Friday, September 30, 2011

Little Happies

Enjoying life every day is something that I strive to do. Sometimes it's easy to feel like life is similar to the movie "Groundhog Day" where every day is exactly the same monotonous blur. Little things in life can make you smile and a smile is contagious. I challenge you to find a little happy today and every day to make each day unique and special. Here are some things that make me happy:

1. Finding a spot towards the front of a completely full parking lot. Email from my favorite stores reminds me that Christmas is just around the corner. There’s nothing sweeter than finding a spot practically reserved for you in the parking lot of a busy shopping center. Double bonus points if it is raining or snowing!

2. The feeling of my hair when I am rinsing out the conditioner. I love to run my hands through the conditioner. So soft!

3. Opening new hardcover books. When I was in elementary school, a wonderful nun, who taught me many valuable lessons about school and life, told me that there was only one proper way to open a new text book. Getting new school books was such a big deal and we took it very seriously. Almost in unison, we put the spine on the desk and carefully opened each side of the book, one at a time. The sound is almost as good as the crunch of a French baguette.

4. Discovering that you have free wifi in an airport, hotel, or restaurant. Finding this right when you need it, for free, is such a good thing.  Free wifi has saved me and made my life better in countless ways with everything from scoring airline upgrades to finding the important confirmation number for the "missing" reservation.

5. Catching something that is thrown to you from a distance. I’ve never been particularly athletic and I’m a klutz when it comes to throwing or catching. No one would ever recruit me for the softball team. So catching a set of keys from across the room is a small victory! It makes me smile and think to myself, “I did it!”  I can only imagine how people feel when they catch a baseball at a game. 

6. Hearing your favorite song in a restaurant or store. Sometimes the background music at a store or restaurant is just that, background. But every once in a while, I’ll hear a song that I really, really love, and it instantly boosts my mood and puts a smile on my face. Music is such a powerful thing. I remember being in a restaurant and hearing Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” start to play. In a flash, my thoughts went back to a happy memory. Has that ever happened to you?

7. Using the good plates and silverware, just because. So many people have the china as a pretty accessory that is never used. Make any occasion special and enjoy life. Use the china and silver, even if it’s just a normal dinner at home.

8. A Brand New Box of Crayons:  Every year during back to school, I make a point of purchasing a 64 count box of crayons.  New crayons are so pretty!  I use them carefully and keep them organized in the box.  Now even though my daughters prefer markers and colored pencils to crayons, they still ask to get a new box of crayons at the beginning of the school year. 

9. Warm blankets fresh from the dryer.  Pure heaven. 

10. Picking your own pumpkin/strawberries/anything.  Part of the fun of getting a pumpkin or a Christmas tress is finding the "perfect" one.  When we're going to the pumpkin patch, it's fun to make a day long adventure of the event.  Picking strawberries or raspberries is also so much fun. 

What little happies in life do you enjoy?


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  1. Enjoy reading your posting! It just makes us realized how happy we are and how grateful we should be for the little things that makes us happy!

    1. Watching my kids smile
    2. A fresh cup of coffee
    3. Getting new ideas
    4. Walking on the beach
    5. Having my house clean and organized
    6. Going to Barnes and Noble with my kids
    7. Going on a road trip
    8. Driving just for fun
    9. Going to good concerts with my husband
    10. Baking with my children

    I could go on, but these are my ten.

    Happy Friday!

  2. What a lovely post to start a Friday off right :)

    1. The perfect fitting pair of jeans.
    2. Crisp fall mornings
    3. Fresh, clean sheets on the bed
    4. A great hair day
    5. An unexpected call or note from a friend
    6. Noticing that the boyfriend has made the bed or put away the folded laundry because he knows it's the little efforts for me that mean the most!
    7. Date night
    8. A hot shower, comfy PJs, and a good glass of wine at the end of a long day

    Have a happy weekend!

  3. 1. mug of hot chocolate -with marshmallows and a good book
    2. getting good mail-notes from friends, new magazines, or a package from mom
    3. putting out the holiday decorations!

  4. This post made me smile B! I agree with SO many of them! I would also add:
    * Taking the long way home just because it is pretty.
    * Hearing from an old friend.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  5. So many great suggestions! I also love to hang out at Barnes and Noble with my children. Fresh sheets are so nice, too. I always look forward to decorating for any season, but Christmas is particularly special. Thank you all for your sweet comments!

  6. Love your little happinesses! Warm anything from the dryer, a nice cup of coffee on a slow morning, and conditioning my hair are my top three!



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