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My List of Things to be Happy About

Updated on January 21, 2013

It's the simple things in life that make us truly happy

There is a book I remember my sister had by Barbara Ann Kipfer called: "14,000 things to be happy about" and I've always thought it was a really cool book. The author started keeping a journel of all the little things in life that made her happy. Over the years she had complied a list of over 14000 things and decided to published it.

I remember what made the greatest impact on me was most of the things she wrote about had nothing to do money, wealth, or possessions. They were about the little things in life that bring us true joy. It was an accounting of simple blessings that so many of us overlook or take forgranted. With the media constantly bombarding us into thinking that getting a new "Lexus" for Christmas will make us as happy as the best gift we ever got as a kid, I would like to suggest that we already have everything we need to be truly happy. Abraham Lincoln once wrote: "Most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be" I believe in that sentiment wholeheartedly.

The good news is that we always have a choice whether so see the glass as half empty or half full. This is what inspired me to create this lens and celebrate those special gifts that God gives us every day filled with grace and free of charge. So this is my own personal Lens of things that make me truly happy!

#1 Napping with a Friend

#1 Napping with a Friend
#1 Napping with a Friend

#2 Giving Away the $250.00 Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe for Free!

I stumbled upon this Cookie Recipe from Neiman Marcus, and it also had a story that was included with it. So here's how the story gos, there was a woman who had dined at the Neiman Marcus cafe and really liked the Chocolate Chip Cookies they served. When she asked the waitress for the recipe the waitress said she could buy it for "two fifty". Assuming she mean't two dollars and fifty cents, she told her to go ahead and put it on her Visa. A few weeks later when she got her Visa bill , Neiman Marcus had charged $250.00 dollars on her card for the recipe. Assuming is was a mistake she tried to get Neiman Marcus to refund her the money, they said no, $250.00 is the price for the recipe. She explained the situation and still asked for a refund, because she felt the waitress had mislead her. Neiman Marcus refused, so as a way to get back, she started posting the recipe on the internet, and asked everyone else who got a hold of it to post it and pass it on as well. (Now here is my question, to anyone who knows, is the really a true story? I have never heard of it before until now, and I figure that there are others out there who know, so post a comment if you know the story on it! Regardless of the story, it sounded like a really good recipe, so if you want it enjoy, and if it really is a true story enjoy a very expensive recipe!

The Neiman Marcus $250.00 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Serves: 112 Cookies

Ingredients:

2 c Butter

4 c Flour

2 ts Baking soda

2 c Granulated sugar

2 c Brown sugar

5 c Blended oatmeal (Powder

Oatmeal in blender after

Measuring)

24 oz Chocolate chips

1 ts Salt

1 8 ounce Hershey Bar (grated)

4 Eggs

2 ts Baking powder

3 c Chopped nuts (your choice)

2 ts Vanilla

Instructions:Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanila: mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on acookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

#3 Taking Pictures of Butterflies

#3 Taking Pictures of Butterflies
#3 Taking Pictures of Butterflies

#4 The Movie It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" is definitely one of my favorite movies. I can't count the number of times I've watched it over the years, but I never tire of seeing Jimmy Stewart as "George Bailey" and Donna Reed as "Mary". There is also one requirement that I insist on when watching this movie is that it MUST be viewed in black and white. When Ted Turner colorized this movie it just really took something special away from it in my opinion. Frank Capra directed this movie to be filmed in Black and White and this was his vision. I think that it's important to keep the original intent in mind and not tamper with a brilliant movie! Just my humble opinion...

#5 Charlotte's Webb by E. B. White

This was one of my favorite books as a child. It's definitely a must read with your kids too!

#6 Having Tea Time

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. " ~C.S. Lewis

#7 Building A Snowman

#7 Building A Snowman
#7 Building A Snowman

#8 Flying A Kite

#8 Flying A Kite
#8 Flying A Kite

#9 The Recipe to McDonald's Big Mac Secret Sauce

"Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles onions on a sesame seed bun!" Do you remember that? When I was a kid the Big Mac song was all the rage and all the neighborhood kids would try to say it as fast as they could.

It was also the big thing as to what was actually in the secret sauce? Many speculated that it was just Thousand Island Dressing but here is the real recipe for McDonalds Famous Big Mac secret sauce!

Bon Apetite!

1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing

1/3 cup sweet relish

1/3 cup French dressing

1 tablespoon Sugar

1/4 teaspoon Black pepper

1 teaspoon Dry minced onion

Directions: Combine all ingredients. Chill in refrigerator for one hour (at least) for flavors to blend.

makes 1.75 cups

#10 The Smell of Freshly Popped Popcorn

I can almost smell it now as I type....mmmmmmmmm

#11 Making Origami Cranes

Origami is a cheap and fun way to spend time playing with your kids! It's also therapeutic for you too!

