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“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
Dalai Lama XIV
Do you ever think about what makes you happy? Out of all the things in your life, what are the few things that simply put a smile on your face?
Living a simple lifestyle is important to me. It helps create more time for doing things that make me happy. It also allows me to spend time with the people I love!
What are some things that make you happy?
Here are five things that make me happy, and living a simple lifestyle gives me the ability to enjoy them more often.
Being in the kitchen brings me such happiness! I enjoy cooking when I’m in the mood for it, but I love to bake anytime. I love to try new recipes, but my favorite is my pecan pie recipe. It always comes out perfect, and it tastes so yummy (insert heart eyes).
Baking brings me a sense of peace and happiness. I love to throw in my headphones, dance around the kitchen, and add my own flare to a recipe depending on my mood.
What’s your favorite thing to bake?
Reading a Good Book
I have been a book lover for most of my life. As a little girl, I loved reading stories with my mom, and we usually spent summers at the library and reading together. It’s a memory with my mom that I love to think about.
I still enjoy reading. There’s nothing better than curling up with one of my favorite authors (James Patterson, Charlaine Harris, or Gemma Halliday) and spending an afternoon getting lost in one of their books.
Who is one of your favorite authors?
Spending Time with Family & Friends
Who doesn’t love to spend time with their family and friends? I’m sure we all have some family members we would rather not spend time with, but overall, spending time with family is something that we should cherish.
I very much enjoy my alone time, but it’s also nice to have the time to spend with my family and friends when I want to. I enjoy going out with my friends a few times a month and seeing my family when we have the time for family dinner or just swinging by to catch up.
I want to spend my time with people who make me laugh, smile, and have feel-good vibes. Being with my friends and family always brings laughs and smiles.
Writing is something I have come to love in just the last few years.
In school, I always enjoyed English class, but I never loved writing papers on the subjects that were assigned. The idea of writing was something I enjoyed, but I wanted to write about topics that were interesting to me. I didn’t want to write research papers or a paper on some book I was forced to read (I’m sure some of you will agree!).
As I have gotten older, writing has become my creative outlet. I can get lost in writing about things I enjoy talking about, and I love sharing my ideas with all of my wonderful readers!
What is your favorite creative outlet?
Spending Time in Nature
Being outdoors brings me so much happiness! Breathing in the fresh air and hearing the peaceful sounds of nature always calms my soul.
I enjoy any time outside, from working in my garden to hiking to sitting on my front porch! Just being outdoors makes me happy. My favorite thing to do is watch the birds come to the feeders I have set up and watching the little chipmunk I have in my backyard (his name is Chester).
When I first met my husband, we spent a lot of time outdoors. He took me to many fun and very beautiful places. He helped me develop the love I have for nature and being outdoors. It’s also something we enjoy doing together.
What is one of your favorite outdoor activities?
I hope you take some time this week to reflect on some of the things that make you happy in your life! Then, I hope you make time to be able to enjoy some of these things this year!
Until next time,