Little Things for Happiness

Life is full of little things that bring happiness, but they are often overlooked.  These little things can brighten up your day and put a smile to your face.

Below is a list of some of the little things that make me happy.

  • Taking a nap
  • Singing while driving
  • Listening to the birds sing
  • Petting dogs
  • Philosophizing with friends
  • Hiking in the woods
  • Watching puppies play
  • Reading books
  • Sitting on a beach
  • Reminiscing with friends and family
  • Playing Scattergories
  • Going to Museums
  • Watching high school football games
  • Getting birthday cards
  • Playing music so loud that I can actually feel it
  • Hanging out at libraries

What are some of the little things that make you happy?

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How to be Happy – Quotes

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.  – Anne Frank

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  – Marcel Proust

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Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life.  – Avril Lavigne

When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.  – Jack Ma

Happy – A Documentary

“The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin

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This documentary is available on Netflix.  It takes an in depth look at what makes people happy and how we can improve our own happiness.

Here are a few things from the documentary that I found to be interesting:

  • Dopamine is a chemical in the brain and it is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy.  Physical activity releases dopamine, so engaging in exercise is a natural mood booster.
  • Events have a limited impact on our happiness.  When something good happens, we may feel ecstatic.  However, those feelings will dissipate quickly.  When something bad happens, we may feel devastation, but those feelings will also dissipate.
  • A key ingredient to happiness is being able to recover from adversity quickly.
  • Once our basic needs are meet, an increase in income has a limited affect on our level of happiness.
  • You will always be able to find somebody that has more money than you or that has something you don’t have.  A constant desire for more will have a negative impact on our happiness.
  • The more people focus on money and image the less happy they feel.
  • The more people focus on relationships, personal development, and community service the happier they feel.
  • Changing your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have that you can share, will promote happiness.
  • The building blocks of happiness are play, new experiences, and relationships.

Take time to do something that makes you happy today.