I am fascinated by happiness.
Aren’t we all to a certain extent? Happiness is the ultimate goal, right?
In terms of happiness, I’m in a pretty good place right now. I mean, I’ve had my moments. I’m not always super happy, by any means. In fact, if anything, I’m prone to being a downright misery at times.
But do you know what? I think I’m coming to realise that happiness is something you can work on.
For me, the idea that we are all ultimately responsible for our own happiness is a double edged sword. It’s hard to accept responsibility when I’m feeling low, but at the same time, knowing that happiness isn’t controlled by outside sources fills me with optimism.
So when things aren’t going to plan or I’m feeling like a moron because I’ve gone and done something daft again. Like sending one of the kids into school with a bag of rubbish, instead of stuff for a school project. I try to focus on the positives and enjoy the little things in life that put a smile on my face.
Things like freshly washed sheets, the sound of my children laughing and warm, buttery croissants score quite highly.
And if the response from Instagram is anything to go by, everyday life is pretty bloomin sweet! Here are a few of life’s everyday pleasures that the Instagram community can’t get enough of:
“Pour over coffee, dew on grass, and the cold side of the pillow.” @beforeandagain_
“An afternoon nap and a cup of hot chai.” @lizmosley
“Opening the curtains in the morning to let the daylight stream in.”@carenbarry
“Getting snail mail!” @thisisjules
“Nutella and cat cuddling, in that order.” @kutovakkia
“That first cup of coffee and a spritz of my favourite perfume.” @irish_mama_in_london
“When your favourite song comes on shuffle.” @katbluejay
“Soft woolly blankets and a good book on a rainy day.” @hayleyfromhome
“A warm pastry straight out of the oven, sofa cuddles, and warm towels after a hot shower.” @sheflourished_
“A phone call from my friend.” @leointhegarden
“That first sip of hot tea in the morning.” @karenbhphotos
“Fresh cut flowers.” @suzannew_pics
“Curtains billowing in the wind on a warm sunny day.” @sucretales
“Getting home after a cold wet day and having a hot bubble bath – heaven!” @wonderandwild_
“Walks in the wood.” @foragedheather
“Freshly cleaned washing blowing in the breeze!” @littlejampotlife
“Knowing the kitchen cupboards are full.” @aconstantdreamer
“Fresh bread spread thickly with butter!” @helsbellesmemoriesandcoldtea
“The smell of rain and bare feet in grass.” @elenignrds
“An empty inbox and breakfast in bed.” @yia_des
“A beautiful morning sky.” @annickenhj
“Breeze feeling, star gazing, dog snuffling, chip eating, and cake baking.” @andrewtimothyob
I don’t know about you, but I find it hard not to feel happy when I think of all these lovely things. It also makes me think that setting aside just one day a year, to enjoy all of these things at once, would be the the dream. And with the UK climate, I like my chances of being able to enjoy both dismal and sunny weather within the space of 24hrs.
Oh and if you’re interested in happiness and how to get it, then you should definitely go read ‘The Little Book of Lykke’. The only danger being that it may make you want to up sticks and go and live on a commune, which if you’re an introvert like me, is quite a disturbing prospect.