Joining a new round of Tuesday Topics! Today’s topic is 10 Things That Make You Happy. This was a fun one to write!
1. Sleep. I am exponentially more happy when I am well rested. A good night’s sleep will calm my temper and brighten my attitude. Even a weekend nap with a little sleepyhead will bring out a much more pleasant person. Somehow, when I am fully charged the world just seems more manageable and less cumbersome.
2. Clean and organized spaces. I am a bit of a neat freak. Having children has tested my limits in this area. I’ve heard a million times to let the mess go and just enjoy the kids – they’re only young once. And while I know this, the mess still bothers me. A tidy, picked up, spotless environment makes me feel happier. So while these areas are becoming fewer and farther between with my messy boys, I feel even more joy when I have a freshly vacuumed vehicle or a neatly arranged desk.
3. A great outfit. I am by no means a fashionista. I know some of the big name labels, and love some of them, but I don’t own very many of them. But I do love when I can put together a perfect-for-me outfit. I like to have a few pieces that are current and trendy, and I have others that are timeless and classic. I hardly ever just throw something on; I usually look at how each article fits with the rest. I don’t know if this is vanity or not, but I know I feel happier when I look put together.
4. A well cooked meal. I used to love to go out to eat, and I still do occasionally, but I have come to love preparing a great meal even more. As my interest in cooking classic, healthy, homemade meals for my family has increased, I have come to love the smells, tastes, and textures involved in cooking. I have become more confident in my abilities to estimate measurements and am learning to trust my instinct when it comes to ingredients and amounts. Lately I love reading a few recipes for a classic dish and then just having at it in my kitchen. And when it turns out to be a hit with my favorite eaters at home – pure happiness.
5. Reading. Whether it is reading myself, reading to my boys, or listening to my Roo as he becomes a better reader each day, I love anything to do with the written word. I miss the days when I could spend a whole winter weekend laying on the couch reading a book or two. Today I struggle to find the time to read as much as I would like, especially because as I age my interests grow more. I find myself trying to balance the fiction, the informational, the advice, and the odd other genre that creeps into my reading list. But I know finding a few moments every day to escape into a book makes me a happier person.
6. Blog comments. No, this is not a shameless plea for comments on here. (Although I certainly wouldn’t mind if you left one!) I do love reading people’s comments on my blog posts. I love having the opportunity to connect with other people through my words, my blog, and social media is such a unique experience. Knowing I had enough of an impact on someone to encourage them to tell me about their thoughts or experiences makes me incredibly happy.
7. Writing. Writing is one of the most complicated ways I find happiness. Sometimes when life is the hardest, it is the most difficult to find the words. But once I find them, I feel better for having written them. Events often don’t feel real until I write about them in some way. Even if it just a text to my husband, or an email to a friend, or status update on Facebook, somehow putting life into words on a page or a screen solidifies it and makes it real. Cementing my experiences in to my written life always seems to bring me a peace and a contentment that I couldn’t be happy without.
8. Time with my family. My love language is Quality Time. So time spent with the people I love the most, is what makes me the happiest. A weekend at home with my hubby and my boys is my idea of perfect. I am a little possessive of my weekends and my evenings because spending time with my husband and my kids makes me happy. And when I have to give that up for events and sports and the inevitable rigors of life, I get a little crabby.
9. Date night. I love date nights with my husband. Even if it is just a night at home with a bottle of wine and shows on NetFlix, somehow declaring it a date makes it seem more romantic and fun. Even after over a decade, I still love to hang out with him. I love to walk into a restaurant with him. I love to hold hands with him as we walk along the pier in our town. And while I struggle giving up family time, I never regret it when it is for time alone with my husband. He makes me happy.
10. An I Love You from my boys. The sound of those little voices saying “I love you Mama” makes me happier than anything else. This sweet declaration means different things to me when being uttered by each of my boys. Roo is more reserved with his feelings and is reaching an age where spontaneous affection is becoming more and more rare. So an “I love you Mama” from Roo is truly special because he must be feeling it strongly to say it out of the blue. Monkey tells me this all the time. And even though it is frequent, every time he says ”I love you Mama” it is so genuine and sincere that I know it is coming straight from that kind heart of his. Those words don’t just make me smile, they make my heart happy.
What makes you happy??