Last week my friend Timothy suggested that he would restart the #100HappyDays project and invited us all to join in. I have joined in and am now eight whole days into the process and getting a lot of joy from it. Looking for the positive in each and every day (even the mundane ones) has helped me focus on the small moments and things that bring me joy. The little things it is very easy to forget in all the big stuff in the news, but so very important in helping us to keep our perspective in these trying times.
This post is a list of things that make me happy. It skips the obvious (family, friends, love and so on) and focusses on the little things that can make my heart burst with happiness for no other reason. The best bit is that these things are obtainable almost every single day, or often enough at least.
- Lidl Low GI Bread with salted butter. Cheese or Jam can turn this into a transcendental experience.
- Popping the seal on a packet of hot chocolate. The whoosh of the chocolate smell is divine.
- My first cup of tea of the day.
- Hearing a song I love in the supermarket or other shop and wanting to dance.
- Dancing in the kitchen at work when I am making my breakfast.
- Putting on hand cream.
- Fresh cool air and sun on my face at the same time. I love walking on bright crisp autumn and winter days for that reason.
- The sound and feel of crunching fallen leaves underfoot.
- Drinking water when I am really thirsty.
- Having a shower when I really need a shower.
- Brushing my teeth or having them cleaned at the dentist (I know!) I love the squeaky clean feeling afterward.
- Getting my hair cut or coloured. Or cut and coloured. I smile from the minute I step foot in the salon.
- Getting into bed in winter after I have switched my electric blanket on. I love how cozy it feels in contrast to my chilly bedroom.
- Lighting candles.
- Watering my plants
There are loads more small things that bring me weirdly deep happiness but this is the list for now. What are the small things that bring you joy?