Things That Make Me Happy



I loved Aidan’s post about four things that make her happy.  Hers are big, important things, and I love what she shares.  For me, sometimes there are little things that make me disproportionately happy.  I’ve been thinking about some of those lately.  What are some hings – big or small – that make you happy?  I’d love to hear.

Clean sheets on my bed

8 uninterrupted hours of sleep

Fresh flowers (peonies, ranunculus, and parrot tulips are some of my favorites)

The smell of laundry

James Taylor’s music


Putting on pajamas at the end of the day (“end” is relative)

Sterling silver picture frames

The sound of halyards snapping against masts

The sky

The necklace I have with charms that represent each child, plus one from my sister and an enamel heart and shrinky-dink binoculars that Grace made for me (because I like to notice things)

The words that I had engraved inside Matt’s wedding ring

My bookshelves of cherished titles

The ocean

Scallops as a design detail – on curtains, on clothing hems (my wedding dress had a scalloped hem)

 What makes you happy?


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  1. Posted March 23, 2015 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Love this. The ocean and tulips also make me happy. Also, sunsets, the smell of coffee, a new book, planning a trip, a really good belly laugh (my own and the sound of others) and the scent of a favorite candle.

  2. Posted March 23, 2015 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    The click-click of my dog’s feet as she walks across the floor, farmers’ markets, planning vacations, and the sound of all three of my kids laughing at the same time – just to name a few,

  3. Posted March 23, 2015 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Jamaica….my kids laughing…outdoor showers…reading a book on a Sunday morning….a good writing session…drinking wine with my college girlfriends. Great post. Thanks for making me think of these!! xoxo

  4. Posted March 23, 2015 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    I love this post. Sometimes, it is the little things that make you happy or keep you going. This reads like the gratitude journals I used to write: chocolate, the way my cat purrs when he sits on my lap… I don’t think “little things” are insignificant but show that you’re paying attention and grateful. (I’m going to have to change that “used to write” to “write daily”.)

  5. Posted March 23, 2015 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I love your list Lindsey! Things that make me happy… Smell of freshly brewed coffee, the sound of my kids playing sweetly together, the ocean, watching birds nibble at my feeder, the scent of clean laundry, driving by myself.

  6. Posted March 23, 2015 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I love this list, Lindsey.

    On my happy list: family dinners, phone calls from my Mom, Thank you notes, a good book, a clean house, fresh flowers and coffee dates with a few special friends.

  7. Posted March 24, 2015 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Mmm, I love hearing what other people love. There is a great, soul-swelling unity in knowing that we all delight in things that might surprise us.

    I love the way honey gets crunchy in a peanut butter sandwich on sourdough.

    I love the shadows of my girls and their bedhead and swinging feet as they eat pancakes in a huddle on Saturday mornings.

    I love a white tank top and grey cotton underwear, a secret mom superhero.

    I love the taste of water from a garden hose.

    I love the feel of my lips on Sean’s brow.

    I love the smell of campfire in my hair in the morning.

    I love the sensation of reading work typed by another hand that feel as if they might’ve come from my own heart.

  8. Posted March 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I love this list–and reading others’ too. It’s all about the little things, isn’t it? And the way you write them, they don’t seem so little at all. This reminds me of one of the posts I most enjoyed writing–this past Thanksgiving, where I listed some of the things I love most: (and included a gorgeous quote I discovered here, of course!). xoxo

  9. Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love this idea of sharing small things. What you’re talking about is gratitude for life and it’s wonderful.

  10. Posted March 31, 2015 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    L, I’m catching up this morning on all the things in my in-box — and reading your list made me happy! It reminds me of the goodness of life, and of the importance of taking time to savor. (Love your readers’s lists, too: the smell of a campfire in my hair — OH, yes!!) I’m inspired! xoxo

    admin Reply:

    So glad!! Love hearing your “voice” in the ether this morning. xox

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