#12 Going to Flea Markets and Yard Sales

This is truly one of my favorite things to do. There is nothing more fun than finding some wonderful treasure and getting a great deal for it. I think that's why the show Antiques Road Show is so popular on PBS. It's really exciting to hear a story about someone dumpster diving or paying 2 bucks for a painting at winds up being an original Jackson Pollack! My best find is a vintage Mickey Mouse Alarm Clock that has brass bells and feet and it's in near mint condiion. I'm guessing it's probably from the late forties early fifties. Actually I don't really care what it's worth because I would never sell it but I did pay only $5.00 for it about 25 year ago. I have a feeling it's probably worth a little more now.

#13 My Purple Iris

My Purple Iris in my garden is very special to me. When we bought our house I dug up some bulbs from my mothers garden who had in turn brought them from our nice landlady's garden where we lived when I was 4 four years old. I remember she had the most beautiful flower beds, all around the Apartments where we lived. I loved playing in the huge back yard filled with beautiful climbing red roses, Lily of the Valley, all different colors of Iris, tulips, and beautiful yellow daffodils, she also had huge hedges of forsythia, and big lilac bushes. To a four year old it was an enchanted place and every time my Iris bloom with their familiar sweet smell, it takesme right back to that innocent time when life was worry free and dandilions were beautiful yellow flowers and not weeds!

#14 Cobalt Blue Glass

Unfortunately with two very active boys, I have had to put my Colbalt blue glass away until we reach a point when they will not be at risk of getting smashed by a random baseball flying about the house but I still love it and look forward to someday collecting it again.

# 15 Raindrops on Petunias

I am always amazed when I take the time to look and see the smallest miracles all around me. To be able to see the universe in a single raindrop is a precious precious gift from God.

#15 Cats that will Sleep Anywhere

I am always amazed when I find a new and funny picture of where a cat has chosen to sleep. I frankly think I need to put a lens together about how cats will sleep anywhere!

#17 More of Cats Will Sleep Anywhere

#17 More of Cats Will Sleep Anywhere
#17 More of Cats Will Sleep Anywhere

# 18 Van Gogh's Starry Night Painting

Even though I have to admit that Van Gogh was not a very happy soul for the most part, his art makes me happy. I have been lucky enough to see "Starry Night" in real life, In my opinion it's quite different from what you see in a print. The canvas was not primed with gesso before he painted his most famous painting, and you can actually see the raw canvas coming through in many places. You can also see the build up of paint along with the bold brush stokes. I'm so glad that I can check this one off my things to do and see before I die.

#19 Knowing what Success Really Means, by Warren Buffet

In a interview/article by Alice Schroeder Warren Buffet shared 10 Key Stratedgies he has used to become one of the richest people in the world, I wanted to share #10 since it really brings home my message I want to share with this lens. One other footnote in the Photo included here Warren Buffet is enjoying a Hot Fudge Sundae from Dairy Queen. I definitely think that needs to be included as a favorite thing too!

10. Know What Success Really Means: Despite his wealth, Warren Buffett does not measure success by dollars. In 2006, he pledged to give away almost his entire fortune to charities, primarily the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He's adamant about not funding monuments to himself -- no Warren Buffett buildings or halls. "I know people who have a lot of money," he says, "and they get testimonial dinners and hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. When you get to my age, you'll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That's the ultimate test of how you've lived your life."

#20 Playing Frogger on the Original Arcade Machine

This makes me smile before I even type a word because I can't think of this game without thinking about one of my best college friends from West Virginia Wesleyan. Lisa and I used to go to the game room and spend hours wasting our laundry quarters playing Frogger trying to beat each others high scores. Now over 25 years later and living on opposite coasts, we still exchange little frog trinkets remembering our fun college days. I recently visited the college campus for the first time since 1983 and our beloved video arcade has since been made into an internet cafe. A stupid internet cafe I tell Ya! Alas we will always have the memories of Frogger in our hearts!

#21 More Proof that Cats will sleep anywhere!

#21 More Proof that Cats will sleep anywhere!
#21 More Proof that Cats will sleep anywhere!

#22 This Quote about Happiness

#22 This Quote about Happiness
#22 This Quote about Happiness

#23 The Sketches of Leonard Davinci

The Italian Renaissance was one of the most creative periods of all time, and my dream someday is to be able to visit Italy and see in person many of the incredible works of art created during that period. For me Leonardo Davinci is the epitome of this incredible time and I love to study his sketches. I have only had the opportunity to see his horse sketches in person, it was almost a religious experience to see them. With the exception of Michangelo, I have never seen drawings as amazing. So this is why I choose Leonardo's sketches as #23 in my list of things to be happy about.

