Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Things That Make Me Happy

I'm a resisting Pinterest user.  In other words, I'm trying to regulate myself to only visit Pinterest for a very limited amount of time each day.  Without using any self restraint, I could easily become a Pinterest addict, and I just do not want to give up more than a few minutes a day to that pastime.

One of my Pinterest boards I entitled "Random Stuff I Like."  You can visit it here if you like.  There are only four items on this board, and today, as I sit here at daughter Sarah's home, I realize there are a good number of items in my life that definitely make me happy.  Perhaps I should start a "Stuff That Makes Me Happy" board, too.

I decided to take a minute or two and quickly make a list of some things that make me happy.  I think this is a good exercise to do occasionally.  Amidst all the difficulties of life it can be beneficial to force myself to focus on the positive.

These things make me happy:

1.  A new baby in the family

2.  Happy grandchildren

Grandtwins Tori and Brianna turned 8 yesterday!
3.  Spending time with the family in general

4.  Having no regrets / Knowing I did my very best at something
     Recently I've been looking at my old elementary school, middle school, high school, and college report cards.  I can honestly say that in all things school-related, I have absolutely no regrets.  I know without any doubts that I did the very best I could.

5.  Feeling healthy and fit
     I'm at a point in my life where I'm concerned about potential regrets regarding my health and fitness.  I want to make whatever changes are necessary so that at some time in the future, I will not be upset with myself.  I have been the happiest in life in those moments when I've felt good and good about myself.

6.  Eliminating medications (as I no longer need them)
     I don't know why this makes me happy, but I get a weird kick out of tossing them.

7.  Trying a new recipe that ends up being a keeper

8.  Having a clean and tidy home
     When things are clean and in order around me, it is easier for me to feel content and happy.

9.  Being proud of my own four grown children

10.  Looking forward to the next vacation or camping adventure
     It doesn't need to be a trip halfway across the world, even the little weekends away make me happy.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I love this "Happy" song, too:

What makes you happy?


  1. It is much better to list the things that make you happy than to list the things that make you sad.

  2. Music makes me happy as do books. Love this song.