My Happy List

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I have a sign in my bathroom that tells me to “enjoy the little things in life because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things”. It reminds me that it is often the little things that make me happy. Joan from In Pursuit Of Happiness challenged me further by asking me to share 50 things that make me happy. So here is my happy list.

My Happy List

I always find that the best thing to do if you are having a negative day is to remind yourself what you have to be grateful for. Lots of studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal or even just listing 5 things each week that we are grateful for can have real benefits such as

  • getting better sleep
  • having less illness
  • more happiness for both adults and children

Gratitude is a powerful emotion. It is even said that by feeling grateful, you change your whole frequency and attract more positivity into your life. So it cannot hurt to feel more grateful for the people and things around us!

By writing down how and why we felt this emotion we revisit a really positive image in our consciousness and subconscious. The upshot of this is that we get to feel the gratitude again. It also reminds us to look for more things in our life that we may have been taking for granted that we should feel incredibly grateful for.

So, what are the 50 things that make me glad on my happy list?
  1. My other half, Andrew. I am so grateful that he is part of my world. Of course he is at the top of my happy list!
  2. Elizabeth our little girl. At almost 3, she is a tiny terror at times. But she is such a star.
  3. My Mum. I am so happy that we are so close.
  4. My brother and his family. I have a niece that is not much older than Elizabeth and it makes me so happy to see them play together and chatter away.
  5. My Auntie, my mum’s sister. She has always been there for us growing up. I get a lot of my practical nature from her.
  6. My friends and the good times we have when we get together. I am very lucky to have such close friends.
  7. My cats Joy and Leo. They have been with me through some hard times and they are getting old. But they still give good purrs and cuddles.Cat purrs really do have healing properties!
  8. Watching Elizabeth cuddling my Mum. It makes me so happy when I see the love there. I think my Mum had given up on ever having grandchildren as I was 43 and my brother older before we had children. Now she has 2 granddaughters!
  9. Hearing Elizabeth laughing, especially if my niece is with her.
  10. Sewing
  11. couple of photos of making a toileIt really is my therapy, so is a definite on my happy list.
  12. Hearing someone say “I Love You”, and most of all when my little girl says it to me.
  13.  Dancing to music (especially around the house with my little girl)
  14. Singing loudly, either in the shower or in public.
  15. Clean and fresh bedding.
  16. Hearing Elizabeth sing a new rhyme she has learnt.
  17. Exploring a historic place.
  18. Watching friends and family open a present.
  19. Watching the wonder and enjoyment in Elizabeth’s eyes at something new.
  20. The first coffee of the day.
  21. Going for a long walk
  22. A full night’s sleep
  23. A good cuddle. Especially with those I love the most.
  24. Warm baked goods straight from the oven. Be it bread pie or cupcake.
  25. Chocolate. Cadbury over Galaxy. And both over Mars. I defy anyone who thinks otherwise!my happy list - picture of the best chocolate cake in the world
  26. Listening to the sea lapping on the shore. And its smell.
  27. Rainbows.
  28. The scent of lemons. Particularly as a perfume.
  29. Hunting for conkers and different coloured leaves, which we are doing a lot this Autumn
  30. Comfortable slippers.
  31. A new notebook.
  32. Most types of music. But especially musical theatre. I love a show tune!
  33. A good book.
  34. A cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
  35. Freshly painted nails, fingers or toes.
  36. A full Sunday dinner, especially if I don’t have to cook it or wash up afterwards!
  37. Fireworks.
  38. Crafting and making things, but especially with Elizabeth
  39. A good car boot sale, the bigger the better.
  40. Memories of singing. Especially one memory of singing at Huddersfield Town Hall.
  41. Having a clean and tidy house.
  42. Most Disney films.
  43. Watching thunder, lightning and a rainstorm through the window whilst laying on the bed.
  44. Christmas, and all the traditions we have in the lead up to the day. It is far more magical now there are children.
  45. The smell of PlayDoh.
  46. A Clean and tidy house.
  47. Hot chocolate, a blanket and a good film on the TV
  48. The clean feeling you have when you have just had a shower. And most of all when you are getting ready for a night on the town!
  49. Scented candles and burners.
  50. Roses. Be they in the garden or freshly cut.
  51. Reading positive quotes . Some people don’t like them, but they work for me.

My Happy List

What would be on your Happy List?

I would really love to know yours. At the end of the day the world need more happiness.

Do comment below or contact me on social media.

Have you enjoyed my Happy List? Why not read my particular list for Autumn?

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
My happy list

32 Replies to “My Happy List”

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I do wish I lived closer to a beach. It always makes me very happy!

  1. Jasmin says:

    Yes gratitude is a powerful thing! And getting an adequate amount of rest is also important. Love your list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. Even re-reading my list makes me happy, so it was well worth taking the time to write it!

  2. Anne says:

    I’ve always found it difficult to list things that make me happy and it’s not because I’m not a positive person. It’s just thinking of the little things that bring joy or a smile to my face. I love your list, I can see so many things on there that make me feel happy too. Maybe I should try again. (the smell of play doh…oh I miss that and I never thought I would!)

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I have always adored the smell of play doh. I used to wear Body Shop Vanilla perfume when I was at Uni. Now I have the perfect reason to play with it!

  3. Christy says:

    That’s a lovely list. Mine would be very similar – lots of family and pets at the top. It’s so good to stop, take a look at what you have and appreciate it! #KCACOLS

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I have all that I need right now. And that’s a perfect reason to be grateful!

  4. mainy says:

    Currently on my happy list is watching Great british bake off with my two boys. It is something that gets us all snuggled up on the sofa together watching, laughing and talking together.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      That is lovely. I’ve kept missing this series so far! But it provokes debate in our house too!

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. Sewing certainly is a therapy for me. R2BC.

  5. Becky Willoughby says:

    What an amazing list! Reasons to be cheerful is all about finding just 3 little things each week that have made you smile so you have a year’s worth in one post. So glad you’ve joined in and are sharing this positive attitude

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. Yes, it really does sometimes make so much of a difference!

  6. Ali Duke says:

    This is a great list, many of the things on it make me happy to. What a lovely list to read back and make you smile. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  7. Carol Cameleon says:

    Oh what a list! And they’re all so simply and easily achieved. I love a good dose of positive thinking and gratitude. #kcacols

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Carol. Yes, practicing gratitude daily is a great thing to do!

  8. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin says:

    You have a lt of lovely things on your list whoch would make it onto my list too, such as the sound and smell of the sea, and watching thunderstorms from the bed! But NOT the smell of Play Doh! My son loves it, I do not, lol x

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Ha ha! I used to wear vanilla oil from the body shop in my 20s, and that always divided opinion too! It would not do for us all to be the same. Thank you for reading x

  9. shan says:

    I loved your happy list! We concentrate too much on the negative these days it’s a vry difficult place to exist without happiness! #KCACOLS

  10. Alex Grace says:

    This is a great list and I’m totally with you on the importance of practising gratitude. I try to spend 5 minutes every night reflecting and saying thank you for everything that I’ve been grateful for during that day. I find if things have caused me anxiety or my mind is consumed with the what didn’t go so well, it re-focuses me on everything that did, helps to lessen any anxious thoughts and feelings and sends me off to sleep feeling so much happier and grateful. Thanks for sharing! X

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Alex. I think we all have a lot more than we realise and that we all can be guilty of focusing on what we don’t have and our failures more than our successes.


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