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Happiness is . . . My Favorite Things

Updated on August 13, 2013
Sunset in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sunset in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Source

To quote a line from one of my favorite movies, The Sound of Music, ". . . these are a few of my favorite things. . ."

It seems that bad news is everywhere. The economy is just not picking up like it seems it should. People are STILL out of work. Money is tight. Unrest overseas is rampant.

By nature, I am not the most positive person around. It is easy for me to focus on the negative things around me. I really have to work at having a positive attitude. So, whenever I find an uplifting quote I cut it out and tape it on the wall by my desk at work. Today I also began a list of things that make me happy.

An autumn view between work and home
An autumn view between work and home | Source
Wildlife in the wild - deer
Wildlife in the wild - deer | Source
Snow-capped mountains by my house
Snow-capped mountains by my house | Source

Here are just a few of my favorite things.

* Babies - human and animals

* A child's laughter

* Seeing wildlife - in the wild

* Falling fall leaves

* Snowy mountaintops

* A good book

* Twinkling Christmas lights

* Hearing a song from my teenage years

* Vacations

* Sunrise

* Sunset

* The stars in a clear night sky

* Storms coming across the water

* Growing (and eating) my own veggies

* My cat(s) curling up in my lap

* Finding just the right gift for someone

* Parades

* Backrubs

* Finding and connecting with an old friend on FB

* A funny movie

* Running a category on Jeopardy!

* Saving money on anything

* Positive comments on my writing

* A hug or a smile from my teenage son

* Camping

* A clean house (especially if I didn't have to do it)

* The first sign of cooler weather after a hot summer

* Birthdays (anybody's)

* Campfire or a fire in the fireplace

* Dark chocolate

Make Your Own List

When (and if) you are feeling blue, make your own list! You'll be surprised at just how many things can brighten your day and lift your mood (or that of someone else). Keep the list handy and add to it as more "favorite things" come along.

Recently, things really haven't seemed to be going my way. So, on my way to work every morning, I list (out loud) the things that make me happy and things for which I am grateful. This really does work to brighten my mood.


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