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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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    Cindy A. Johnson 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks so much, pstraubie48! It's a treasure for me to discover new things that bring me happiness. Thanks for commenting.

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    Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

    Happiness is where we allow it to creep in, isn't it? Some think I am Pollyanna because happiness drives my life. It is so nice to see another who is unabashed about sharing the joy they feel in the simple things of life.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thank you, Sonya!

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    Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

    I love this idea, great hub!

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, hoteltravel. I appreciate your comments.

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    hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

    You made my day! I find it hard to choose a single song from the movie as a favorite, but this song comes close to it. The best pick-me-up songs ever! Voting up.

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    Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

    Very inspiring and beautiful. Voted up. happy hubbing.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks so much for the beautiful poem, sunkentreasure. It made my morning!

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    BERNARD LEVINE 5 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

    SECRETS OF HAPPINESS By BERNARD LEVINE

    Kindness is the most

    beautiful jewel in the world.

    Love means having consideration

    for each other.

    The seeds you sow today

    will be your fruit of tomorrow.

    Fill your day with prayer

    and your life with blessings.

    Happiness is contentment

    from within.

    Find a dream to follow

    that will stimulate your mind.

    Make laughter your partner

    through life.

    Be prepared to fight

    for what you want or believe in.

    Remember - every day is a new beginning.

    © Bernard Levine

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Beautiful hub! Thanks for the smiles. :)

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    angela p 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

    I have been in a bad mood for the past couple of days with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I am starting my list tonight! Thanks for the idea.

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    susan54 5 years ago

    Esmeowl12,Great hub.

    I just put up my first one come see. Thanks

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I appreciate your comments, teacherjoe52, Pixienot and Movie Master. The more positive we are, the better.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    I love your list of favourite things, it's very similar to mine! It's not always easy to be positive, but it helps when you are!

    Thank you for sharing this lovely hub.

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    Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

    Positive is essential. When you know better, you do better!

    I'd say you are doing just fine!

    Voted up and beautiful.

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    teacherjoe52 5 years ago

    Wow,it looks like beautiful country there. I would be thankful for that.

    The greatest thing I am thankful for is Jesus' love

    Good article

    God bless

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Gypsy and lorenmurcia. I hope to add to the list as I think of more.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Very good idea. That might really help. I know my husband didn't put away the Christmas tree lights from last year he keeps them strung up in the living room and when he's there reading or writing he lights them up.

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    lorenmurcia 5 years ago

    I agree with your observation. And to make matters worse, most of us dwell on the negative things more than the positive ones. Transforming oneself to a positive thinker takes a lot of determination because once another thing comes out bad, negative thoughts about ourselves come back. Its a vicious cycle. Maybe we just have to lower our expectations of life in general so will not be so disappointed.

    Making that list is a step. I'll try come up with my own..

    Voted up, UI

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