What Makes Me Happy

What Makes Me Happy

Today marks this 2017's International Day of Happiness. I can get behind a day that was created to spread smiles and joy all around. I guarantee we could all use some extra happiness, no matter our personal circumstances. 

Ironically, today has been terrible for me. Returning to work after a can't-get-out-of-bed-for-days case of the stomach flu...to a flooded inbox, two severe allergic reactions in just a week, and trying to focus under the influence of Benadryl at work today...well, today is far from my day.

But, after realizing today was a literal holiday and celebration of happiness, I started to tink about all the things in my life that do make me happy. While mentally listing a few things, I couldn't stop smiling. And just like that - my mood was pretty transformed. 

So, in no particular order, here's a few: 

  1. My kitty cat when he rolls around on the floor. Such a cute little derp. 
  2. Slipping off my sandals to feel warm sand beneath my feet. 
  3. Salty ocean air - and the way my hair curls after hopping in the ocean for a swim.
  4. The feeling of accomplishment and tired legs after a good run.
  5. Similarly, the feeling after a great yoga practice. 
  6. Red wine and IPAs. The hoppier, the better!
  7. Sunrises and sunsets. 
  8. Cliche chick flicks a la Legally Blonde, Something Borrowed, A Cinderella Story & 27 Dresses. 
  9. Watching my friends cross race finish lines (or reaching any of their goals, really - running or not). 
  10. Reaching the peak of a really difficult hike.
  11. Snail mail. It's underrated. 
  12. Adventuring and snuggles with Nick. 
  13. Thursday night double dinner dates. 
  14. Disneyland. 
  15. November Project SD
  16. In n Out, Fish Tacos, gross Domino's pizza and basically any cup of coffee. 
  17. Warm towels and sheets fresh out of the dryer. I turn into a kid who wraps herself in them.
  18. Leggings.
  19. Finding money in an old jacket pocket or purse. 
  20. My Corgi, Pumpkin, when she does laps around our living room at home.
  21. Breakfast in bed.
  22. Experiencing a new city.
  23. The smell of bonfires while camping (or on the beach in misty air). 
  24. Fluffy hotel beds.
  25. When my Discover Weekly on Spotify is on point (like today!).
  26. Having a whole row to myself on a plane ride.
  27. My tattoos
  28. Harry Potter.
  29. My favorite lipstick.
  30. Falling asleep to the sound of thunderstorms.
  31. Stomach-hurting laughter with my friends.
  32. Runs through 12 South & Stuart Glen in Nashville. 
  33. Losing track of time stargazing.
  34. The smell of a new book. 
  35. Long weekends.
  36. Chicago, in fall. 
  37. Long nights dancing with friends.
  38. Any piece of clothing from Madewell.
  39. The color pink.
  40. Feeling proud when I hit my goals.
  41. Trader Joe's free samples.
  42. Street art.
  43. Purging my closet.
  44. A warm bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and banana.
  45. Sitting in Fido and writing.
  46. Forehead kisses.
  47. Getting my nails & hair done.
  48. Flipping through old photos.
  49. Pismo Beach.
  50. Getting shit done.

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