It can be very easy to become preoccupied with the stresses and strains of everyday life, and take the good stuff for granted, even to the point of ignoring the all the fabulous reasons to be happy in favour of coping with the things that add to our troubles or make us grumpy (for me anyway). So for that reason, I’ve made myself little “Happy Box” in my head, and rather than focus on the negative, I’ve started making a point on the thing that happen every day that make me smile, chuckle, or just happy to have been involved in.
Things that have made me happy over the past few weeks are:
Quality time with the children and Mr
Throughout the summer holidays we have had days out interspersed with sunny days in, and, of course, our extended family holiday in the Vendee. I have loved spending time with my children, both in and out, playing games, having fun and just enjoying their company. It’s times like this that matter the most, and seeing the look on J’s face when we took him to see snow leopards at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis possibly made my entire summer holidays. Evenings on our holiday were spent playing football with the children, Mr, my big brother and my dad…and it was just such FUN! I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole time we played.
Embracing my creativity
I’ve been enjoying making things, after a wee break. In the past couple of weeks I have made a pretty comb to wear for a wedding; another comb, just because; a pair of earrings, with some shells from our holiday to Italy; a crocheted anklet; a pretty bracelet, to match my Murano necklace; and a bling hair slide. I do enjoy making things, and feel relaxed when I am creating something pretty.
Feeling proud of my children
Just before the summer holidays it was report day for my boys. I am lucky in that both of my sons enjoy school and are keen to do their best, and it’s fabulous when there efforts are rewarded with some wonderful comments on their school reports. Both had achieved well above average results in their assessments this term, and as well as the immense pride I had due to that alone, I was also very pleased that they obviously felt proud of themselves. B is currently working really hard towards his 11+, which is made doubly difficult for him as he is the only one of his school-friends to be taking it. He is being such a trooper, putting aside time each day to do some work and practise tests, and I am so proud of his attitude. He is so pleased with the progress he is making, and it makes me realise how grown up he is becoming.
I love buying gifts for people, and with my wedding anniversary coming up, I’d been putting some thought into what to get Mr. We don’t do huge presents, but I enjoy getting him a little token of my appreciation to thank him for putting up with me for another year. The hardest thing about buying him things, though, is not telling him beforehand, and keeping it a surprise. I hope he likes it.
Spending time with friends
We have friends scattered across the country, and don’t see them as often as we’d like. In the past few weeks we have been lucky enough to go to a friend’s wedding (in Majorca!) and also catch up with some friends who live a couple of hours away (who am I kidding? Everywhere is a couple of hours from us!) It’s so nice to be able to go from not having seen each other for months, to chatting as if we saw them last week, and great to know that we have such close friends in terms of relationship, if not location.
So that’s my little account of what’s made me happy lately. Nothing momentous – just a few little things… and that’s what life’s all about, really, when you get down to it. The little things are what makes us happy.