Count the Happies!


I am a happy person.  It is just who I am.  God made me happy.  That, in my humble opinion, is a good thing.  I try to look on the bright side of things.  Glass half full.  Walking on the sunny side of the street.  Living the dream.

Several years ago I found a book written by Neil Pasricha called The Book of Awesome.  It was amazing.  I bought multiple copies.  I gave it to family and friends for birthdays and special occasions.  I started my own list.

We all go through bumps in the road.  Sometimes those bumps are huge boulders and at times they are tiny little cracks that our big toes get stubbed on.  Sometimes the path is snow covered (all of my Midwest friends can readily identify with that one) and sometimes the path is totally clear.  Some days the wind is calm and other days the wind whips so wildly that it quickly goes from a good hair day to a bad hair day.

Through it all I have discovered that the positive attitude is more easily maintained if I simply keep track of the things that I love.  Those unexpected discoveries that bring a smile to my face. The unplanned.  The smallest detail that I could have overlooked.  The extraordinary in the ordinary.

Today I want to share a few of those “happies” with you.  I have a huge ongoing list (at the top of the page just click on Happy Things) but for now–let me share a few of my favorites.

  • Phone calls from our sons with cooking questions or the frequent “If I were a mop and I was in Target where would I be?” type questions
  • Fresh sheets on the bed
  • Returning home to my own bed after a long trip
  • Bradford Pear and Crepe Myrtle trees in full bloom
  • Luggage arriving with me at my destination
  • 40% off coupons at Hobby Lobby
  • Singing at the top of my lungs on a long car ride
  • a clean desk and office
  • Kicking off the snow boogers from my car (those icy gross clumps of snow by the wheels)
  • The smell of rising cinnamon rolls
  • A purring cat or two curled up on my lap
  • The great feeling I get when I turn the page on the calendar to the new month
  • The sound of my husband playing the Clavinova from the other room
  • Meeting an “imaginary” friend in real life
  • The smell of a new book
  • Search results for how folks find my blog
  • Kleenex with lotion
  • The first cup of coffee in the morning
  • Online banking complete with mobile deposits
  • Freshly filled bird feeders with birds flocking to eat what I left them
  • “Chrisisms” –witty sayings by my husband
  • Binge watching television shows
  • Smiley faces
  • When I make it to the other side of a bridge
  • A good haircut
  • Finding the perfect teapot for my collection on a vacation
  • Grits made perfectly
  • Rolling the windows down when we get close to Lakeside to smell Lake Erie
  • Hiding bunnies at my mom’s house for her to discover later
  • Making a game of getting the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube

Today I will find something else to add to my list of “happies” and add it.  There is always something.

What is one thing that you would add to a list of things that make you happy?  I would love for you to share that with me in the comments!!

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  1. Oh goodness, what a wonderful list. If I had to choose my one happy, it would be my son and I texting the other when one of us experiences a “synchronicity”….or see a typo!

  2. Reblogged this on Totally Inspired Mind… and commented:
    Beth Ann talks about her Happies here. What are some of your “Happies”?

  3. Fun! We share many happies. I guess that shouldn’t surprise me. 🙂

  4. I share quite a few of your happies! Hearing from an old dear gal pal from waaay back in grade school telling me to have a Happy Thursday and that we need to get together for a glass of wine… That makes me happy. We had lost touch for 30 years!

    • That is a wonderful happy!!!! That is amazing!!! And I bet you picked up right where you left off 30 years ago, right? That is the great thing about friendships.

  5. When my Boston resident son actually responds to my text/phone call/email or calls me unexpectedly. Or receiving this text from my husband after his arrival at work: “Beautiful sunrise.” (Just got that text yesterday). Or spring flowers poking through the soil after an incredibly long winter.

    Thanks for the reminder to look for the happies. I was going through cards yesterday and came upon one from you, filled with happies.

    These days it seems I really need to be reminded of all the positives in my life. You are one of them, my dear friend.

    • You are most definitely one of my “happies” too, Audrey. Isn’t it just so amazing how a friendship can bloom in a short time into what we have? it is a God thing without a doubt and I am so grateful that He brought us together and that our friendship has become such a wonderful plus in my life. Thank you. Yes, those texts from the boys are precious, I agree. I save a lot of them. 🙂

  6. LOVE your list, Beth Ann! Sara could sure use some of those Kleenex with lotion. She has a bad cold. But she doesn’t complain. We are both pretty happy people.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  7. Here are a few of mine:
    Cherry blossoms and the first daffodils of spring.
    A hug from a grandchild
    Walking into a book store
    A smile from a stranger

  8. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, snow boogers.. Oh Yeah, but be careful when you give them a kick, sometimes they’re not ready.. Ouch.

  9. That’s a great list. The first thing that came to mind for my is the sound of my Hubby’s laughter.

  10. Love this!!! Blessed my day and made my heart smile 🙂 Thank you for being you and for making this world a much nicer place to be!! God bless your beautiful heart today and everyday and keep up the wonderful work 🙂

  11. The feeling that comes in the morning after something has just gone remarkably well the night or day before and you lie there between sleep and awake in the state of quiet happy. We share your last Happie which means, I guess, being a little evil makes up both happy. 😀

  12. Beth Ann, I LOVE your list! I, too, tend to be one of those incurable optimists (and I wouldn’t have it any other way!). Let me add to your list:
    The smell of crayons
    Home-baked chocolate chip cookies
    Walking into Bed Bath & Beyond and sniffing
    Snipping a rose from the garden and placing it in a vase on the kitchen table
    Watching the wind blow my Sheltie’s furs

  13. It’s 14 degrees Celsius here today!! (about 57 for you) That makes me very happy. The sun is shining and I had the windows open to air out the winter stuffiness. I did a lot of spring cleaning and purging today. Having a little more room and fresh air to breathe, makes for a very happy mom! 🙂

  14. Sandy Evans says:

    Getting a card in the mail from someone for no particular reason.
    Looking outside and seeing a squirrel playing in the yard.
    Waking up thinking it is a workday and realizing that it is Saturday!

    • Those are wonderful ones, Sandy!!! Thanks for that!!! I especially like your first one—during Lent I have sent a card a day to someone for just that reason=—no reason at all!

  15. After a long day, reading your blog made me smile. I share many of the same “happies” as you listed including – greeting my puppies after being gone all day and seeing their happy faces, enjoying a walk with my hubby, and working in my garden. Thanks Beth Ann for sharing your happies.

  16. Lots of happies in your list. I just learned we’re getting a Hobby Lobby! WOO HOO

  17. A few of my happies: waking up with sunshine, seeing my daffdiodils in bloom,one of my children on the phone, a friend stops by, a letter from a friend, that my arthritis is not hurting, I have a new friend, that I live in a retirement home where the the staff, the workers and the residents are like a wonderful family and that I know God is always with me.

  18. What a great list! Warm, sunny (or rainy) spring days are at the top of my list right now.

  19. I would add this to your list: My hubby likes to pretend he has forgotten some of our special occassions. Often he remembers & I like finding the “treat” he got me when he has remembered.


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