50 things that make me happy

“People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgements, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” Eckhart Tolle

I always think that we tend to focus on what makes us stressed out or anxious about daily life, whether we do it consciously or subconsciously it uses up a lot of our energy which doesn’t leave a lot of focus for what makes us happy. I am the biggest culprit for doing exactly this so I’m trying to consciously change my thought pattern to have an automatic focus onto the positives and what makes me happy. I stumbled across a “50 things that make me happy” blog and thought I would challenge myself to do the same but change the quantity to 20 because there’s no way I could think of 50!? I was so wrong, thinking of what makes me happy was so much easier than what I thought which gives me the hope that I eventually will subconsciously think of what makes me happy rather than stressed or anxious.

I smiled the entire way through making this list and challenge everyone to make some time to do the same.

  1. My family – Blood related, immediate, extended, adopted, no matter the title I love every single one of them
  2. My children – My children keep me grounded, they represent stability and they give me the strength to overcome any obstacle in life.
  3. My husband – My rock and my best friend
  4. My home
  5. The smell of freshly washed clothes
  6. Home decor20161227_040620000_iOS
  7. Music
  8. YouTube – (Beauty in particular)
  9. Ted talks
  10. Scented candles
  11. Sunshine
  12. Flowers
  13. Self-help books
  14. Online shopping
  15. Spending time with my sister – (There’s a 13-year age gap between us so she fills me in on what’s cool and what’s not)
  16. Going on adventures with my husband and children
  17. Apple crumble with warm custard
  18. Writing
  19. Taking photos
  20. Spring – My favourite season
  21. Cleaning
  22. Ticking of a “to do” list
  23. Travelling
  24. Stand-up comedy (Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh?)
  25. English breakfast tea
  26. Christmas – My FAVOURITE time of the year
  27. Being outdoors
  28. Markets
  29. A long shower at the end of the day
  30. Breakfastornella-binni-106372
  31. My children’s art
  32. Meditating
  33. Clean sheets
  34. PJ’S – If I could wear PJ’s all day every day I would!
  35. Getting my hair done
  36. When my children play nicely together
  37. Random catch-ups with friends
  38. Quotes
  39. Pinterest
  40. Watching my daughter dance and my son play football
  41. Inspiring people
  42. Trees
  43. The smell of a freshly mowed lawn
  44. Giving – Whether its surprising someone with a gift or helping someone in need.
  45. Australia
  46. Face-timing my grandparents 
  47. Having some alone time
  48. Grand designs or any sort of home renovation shows
  49. Musicals – (Mary Poppins is my ultimate favourite)
  50. Everyone who reads my blog! 

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