20 (Ordinary) Things To Be Happy About

Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's fairly easy to look at your life and pinpoint everything that could be better. It's easy to wish you had more money or a nicer car or a bigger house. It's easy to buy a powerball ticket and convince yourself that an absurd amount of money will solve all of your problems and make you enviably happy.

It's easier to romanticize the future and all of its possibilities than it is to find happiness in the present. It's easier to identify what we're missing than it is to be grateful about everything we already have.

We're bombarded with different ideas of happiness. We read articles entitled "How to be Happy" and "Things Happy People Do Each Day". We've searched for happiness through travelling, weight-loss, boyfriends, girlfriends, music, food, family, possessions. It's something we crave, something we chase, something many people spend their entire lives trying to figure out. We've tried to explain it with science, with math, with literature, and poetry, but at the end of the day, the concept of happiness is just as elusive as it was when we started our search.

I'm not going to tell you what happiness is or how to achieve it. I'm not going to give you a step by step process of how to be the happiest version of you because honestly, I wouldn't know where to begin. All I know is that there's so many simple bits of happiness that can be found within ordinary life, and I don't think you have to wait until you're 21 or married or working your dream job or a millionaire to have your share. Because sometimes during our pursuit of happiness we accidentally overlook all the joy that can be found right there in front of you. And there's a lot of it.

  1. Clean Sheets and cozy beds
  2. Waking up and realizing that you still have a few hours of sleep before your alarm will go off
  3. Singing your favorite song in the car
  4. The sound of rain
  5. The fact that Mexican food exists
  6. Sunrises and sunsets
  7. Oversized shirts 
  8. Your favorite song coming on shuffle
  9. Taking off your shoes after a long day
  10. Hearing your mom's voice
  11. Blue skies, gray skies, pink skies, skies in general
  12. Books you can't put down (and the new worlds they take us to)
  13. The sound of laughter
  14. Naps 
  15. Strangers who smile at you
  16. Pictures of moments you don't want to forget 
  17. The thought that some of the best days of you're life haven't happened yet
  18. Knowing that you are exactly where you need to be and will eventually get to where you want to be
  19. Disposable cameras
  20. Recognizing that happiness is a choice, so you should surround yourself with pizza, not negativity.

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times 
if one only remembers to turn on the light." -Albus Dumbledore 

The lovely drawing at the top was created by Marc Johns. He's one of my favorite artists, so you should definitely check him out.

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3 Happy Thoughts

  1. I absolutely love the picture of Karen!!

  2. Yes! Reminders like these are vital, especially during the winter months.


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