Angela Amman

Celebrating Happiness

Lenore Skomal novel Living with two bundles of energy and dramatic mood swings means my own happiness sometimes slips into a lull of something more like contentment. When I read Lenore Skomal’s words in Bluff, I could relate a little: “Because never being unhappy isn’t the same thing as being happy, you know.”

There’s nothing wrong with being content. Contentment is a warm blanket and a cup of tea wafting spicy warmness into the air. As winter settles in with its dark mornings and early sunsets, I welcome the familiarity of that blanket.

But lately I’ve felt the lightness of happiness in the giddy way my kids feel it every day …the kind of happiness that makes me turn up music and dance in the living room …the kind of happiness I physically feel in my stomach and my heart, making my blood race quickly and my lips smile at absolutely nothing as I type into the hours I should be sleeping away.

Happiness is in the little things but it’s also in the realization that reaching for big things is worth celebrating, too.

uses for Christmas tree box
Kids and boxes combine for smiles every time. His imagination makes a tree box into an infinite playspace of cars and rocket ships and clubhouses.

favorite things
Before leaving for school I need to check her backpack, limiting her to only one “friend” a day so her bag isn’t too stuffed with her constant companions to bring home anything other than babies and stuffed animals.

Nothing Goes Away
Publishing my short stories thrills me, and not only because I think people will find something compelling within the tales of three women struggling to find hope between the shadows they’ve built around themselves. Seeing Nothing Goes Away come together meant admitting how much I truly want to share my fiction outside of this space, and there’s something utterly freeing (and terrifying) about putting such lofty goals into action. (Have you picked it up? Find it on Smashwords and Amazon!)


I’m liking this feeling.

What’s made you happy lately?

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About the author: Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She is an award-winning author with the single goal of resonating with others. Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, her catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, 18 books published, a daily blog and weekly newspaper column, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues of the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. She has won many Society of Professional Journalist awards, the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer’s Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2003, and most recently, the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor for โ€œBurnt Toast.,โ€ her first anthology of her award winning humor columns. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message.

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Sharon December 13, 2012, 3:37 am

Nice post. Yes, happiness or contentment are worth going for. Happiness can’t really be measured but can be enjoyed when it is there. Contentment is always there in some form (especially if you are a glass half full type). Seeing and reading about the “kids” makes me happy as does their wonderful laughter.

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:27 pm

I’m a half-full-er ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I get it from you!

Alison December 13, 2012, 6:24 am

Look at you, published author! So much to be happy for, so much to celebrate. Wonderful, and well deserved.

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:23 pm

Thank you my friend!

Cameron December 13, 2012, 7:33 am

As I already have the book, now I want the necktie tee shirt D’s wearing.

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:23 pm

It’s his favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought it on clearance spur of the moment, and I’m so glad I did.

Corey Feldman December 13, 2012, 9:11 am

congrats on publishing your shorts, I can’t wait to give them a read!

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:22 pm

Thanks Corey ๐Ÿ™‚

Kate F. (@katefineske) December 13, 2012, 11:34 am

Sometimes I think people feel shame and guilt in admitting that they are happy… Because so many people are often struggling when you are happy. However, I say hang on to your happiness while it is around… shout it to the world, and bask in it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, happiness can be contagious. Don’t you think?

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:21 pm

I hope it’s contagious ๐Ÿ™‚ We need it this week ๐Ÿ™‚ (sick kids, sick mom, Christmas to-do lists!)

julie gardner December 13, 2012, 2:40 pm

Oh wow – I love this distinction between “not unhappy” and “truly happy” – and I’m thrilled that you’re the latter of the two these days.

I stand (actually, I’m sitting!) in admiration of those who dive into their futures wholly – good for you for the steps you’ve taken to make your dreams come true.

YOU did it. No one else. No excuses.
I find myself definitely quick with a rationalization or explanation…

I do take chances, but not the big one.
Not yet. I keep waiting for….I don’t know what.

Someone else to do it for me?

In any case, I wish you continued JOY and a backpack full of “friends.”

(We always called Karly’s her “entourage”. Yep. She had a big one.)

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:16 pm

Giggle. It IS an entourage.

And my friend, you can take that leap! You have so much talent.

Galit Breen December 13, 2012, 7:44 pm

Love that you’re jumping into your happy, girl! Way to go!

And “author” looks good on you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:14 pm

Thanks Galit!

Brittany December 13, 2012, 7:48 pm

Author looks damn good on you and I love thinking about happiness lately and chasing it and finding it in simple things. It shouldn’t be tough with so much to smile about. Love!

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:13 pm

Well, thank you! Today I found it in making pumpkin truffles. And then sealing them up before I ate every single one ๐Ÿ™‚

Adrienne December 13, 2012, 9:10 pm

Congrats on your book! That’s awesome! Your words are definitely worth publishing!

Angela December 21, 2012, 6:12 pm

Thank you so much Adrienne!