#24 Godiva Chocolate

OK I'll be the first to admit that this particular form of happiness does not come cheap but hey, it is Godiva! 'nuff said.

#25 Baby Chicks AWWW How cute!

#25 Baby Chicks AWWW How cute!
#25 Baby Chicks AWWW How cute!

#26 Going to the Drive In Movies

This has to be one of our favorite family outings. Our local Drive In "Bengies" in Baltimore offers a triple feature deal of the current movies out. We can take our entire family of 4 to the movies for well under $30.00. We bring our lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and campout for the entire evening. Good Times!

#27 Going Fishing

#27 Going Fishing
#27 Going Fishing

#28 Beachballs are just so colorful and FUN!

#28 Beachballs are just so colorful and FUN!
#28 Beachballs are just so colorful and FUN!

#29 Take a Picnic lunch to your favorite park

What a great way to get the kids out from in front of the TV and have some quality time at the park. Load up some sandwiches, apples, grapes, and juice boxes, and have a wonderful afternoon, completely FREE!

#30 Rocking out to your favorite song in your underwear!

If you have never done this, I would suggest you add this to your bucket list. Everyone needs to let it all out and go wild at least once. If Tom Cruise can do it on the big screen, you can do it in your house by yourself and "Dance like noone is Watching"

#31 Build a Sandcastle at the Beach

#31 Build a Sandcastle at the Beach
#31 Build a Sandcastle at the Beach

#32 Take time to enjoy the Daffodils they only bloom once a year!

#32  Take time to enjoy the Daffodils they only bloom once a year!
#32 Take time to enjoy the Daffodils they only bloom once a year!

#33 Planting and Growing a Vegetable Garden

#33 Planting and Growing a Vegetable Garden
#33 Planting and Growing a Vegetable Garden

#34 Watching the sun rise over the ocean

#34 Watching the sun rise over the ocean
#34 Watching the sun rise over the ocean

#35 Going to a Great Jazz Festival

#35 Going to a Great Jazz Festival
#35 Going to a Great Jazz Festival

#36 Picking Wild Raspberries When They Are in Season

#36  Picking Wild Raspberries When They Are in Season
#36 Picking Wild Raspberries When They Are in Season

#37 Playing UNO with your Kids

#37 Playing UNO with your Kids
#37 Playing UNO with your Kids

#38 Finding a Favorite Place to go Hiking

#38 Finding a Favorite Place to go Hiking
#38 Finding a Favorite Place to go Hiking

#39 Watching the Fireworks on the 4th of July

#39 Watching the Fireworks on the 4th of July
#39 Watching the Fireworks on the 4th of July

#40 You Need to Be Happy About Ladybugs because They Are So Darn Cute

#40 You Need to Be Happy About Ladybugs because They Are  So Darn Cute
#40 You Need to Be Happy About Ladybugs because They Are So Darn Cute

#41 Baby Toes!

#41 Baby Toes!
#41 Baby Toes!

#42 Having Breakfast for Dinner

#42 Having Breakfast for Dinner
#42 Having Breakfast for Dinner

#43 The Boardwalk at Rehobeth Beach in the Summer

#43 The Boardwalk at Rehobeth Beach in the Summer
#43 The Boardwalk at Rehobeth Beach in the Summer

#44 Learning to Play the Piano

#44 Learning to Play the Piano
#44 Learning to Play the Piano

#45 Easter Bonnets

#45 Easter Bonnets
#45 Easter Bonnets

#46 Blowing Bubbles

#46 Blowing Bubbles
#46 Blowing Bubbles

#47 Maryland Blue Crab Feast

#47 Maryland Blue Crab Feast
#47 Maryland Blue Crab Feast

#48 Opening Day of Baseball and your Team Wins! How Bout Them Os?

#48 Opening Day of Baseball and your Team Wins! How Bout Them Os?
#48 Opening Day of Baseball and your Team Wins! How Bout Them Os?

