14,000 things to be happy about.

**November Daily Blog Self-Challenge**

Friday, November 1st, 2013 (Better late than never?!)

To begin my challenge I thought it would be nice to do a post about the things I am thankful for – since this is the month that lots of people celebrate the very same.  Everything that I am thankful for also makes me very happy – so I decided to take inspiration from this great little book I found at the Half Price Bookstore.

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Every now and then when I am having a rough day I pick up this book and go to a random page and find something new to be thankful for.  Some days it gets really funny… like on page 546 when it says “kitties licking” and “blue light bulbs”…sure I guess those things might make someone happy.  What makes my day is when I flip open to things like on page 209 – “low, rolling thunder in late fall” and “extra kisses” on page 208. 🙂

While flitting through Google to find other bits of happiness I came across the neatest little website.  http://www.thingstobehappyabout.com/  Apparently, this website took motivation from the same book and started a website where others can leave things that make them happy that aren’t already on the list. (What a BRILLIANT idea!)  As of today it lists 146,047 things to be happy about!!

There is also a special link for kids to find something to be happy about too!  Things like “earning a scholarship”, “asking about someone’s day and caring about the answer”, and “biking undisturbed by thought”.  What lovely ideas!

Take a moment and check out the site – it might make your day.

I’m going to leave you with 30 things that make me happy.

  1. My first will just be my life.  This is all inclusive of my family, friends and everything and everyone that makes me…me.  The next 29 things will be things that I have picked from the book that this blog post is titled for. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
  2. “a new canvas” – I have a new love for painting and I really enjoy starting with a new blank canvas and making it what I want.
  3. “sexy music” – I love, love, love me some saxophone.
  4. “leaves becoming a restless golden drift, a wine-red flurry in the wind” – I absolutely love Fall and this little ditty makes me want to sit in the falling leaves and write a poem about why it makes me happy.
  5. “strawberry champagne” – yum.  Just yum.
  6. “peaceful countryside” – nothing sweeter on a Fall afternoon than a drive down a country road.
  7. “Thanksgiving dinners” – my absolute favorite day of the year to eat. everything. in. sight. Period.
  8. “hearthside” – could be very romantic or just relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine.
  9. “a yummy gourmet shop” – yes.  I like to eat. 🙂 …and yummy is good.
  10. “3-D movies” – Love it!!  We have a 3D TV at home and we love it!  Saves a ton of movie from the theater fees and makes a great – inexpensive date night! 😉
  11. “Coca-Cola commercials” – Yes!  Just thinking about it makes me want a coke right now – and I’m a Dr. Pepper kinda gal!
  12. “the purr of a kitten” – I am allergic, but I love kitties!  I would have one tomorrow if the Mister would let me!
  13. “opening a nearby window to let in sounds and smells of spring” – I’m all about the nature.  Good tunes and a nice breeze and sounds of nature – nice afternoon.
  14. “fresh flowers at work” – or anywhere for that matter.  I’m actually considering to add buying fresh flowers for the kitchen every week to my to-do list!
  15. “pre-Christmas hustle and bustle” – I know lots of people hate it…but I love it!  There is just enough people left in the world that enjoy the Spirit of Christmas that makes me feel all jolly. 🙂
  16. “the color, scent, and deliciousness of strawberries” – they can be used for so many things.
  17. “the sweet and simple indulgence of an afternoon nap” – especially outdoors!
  18. “watching it snow” – nothing else need be said about that.
  19. “tickling and silly songs and cookies and hot chocolate in bed” – just a lovely way to make memories.
  20. “the perfect outdoor café where you can hang out with a newspaper, sip, nibble, people-watch” – I don’t really have one of these that I know of – but I can’t wait to find one. 🙂
  21. “this thing called love” – indeed.
  22. “accepting a compliment” – and really mean it when you accept it.
  23. “places to go antiquing” – especially the ones with little tea rooms.
  24. “gentlemen rising when a lady enters or leaves a room” – doesn’t happen much anymore
  25. “recreation and leisure” – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…and that is just no fun.
  26. “A word to the wise is sufficient” – makes me happy and is a lovely piece of advice!!
  27. “your best friend and a good bottle of wine” – yes ma’am!
  28. “not just seizing the day but making the day” – absolutely!
  29. “your signature” – who doesn’t practice to make their signature the best?
  30. “photographing children” – seriously the most fun

And that is just a tiny little bit of what makes me happy…there is oh so much more!!
I challenge you to come up with your own list of 30 random things to be happy about and thankful for and link back to this post so your friends and followers can do it too.  When you look for those small things in life it just perks you up.

I wish you all a lovely day! 🙂

It is 3:55 am and I have to be up at 6:30 so I’m hopping in bed for a little nappy poo. After the kids are up and off to school I’ll hop on and get my other blogs on here to catch up to my challenge.

Catsiggy

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5 thoughts on “14,000 things to be happy about.

  1. I love that you are making your way through your challenge! Also…I’m glad to hear that you love antiquing! I could spend the day doing that, but find that most people grow bored of the activity!

      • No….Midwesterner! Though I’ve spent al of time in Texas while going through ths inal journey itch my mama P. My dad lives near Dallas…are you close to there?

  2. I have that book! I’ve had it since I was a teenager (which was way too long ago!). I love being happy – there is nothing better in the world than being happy! Living a life of gratitude helps me stay happy – making sure I say thanks and be grateful for all that I have, especially that which is not material!

    • I agree whole-heartedly!! I think sometimes the day-to-day things get in our way and blind us of the most important things. It’s nice to take a step back and let them all soak in again. 🙂

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