I’ve been overly joyous of late amidst the whirlwind of activities life has sprung forth. It’s LITERALLY been one thing after the other, sometimes negative, but somehow I find myself smiling fervently through it all. I’ve taken unapologetic breaks from social media every now and then to focus on other aspects of life which almost always yields me high returns. This time around, I started a photography business. More on that later.
Back on topic. I don’t know, maybe it’s the change in seasons. The green grass growing where frozen snow banks and piles of ice once formed. Maybe it’s the emerging of newly formed leaves and the flowers in bloom, reminding us of the return promised of spring. Maybe it’s the change in temperature and the sun shining daily on my skin. Whatever it is, my joy has remained unconfined and my effervescent spirit unsuppressed.
I cherish days like these more than anything because I know, much like any other thing in life, this is not guaranteed to last forever. I have a wealth of content I’m super proud of to share with you all but here I am, ignoring my non-existent content calendar and skipping through all of it to share my happiness with you.
While reading Gabrielle Union’s book, We’re Going To Need More Wine, I became inspired by her initial inability to draft a list of 10 things that made her happy. With a little help from her life coach (yes, even Gabby has a life coach!), she successfully came up with a list of 10 things a few months down the road. So I challenged myself to write down 10 and ended up with more than 50! I’ll spare you guys the details though and only share 25.
So, what’s on my current happy list? Here are 25 things (in no particular order):
- Seeing genuine smiles on the faces of my loved ones
- Hearing the word of God
- My husband’s singing/voice
- Taking pictures (lol, seriously)
- Cuddling with my dog
- Practicing gratitude
- Helping someone
- Spicy plantain chips
- Learning something new
- Genuine friendships
- Making it through a tough workout
- Good food. Like really really good food!
- Completing a task
- A clean home
- Fresh flowers
- Vanilla Bean Frappacino’s, light on the whip cream with a drizzle of caramel
- Saving money
- Stealing meat from the stew/soup pot without getting caught
- Travelling to new places
- A long, therapeutic bath
- Finishing a good book
- Sade and everything about her.
- Fitting into old clothes
- Getting 8 hours of sleep (or more!)
Carrying out this exercise was therapeutic in so many ways. If you haven’t already, I would highly suggest drafting your own happy list.
What’s on your happy list? Share in the comments below.