#49 OK You know I had to put this one on the list. Puppies

#49 OK You know I had to put this one on the list.  Puppies
#49 OK You know I had to put this one on the list. Puppies

#50 Going to your Favorite Ice Cream Stand. Our's is called: The Cow

#50 Going to your Favorite Ice Cream Stand. Our's is called: The Cow
#50 Going to your Favorite Ice Cream Stand. Our's is called: The Cow

#51 Heirloom Roses

#51 Heirloom Roses
#51 Heirloom Roses

#52 Peanutbutter and Jelly Sandwiches

#52 Peanutbutter and Jelly Sandwiches
#52 Peanutbutter and Jelly Sandwiches

#53 The Recipe for Amish Friendship Bread

This even includes the recipe for the ever secret "Amish Starter Batter Recipe"

This is the Amish Friendship Bread that gets passed around from friend to friend. It includes the recipe for the Amish Friendship Bread starter, and gives complete directions for how to make it once your starter is ready. When you pass the starter on to a friend, make sure they understand that they will need to follow the instructions beginning at day one then will use the Amish Friendship Bread Recipe (with the oil, eggs, vanilla, etc.) on Day 10.

Amish Friendship Bread is not just a delicious and sweet bread, it’s also a way to bond friends by sharing countless loaves of bread baked in different kitchens that all began from the same bowl of simple ingredients. Choose a few friends and start this wonderful tradition, they’ll thank you for it!

Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

Day 1 - receive the starter (the recipe for the starter is below)

Day 2 - stir

Day 3 - stir

Day 4 - stir

Day 5 - Add 1 cup each flour, sugar and milk.

Day 6 - stir

Day 7 - stir

Day 8 - stir

Day 9 - stir

Day 10 - Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Divide into 4 containers, with 1 cup each for three of your friends and 1 cup for your own loaves. Give friends the instructions for Day 1 through Day 10 and the following recipe for baking the bread.

After removing the 3 cups of batter, combine the remaining cup of Amish Friendship Bread starter with the following ingredients in a large bowl:

2/3 cup oil

3 eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Using a fork beat by hand until well blended. You can add 1 cup raisins and 1 cup nuts (optional).

Grease two loaf pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar instead of flour.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour (individual oven temperatures vary). Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. Makes two loaves of Amish Friendship Bread.

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe that you’ll need to make the Amish Friendship Bread (above). It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this. Do not use metal at all!

Ingredients:

1 pkg. active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (110°F)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup white sugar

1 cup warm milk (110°F)

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.

2. In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.

3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.

For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions above for Amish Friendship Bread.

To see the original link this recipe came from here is the url:

http://www.momswhothink.com/bread-recipes/amish-fr...

#54 Fortune Cookies

#54 Fortune Cookies
#54 Fortune Cookies

55# Baby Penguins Sleeping! Now if that doesn't make you happy I don't know what will

55# Baby Penguins Sleeping! Now if that doesn't make you happy I don't know what will
55# Baby Penguins Sleeping! Now if that doesn't make you happy I don't know what will

#56 Tropical Fish

#56 Tropical Fish
#56 Tropical Fish

#57 Beachcombing for Seashells

#57 Beachcombing for Seashells
#57 Beachcombing for Seashells

#58 Painting! I must always have paint and brushes to be happy! oh and paper too!

#58 Painting! I must always have paint and brushes to be happy! oh and paper too!
#58 Painting! I must always have paint and brushes to be happy! oh and paper too!

#59 Peacocks at the Peter Pan Inn in Urbana, Maryland

Fried Chicken, Hush Puppies and Peacocks. But don't get upset yet, the peacocks were not on the menu!

One of my favorite memories as a kid was going to this eclectic restaurant called the Peter Pan Inn in Urbana, Maryland. The food there was great. They would start you off with a wonderful relish tray with their wonderful applebutter along with bread You could get a T-bone or Fried Chicken, and they had these wonderful corn fritters rolled in confectioners sugar called Hush Puppies. The restaurant had around 5 dining areas including outside garden dining. There were lots of fountains and all kinds of statues. But the most wonderful thing of all were the Peacocks and Peahens that roamed around the grounds. I don't believe they had access to the actual dining area but they had a huge area where they roamed free. It was so exciting to see them when they would spead their feathers their full glory. I thought they were the most beautiful animals I had ever seen. Unfortunately time and chain restaurants claimed the patrons of the Peter Pan Inn and it was forced to close in the early 80's. A few years later it reopened as a Seafood Restaurant called "The Cracked Claw" The restaurant also features off site betting and much of the Restaurant area is dedicated to that. They still have some of the same décor, but no peacocks. Unfortunately for me it will never measure up to my childhood memories of the Peter Pan Inn.

Vintage Postcard of the Peter Pan Inn Garden Dining Area Urbana, Maryland

#60 The Wall Says it All

#60 The Wall Says it All
#60 The Wall Says it All

#61 SnoCones!

#61 SnoCones!
#61 SnoCones!

