My Happiness List: June 2013 Edition

It’s been a couple of months now since I blogged my last personal happiness list. I’m feeling like it’s time to re-visit it, and remind myself about the things that are going well in my life. Who couldn’t use a little hit of positivity once in a while? There’s all kinds of research to show that it’s very good for you. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Letโ€™s get the joy party started, shall we?

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My Happy List

  1. The first baby carrots and raspberries are now ready in my garden.
  2. My four-year-old son’s pride about his music class certificate of completion.
  3. Listening to my eight-year-old daughter practice her song for the school talent show (she’s singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”).
  4. The books in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
  5. The return of True Blood to my TV.
  6. New sunglasses.
  7. Long, sunny days, perfect for after-dinner trips to the playground.
  8. Home renovations that are kicking off in earnest this week.
  9. All the parts for my new wardrobes, waiting in my garage.
  10. The broccoli plants that are starting to grow in earnest, and which I will soon be enjoying.
  11. A work get-together today with my fabulous teammates Chris Pilkington and Bianca Bujan.
  12. The Peaceful Parenting Mini Retreat I attended this weekend, which I’ll be writing more about soon.
  13. The way my daughter reminds me every day about our annual tradition of getting Slurpees on the last day of school (the only Slurpees we ever get, in fact, hence her excitement).
  14. The way my son insists on talking to the monsters every night, telling them, “I will always protect the world!”
  15. Good chocolate.
  16. Feeling on the same page with my husband.
  17. Kids’ artwork, covering my house.

What about you โ€“ whatโ€™s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!

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  1. Love! … I may rip this off and acknowledge you. Hearts! I love the slurpee tradition. I have this TERRIBLE habit of having “special” things become ordinary. Must not let that happen!

    Can I say that feeling happy about renovations puts you on the self-actualization peak of Maslow’s hierarchy.
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    • I’m choosing to be happy about renovations while I still can. At some point I assume that hassle will become too great and there will be days of much crying and regret. Right now, though, it’s all promises of a pretty bathroom and a nicer kitchen.

  2. Great idea! I’m so happy that the Peaceful Parenting Mini Retreat made your happy list. ๐Ÿ™‚ I must sit down and write my own happy list now…

  3. Getting a chance to do things I’ve always wanted to do. ?

  4. I watched this Harvard happiness researcher’s TED talk over a year ago:

    Then, I said I was going to journal gratitudes, but never actually started. There’s something to be said for counting the ‘ol blessings.
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  5. A happiness list is an awesome idea!!

  6. Ok, minus the home renovations and work stuff, this could almost be my happiness list! And one that I would add to mine, your happiness list, because I smiled while I read it. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Now I need to add your happiness to my happy list. And then you’ll need to add it back. And we’ll go back-and-forth, and it will never end. But we’ll both be happy, which is good.

  7. Hi Amber! Your happy list just shows how happy and contented you are with life. It’s so refreshing to read happy thoughts from happy people. It fuels me with positive vibe. Majority of the things that make you happy proves that best things in life are free… ๐Ÿ™‚

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