I can’t fail to notice on Facebook that a lot of my Friends are doing the #100HappyDays challenge. ‘How lovely,’ I think as my Newsfeed scrolls through photos of cake and handstands and grinning children. But could I be happy for 100 days straight? My family would certainly be suspicious.
But there are certainly things that make me happy. That make my heart sing. So I bring you my first 50 Happy Things. 100 all at the same time seemed like a lot. And as everyone older than 7 will have learnt to their cost, too much of a good thing can make you feel ill. You can have my second 50 tomorrow.
By the way, they’re not in any sort of order. Ranking happiness seemed harsh. Whose to say kittens aren’t as great a thing as chocolate brownies? Besides which, whatever has caused that particular moment of utter joy will always take the #1 spot in that moment. You don’t want to be enjoying something blissful but comparing it unfavourably with something that happened to you years ago.
Happy Things. Part 1.
1) My children’s laughter.
Toddlers especially know how to laugh with utter joy. Whatever happens to that?
2) Infinity pools.
Boo’s reaction to meeting Snow White was priceless. And the spinning teacups, every time.
4) The view overlooking Central Park from the 42nd floor of The Four Seasons Hotel.
5) Marshmallow-soft duvets and freshly washed sheets.
6) My wedding day
(apart from the first dance, which was awful).
From ballerina dreams as a child to my Monday night jazz class, I’ve always loved to dance. I miss ballroom dancing so much. You can’t beat floating round the floor to a Viennese Waltz or getting fierce with a Tango. The only man I get to dance with now though is Noodles. But even that is pretty joyous.
8) Glitter and sequins.
9) Strictly Come Dancing.
Considering #7 and #8, how could I not find utter bliss is this?
From the planning to the last-minute shopping. Taking the kids to see Santa, nativity plays, gift-wrap, booze, huge lunches and sherry trifle.
12) My friends.
13) Being on the receiving end of a cheeky grin.
15) Picnicking at the ford at Castle Acre.
17) A dress that hides all the wobbly bits and makes me feel va-va-voom.
18) Having time alone with Boo.
19) Playing in the fountains behind King’s Cross station.
20) Raw cake batter and a plastic spatula.
So naughty. So delicious.
22) Sunshine on the back of my neck.
24) Baby Teddy blissfully asleep on Eve.
26) Fantastic blogs.
Whether funny, or creative, tender and sweet or thought-provoking, there are a lot of incredible people out there.
27) Sipping hot chocolate through whipped cream.
28) Smothering toddler cheeks in kisses.
29) Murder mystery nights.
31) When Iggle Piggle falls over at the end of In the Night Garden.
It makes Noodles squeal every time.
32) Money left over in the bank at the end of the month.
33) Paying the mortgage.
Which makes #32 impossible, but there’s a satisfying feeling to achieving responsibility.
34) The drunken face of a sated baby.
35) Hotel rooms.
36) When a new recipe works.
37) A freshly-decorated room.
38) Time to myself.
40) ‘Thank you.’
41) Great comedy.
Daniel Kitson warrants particular mention. So so great.
42) Falling into a great book.
43) Random conversations with strangers.
44) Creme brûlée.
47) Finding the perfect lipstick/sunglasses/jeans.
49) Paint tester pots.
50) Sleeping children.
There you are. Part 1.
I bet it’s got you thinking. So come on:
What makes you happy?
I’ll be back tomorrow with more…