#62 Cute Little Baby Hampsters

#62 Cute Little Baby Hampsters
#62 Cute Little Baby Hampsters

#63 Taking a Stroll Around Baltimore's Inner Harbour

#63 Taking a Stroll Around Baltimore's Inner Harbour
#63 Taking a Stroll Around Baltimore's Inner Harbour

#64 Watching a Baby Deer get through a Cat Door! Hysterical!

#65 Going to a Hot Air Balloon Festival

#65 Going to a Hot Air Balloon Festival
#65 Going to a Hot Air Balloon Festival

#66 The Spermhead Guys, What more can I say?

#66 The Spermhead Guys, What more can I say?
#66 The Spermhead Guys, What more can I say?

#67 Susan Boyle's Audition for Britian's Got Talent

#69 Sculptures Made from Toilet Paper Rolls! Fun and Green at the same time!

#69  Sculptures Made from Toilet Paper Rolls! Fun and Green at the same time!
#69 Sculptures Made from Toilet Paper Rolls! Fun and Green at the same time!

#70 Going for a Bike Ride with a Friend

#70 Going for a Bike Ride with a Friend
#70 Going for a Bike Ride with a Friend

#71 Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones!

#71 Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones!
#71 Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones!

#72 Barbeques!

#72 Barbeques!
#72 Barbeques!

#73 Reading a Favorite Book

#73 Reading a Favorite Book
#73 Reading a Favorite Book

#74 Strawberry Season & Going to the Strawberry Patch to Pick them

#74 Strawberry Season & Going to the Strawberry Patch to Pick them
#74 Strawberry Season & Going to the Strawberry Patch to Pick them

#75 Rubber Ducky Races sponsoring a good cause ofcourse!

#75 Rubber Ducky Races sponsoring a good cause of course!
#75 Rubber Ducky Races sponsoring a good cause of course!

#76 The Sidewalk Art of Julian Beever

I am absolutely amazed and in love with Trompe L'oeil Sidewalk Art Style of Artist Julian Beever. The only not happy thing about his work is that it washes away with the first rain. :(

Click on this picture to view Julian Beever's Official Website

# 77 Having Lunch at Don Pablos with a $5.00 off Coupon!

# 77 Having Lunch at Don Pablos with a $5.00 off Coupon!
# 77 Having Lunch at Don Pablos with a $5.00 off Coupon!

#78 Feeding Baby Kittens

#78 Feeding Baby Kittens
#78 Feeding Baby Kittens

#79 (Rainbows) This rainbow was over our house on Tues. April 21,2009 I was even more beautiful in real life

#79 (Rainbows) This rainbow was over our house on Tues. April 21,2009 I was even more beautiful in real life
#79 (Rainbows) This rainbow was over our house on Tues. April 21,2009 I was even more beautiful in real life

#80 Going to the Kinetic Sculpture Races in Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland

#80 Going to the Kinetic Sculpture Races in Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland
#80 Going to the Kinetic Sculpture Races in Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland

#81 Ten Reasons You Are Rich

I found this list on stumble upon and thought it really was telling how much many of us have and take forgranted.

#82 Words of Wisdom for Living A Happy Life

The Following Poem Called Leave the World is from Poetic Expressions Website. I think it offers great advice for living a Good and Happy Life

Leave the World

Give people more than expected and do it cheerfully.

Marry someone you love to talk to. Conversational skills will be as important as any other.

Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.

When you say, "I love you", mean it.

When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.

Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

Believe in love at first sight.

Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely.

In disagreements, fight fairly. No name-calling.

Don't judge people by their relatives.

Talk slowly, but think quickly.

When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.

Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

When you realise you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

Spend some time alone.

Leave the world a better place than when you found it.

#83 Getting The Catch of the Day!

#83 Getting The Catch of the Day!
#83 Getting The Catch of the Day!

# 84 A Beautiful Night Star Gazing into the Universe

# 84  A Beautiful Night Star Gazing into the Universe
# 84 A Beautiful Night Star Gazing into the Universe

#85 Yellow Happy Faces

#85  Yellow Happy Faces
#85 Yellow Happy Faces

#86 Balloon Animals

#86 Balloon Animals
#86 Balloon Animals

# 87 Dew on the Grass First Thing on a Spring Morning

# 87 Dew on the Grass First Thing on a Spring Morning
# 87 Dew on the Grass First Thing on a Spring Morning

#88 Enjoying a Bowl of Edys Ice Cream at the Kitchen Table with the Family!

#88 Enjoying a Bowl of Edys Ice Cream at the Kitchen Table with the Family!
#88 Enjoying a Bowl of Edys Ice Cream at the Kitchen Table with the Family!

