WOW: 30 Things That Make You Happy

I love lists (they’re one of the things that makes me happy!), and I love using lists as a way to kick-start my writing.

It’s not writing, it’s making a list!

Writing lists appeals so much to my desire for organization, neatness, structure, and order.

Today’s prompt is to make a list of  30 things that makes me happy. If you’d like, scratch out your own list, or enjoy perusing my list, below.

  1. Beaches. Sand in my toes.
  2. Showers, the tickle of rainfall shower heads
  3. Camping. Spending time outdoors. Un-plugging. Doing things more slowly. Cooking food. Stinking up like campfire smoke.
  4. Shared silence. Conversational silence. Understanding the beauty of a pause as rich as the words just spoken beforehand.
  5. Retreats and adventures with close groups of friends. Sharing a home, a meal, a weekend with people you choose to call family.
  6. Cuddles. Hugs and snuggles and couch cuddles. Pile-ups with family and getting 5 people in a bed just for hugs. Promoting hug parties instead of standing and gabbing when I get tired of extroverted party antics.
  7. Really, really good conversations. Conversations that unfold over a period of days, exploring an idea, returning to it, delving into it, pausing, becoming something again.
  8. Reading good books: books that sweep you up and away inside of their ideas or adventures.
  9. Exploring new places as a way of staying present with yourself.
  10. Sleep that feels just right and wakes you up feeling refreshed.
  11. Pens.
  12. Cards, notepaper, stationary, letters. A box of unwritten cards beckoning to be written. An enveloped of letters stashed away in my backpack. Writing letters to friends as often as daily.
  13. Text messages with friends for no reason.
  14. Laughing at inside jokes. Being unable to stop laughing. Uncontrollable giggles. Things that make you giggle with their memory, hours and days later.
  15. Making friends on the internet without ever moving past the social connection. Just knowing that you know each other are there. Having that be a joy in itself, and enough, for right now.
  16. Writing. Writing in my journal, writing 750 words, writing a blog post, writing an email. Writing out my feelings, my ideas, my worries, my anxieties. Even writing in the middle of the night, when I have to — I still love it.
  17. The view from up above — aerial views from a plane.
  18. Yoga. Breathwork. Connecting to your self, your mind, your spirit, your body. Union. Refreshing realizations.
  19. Being connected to each other.
  20. Photography. Everything I see is a picture, I love capturing the beauty in nature and people. Photography is the way in which I express myself and show the world through my eyes.
  21. Coffee
  22. Helping. I adore the feeling of helping and being a positive influence in people’s lives.
  23. Blogging.
  24. Feeling understood.
  25. Watching YouTube videos/Netflix or good movies.
  26. Planned day-dreaming. Thinking about my future life and everything I have to do to get where I want to be.
  27. Cooking. I find it relaxing, exciting, therapeutic, calming. I’m not an amazing chef by any stretch of the imagination, and sometimes I get it horribly wrong, but I love experimenting with food and flavours and eating delicious meals with my family.
  28. Ah, so lovely to get into bed when the sheets and covers are all clean and lovely, especially if they have been line-dried too.
  29. I love being self-employed but the big downside is continually chasing the people you have worked for to pay up. Every so often someone will pay an invoice immediately and it’s such a fantastic feeling.
  30. Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am to write for a living and every time I see my byline in a publication, the excitement I feel is as if for the first time.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

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  1. Great!! I also love to make lists, whether it’s for grocery, for shopping or for my daughter exam syllabus, it makes my work sorted and organized. #MyFriendAlexa #DelhibloggerReads

  2. That’s a lovely list and as I read it …I realise that there are so many small things giving us happiness in every walk of life but we tend to miss those and crib over the things that we don’t have and make our life much more miserable…

  3. I am visiting your blog for the first time and it just captured my heart. First by the brilliant theme you have, felt like I was reading someone’s journal. And second by your amazing writing skills. Keep writing!

  4. What a lovely list! 🙂 I can relate to so many of the items – reading, exploring, cards, sleep, blogging, photography… actually practically everything here. Loved this post! 🙂 Keep up the great work!

    #DeepTiesReads #MyFriendAlexa

  5. Oh wow! This is my feel good read of the day:) Love the list, and identify with most of the things on it! Keep them coming! #surbhireads #MyfriendAlexa

  6. Lists are awesome! I too love making them all the time. And getting everything on paper, especially the things you love to do can be such a mood booster.

    I expand my lists into listicles for my blog.

  7. I have in common most of the items on your list! Sand, beaches, tea , netflix and chill! And ofcourse, writing , blogging. It’s strange how I never feel tired of doing that even with a full time job which means I have to cut down on my second facorite thing “sleeping”

  8. Just loved reading this post, I too was supposed to write something similar to this topic. Let’s see if will come up with the written or not 🙂

  9. I’m on a holiday right now and am doing so many of these things. It’s appreciating the small things that truly make us happy. In the rigmarole of life, we get so crazy keeping pace with things that small pleasures and things that the heart desires tend to take a backseat. It is living in the moment, appreciating a flower, the feel of raindrops on my face, the first hot cup of ginger tea, a big hug and playing with my dogs that add more to the list. This is a happy post! I leave smiling after reading it. 🙂

    #MyFriendAlexa #DibbiReads

  10. loved reading this post, I had written a similar post about the little things that make me happy and to my surprise most of them were non-monetary. It is always good to be grateful for the little things around no?

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