Happiness can be fleeting, but the book Happiness Is … covers 500 things to be happy about so even if you’re in a bad mood you can find something to be happy about. My friend gave me this sweet little book for my birthday this summer. I tend to get into a funk at least once a month so this book will come in handy. I decided recently to spend a few minutes writing down things that make me happy.
The process of writing things down that make me happy actually made me even feel happier. It’s sort of similar to keeping a grateful journal, but these things don’t need to happen today. They are things that make me SMILE when I think about them. The Happiness book is a nice starting point to get your creative juices flowing, but everyone’s happiness list is different. I found a few things in the book that overlap with my list like being the first one up, libraries, yoga and making a list of places I want to go.
The stick figure illustrations in the book also make me smile because I am not an artist. They are simple drawings that illustrate each happy thing.
Here is the start of my happiness list. What are a few things on yours?
A foot massage that is so relaxing it makes me want to fall asleep.
Feeling energized rather than needing a nap after a good workout.
Spending time with friends.
A good book or magazine.
A fresh manicure and pedicure.
The smell of fresh laundry and I didn’t have to do the laundry.
Feeling comfortable and confident in my own skin.
The sound of the ocean.
A slice of fresh bread and butter.
The baba ghanoush from YaYa’s Restaurant.
Having a friend I can count on and who is honest with me if I ask them, “Do these jeans make my butt look fat?”
Visiting someplace new.
A friendly smile.
Feeling seen and heard.
The return of John Snow on Game of Thrones. Insert the hallelujah chorus here.
A thank you.
A hug. Especially my husband’s hugs.
The perfect peach that is ripe and juicy.
Yoga especially shavasana.
Putting on a pair of jeans after the summer months and having them fit.
Singing at the top of my lungs to a good song on the car radio. For a list of top 10 best and worst car tunes click here.
Peeling a hard-boiled egg and the shell doesn’t stick. For tips on how to do this read this.
A bookstore or library. The Newtown, Connecticut Library Book Sale recently made me very happy.
Meeting someone who loves the same books I do.
Target- I’m not kidding when I say this is my happy place. Just cruising the aisles at Target can immediately put me in a good mood. It does not have the same effect on my husband!
White cake with white icing.
I hope you take a minute to jot down a few things that make you happy. The next time you are in a bad mood take a minute to enjoy something on your list. If you are interested in purchasing the Happiness is book I’ve included my affiliate link to Amazon.
Find out your happiness style here. I’m a thinker which wasn’t too surprising to me.