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Finding Joy Amidst Grief: Celebrating International Day of Happiness

March 22, 20243 min read

Life presents us with a mix of happiness and grief, reminding us of the complicated nature of our emotions. The International Day of Happiness encourages us to appreciate that joy can exist alongside sorrow, and that finding happiness in times of grief is a testament to our strength. Sometimes, people think that if they experience any happiness, they are somehow being disloyal and it suggests that they didn’t really love them as much as somebody who continues to suffer the pain of their grief. This can make it hard for them to move forward and get their life back, so they can create a life that is well lived. Some may even experience guilt that they are still alive when their loved one is gone.

In remembrance of this special day, we talk about the insights of Emily Thiroux Threatt's “The Grief and Happiness Handbook,” exploring lessons on navigating grief and embracing happiness at the same time.

The Grief and Happiness Handbook

Emily was devastated by the death of 2 husbands. She took a long time to recover the first time and when it happened again, she chose to turn her pain into purpose and share all that she had learned. I have been so inspired by her journey, her book “The Grief and Happiness Handbook: A Supportive Guide to Help You Reclaim Your Life While Grieving” and the organisation she has set up called “The Grief and Happiness Alliance.” I would encourage you to find out more and share with those who will benefit.

Key Lessons from the Grief and Happiness Handbook

Choose joy

  1. Embracing Emotional Complexity

Grief isn't a straightforward path but a journey filled with diverse emotions. Emily teaches us that it's okay to feel joy in the middle of sadness and that experiencing happiness does not reduce the depth of our grief. By accepting and acknowledging our emotional complexity, we create room for healing and personal growth.

  1. Building Resilience Through Gratitude


Practicing gratitude is an incredibly powerful tool in handling grief. Emily emphasizes how gratitude can transform our outlook, encouraging hope and positivity in challenging times. Even in the middle of darkness, finding gratitude can prepare the way for healing and happiness.

  1. Respecting Memories and Embracing Change

Emily urges us to honor cherished memories and embrace the changes that follow loss. By welcoming change with an open heart and a willingness to grow, we can find moments of happiness and growth while grieving.

Celebrating International Day of Happiness

Celebrate happiness

On this International Day of Happiness, let's honor our different emotions and celebrate the possibility of experiencing joy and grief together on our grief journey. Let’s recognize the resilience that emerges from navigating grief with grace and cherish the beauty of finding happiness in the middle of sorrow. As we reflect on Emily’s wisdom, let's discover that happiness isn't the absence of grief but the presence of hope, gratitude, and love in all aspects of our lives.

In life's tapestry, grief and happiness are intertwined threads that shape our human experience. Let's find a meaningful way to celebrate this International Day of Happiness by embracing Emily Thiroux Threatt's valuable lessons and finding comfort in the harmony of joy and sorrow. May we journey forward with compassion, resilience, and a commitment to discovering happiness even when dealing with the challenges of grief.

I would encourage you to further explore Emily’s work. Please like and share this blog post with those who may benefit.

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