Today is the International Day of Happiness so I thought I’d celebrate by sharing some of the things that make me happy. I put together a list of the little, everyday things that bring me joy because I believe that we often underestimate their importance…
Listening to Edward play the guitar in the next room as I write this.
The first sip of cold water after a hot, hard, sweaty run.
When the cat naps on me.
Jumping under an almost intolerably hot shower after a long day out on the bike.
Coming home after a difficult first week at work and realising that Edward has spent his extra day off cleaning and tidying up so I don’t have to worry about it.
The post-barre class ache. Or the ache that follows any workout for that matter.
Receiving letters and parcels from my friends and family back in Canada.
Sunny lunchtime walks around the Cathedral Quarter and the Arboretum.
Yoga, whether it’s to start the day or finish it. It always makes me feel good.
A tasty bowl of spaghetti bolognese after a 20-mile hike in the Peak District.
Slipping back under the duvet after my morning shower to cuddle with Edward for a few minutes before we have to get ready for work.
Skype sessions with my best friend in Montreal.
Having flowers delivered at the office by a romantic boyfriend.
Speaking to my little sister on the phone, even for a few too short minutes.
Taking a shower in my own bathroom after a few days abroad.
Witnessing a beautiful sunrise and/or sunset.
Running first thing in the morning whilst everyone is still asleep, and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with it.
New buds and leaves in the trees, and new flowers growing on the patio.
Cuddles with a loudly purring cat.
Seeing Edward’s excitement when we summited the Old Man of Coniston and he felt that we had finally climbed a ‘proper’ mountain.
Sitting by the bedroom window and watching the birds after we’ve filled up their food.
Meeting our friends’ baby for the first time and having him sleep in my arms for hours.
Nanaimo bars from The Canadian Cottage.
Anytime I visit the Lake District; being surrounded by mountains makes me feel ‘home’.
The first run with a new playlist.
Obviously, the list could go on forever; life is full of those little sources of joy. It’s easy to focus either on the big things or on the negative ones, but the ‘big’ stuff doesn’t happen every day and being pessimistic or bitter is hardly the way to happiness!
Today is a good day to focus on the little things.
Happy Happiness Day!