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Things That Me Me Happy Right Now

Like I told you yesterday, I’ve been fighting off the dark effects of depression for the last week or so. One thing that has helped in the past is taking time to find the little things that make me happy and focusing on them. My old therapist taught me this trick way back when I was really in the dark pit of postpartum depression after Zoey’s birth. I use it whenever I first start feeling the depression coming back and a lot of the time it’s enough to trick my brain out of the spiral. 


Things That Make Me Happy Right Now


1. The new TV show Enlisted on FOX. One of the best things that came out of the demise of our DVR is now we have room to try out some new shows. We watched Enlisted this week and holy balls, it was funny. It was funny without being overly stupid, if you know what I mean. I curled up on the couch in my fuzzy slippers with a comfy blanket, a glass of wine, and Matt and we laughed our butts off at Enlisted. 





2. My sister has a new work schedule starting this week. She is only working weekends now. She’s a home health nurse and she decided once her fiance finished school and found a full time job that she would rather sacrifice her weekends to not have to put her son in daycare. So that means she is wide open Monday-Friday to hang out with me. I love hanging out with my sister. She is probably the most genuine person I have ever met- she is giving and thoughtful and she makes me laugh. I totally lucked out in the sister department.


3. The Sara Bareilles song ‘Brave’. I can listen to this song on repeat all day long. Actually I do listen to it on repeat all day long. It’s one of those songs that I just feel deep in my soul and it makes me happy. Zoey and I had a dance party to this song yesterday. The song makes me feel like I can battle through all the dark moments and come out on the other side stronger and braver. I can do it. And the video? Makes me cry every time I see it. 




4. The Sprint commercials with James Earls Jones and Malcolm McDowell. Seriously, so funny. I laugh out loud anytime one of them comes on but my favorite one is the “Lizzy & Kim’s Call”. Totes Magotes, amazeballs, cray-cray….it doesn’t get any better than that. 




5. We have new neighbors on both sides of us now. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. The house on our left had been empty for 18 months and the house on the right had been empty for over 2 years. Both houses were falling apart and looked terrible and killed our property value. The house on the left sold in the fall and they spent months fixing it up. They just moved in right before Christmas and to our absolute delight- their son is Ty’s best friend. The family already were renting a house in our neighborhood so Ty had been great friends with their son for quite awhile and now they live right next door. The boys are having a great time playing basketball and having sleepovers and I just adore the parents. They are good people. And they do not own a goat. The house on the right sold a few weeks ago and an entire crew came in and has redone the house inside and out from top to bottom. I am so excited. We have not met the owners yet so I really hope they are nice. I’m just excited to have neighbors again. When we moved into our house one of the things that we loved most about this particular house was the sense of community on the street. The neighbors were friendly, kept their property’s kept up, and everyone was so social. Over the years families have come and gone, houses have been neglected, and it’s not been the same. I’m ready to get back to the way it used to be. 


6. I’ve bought several new books this week that I’ve been waiting anxiously for over the past few months. The newest release in Christine Feehan’s Dark Carpathian series, Dark Wolf, came out. This is my favorite, must-buy-every-book, series ever- right up there with J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Books always lift my spirits. I love being able to escape to a different place for a little while and books provide that escape for me. 


So those are the things I’m focusing on this week. And hopefully by next week I’ll be feeling more like myself. 



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  • Rachel Thompson

    I’m glad that you have tools to help you through it. I battle depression also but haven’t had low down dirty for 6 mos.
    I love Sara Bareilles WHOLE album. I have 1000 times stuck in my head. That song makes me cry too. I haven’t loved a whole album since John Mayer like 10 yrs ago.

    • I love that you call it a “low down dirty”. That about sums it up.

  • rorybore

    Oh my gosh — that show looks totes adorbs!! LOL
    I have been looking for a funny sitcom that is not too dumb, and that looks perfect!
    My husband thought is was sad and pitiful that 2 great actors had been reduced to such a commerical – Shut Up and Sit Down Hubs — it is perfection and they OWN it!
    Best song of the year right there.

  • Karen Klepsteen

    I had to go back and read the goat post. I hadn’t joined your hilariousness yet in 2010. Oh my goodness! It’s not the farm animals that get me. In fact, when my parents moved into a nice urban neighborhood in a decent-sized city, they were informed that the carpets looked horrible because the previous owners had kept a goat in the house. So the goat thing is not new to me. What IS new to me, though, is a crazy lady peeing on a cop car. Ew. Well, anyway, I’m glad that you’re finding things that make you happy. Last night I forced myself to empty and reload the dishwasher. When my husband got home from work he just about crapped himself in surprise. Then today I just had a laundry-sorting marathon. Too bad I have to finish his work clothes before I can start on everything else. I have to do a serious scrub-down of the washer and dryer between his work clothes and everything else because he’s a welder. Such disgustingness (yeah, I know that’s not a word!) on his clothes!

    I hope you enjoy your books! You’ve inspired me to pick up my library books and actually read them before I have to renew them a 2nd or 3rd time.

  • Stacey

    Those are great things to focus on. I watched that new Enlisted show too. It was funny! I’ve been looking for a good sitcom. I need to giggle. And that song by Sara Bareilles is one of my favorites! I hope you continue to feel better. Depression is tough and the winter months seem to make it even harder. Hang in there!

    • This winter has been better than the last few. Usually I’m way down in the dark by early November. I made it all the way to mid-January and I’m hovering right there at the edge of the depression. Does that even make sense? I think I caught the symptoms early enough to make a difference this time. I already am feeling much better.

      • Stacey

        It makes perfect sense! I actually suffer from SAD and some years it’s ridiculous. The earlier I catch on to the symptoms the better I do. Have you ever tried one of those UV lights? I love mine! That and I always increase my Vitamin D. It doesn’t solve the problem, but helps tremendously.