7 Things Making Me Happy Right Now

January 22, 2018

I live in Florida, so I like winter, but I know it’s a challenging season for many people. All the more reason to look for and savor simple pleasures and everyday adventures that will help you through the cold, dark days. I’ll start. Here are seven simple pleasures and everyday adventures making me happy right now:

  • Actually having a “winter”. I’ve been cold. I’ve worn sweaters and jackets and fuzzy socks and we ran the central heat! This is noteworthy in central Florida.

  • A milestone wedding anniversary. My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary last week! We’ve now been together far longer than we were alive before we got married. We’re planning a celebratory trip of some kind later in the year.

  • Jigsaw puzzles. I put together a puzzle a friend gave me over the course of a week or so, and I enjoyed it so much! Bonus: this made me realize that if I set up my sketching supplies the way I set up a place to do my puzzle I might actually start sketching again.

  • Riding Tank at full strength. All his owies are gone. We’ve started jumping again. Another bonus: spending time with him without coming home drenched in sweat (see #1).

  • Crazy Aunt Purl is back as crazytourist.com. CAP/Laurie Perry was one of my favorite bloggers when I first started blogging myself. She took a break from writing for a while, but she’s back and as delightful as ever.

  • My Reticular Activating System (RAS). Say what?! The RAS is a part of your brain that “takes what you focus on and creates a filter for it. It then sifts through the data and presents only the pieces that are important to you,” according to Tobias van Schneider, writing on Medium.com. My RAS has been active in looking for flow—I’m seeing it everywhere, including the January 2018 Editor’s Letter in Better Homes and Gardens. (Thanks to my friend Kerri for introducing me to the RAS.)
Your turn! What simple pleasures and everyday adventures are making you happy right now?

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  1. Congratulations, how happy is this! I would love to see you riding your beautiful horse...I do have my sketch stuff very accessible, sometimes not putting it away at the end of the day. I was just thinking of putting out a puzzle, but then, I worry that I'd stop drawing...How to do both, is the challenge...

    1. Rita--it really is a challenge to do all the happy things we want to do! Ride, sketch, read, do jigsaw puzzles... Hope you have plenty of time to do the things you love today.

  2. Dear Kathy - your list is wonderful. So enjoyed seeing you and hubby's wedding pic. Congratulations - 30 years is a milestone! Years ago I would put up jigsaw puzzles and work on them during winter's visit. For some reason other things replaced the wonder of putting together a beautiful picture. I certainly loved yours. Reading after dinner and spending time with hubby in the evenings brings me happiness. Thanks for a wonderful post. As always I so enjoy my visit here - that is another Happy right now thing for me. :)!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! We were so young... So very glad that Catching Happiness qualifies as a happy thing!

      Your evenings sound very similar to ours. We eat dinner, watch some TV, putter around a little, and end the day by reading in bed. It's lovely.