#89 Lily of the Valley (May's Flower and my birthday Flower)

#89 Lily of the Valley (May's Flower and my birthday Flower)
#89 Lily of the Valley (May's Flower and my birthday Flower)

#90 Your favorite Teddy Bear

#90 Your favorite Teddy Bear
#90 Your favorite Teddy Bear

#91 Honey Bees! They make honey and pollenate the world!

#91 Honey Bees! They make honey and pollenate the world!
#91 Honey Bees! They make honey and pollenate the world!

# 92 Getting a Handwritten Letter in the Mail from a Friend!

# 92 Getting a Handwritten Letter in the Mail from a Friend!
# 92 Getting a Handwritten Letter in the Mail from a Friend!

#93 Blast from the Past Bonne Bell Lipsmackers!

#93 Blast from the Past Bonne Bell Lipsmackers!
#93 Blast from the Past Bonne Bell Lipsmackers!

# 94 Smores! Yum Yum Yummy...

# 94 Smores!  Yum Yum Yummy...
# 94 Smores! Yum Yum Yummy...

#95 Taking Whites Ferry across the Potomac River to Leesburg, VA

#95 Taking Whites Ferry across the Potomac River to Leesburg, VA
#95 Taking Whites Ferry across the Potomac River to Leesburg, VA

# 96 Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomatoes (They are Delicious!)

# 96 Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomatoes (They are Delicious!)
# 96 Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomatoes (They are Delicious!)

#97 Stained Glass Windows

#97  Stained Glass Windows
#97 Stained Glass Windows

# 98 Feeling the Sand Between your Toes

# 98 Feeling the Sand Between your Toes
# 98 Feeling the Sand Between your Toes

#99 Little Baby Hedgehogs! This can't help but make you smile!

#99 Little Baby Hedgehogs! This can't help but make you smile!
#99 Little Baby Hedgehogs! This can't help but make you smile!

#100 The Day you Child is Born!

#100 The Day you Child is Born!
#100 The Day you Child is Born!

#101 Visiting the Outer Banks North Carolina!

#101 Visiting the Outer Banks North Carolina!
#101 Visiting the Outer Banks North Carolina!

#102 Sunflowers from my Garden

#102 Sunflowers from my Garden
#102 Sunflowers from my Garden

#103 Furry Woodland Creatures

#103 Furry Woodland Creatures
#103 Furry Woodland Creatures

#104 A Baby Bunny!

#104 A Baby Bunny!
#104 A Baby Bunny!

#105 Odd Creatures That you Can't Name but are Still Cute!

#105 Odd Creatures That you Can't Name but are Still Cute!
#105 Odd Creatures That you Can't Name but are Still Cute!

#106 Hershey Kisses!

#106 Hershey Kisses!
#106 Hershey Kisses!

#107 Dogs Dressed up for Trick or Treat

#107 Dogs Dressed up for Trick or Treat
#107 Dogs Dressed up for Trick or Treat

#108 Watching It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with your kids

#108 Watching It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with your kids
#108 Watching It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with your kids

#109 Hot Apple Cider

#109 Hot Apple Cider
#109 Hot Apple Cider

#110 Your little Monkeys wearing their Monkey Jammies

#110 Your little Monkeys wearing their Monkey Jammies
#110 Your little Monkeys wearing their Monkey Jammies

#111 The Double Rainbow Man on Youtube

I just saw this today and it made me laugh so hard I cried...hope you enjoy it!

#113 Soft Kitty

#113 Soft Kitty
#113 Soft Kitty

#114 Visiting The Doodle Place to Get FREE Graphics and Images!

Tree Trinkets Personalized Gifts
Tree Trinkets Personalized Gifts

A Bit of Shameless Self Promotion

But creating my art does make me happy so I think I can still include it here on my list

Well I know I'm stretching this a bit but I want to include my cafepress ornament shop on my list of things to be happy about. However, I do enjoy making art so here's my shop. Click on the snowman ornament to visit my shop!

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      waynekat 4 years ago

      OMG!! That was sooooo much fun!!! And allow me to add one more. #115. Being happy makes me happy!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I feel happier already. :)

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I know this comment is over two years old but every time I see it, it sort of bugs me that the only thing this person saw in my lens was I spelled Rehoboth Beach wrong.

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by to visit. I appreciate all your kind words and great wisdom. This lens really was a gift to myself as I so enjoyed putting it together and remembering all the things that make me happy. Have a wonderful and blessed week! Chris

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a beautiful list. You are so right the best things are free. I have a couple of saying and they are. Money will not buy your health. I never wish for money as happiness is all you need. Everyday you wake up it is a blessing.

