Happiness is a Journey, not a Destination

Happiness, Happiness Everyday

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. "
Henry Ward Beecher

Happiness is one of life's great goals but too often we actually make it a pursuit when in fact  happiness should not be dependent on the outcome of certain events. While this type of focus helps us strive for more, it can also lead to a belief that happiness can only be attained  through completing accomplishments or acquiring certain things. This can lead to a preoccupation with wanting more so that we are no longer satisfied with what we already have which takes our attention away from the beauty of present moments and everyday joy.

The little things which we might take for granted at times are often the biggest things and the ones which truly make life worth living. Here’s to appreciating the little things. This is my list of 21 things that make me happy…

 •  Watching the sunset or the sunrise

 •  Finding a rainbow after the rain

 •  When something makes me laugh so hard that my stomach hurts

 •  Waking up to the sight of my husband next to me and that feeling of winning the husband jackpot

 •  Daily snuggles with my husband

 •  Conversations with my husband about everything and nothing

 •  Random phone calls or texts from my husband just to say I love you

 •  My husband's dancing

 •  The feel of fresh sheets against my skin

 •  When my apartment is totally clean

 •  Coming up with a new dish with whatever is hanging around in my refrigerator and it's amazing

 •  When the song that I was just thinking of pops up on my iTunes

 •  When a photo turns out exactly as I had visualized it

 •  Finding money or something I forgot about

 •  Getting everything done on my to-do list

 •  Receiving a random act of kindness and paying it forward

 •  A good hair day

 •  When my husband rubs my feet

 •  When the bus/train pulls in just as I get to the station

 •  When the Yankees win

 •  Walks down by the river

What are some little things that make you happy?


Carolina G. Ticala said...

Bonita selección!que tengas una buena semana!💚💚💚

Blackswan said...

Great post, Rowena! We need to slow down our steps to admire the little things around us sometimes. Life's so short! xoxo

Jackie Harrison said...

I agree when the Yankees win and also when I have time for myself.

Marisa Cavaleiro said...

yes these are the little things that make us all much happier women. I'm also happy when someone reads my posts and doesn't comment just the photos !!!!



Doctor Anne said...

Morning cuddles with the kids. Reading in the sunshine. The fact that watermelon is going to be in season soon.

Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

Emmylou said...

What a great post to read on a Monday morning, chingu:) Thank you. It's so easy to forget that it is, indeed, the journey that we should treasure and not always the outcome. Now, as I get older, I find I'm just grateful for being able to wake up and see my husband and the kiddos.
Happy Monday, my friend.:)

Patricia & Miguel said...

Life is all about the simple things and actually paying attention to them! Living the way we want and always following our intuition are the things that make us happy!
With love,

Patricia & Miguel

ALLIE NYC said...

These are great, one thing that makes me happy is when I get up in the morning and I see the stray cat I feed sleeping in the bed I left outside for him.


Oh to Be a Muse said...

Laughing really hard is definitely on the top of my list of things that make me happy.


Hena Tayeb said...

You read my mind on some of these..
randomly throwing these together and producing a delicious meal always makes me happy!


Shireen L. Platt said...

I love the way you write about your husband and the special moments you both share. It's very apparent that you absolutely adores him and him you, such happiness and true love is so rare these days.

Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

Paola Lauretano said...

Such a lovely list, Rowena!
Totally agree... life is all about the little things!
Kisses, Paola.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a wonderful list of happy things!

Fashionably Idu said...

Such a beautiful post Rowena! Made my heart smile.


R.ChamberofBeauty said...

You have written so well about your husband and the special moments you both have shared. These little things give a lot of happiness in life. Love the post😘.
Have a great day, kisses 😘😍😘

Ivana Split said...

What a lovely post! I read somewhere that people who enjoy the little things are the happiest. I do believe that it is so important to take the time to enjoy the little things. Your list is adorable! It's so romantic that so many things that make you happy has to do with your husband, I think that proves you're a happy couple. I love waking up next to my husband as well. A cup of tea or coffee also makes me happy. Sea view or river/lake view is something that makes me feel calmer (and hence happier) as well. I love watching mountains (I'm really fortunate in that in all of the cities I've lived in my love I was always surrounded my mountains!) Teaching also makes me happy, especially teaching kids, it's so rewarding.

Beauty Unearthly said...

Interesting post dear! thanks for sharing xx

Unknown said...

Fantastic post!
Have a nice week!
Gil Zetbase

Jenny said...

This is such a lovely post and reading your list of what makes you happy made me smile too. I've learned that it's not the material goods but often these small moments and experiences in life that bring me true joy. Like right now, I'm sitting in bed with my cat snuggling up against me and I'm just thinking "I could sit here all day and be perfectly content"!

Jenny // Geeky Posh