08 May Happiness this Mother’s Day
I don't want to sound like a Scrooge but to a large extent, I think Mother's Day is just a plot hatched by marketing professionals to encourage us to buy more stuff (dare I say make us feel guilty if we don't buy more stuff)!
I've always thought that if we really love and value our mothers (or fathers or wives or husbands or any other "significant other" for that matter) that we'd definitely tell them and show them our love more than once each year!
That being said, I'm not totally opposed to the formal celebration of such things, in fact doing so may well be good for our happiness and wellbeing, as long as we do so in the right sort of way.
What's the right sort of way? Well, I'd love to hear what you think!
Rather than rampantly feeding our materialistic tendencies and purchasing more stuff that we'll probably not use (or not more than once, anyway), what gifts or actions would really produce more happiness for mothers and families on a day such as today?
My kids, for example, bought their mother a nice present each but they also both wrote beautiful cards and gave my wife wonderful "vouchers" for things like a massage, breakfast in bed, tidying up etc which to me, is associated with a form of loving and thoughtfulness and caring that goes much further than any trinket bought at the school stall!
But you tell me – in what ways should we really value the "mothers" in our society? What did your mother do to or give to you that was invaluable and that helped you live a happy and healthy, successful life?