50 Things that Make Me Happy

I saw this over at Reader Voracious and it seemed like the perfect way to reset my attitude. I have been grappling with some very stressful things lately (kids, job, health, the meaning of life, etc.) and my mental health has taken a hit. It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the terrible things, but I don’t want to spend another minute in The Land of the Bitter and Sad. So, without further ado, here’s a list of 50 little things that make me happy!

  1. Silly repartee with my daughter
  2. Hugging my sonFamily
  3. Long phone calls with my mother
  4. Sweet texts from my boyfriend
  5. The smell of yeast when baking bread
  6. Cuddling with my cat
  7. Hiking along one of the beautiful trails in the Pacific Northwest, admiring snow-capped mountains, fields of wildflowers and gem-like lakesIMG_7610.jpg
  8. Playing Brahms on the Piano
  9. Sunshowers
  10. The smell of sagebrush just after it rained
  11. Chocolate chip cookiesChocolate Chip
  12. Pretty yarn on the needles
  13. Blackberry hibiscus iced tea
  14. Sleeping under a heavy comforter when it’s cold out
  15. Guitar lessons with Ted and Claire
  16. Getting lost in a good book
  17. Geeking out over a spreadsheet
  18. Watching Amelie
  19. The heart-shaped splotch on my cat’s back
  20. Taking off on a jet plane
  21. Weekend car trips
  22. Wandering through a bookstore or library
  23. Fresh-baked almond croissants
  24. Answering the door to see my boyfriend standing there with a shy smile on his face
  25. Meeting my mother at the airport
  26. Cooking with my mom
  27. Cutting in to the good fabric
  28. Wearing a quirky hat10.366 - Yee Haw
  29. Kitty purrs
  30. Silence after a snow fall
  31. Autumn leaves
  32. Autumn sunshine17.366 - Basking
  33. Making dinner for someone who appreciates it
  34. Wearing pajamas all day
  35. Listening to music that reminds me of my father (Louis Prima, Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Palestrina…)
  36. Singing loudly along to music while driving somewhere
  37. Tidying up my apartment
  38. Eating out somewhere new
  39. Reading cookbooks
  40. Decorating cookies
  41. Jogging when in shape
  42. Using good quality art supplies
  43. Colorful sunsets
  44. Hunting for four-leaf clovers and sand dollars
  45. Joking around with my friends
  46. Wearing something pretty
  47. Drinking a good gin and tonic or a good mojito
  48. Walking in a park with the swallows circling you
  49. Spotting wild animals in their proper habitat: bears, cougars, foxes, coyotes, etc.
  50. Cat naps

6 thoughts on “50 Things that Make Me Happy

  1. Love gin&tonic. My friend got me a really nice one w rise lemonade the other week. So nice.

    Hiking is awesome. That picture!!! I’d totally go there.

    Your family pic is so cute too. Live the matching outfit 😊

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  2. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins

    Awwww, what a lovely list!! It’s brought a little sunshine to my day, too, so thank you for that ❤️ the hibiscus tea sounds delicious, and I’m glad a good mojito got a mention at the end there 😉 I think I’ll have to put together a list of my own, it sounds like a really good way to reset. Big hugs!

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