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My Happiness List #1

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what makes me happy. I admit, sometimes I let my stresses get the better of me and I can be a little bit snappy, but that doesn’t mean I do not appreciate the wonderful things I have in my life. I would consider myself to be quite a stressy person, I always have been but in recent weeks I’ve been trying to find ways to reduce those stress levels and try to become a happier person. I have even found myself googling ‘how to meditate’ which a few years ago I would have totally laughed at, but now it’s something I’m seriously considering!
As part of my quest to bring more happiness in to my life, I thought it would be nice to start keeping a weekly list of the particular things that have made me happy each week. Doing so may help me to find happiness in things I previously didn’t, and it’s kind of nice to look back over the week and say ‘yeah, this week has been pretty, pretty good!’

 

  • Watching my children perform in their school’s harvest festival. They’ve both been practicing a lot, and it was lovely to see their hard work pay off.
  • Having time off work. I decided to book a few days off to coincide with the half term break. We haven’t done much, but sometimes that’s the best kind of time off, isn’t it? We’ve all enjoyed just chilling with each other.
  • Getting ready for halloween. I love this time of year, and Halloween is one of my favourite events during the year. This week, we’ve decorated our house, got our costumes ready, bought pumpkins, it’s all very exciting!
  • Getting my blogging mojo back. I have to say, I have really been struggling to write or do anything blogging related since summer, and it’s been stressing me out no end. Something in me just clicked this week and I’ve jumped back in to blogging with both feet. I’ve got some exciting projects coming up over the coming weeks so I’m feeling really good about things!
  • Attending a new church. Caitlin goes to Girls Brigade each week, which she absolutely loves. At the end of the year, they get awards for different things, and one of the awards is ‘open bible’ for regularly attending church. We haven’t been to church for quite some time, so this week we decided to go to a church in our village which we have never been to before. Having messaged ahead to ask some questions, we arrived on Sunday to a lovely welcome. People had learned our names and were waiting to greet us on arrival. Caitlin loved it and can’t wait to go again this Sunday.
  • Caitlin bringing me a little handmade drawing tonight. She drew a picture of the two of us together, I was holding a flowers and the rest of the page was adorned with hearts. It was very cute, and I find it so sweet that she thinks about making people little gifts.
Do you keep a list like this? What has made you particularly happy this week? Let me know in the comments!

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33 Comments

  • Reply Kate Fever October 31, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I love being able to go and watch my kids in their harvest festivals and Christmas plays etc. I am having a bit of a blogging dip at the moment, hoping my mojo comes back soon!

    • Reply Lauren November 1, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      It is great isn't it, such proud moments. I hope your blogging dip doesn't last too long, I think I'm slowly learning that blogging is full of rises and dips, bit like a rollercoaster really! You'll be on your way back up before you know it x

  • Reply The London Mum October 31, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I love the idea of this kind of post. I'm excited about the days when I can watch my little man in his school pays- I don't know why but the thought just REALLY excites me. He can't even speak properly yet! lol x

    • Reply Lauren November 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      It is so lovely watching your children perform and you can't help but burst with pride, when your time comes you'll love it, even if it is a few years away x

  • Reply MummyTravels October 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I do think this is a great idea. I did do a mini list of three positive things from each day at one stage and think perhaps I should restart as I do find it quite easy to get overwhelmed by little stresses.

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      You should definitely restart, I've only done one list and it's a definite mood booster!

  • Reply Janette Davey October 31, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    A great idea. I also lost my blogging mojo over the summer although have written a few times in the last two weeks so it may be back ��Glad you found a church. I moved 200 miles just over a year ago and didn't look for a new church for a while but now I've found a really lovely friendly one that's great with my kids.

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      I hate losing my blogging mojo, it's like losing a part of myself! I'm glad you found a nice friendly church for you and the kids too x

  • Reply Lisa1970 October 31, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    It's so good to take note of the good things isn't it? What a kind welcome at church too, lovely 🙂

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      It is, sometimes you can be so busy just getting on with the day to day that you forget to remember all the little good things that happened, so it's great to make a note 🙂

  • Reply kerry norris October 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    This is a lovely idea for a post especially as you can refer back to it if you're ever having any pants days. I think I'll have to do one so thanks for the idea. Can't wait to be able to watch my daughter in concerts when she's older x

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      It will be great to refer back to definitely, I just need to make sure I stick at it! Yeah it's lovely to watch your kids in their concerts/ plays, can't wait for the nativity!

  • Reply Erin Ek Rush October 31, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    This is really lovely! I think it's so easy to get caught up with life and forget to appreciate it. At bed at night I try to remember play 3 good things with my daughter where we think of 3 good things about the day.

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Aww that's a lovely idea, maybe I should start to do that with my children.

  • Reply Kerry Dyer October 31, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Great list, it's good to focus on the positives! I have got my blogging mojo back recently and I love it 🙂

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      It is good to focus on the positives, definitely! Yes it feels fantastic to have my blogging mojo back, I get so stressed out when I lose mine.

  • Reply you baby me mummy October 31, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I love a happy list! I write one weekly and have done now for 73 weeks! It really helps me to focus on the positives xx

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      Wow, 73 weeks, that's a lot of happy! I hope I can continue mine for that long x

  • Reply Jenna Richards October 31, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I wrote a list of 50 things that make me happy a while back when I was feeling a bit low. By the end of it, I was beaming. Just thinking about those things was enough to cheer me up. Hope this had the same effect for you. 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      It absolutely did, and sitting thinking about my happy things at the end of each day ready for next weeks post is having that effect too x

  • Reply Emma T October 31, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I don't keep a list, but in a way the blog is – all the things I'm proud of for N and myself if relevant to share.

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      I suppose that's a good point, I mainly share about things I'm happy about or proud of so my blog is a bit of a happiness list on it's own.

  • Reply Erica Price November 1, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I like the idea of a happy list. It's all to easy to get caught up in every day and miss the good things.

    • Reply Lauren November 2, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Absolutely, I'm finding when I sit and think about the day properly I realise how good it has been.

  • Reply Cuddle Fairy November 1, 2015 at 11:38 am

    What a lovely list! You have a lot to be happy for. Caitlin's drawing is so sweet! I'm glad you got your blogging mojo back.I hope you had a great Halloween! My kids were off for midterm break & we have really enjoyed the week together! x

    • Reply Lauren November 3, 2015 at 12:09 am

      I do have a lot to be happy for, particularly my family! Yes I'm pleased I got my blogging mojo back I was lost without it. Hope you enjoyed Halloween break x

  • Reply KARA November 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I think this is a great thing to do, I have a Happiness Journal which actually I have let slip and reading this has made me realise how much that has effected me.
    Positivity breads positivity x

    • Reply Lauren November 3, 2015 at 12:10 am

      It really does! Make sure you start writing your happiness journal again, it's good for the soul x

  • Reply Kerry Dyer November 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I love reading these, it really makes you think of the positive things. Great for when you're having a stressful busy day (like me today!!) x

    • Reply Lauren November 3, 2015 at 12:10 am

      Ah no, hope your day wasn't too stressful! Maybe start your own happiness list for days like today?x

  • Reply AMummyToo November 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Lovely positive post. Glad you've got so much to smile about x

    • Reply Lauren November 3, 2015 at 12:11 am

      Thank you x

  • Reply Katy (What Katy Said) November 6, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I think a lot of people lost their blogging mojo this summer. Good to hear you have found yours again. Thanks for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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