      Happiness and good health is all you need and keep on smiling.

      I always try to see the best in everyone. Such a wonderful collections of great ways to look at and appreciate life that you have collected together here.

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      @LiliLove: Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      Great list! Love it :)!

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      @choosehappy: OH thank you so much for your blessing! You are too kind!

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      @SandyMertens: I found it on the internet! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by I"m glad you like my happy lens!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Love your happy list ;) *Blessed*

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      squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

      Awesome lens, it made me smile! So many great things here. I enjoy an uncanny amount of these as well :)

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very uplifting. We seem to dwell on what doesn't make us happy, this made my day. How did you get the recipe for the Big Mac secret sauce?

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      My happiness rating has gone up tenfold due to my trip down your sidewalk. What a gift!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      This is awesome! I wish I had my own special squid award to give. You inspire me to great happiness.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Loved my visit here. Blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Loved it! I love some of those things, too. Remember Peter Pan restaurant fondly, love crabs, O's, snowballs.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      #34... you spelled Rehoboth wrong.

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      We always have to find things to be happy about because there are plenty, even in this finfancial crisis. You have a picture of the movie "Charlotte's Web" here. Charlotte's Web is the cutest movie I ever have seen.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I think everyone should make a "happy" list. Great idea including images.

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      dismantlerepair 6 years ago

      brilliantly illustrated!

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      ramakazi 6 years ago

      # 20 playing frogger on an arcade machine awesome man! awesome! it is awesome using the frogger online game for free. Bought back memories of the past! Great fun, they've also got new versions for sale at amazon you should buy! e.g. they got this brand new three dimentional version which will also allow you to use the frogger online game with more than one person!

      If you wanna play it here instead of an arcade machine the free frogger flash game is here: http://froggeronlinegame.info/free_frogger.html

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      xenoc 6 years ago

      great lens! nice pictures,,

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      A marvellous lens to remind us all of the simple beauty around us - especially like the "cats can sleep everywhere" pics. Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So much to appreciate, great lens, a lot of work went into it, well done.

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      Beautiful! Thanks for reminding me that there are so many things to be happy about.

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I love all of the pictures and the Warren Buffet quote. Blessed!!

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      This is absolutely wonderful! We like a lot of the same things.

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      adventuresinaut 6 years ago

      @Obscure_Treasures: Thank you very much!

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      What a great lens! Truly outstanding documentation on a great subject.

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      adventuresinaut 6 years ago

      @Jack2205: Thank you very much I'm honored! :)

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      Jack 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

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      adventuresinaut 6 years ago

      @Charlystoybox: Thank you so much! :)

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      Charlystoybox 6 years ago

      Beautiful lense! funny how so many of us overlook these beautiful simple wonders. Happiness is priceless:)

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      great lens! you make me happier today!

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      adventuresinaut 6 years ago

      @RebeccaE: Thanks so much for taking the time to look at it! I glad you enjoyed it!

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      lovely lens makes me happy

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      Pixie73 7 years ago

      Cool len's.

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      Loved this, especially the hedgehogs... 5 Stars!

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      PepperSecret 7 years ago

      AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      I love this lens love all the photos beautiful lens rolling to my gifts would love (happiness and Love) wonderful 5*s

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      gkygrl lm 7 years ago

      Chris, I love this. What a great lens. You need need to become a Giant :)

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens. Having the visual to go with the explanation is a great idea. "Blessed by a SquidAngel"

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I wanted to try making hush puppies to go with my dinner tonight. I have childhood memories of the light, fluffy, dusted w/powdered sugar (I think) hush puppies from Peter Pan in Urbana. On impulse, I googled "hush puppies peter pan maryland" & your memory came up. If only I could get the original recipe! I remember waiting in line for hours on Easter to get a table with my family. What a wonderland for a child.

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      SparkleNZ 7 years ago

      What a great lens! You are so right, there is a lot to be happy about even when things don't look so good. When we go through especially tough times it helps to try to list out all the things that actually are really good - sometimes it is too easy to forget them or take them for granted. Thanks for your positive perspective! :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      How wonderful. Thank you for doing this. You have cheered me up!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a lens that made me smile! Thanks for sharing :)

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Ms. Chris you know what you are talking about. Great lens. We are happy for a lot and especially breakfast for dinner. Thank-you for the wonderful list.

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      TravelBee1 8 years ago

      wonderful lense!!! 5*!

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Oh cool I will lens roll this to my happiness lens smiles Great!!

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      splendidbaker lm 8 years ago

      What an awesome lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      So many lovely images... Yes, there are lots of things to be happy about.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Thanks, I needed a boost and a smile!

