Octoberly Link Love

October 01, 2021

Octoberly isn’t a word, but I think it should be. Doesn’t it sound sort of fall-ish? As October creeps in, I’m enjoying the way the light falls through the trees, the adorable little pumpkins at the grocery store, and the ubiquitous presence of pumpkin spice. Here are a few more things I’ve enjoyed recently:

Check out the Action for Happiness Optimistic October calendar here. Today’s task is to “Write down three things you can look forward to this month.” 

I love doing jigsaw puzzles, and I was thrilled to read “Jigsaw Puzzles Can Improve Your Life More Than You Realize.” I’ve got a new puzzle sitting on my dining room table right now waiting for me to start it. 

Ingrid Fetell Lee’s posts at The Aesthetics of Joy have especially resonated with me lately. I found “Are You Talking Yourself Out of Joy? Here’s How to Stop” and “6 Ways to Find Joy During Times of Change” especially good reading.

I loved this story, and especially the message the dad wanted to share: “Some people can make any situation worse, and some people can make any situation better… always be that second person….”

If visiting Denmark (consistently ranked one of the happiest countries in the world) is on your travel wish list, here’s one more reason to go. In July of 2020, the Happiness Research Institute opened the world’s first happiness museum in Copenhagen. 

Stephanie Hayes’ newspaper columns often make me laugh, and “Christmas is canceled, Tampa Bay. Instead, choose one of these holidays” was one of my recent favorites. (You don’t need to live in Tampa Bay to appreciate the humor.) Subscribe to her free newsletter if you’d like to read more of her writing.

How fun is this?

Happy Friday—and may October be full of simple pleasures and everyday adventures!

What Octoberly pleasures are you looking forward to?

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  1. Octoberly should definitely be a word!

  2. Kathy love Octoberly! Such a good word for this beautiful month. I thoroughly enjoyed your links too. Thoughts on joy made me hit the "pause" button. Thank you for this joy filled post. I especially loved reading how good jig saw puzzles are for us. Makes me want to get one out and start working on my mental health. 😊! Have a great day.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the links, Debbie. Isn't it great that something so simple and low tech as a jigsaw puzzle can be so good for us ;) Have a great weekend!

  3. You always find the best links to share. I LOVED the dance party! And the story about the dad who did CPR on the dog’s toy. I have always loved jigsaw puzzles too, and I did a lot of them last year. I haven’t done any lately, and I even have a couple of new ones. I guess I need to dig one out. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Thanks, Cheryl! Glad you liked the links. I still haven't started my puzzle, but maybe this week...