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Things That Make Me Happy

It’s been a week around here y’all. And it’s only Tuesday. That does not bode well for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, does it? It started with the stomach flu. And an ER trip with poor Zoey who got hit the hardest by said stomach flu. Then came a winter storm warning and cancelled school only to end up with plain old rain. Then more stomach flu. So yeah….is it Spring yet? I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had too many issues with lingering depression or anxiety this winter and focusing on things that make me happy has helped. So in light of my less than pleasant mood today I thought I would make myself a happy list. 

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1- Plush sheets on my bed. I’m cold natured and nothing makes me happier than curling up in my cozy bed at the end of the night and being greeted by plush fleece sheets that feel like a warm hug. Ahhhh…..now I want to go back to bed.

2- New books from my favorite authors. It doesn’t matter how many unread books are on my Kindle, seeing a new release by a favorite author will brighten my whole week!

3- Favorite movies. There are some movies that I watch over and over again and I love them just as much the 500th time I watch as I did the first time. A few that come to mind immediately are Steel Magnolias, Bridesmaids, This is where I leave you, White House Down, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Hangover….the list goes on and on. 

4- Snow days. I should clarify- snow day where we actually GET some snow. I love waking up to a winter wonderland, drinking hot cocoa, curling up on the couch with my electric blanket in front of the fire and watching one of the above movies. 

5- Favorite shows reruns. There are some shows that I can watch over and over again no matter how many times I’ve seen an episode. Some of my favorites are The middle, Criminal Minds, Fixer Upper, Modern Family, Last Man Standing, Everybody Loves Raymond….I just love them.

6- Peppermint mocha coffee creamer. I wish they sold it year round. It’s just delicious and it makes me sigh with happiness every time I add some to my morning cup of coffee.

7- Funny animal videos. I’m addicted to them. And the dog shaming pictures, they are hysterical. I can’t help but laugh out loud. 

8- Colorful gel pens. I found some that are scented and I’ve reverted back to childhood- sniffing my scented markers in class like a junkie. 

9- The beach. The sound of the waves crashing on the shores, the smell of the salt in the air, the breeze coming off the water, the seagulls over head, the warm sand under my toes…I adore the beach. It is my absolute happy place. 

10- Strawberry Vodka. Mix it with some yummy lemonade and add some muddled strawberries and you have yourself summer time in a glass y’all. It’s refreshing and delicious. 

11- Hot bubble baths. On days when I feel really overwhelmed or unhappy I know sinking into a hot bubble bath with a good bath is a great way to lift my mood. I use aromatherapy salts or essential oils to really help elevate my mood. It works!

So what makes you happy?

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