Friday, 4 March 2016

Things that make me happy


One of the most common answers to "Where do you want to be in 5 years?" is usually "Happy". We often forget that we can be happy in the moment because we're too stressed thinking about something else. 

If you really think about it, it's the little things which allow us to go further in life. Small steps, in the long run, are longer - bigger steps towards something. Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect, it'll never mean that. Being happy is being in the now - it's whatever keeps you going in the morning, day after day, and that puts a smile on your face or that you look forward to. 

We often forget to live in the moment because we're too busy thinking "When this changes" or "When I finally get that, I'll be happy" and we don't appreciate exactly what's in front of us. Then, when we finally get to that point, or achieve something we'd been wanting for a while, we think back "I should have been happy when that happened".

When I got the news that I finally got the job I wanted, had been wanting for absolute ages, it was a relief. A breath of fresh air let's say. Truthfully, it was something I needed and something I'd always claim to be the one thing to bring happiness onto my life. "I'll finally be happy" I remember telling my bestfriend. Then when it happened I asked myself "Now what? Am I happy, just like that?". The answer was no. I was happy yes, more than ecstatic to finally have goten something I wanted. It helped me see a brighter future ahead, to know that my life will in fact get better. But I wasn't that kind of happy that happy means - atleast what I think it means. Point is, you know when you're happy right? At least I hope so.

But we're human beings and we will always strive for more - for better. There will always be something that I want more, something that I think will make me happier in the long run. Back then I was in a position that would never allow me to be truly happy in the first place as I was always obsessing with something else that might or might not happen in the future. And that's when I finally realized - it's the little things that are important

Essentially, that's why I decided to come up with a list of things that make me happy. When putting together this list, one thing became very apparent - most of these were things, places, hobbies, that brought me memories of a certain moments in time, experiences with family or friends. Or even experiences by myself. This only helped me realize further that these connections are what matter most in life. 

It's also a way for me, and maybe for you too, to look back to when I or you need a reminder to be happy with life and the small things around us.


42 Things that make me happy


#1 Doing random acts of kindness to others;
#2 Seeing other people do a random act of kindness;
#3 Seeing people happy, smiling, laughing;
#4 A good sense of humor (because I have a weird one);
#5 Having said that: making my friends laugh. Or anyone really;
#6 Having someone tell me they're happy to see me, and know they mean it;
#7 Hanging out with my friends;
#8 My bestfriend and seeing her beautiful face;
#9 Looking in the mirror and liking what I see. I know it's going to be a good day;
#10 The smell of rain in the morning;
#11 Winter. 
#12 But being in the sea makes me happy too;
#13 Getting a hug from people I love;
#14 Going into a secondhand book store. The smell of old books is wow;
#15  So pretty much, adding books to my collection;
#16 Reading a book that makes want more at the last page;
#17 While we're on that subject: Harry Potter;
#18 Wearing red lipstick that doesn't smudge just by breathing;
#19 Buying new lipsticks that I know I won't get tired of;
#20 Freshly painted nails or a good make up day;
#21 Learning new words and putting them to use afterwards;
#22 A good old cappuccino or latte on a Sunday afternoon;
#23 Massive cups of green tea;
#24 Going to the gym and sweating my ass off;
#25 But eating M&M's just as much;
#26 I wake up excited everyday to have breakfast (oatmeal);
#27 Baking and eating the dough before it goes in the oven; 
#28 Dancing by myself in the kitchen whilst cooking or baking;
#29 Looking in the mirror and liking what I see. I know it's going to be a good day;
#30 Having the right song come up to the radio at the right time;
#31 Rediscovering old songs;
#32 The feeling of being organized and on time;
#33 Getting mugs as presents (I collect mugs);
#34 Seeing the look on people's faces when I get them a present they wanted;
#35 Traveling to a new country; 
#36 Exploring a new city, learning about new cultures, seeing new faces;
#37 But spending time alone is just as important to me;
#38 The smell of burning candles, or just fall scents;
#39 Sleeping more (sleep well and waking up rested);
#40 Watching documentaries and learning something new;
#41 The idea of growing old;
#42 The idea of creating a family;
#42 Blogging;


What are a few things that make you happy? Do you have a list of your own?

Ella x

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  1. This post is beautifully written, a lot of these things make me happy too! We have a lot in common <3
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