Wednesday, 14 May 2014

32 Things That Make Me Happy

I saw this post on Erin's blog about a month ago, and thought it was time I shared my own. Being truthful, I sometimes (often?!) find it quite hard to feel happy even with all sorts of good things going on around me, but hopefully this post will encourage me to be able to stay more optimistic about things around me as time goes on! If you'd like to do this too, please do link me to it so I can check yours out :)


  1. Fresh flowers - I wish I could afford to constantly have a selection in my room, or that my actual garden didn't become full of weeds so quickly so that I could have them around me more often!
  2. Baking - If only I had the time or the stomach space to do it more often! I have all sorts of little decorations and colours and I love being able to create something, even more so when it's so yummy.
  3. Photography - I absolutely love my DSLR and don't regret the money I spent on it at all. It's nice to be able to just go and take some photos and take the time to see things in a different way. My DSLR is so heavy and big that I can't carry it around with me as often as I like, but I'm that person who has a range of different sized cameras so there's always a good replacement for when the DSLR can't come out!
  4. Living in London - I've moved around a lot, across several different countries, and London is the first place I've felt completely settled. Hard to believe I've been here for nearly three years now!
  5. Kids! I work with some lovely little three and four year olds, and some of them are great for always keeping me happy; whether it's just because of the funny things they say, or because they care about me and are always asking me if I'm okay or giving me compliments! Of course I work with some real brats as well, but let's not focus on those today...
  6. Eating out - London has all sorts of amazing food places and pop ups, and I love trying out as many of them as I can. If I did a post for every single time I eat out somewhere new, well, you'd soon see where pretty much all of my budget goes each month!
  7. Travel - I love visiting new places, particularly when they're completely unlike anywhere I've been to before. My favourite holidays have been to Zimbabwe and Ecuador, and I think about them all the time.
  8. Exploring - It doesn't have to be too far away! Sometimes I like to just get the train to somewhere new and have a look around. It's funny, because I used to live in the countryside and though I appreciated that it was pretty I just didn't spend that much time on it. Now I live in London, whenever I get the train out I'm fascinated by all the green and all the animals that I see!
  9. Surprise boxes! All of these subscription boxes are my favourite things. I've had veg boxes, beauty boxes, snack boxes - I love them! Even if I end up not using any of the products, I still love them.
  10. Opening a new book that I've been waiting for.
  11. Echinachia- Cone flower
  12. Making a delicious new smoothie or juice - especially when there's someone else willing to clean the darn juicer for me afterwards...!
  13. Having a good, easy conversation with someone new.
  14. And on that note, catching up with friends! My favourite days are probably the simple ones where I just meet up with a friend for an hour over some coffee.
  15. Days when I get to stay in my pyjamas for as long as possible. I know, lazy, but I live such a busy life (by choice!) that actually it's really nice when I have one of those rare days where I don't have to get dressed until the pizza deliveryman turns up!
  16. Scented candles. My Yankee Candle spring scents are constantly in my burner right now!
  17. Lush bath bombs. I don't know why it's so good to lie in a pool of green glittering water, but it just is.
  18. Blogging. It's been great having a place to write down all the things in my head, and it really has been beneficial for me.
  19. On that note - bloggers! There's a great community out there and I love getting to chat to other bloggers. I also particularly love it when there's a blogger that I enjoy so much that I actually sit around and wait when I know there should be a blog post scheduled to start soon! Life jealousy, but the good kind.
  20. Brightly coloured dresses. Can't have too many.
  21. Going to the theatre. It doesn't matter if it's a big show or a little one, though due to the fact that London's not cheap more often than not it's the small ones - I just really like the power of seeing something coming to life before me.
  22. On that note - comedy shows! I go to quite a few comedy shows that are either free or for under a fiver, and it's just such a nice relaxing thing to do. Of course with the cheap shows it's always very hit and miss with the comedy - though it's generally a hit, and even when it's terrible there's usually some sort of humour in that!
  23. Afternoon tea - I love taking a big group of friends and going for a relaxing catch up. I actually hate tea, but I love every other aspect of it as it turns out my stomach is unlimited when it comes to sandwiches, and I love how chilled out the venues tend to be leaving me with plenty of time to chat to my friends.
  24. Disney World - I went for a week a few years ago and it was amazing. I still remember how blissfully happy I was there! It helps that I was on my birthday so I kept getting enormous cupcakes for free.
  25. Ducks! I really love going to the lakes and encouraging ducks to come over to me, no idea why. 
  26. Horse riding. I don't get to do it as much as I want or as much as I used to because it's just so pricey in London (and not much better elsewhere) but I always love it when I do. I love the feeling of freedom that you get, especially when you're going at a faster pace. When I was in Ecuador I hired a horse for a couple of days and just took it wherever I wanted including up a mountain - it was fantastic!
  27. Couch surfing. Personally, I haven't couch surfed before but I've hosted for people quite a few times and it's always been a great experience. I can't travel as much as I used to, so it's become my way of continuing to get a bit of a culture exchange without having to move!
  28. Finding the perfect item to give to a friend.
  29. Road trips. I've sold my beautiful car, and of course the UK version of road trips aren't anywhere near close to the US one, but I still really enjoy getting a hire and seeing where we end up with it.
  30. Yoga! I'm not the best at it or the most consistent, but I enjoy doing it (if only because I enjoy discovering the many new ways I can fall over)
  31. One Direction. Sorry.
  32. Yellow Flowers
  33. Leonardo DiCaprio movies. Sorry again. But seriously, I've enjoyed everything he's been in with the exception of Gangs of New York. I just wish his films weren't so damn long. Cinemas need to start having intervals again.
  34. Pixar! Up is my favourite movie, and there's nothing like a good Pixar film to put me in a positive mood.

What makes you happy?



  1. Your happy list made me so happy, perhaps because 90% of it is SO ME. Including horse riding , tea, photography , books and everything else.
    Tea and pizza makes me happy whenever I am down. Food is so magical :)

  2. I love your list and this whole post idea!

  3. Frangipanis are my favourite flower! They are so simple but stunning and smell amazing. I'm pretty sure the majority of this list is my list too :D xx

  4. Both music and dance make me really happy. I have done both since I was a kid and find that after a really bad day, or a really good day. It is also great to vent my emotions with singing or dancing :)


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