article that same day that listed out some of Hector’s notes on happiness. I found those useful since I couldn’t remember it all after the movie and took a picture of it with my phone.

It then got me thinking about sharing the list here. Whether someone has watched the movie or not, the lessons are valuable for all.

Know that this is not a spoiler, as this is just a basic list. The movie is filled even more of these so do watch it to be inspired.

Here’s a great start though and something I’d like to leave you with for the rest of the week. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

List for Happiness

1. Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.

2. A lot of people think happiness is being rich or important.

3. Many people see happiness only in their future.

4. Happiness could be the freedom to love more than one woman at the same time.

5. Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.

6. Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness.

7. Does the person you’re with bring you predominately A) Up or B) Down?

8. Happiness is answering your calling.

9. Happiness is being loved for who you are.

10. Sweet Potato Stew!

11. Fear is an impediment to happiness.

12. Happiness is feeling completely alive.

13. Happiness is knowing how to celebrate.

14. Listening is loving.

15. Nostalgia is not what it used to be.

What are some of your favorites from this list? Share them with us below!

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