10 on Tuesday: Everyday Things That Make Me Happy

10 on Tuesday: Everyday Things That Make Me Happy
10. Eastern Market. I love living close enough to Eastern Market to be able to get supplies for super-fresh, delicious dinners like this.

I don’t think I necessarily spend enough time noticing the little things that make me happy, so today’s list prompt from Carole Knits was a nice reminder. For the purposes of this post, I am not taking “everyday” literally, but rather to mean small, fairly common things.

1. Music. Whether it’s my official go-to happy song, or the playlist called “Happy,” or any of the jillion songs I have in iTunes, listening to music almost always makes me happy.

2. Reading. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love escaping into another world through the pages of a book (or, now, the screen of my Kindle).

3. My iPhone. As I noticed on my long vacation, being unplugged works for some people, but being always-connected makes me happy.

4. Coffee. Can’t live without it! Addiction or happiness-inducer, I don’t know… And I don’t care!

5. Homemade lemon-ginger soap. Not homemade by me – I buy it from a woman at Eastern Market – but it’s absolutely delightful.

6. A brightly-colored pedicure. Right now, I’m sporting my favorite, OPI’s Cha-Ching Cherry, but I’m also fond of a lovely red called “I’m Not Really a Waitress,” and the various automotive-ish blues at my local nail salon.

7. On Demand/Netflix/DVR. I love having a trio of options to let me watch things when I want to, not on the television network’s schedule.

8. My tiki mugs. I got two souvenir mugs from Mai Kai on my birthday vacation last year, and whenever I drink from them I’m reminded of a fun trip.

9. Fresh sheets on the bed. I make my bed every day, but there’s nothing like the feeling of the sheets when they’re fresh from the washer, not just straightened up.

10. Take a look at the photo caption for the final item on my list.

(It goes almost without saying that the people in my life – friends and family – are the biggest contributors to my everyday happiness. But they’re not things, and therefore not on the list.)

What makes you happy?

5 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Everyday Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Joanne July 19, 2012 / 1:24 am

    What would make me happy right now is a baby who would start sleeping through the night again.

    Small things, hmmm.

    listening to the kids play together

    coming home on a maids day

    finding out that my colleagues at other agencies value my work (as I did today!)

    NPR news (for knowing there is still thoughtful news shows out there)

    the rainbow drawing Wyatt did for my desk at work (which is not coming down no matter how much the new boss wants a sterile work environment!)

    My iPhone–it makes waiting so much less annoying

    (this list is much harder than it should be!)

    hot chocolate from Starbucks

    my “banish the bad mood” playlist


    my neighborhood actually socializes together.

  2. Mom July 19, 2012 / 7:26 am

    My list went somewhere besides here. Can you find it???

    • Sarah July 19, 2012 / 9:46 am

      It’s not in my pending or spam folders, so I don’t know where it went. The iPad must have eaten it. Sorry!

  3. Mom July 19, 2012 / 7:28 am

    P.S. you left out hockey, baseball, & beer, Sarah!

    • Sarah July 19, 2012 / 9:46 am

      Pretty sure everyone knows those three already!

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