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 specific 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):
Expedition Everest ride
Laughing with friends
Rocky Road ice cream
Snuggles on the couch
Spending time with my husband
Disney World with my family
Test track ride
Cats (specifically my cat)
Learning new things
Dancing in the kitchen with my twin sister
Zumba with Lauren
Plane ride over Ireland
Listening to a new song
Watching One Tree Hill with Sarah
Bar hopping with high school friends
Mickey & Minnie Mouse
Copic markers on sale
Being part of a community
Trying something new
Being a Wedding Assistant
Lemonade on a hot day
Harry Potter marathons
Decorating the Christmas tree
Being a Disney cast member
Big Thunder Mountain ride
The Container store
Shopping spree for new clothes
Bad Lip Reading with Avery Shug
Tinker Bell & friends
Coffee hangs at Just Love Coffee
Making a difference
Going to the movies
Connecting with coworkers
Making new friends
Sir Ken Robinson
Playing with puppies
My brother's laugh
Watching old home videos
Beating Wes at Mini Golf
The smell of sunscreen
The Lake District
Laying by a pool
Going to church
Good customer service
Frozen Thin Mints
Elfa crafting station
Barnes and Noble
Counting my blessings