This is me last year. I was in Hyderabad, India to give a talk about women’s sexuality. It happened to fall over my birthday. That evening there was an indescribably wonderful evening celebration associated with the conference that I was speaking at – the celebration included amazing musical and dance entertainment, an outdoor dinner under the stars, and there were friends and colleagues around me so I decided that even though the celebration was for the conference, I would count it as my birthday party too. The event photographer later sent me this picture which I like because, looking at it now, I can remember how peacefully happy I was… not exuberantly, over-excited happy, but a very calm content (my favorite way to experience happiness).
I also like feeling this way when I am in love.
Sure, the crazy excitement and butterflies in the stomach are fun at first… but technically that’s just our body’s stress response. We cannot live in that state forever, not being able to sleep or eat. Instead, it’s a calmer state of contentment and happiness that carries us through life with a partner.
What do you think?