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      Vincentn 8 years ago

      This is so rich in its context and a pleasure to read, great lens, and 5*

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      MarleMac 8 years ago from South Africa

      Great idea! Love this! Will definitely visualise my Gratitude Diary this way!

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      Great lens! I can tell that a lot of work and effort went into it...........5 stars :)

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      Smitty 8 years ago from Arizona

      I Love your lens... These are absolutely Awesome pictures! Thanks for all the hard work and effort.

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      The-Bard 8 years ago

      This is the Lens of the Year for me! Superb! 5*s.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was just paging through lenses Tipi likes and noticed it for the first time and wondered how I'd missed it. I see she was here just yesterdy to discover it and took it home with her. We're sisters, she Squidoos and I'm an outsider looking into the wonderland. This is just marvelous, refreshing and states the premise we know to be true--it has always been the little things that give the most pleasure and your presentation is delightful. I was looking for something sweet on this Sunday morning and there you were! I see you have a poll in the works...just a reason to return!

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      adventuresinaut 8 years ago

      [in reply to Tipi] I am humbled by everyone's wonderful comments. Thanks you so much!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is wonderful! I will have to feature it and post it in lenses I like in SquidU!

      Great lens my dear! - Thank you for taking the time to create this work of art!

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Joan4 sent me your lens with the comment... Wow! Her sister, Ohme had sent it to her... seems all the best lenses get passed up and down the line like that... and I will follow suit! It is only appropriate for me to echo her comment...Wow! Your lens looks good, feels so good and leaves a big smile on everyones face! How do you top that? Magnificent lens worth all the stars and favorites available!

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      adventuresinaut 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for your Squid blessing and everyone else for writing such nice things about my lens. I have to say I really enjoy updating it, because I'm always in a good mood afterwards. [in reply to Joan4]

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      oh yes! this is delightful! and i love the cat in the Christmas tree. I would have similar things on my list, and agree, we all need to do this - even if not on a lens. This is an exercise in gratitude and joy! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel! (and some real angels, too, I bet! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! This is a masterpiece. It is not only beautiful but it feels good! Thank you!

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      freddi 8 years ago

      What a great uplifting idea for a lens. I love it. I may even steal it. :-) We enjoyed the 8 irresistible rules of fun.

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      LOVE this! Everyone should make one :) so easy to get caught up in all the other things in life...great way to remember what makes it worth while!

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      What an awesome idea for a lens!! And it made me happy, too! We have many favorite things in common. 5*

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      Bramblerose 8 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens...will be back often just to view it again for the inspiration! Thanks!

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      adventuresinaut 8 years ago

      [in reply to Floraluniverses] I just wanted take a moment to thank everyone who took time to visit and comment on my lens. This is one of my favorite len's that I've done so I'm glad that others like it too!

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      Floraluniverses 8 years ago

      Like Aristotle said: Happiness depends upon ourselves! Your lens is very special, I gave you 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Awesome lens! Ladybugs make me happy too and I love the kitty pics..soooo cute!:)

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Baby toes! Oh, I LOVE this lens! What a beautiful sentiment, and executed so very nicely! 5 BIG stars!

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      adventuresinaut 8 years ago

      Thank you for your blessings! [in reply to Janusz]

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Really enjoyable lens although we have definite differences in our happiness lists.lol.

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      Lovely Photos :) especially the sleeping Cat :D Blessed by a squid Angel

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      Zut Moon 8 years ago

      Great Lens. Love the pic of the cat sleeping on the dog's back.

      Yes,Happines is the day to day things and not $$$ as some people tend to think.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I totally agree with you. Happiness comes from simple daily

      little things that one come across.

      I love little baby's toes!

      As Abraham Lincoln said "You are as happy as you make up your mind to be"

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      adventuresinaut 8 years ago

      [in reply to LessIsMorph]

      Thanks so much! I think it would be Great if everyone started their own list. I would love to know what make other folks happy too!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lovin this, might even start my own list, very uplifting, thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love your list. It made me happy! Perhaps I'll do one of my own.

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      MikkiGVee 8 years ago

      Love it! The world needs more uplifting lenses like this one. And finally.....the secret of the Mac Sauce is revealed!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Ah, the simple things. So agree with Warren Buffet. Very heartwarming lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful, truly wonderful! 5*s and I'm a new fan!

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Sometimes I need a little reminder! Thanks!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I'm blessing this wonderful lens with all my (little) SquidAngel heart. Thanks for this beautiful resource for peace of mind. :)

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      PhotographyMan42 8 years ago

      Thank you for the positive thoughts. The world (internet) needs more uplifting ideas.