I get preoccupied so easily. I get preoccupied with my to-do lists, with the idea that my life is somehow lacking, because I feel like a failure in certain areas of my life and because I’m a consumer and that’s what consumers do: we desire something and after we’ve acquired said commodity, we move on right to the next one. It never stops. Well, today I’m taking the time to do a quick brainstorm and write a list of things that make me happy and not the things I think will make me happy after I’ve done whatever needed to be done for me to reach a goal (material or not). No editing of thoughts or writing down things I think I “should” say. If you feel like doing the same, please feel free to join me.
Here goes: My hubby. Puppies. Music. Chocolate cake. Quentin Tarantino movies. Fresh bread. Yoga. The forest. Movies with uncomplicated plots and happy endings. Lip balm.
Most are self explanatory (of course I love my hubby and I don’t really know anyone who completely dislikes music), but I’ll explain some.
- Who doesn’t like puppies? Puppies, critters and all sorts of creatures are one of the biggest loves of my life. I have one little furry friend to share my life with and it’s priceless. She’s crazy, yes, but hey, so am I. Look at this pretty face and beautiful eyes! I’d like to get a cat, some hamsters, maybe some bunnies … I’ll settle for my little girl for now, though.
- I love Tarantino movies, because they keep you at the edge of your seat and you can’t really see into the future with his plots. I recently saw Hateful Eight: You. Need. To. See. This. Just don’t eat while you watch the second half. 😉 In juxtaposition to that, I really like no-brainer movies. I can absolutely enjoy movies where everyone just gets along and are happy or only have short-lived challenges to overcome. Life is complicated enough in reality, so I like to drift off into something completely unrealistic and have a nice cake to go along (oh, what I wouldn’t do for some really yummy chocolate cake …).
- My house is swimming with the aroma of bread that I made this morning. I’m already making plans for the meal coming my way. The smell of freshly baked bread just comforts me and makes me feel all warm and cosy.
- Yoga makes me happy. It makes me take a look inside, makes me think about myself in a respectful manner and gives me dimension. It rids me of my toxic thoughts and helps me be kinder and more forgiving. I guess it’s hard to describe and hard to understand if you haven’t tried it yet. Initially, I started doing yoga for the work-out, I stayed because it helps me be a better human being. It’s amazing how it changes your body, but it also gives you a healthier mind set. Plus, I have found a deep and unyielding relationship with yoga pants. I love me some yoga pants. It’s becoming a problem. 😀
- Chocolate cake sounds like such a cliché, but sometimes it’s all I ever dream about. Whenever in doubt, have some really nice chocolate cake. One of my wet dreams lately has been to sit on my couch, watch a really silly rom-com and have a whole, entire cake to myself. Just me, some forks and that beauty. My mouth is watering …
- I am so blessed to live where I do. It’s a small village and I’m surrounded by forests and fresh air. Stepping outside after a night of rain just does something to my soul. It makes me so happy I could cry.
- Do you ever have really dry and chapped lips and all you wish for is to get your hands on a really good lip balm to ease your lip discomfort? And when you do, does it feel like you’re not only smearing it on your lips, but on your crackled old soul? 🙂
So, that was my list of happiness-inducing things and a little behind why it is so. The point of this list is to remind myself that life isn’t about owning things. I’ll go read this whenever I’ll feel like my life isn’t full of happiness, because I’ve failed to materialize my current consumer needs. Smells and feelings and sensations make me happy, not gadgets and things. Happiness is just one chocolate cake away for me. And I bake a mean cake 🙂
If you played along, what did you write? What are the things that make you happy on an everyday basis?