Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Things to be Happy about

The daughter of one of my residents brought this book in and said she thought we would enjoy looking at it. It's written by a women who started writing down things that made her happy when she was in sixth grade. The book is a list of 14,000 things that make her happy. She said she loved to look at that list when she was feeling down. What a great idea! We so often miss the small things that make us smile in life. I thought I would share some of the things that make me happy.
  • a gentle rainfall
  • the smell of fresh cut grass
  • hearing from my son
  • the vase of sunflowers on my table
  • the smell of fresh cut grass
  • seeing an elderly couple holding hands
  • Dove dark chocolate
  • hearing a baby laugh
  • seeing a fresh coating of white on everything after it snows
  • blooming flowers
  • coming home to a clean house
  • knowing God is in control
  • finishing some of the tasks I have been procrastinating on
  • spending time with my family
  • feeling like I did something that made a difference in someones life
  • scrapbooking
  • finishing a good book
  • Lavender Chamomile scent oil from Bath and Body works
  • opening the windows in the spring and airing out the house
  • goofing around with my hubby
  • good music
  • making progress in the kitchen
  • comments from my blogging friends!
  • finding something I need on sale
  • kittens and puppies
  • seeing my kids happy
  • working with people I like
  • sunset over the lake
That's just a few of my happy things. What makes you happy?
PS - For a post that will make you smile, check out this funny post my hubby put up today.

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Cherdecor said...

I like your list, Mari. I need to sit down and make a list of the things that make me happy too. I never sit down and just THINK about it.

Today as I was painting I was thinking that I haven't been able to put in a whole day like this for several months. Now that makes me happy!

Melissa said...

That is such a great list of things, and I absolutely love the book idea! I think I will make my own can look for it on my blog sometime soon. :)

4funboys said...

great list...

a hearty amen from me.

Mike Golch said...

Mari, I enjoyed reading you list. Have a great day. Hugs and Blessings,That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Renee said...

Wow! What fun! Let's see.
Watching the blessings dance.
A-Cake's hugs in the morning or before bed.
Hearing S-girl babble.
Watching H-Bear sounding out and putting together a new word - "k" "are" - that word is CAR, Mommy!
When we went to breakfast today - two of the blessings looked at a picture on the wall and spontaneously said " That's George Washington, Mommy, the 1st president!"
Sweet blessings!

Cheri said...

What a great book! I love your list- especially an elderly couple holding hands a gentle rainfall and fresh cut grass and a baby's laugh.
I would add that one of my favorites is the smell of fresh cut hay.

Rebekah said...

I agree with everything you wrote- but at this particular point in my life, there is nothing more grand than coming home to a clean house

Sandra said...

You know I agree with everything on your list :)

Lynn said...

Your blog just makes me happy today. :o) Thanks for helping me to be thankful.

AlaneM said...

Neat book & great blog post.
I agree with most of them...think I might use this idea as a post myself - linking to you of course ;)

Terri said...

I like chocolate, babies and kittens too. I'd also agree with Cheri- freshly mown hay - love it!

Shelly said...

Wow! We do need to appreciate the little things in life. I like your list and some of those you have are the same for me.

I am glad that Dale liked the shirt and it made him happy. Just a few dollars to put a smile on someones face is all worth it. I wanted to get Dale Earnhart for him but they don't sell the NASCAR ones anymore.

Amy said...

This is a fun thing to do from time to time. Whenever I write things like this down, I am reminded that there is so much more good in my life than bad! I am very lucky!

Nancy said...

Great list Mari, I like to watch fireflies at night, that is something that makes me smile. We sat outside last night in S.Dakota and watched the fireflies, so neat

Short Stop said...

I love your list. From what I know of you, this list is very YOU!!

Today, Jason coming home from a business trip! I have missed him so much.

Dena said...

great list! isn't it awesome the little things that make us happy!

Mariel said...

WHat a great post!! Things that make me happy include...anything frothy, hot and sweet from Starbucks, sunrises, sunsets, my boys singing their made up praise songs to Jesus, the smell of my hubby's aftershave, the smell of my bible's pages (I know it's weird, but true!), and i too am a fan of fresh cut grass!!

Joanne said...


Leave it to you to find something as precious as this.

I loved your list...I would love to sit and listen to the rain with you my friend. Rainy days are just beautiful to me.

Hugs, Joanne

Anonymous said...

Right there with you on the Dove Chocolate! :)Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Great list... I am going to follow your lead. Now I am going to sit on my porch with a pen and pad.
Give me a day and Ill post mine!

justabeachkat said...

Great list Mari! We all have so much to be thankful many things that give us joy.