150 Happy Things


People say: "Do what makes you happy"

*Sigh*  If only it was that simple.

I have a hard time making decisions because I always try to do "what makes me happy."

For years, I believed that whenever I had a string of bad days (or months, or years...), I needed some big change: career switch, new wardrobe, do-over of friends, move to a new city.

And after making these big changes hoping that life would be perfect, exciting, and wonderful all the time, I slowly realized that everything has its pros and cons, and no path is going to be perfect all the time.  That's still very hard for me to accept.

I shouldn't be paralzed by fear when choosing a "right" path because no matter what there will be bad days.  And good days in between.  That's just how the world works.

Focusing on the little things that make me happy and giving myself the time to enjoy them is something I want to practice.

Since I've been so busy complaining and whinning about all sorts of things, I figured it was about time to write a list of all the things that make me happy - no mattter how silly or stupid they may sound to other people.

When I first sat down to write 150 things that make me happy, I thought it was going to be difficult:

"But I don't have this career But I haven't learned these skills But I don't have that waistline But I haven't traveled to those places But I haven't been recognized for this..."

So how could I possibly have 150 things that make me happy??

However, I was shocked by how easily I came up with the little things that put a smile on my face.

But even more shocking to me was the realization that most things on my list are simple and can happen anywhere. I don't need to live in a particular city or have a speficic kind of house, big career, or large amount of money.

If I ever get stressed or fall into the idea that "x, y, z" will make me happy, I can turn to this list and remember that the simple things will be enough for me. Even on the bad days.

Because as my mother says, "Wherever you go, there you are - so you might as well have a good attitude about it."

Today I challenge you to make a list of 100 things (or more!) that make you happy, smile, laugh, or put you in a good mood - even for just a few seconds.

Feel free to share a few of them in the comments below! I'd love to read what makes you happy!

Here are 150 things that make me happy/bring joy in my life (in no particlar order):

  1. Expedition Everest ride
  2. Laughing with friends
  3. Rocky Road ice cream
  4. Snuggles on the couch
  5. Spending time with my husband
  6. Painting
  7. Karaoke
  8. Country drives
  9. Horseback riding
  10. Disney World with my family
  11. Mickey-shaped pretzels
  12. Test track ride
  13. Michelle Blasquez
  14. Hiking
  15. Taking photos
  16. Scotland
  17. Pumpkin Pie
  18. Blogging
  19. Scarves
  20. Thanksgiving feast
  21. Matching pajamas
  22. Being authentic
  23. Cats (specifically my cat)
  24. Learning new things
  25. Dancing in the kitchen with my twin sister
  26. Strawberry/Banana smoothies
  27. Zumba with Lauren
  28. Makeup
  29. Taking risks
  30. Plane ride over Ireland
  31. Journaling
  32. Listening to a new song
  33. Mellow Mushroom
  34. Watching One Tree Hill with Sarah
  35. Bar hopping with high school friends
  36. Birthdays
  37. Confetti cannons
  38. Dressing up
  39. Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  40. Purple signs
  41. Copic markers on sale
  42. Being part of a community
  43. Napping
  44. Cloud-watching
  45. Burritos
  46. Trying something new
  47. Mario Kart
  48. Working hard
  49. Being a Wedding Assistant
  50. Encouraging others
  51. Disney Springs
  52. Traveling
  53. Praying
  54. Tina Belcher
  55. Lemonade on a hot day
  56. Harry Potter marathons
  57. Decorating the Christmas tree
  58. Kittrell Road
  59. Being a Disney cast member
  60. Big Thunder Mountain ride
  61. Instagram filters
  62. Rainbows
  63. The Container store
  64. Making lists
  65. Camping
  66. Gel pens
  67. Shopping spree for new clothes
  68. California
  69. The Bachelor
  70. Diamond Rings
  71. Space Mountain
  72. Irish dance
  73. Disney movies
  74. Downtown Franklin
  75. Winter Boots
  76. Bad Lip Reading with Avery Shug
  77. Tinker Bell & friends
  78. Graphic Design
  79. Spotify
  80. Fantasmic
  81. Coffee hangs at Just Love Coffee
  82. Mashed potatoes
  83. Sushi
  84. Double dates
  85. Ben Rector
  86. Disney Dining
  87. Sunshine
  88. Singing
  89. Manicures
  90. The beach
  91. Making a difference
  92. The Office
  93. Going to the movies
  94. Riverdance
  95. Brentwood
  96. Connecting with coworkers
  97. Art suplies
  98. Bowling
  99. Christmas lights
  100. Making new friends
  101. Sir Ken Robinson
  102. Haircuts
  103. Musical Theatre
  104. Reminiscing
  105. Planning parties
  106. Eating out
  107. Andy Grammar
  108. Sunsets
  109. Reading
  110. Concerts
  111. Tetris
  112. Pumpkin patch
  113. Hot chocolate
  114. Visiting Relatives
  115. Playing with puppies
  116. Spa days
  117. My brother's laugh
  118. Costumes
  119. Watching old home videos
  120. Beating Wes at Mini Golf
  121. The smell of sunscreen
  122. Mix CD's
  123. Being married
  124. Scrapbooking
  125. Warm hugs
  126. Rock Climbing
  127. Achieving goals
  128. Coloring books
  129. Playing guitar
  130. Disney Weddings
  131. Christmas carols
  132. Picnics
  133. New Girl
  134. The Lake District
  135. Laying by a pool
  136. Roller coasters
  137. Going to church
  138. Fall
  139. Good customer service
  140. Being thankful
  141. Boats
  142. Frozen Thin Mints
  143. Worship music
  144. Sodoku
  145. My hair
  146. Elfa crafting station
  147. Story-telling
  148. Barnes and Noble
  149. Chinese food
  150. Counting my blessings