50 Things that Make me Happy

As some of you may or may not know, life hasn’t been all sunshine and roses for me lately. With all the stress of finals on the horizon and teachers cramming in projects, papers, and exams in the final weeks, things have gotten chaotic and overwhelming at times. Trying to keep my head above the water, I realized I needed to focus on the things that bring me the most joy, even in hard times … and so I decided to make a list of the first 50 things that come to mind when asked, “What makes you happy?”

50 Things that Make me Happy:

  1. Laughter
  2. Sunrises
  3. Sunsets
  4. Lyrics that perfectly fit my current situation
  5. Dancing in the rain
  6. Quoting favorite movie lines
  7. DOGS
  8. The word “sweetheart” (heart=melting)
  9. Home-cooked meals
  10. Roasting marshmallows on a campfire
  11. Bible verses that bring peace to stressful situations
  12. The smell of popcorn
  13. Car ride jam seshes
  14. The sound of the ocean
  15. Late night adventures
  16. Exhilarating worship music
  17. Cold drink on a hot summer day
  18. Movie nights
  19. The first bite of a donut
  20. Summer country driving with the windows down
  21. Funny stories
  22. The feeling of accomplishment
  23. Long walks
  24. Hot chocolate
  25. Compliments
  26. Laughing until I feel a 6-pack coming on
  27. Clever puns
  28. Killing a presentation I was nervous about
  29. Making it through to the weekend
  30. Sugar Rushes
  31. Back massages
  32. Warm weather
  33. Nicknames
  34. Waking up feeling well rested
  35. Love
  36. Larger-than-life smiles
  37. Bike rides in the park
  38. Peaceful songs that can calm any mood
  39. Hot showers
  40. Binge watching cool dance routines
  41. Hearing an amazing cover of a song
  42. Drawing for hours
  43. Crawling into bed after a long day
  44. Reading a quote that’s worded perfectly
  45. Making others laugh
  46. Thoughtful surprises
  47. JESUS
  48. Feeling confident
  49. Skype calls with friends miles away
  50. The Grinch (of course)

So many times we focus on all the negatives in life instead of realizing how many things there are to be happy about. Sometimes it’s necessary to remind yourself of all the beautiful things in life that make you smile and to remember there are still sunshine and roses in the days ahead, even if your life is just cloudy and full of weeds today.

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