I recently took to Twitter (are you following us yet?) while writing my 15 Things You Might Not Know About Me post to see what people might want to know. When Alyssa of The Wise Willow suggested talking about things that make me happy, I was inspired . . . a bit too inspired for the sake of that post. So, the greatly anticipated post is coming to you today: little things to make you happy . . . because they make me happy, too!
Obviously, Fitz (and his friends!) is at the top of the list, of course, but there are remarkably few animals that don’t make me happy.
2. Accidentally vegan junk food
Oreos? Chili Doritos? Thin Mints? I may love to cook, but sometimes you just want a quick, unhealthy snack.
3. Great pens
4. Cosy blankets and fuzzy socks
I’m far from as “advanced” as I’d like to be, but I’ve been becoming more and more a fan of the ideas behind hygge. Surrounding myself with warm, fuzzy happiness? Yes, please! My mom recently gifted me a pair stripy, fuzzy socks and it’s nearly pained me to take them off since.
5. Funny videos
When depression hits hard, one of the few things that make me smile are Filmcow videos (check out my favourites in my favourite YouTubers post!). I also rediscovered the beauty that is CollegeHumor—I recommend the If Google Was A Guy and Badman series!
6. Streaming services
Moment of appreciation for streaming. I’m forever grateful for services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify for the sheer simplicity of entertainment they provide.
Need ideas for your next movie to stream? Check out some of my favourite films for self care days.
7. Fancy tea/coffee
There are remarkably few instances in which I would turn down tea or coffee in general, but a particularly fancy blend hits the spot from time to time.
8. Recipes that turn out well
Whether I’m trying out a recipe from Pinterest or creating one from scratch, there’s little as satisfying as that recipe turning out perfectly!
Try one of our recipes and see for yourself!
Disclaimer: not all text messages qualify. That girl who only complains about her ~terrible~ life or the guy who turns his second message into an innuendo . . . they don’t make me happy. But a good morning/night text from a loved one? A friend checking in? Somebody asking how you are or what you’re up to and actually caring to hear the answer? Love it.
As much as I love technology, a handwritten letter makes me so, so happy.
Maybe I’m a nerd, but I legitimately enjoy learning. That may be why I’ve signed up for six online courses since graduating. . . .
Another shoutout to Fitz, he gives the best snuggles (when he wants to).
13. The Green Light
No, not Gatsby’s. . . my fellow bloggers will empathise with my love for the Yoast SEO green light!
14. A good book
I guess this one’s obligatory for a writer!
When I can get something for a discount, my day is made.
16. Office supplies
Bonus points for Clippy, the Microsoft Word feature from days of yore. But real stationery is pretty cool, too.
Find our suggestions for the best school supplies for college students here.
Especially after our recent break, I absolutely love the feeling that comes with blogging. Hopefully reading the end result makes you happy, too!
The worse the pun, the better.
19. A Good Lip Balm
I always seem to come back to Blistex.
20. Tiffany and Co.
“. . . nothing very bad could happen to you there.” –Breakfast at Tiffany’s
21. Old Music
I’ll always have a soft spot for Sinatra, but there’s so much to love about the decades surrounding him, too.
By that logic, though, even nostalgic songs from the past twenty years or so can bring a smile to my face!
If you thought an animated egg wouldn’t give you a rush of emotion, you were probably wrong.
I just really, really love rompers. If I could wear only rompers all of the time, I’d be pretty content.
Surprise, surprise, a poet enjoys poetry. I not only love to write it, but I love reading it!
25. The night sky
I didn’t suffer through a semester of Astrophysics for nothing! I can’t claim to actually know much about it, but I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky.
26. Disney movies
If someone claims you’re too old for Disney, they’re wrong.
Especially thunderstorms! I love curling up by an open window and listening to the rain fall.
28. Old cars
I have a friend who can identify nearly any old car at a glance. It’s seriously amazing. While I don’t have that impressive talent, I do enjoy old cars from an aesthetic point of view!
I’ve done far too little travel as of late. But even memories of travel can spark a bit of happiness!
Check out our traveller’s guide to Bath, one of my favourite cities!
30. Listening to someone talk about something they love
One of my favourite things is watching someone explain something about which they’re truly passionate. Even if you don’t share the interest, you can’t help but smile watching their eyes light up as they talk about it!
Do any of these little things make you happy, too? Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!