The truth of the matter is that the quote of the week this week is from the Peanuts comic strip, or more specifically from a Peanuts book crafted by creator Charles Schultz, because one of the Postconsumers staff members is a huge Peanuts fan and repeats that quote when she’s feeling stressed out. However, we think the essence of the quote speaks to what we’re all talking about here.
“Happiness is a warm puppy” is, essentially, a way of saying “Happiness is simple.” That, we think, is so, so true. Happiness and satisfaction isn’t something that you climb up to by acquiring more things and more status and, well, just more. Satisfaction is a moment that you experience with whatever your “warm puppy” is. Maybe, for you, it’s actually a warm puppy. Perhaps it’s a moment of quiet on a backyard swing. Watching your family eat dinner. The smell of cookies that you just baked. The feeling at the end of a long run.
There are so many things that could be your “warm puppy.” The key is to grab on to those moments and those things and understand the satisfaction of experiencing them instead of allowing yourself to believe that satisfaction is something you constantly have to be acquiring and working towards. Find the satisfaction of enough. Find your warm puppy!