It’s officially 2017, and that means we now have to try to stick to our new year’s resolutions. While many may have their own individual goals (i.e. to fit back into that favorite old pair of jeans), I think it’s safe to say that most people want to be happy in this upcoming year. However, in our crazy, fast-paced, whirlwind that we call life, sometimes it’s difficult to find that happiness.
This is where the bees come in! We have so much to learn from their buzzing lives to teach us to BEE HAPPY.
Americans consume about 285 million pounds of honey per year. To make only one pound of this honey, bees must visit 2 million flowers, fly more than 55,000 miles, and involve more than 750 bees. Did you ever take the time to think about how much effort went in, just to make your tea a little sweeter. . .
Also, few people can actually say they enjoy being stung by a bee. However, bee sting venom may help reduce pain of rheumatoid arthritis. It’s easy to be thankful for the positive in our lives, but much harder to find the good when we’ve been stung and have to spread toothpaste all over arm.
Honey bees fly at fifteen miles per hour. Compared to their body weight, that’s a whole lot of flying. Whatever it is you do, push the limit this year. Go beyond where you thought you could go.
In addition, the queen bee of the hive may produce enough daily eggs to equal her own body weight. Now, I’m not suggesting we go and try to have one hundred and however many pounds of babies per day, but I do think that we can learn from the queen herself. Bees work, and are therefore necessary for the hive to function properly. Because of this, having babies is one of the queen’s main roles. This year, while working, we should strive to work as hard as possible – as if a whole hive was depending on us.
To be happy, you got to have a little fun! Honey bees actually communicate via dancing and pheromones. Dancing (which is SO FUN) for communication (which could be SO BORING). It’s genius. The bees utilize a specific groove officially known as “The Waggle Dance.” Put on your favorite song, and dance it out this new year!
Lastly, honey never spoils. NEVER. So, whenever you’re having a subpar day, go for the honey because it will always be there to brighten your mood. Be like the honey. Try not to spoil.
2017 is going to be the year to remember. If you bee grateful, bee productive, and bee fun-loving, you’re sure to have an amazing year ahead of you!
Emma S. is guest blogging here for us at the Honey House while on winter break from college. We’re so lucky to share her perspectives on bees, wax, love and happiness.