Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What makes you happy?

Yesterday I read an email from an email pal who had spent many years trying to make his wife happy, after much trial and tribulation he finally asked her what made her happy and she responded with "I don't know" which surprised him. Anyway, it got me thinking that I can't definitively say what makes me happy either, and I don't spend time thinking about it, or trying to fulfill that, and I really really should, it's very important, how could I have possibly let that slide all of these years!

So I decided to look up happy and happiness in the dictionary, just to make sure my expectations were aligned so that I wouldn't get resentful.

Happiness: a state of well-being and contentment : JOY b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience

Now since happiness is ones own responsibility these are things I can do for myself to make myself happy:
Dancing - I always find dancing a great stress reliever
Singing songs of praise - Always good to thank and worship the Lord for all he has done for me
Walking - Another way to get the endorphins pumping
A clean house - cleaning again gets the endorphins going and when done you have a lovely place to be
Cuddling a kitty - I just like fluffy kittens
Flowers - because they're pretty and a bit of a luxury, although it doesn't have to be an expensive one, you can go to the grocery store and get 3 carnations for $3.99 usually. I just need a smaller vase.
Sitting in the sunshine, or by a fire, slipping tea and maybe having a couple of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Thunderstorms - I love watching thunderstorms
Swimming - I just like being in the water
Hot tubs - I like the soaking in hot water with jets massaging my muscles

Well that's a pretty good list for now. I'll see if I can come up with some more later.


Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

Those are great! My family always gathered under the carport or porch or whatever depending on which house we were living in and made popcorn and watched the lightening... now I do it here with my little ones :)..it makes me happy to think about that.. thanks :)

Hope548 said...

What a great point you make. I recently had someone tell me to do something just for myself this week that makes me happy. I had to think and think about what that might be. I'll have to agree with most of your list, that would be on mine too, but I don't know if I could have come up with all that. Also, I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and for all of your warm comments and support!

Jenn said...

great list! I love watching T-storms too.
and fresh chocolate chip cookies just make me happy.
and buying a new pair of jeans, that fit, and flatter me.
I smiled at a lot of things on your list - your list made me happy. :)