What does Happiness look like to you?

In our age of overwork, stress, social isolation, time pressure and exhaustion, it is increasingly important to know what fills you back up again, what makes you smile, what brings joy and happiness into your life.

What does happiness look like to you?  If you don’t know, make it your mission to find out, and then make a list to put on your refrigerator, mirror, or somewhere you can be often reminded of these things and their importance in your life.

This is some of what happiness looks like to me:

♥ Browsing in bookshops, and finding some new treasure to take home.

Shakespeare and Company Bookshop, Paris. Image from stylestudio.blogspot.com

♥ A shared meal with friends

Image from rhinoafrica.com

♥ Going to the movies to see something on the big screen

Image by Robert Pearce

♥ Wandering through the markets

Bangalow Markets – fourth Sunday of every month!

♥ Travelling to new places and soaking up the atmosphere

Bangkok floating markets – Thailand

♥ Losing myself in a book

Image from imbookingit.com

♥ Hugs

Image from mdjunction.com

♥ Time in nature

Heaven’s in my backyard!

♥ Swimming in the ocean

Beach – Byron Bay!

♥ A cup of tea with friends

Carly-Jay Metcalfe and Gordon Greber

♥ Working on my book

Cafe writing – my favourite kind of breakfast!

♥ Snuggling up in bed with the one I love – or family cuddles

Charlie and Bert – actively guarding the house!

♥ Baking, and sharing my creations with others!

Brownies and a cuppa on the veranda

Life’s too short not to include lots of the things you love.  Happiness is a choice. Remember to enjoy the journey.  Much love to you ♥ xx

37 thoughts on “What does Happiness look like to you?

  1. You’ve pretty much nailed happiness for me, too ;-)! I’d add sitting inside, drinking a warm mug of tea while watching the rain come down. Resting my head on my mom’s shoulder (the most comforting shoulder I know). Witnessing the first hummingbird of the season arriving to get a big drink of sugar water. Well, I could go on and on! Thanks for creating these moments!

  2. I find happiness in everyone of your pictures. I might add: drawing, painting, taking photos, looking at the stars, watching a sunset. There are many happy things to do. Thanks for reminding me :)

    • That’s a great list, Anette! I was at a family barbeque last weekend, and one of the mums took a rug and some cushions out on the lawn and all the little kids lay down to watch the stars. They stayed there for over an hour. It was wonderful to see. :D

  3. wonderful, wonderful & wonderful! Have shared this link with some of my girlfriends, who need a little help in this area. Thanks for creating & sharing!
    T xo

  4. Thanks for your continuing inspiration! I feel like I’m at a very important stage of my life, and I’m excited to make the best choices I can. So reading your posts is wonderful guidance for me. ( :

  5. A lovely list Nicole. You won’t be surprised to hear that I would add visiting tearooms to my list. I’m writing a review of one at the moment, and just thinking about it as I tap away at my laptop makes me feel peaceful and happy. I’m so grateful to the many people who run wonderful eateries that provide a bit of escapism and enjoyment for their customers. I would also add walking through pine forests on a warm sunny day, seeing my family all enjoying each other’s company at a get-together, meeting up with old chums for a catch-up and listening to music that uplifts me. There are many other things too, and it’s lovely to think about them, thank you.

  6. How nice….Happiness for me is in:
    *Nature
    *Moments on my own
    *Dreaming
    *Color and art
    *Music
    *Family times
    *Memory Lane
    *Relaxation sleep etc.
    *Simple small pleasures of life,like the sunrise, rain etc.

  7. Your list is beautiful Nicole!!! The pictures you used makes them even more beautiful!!!
    Happiness for me now is having peaceful moments at home, listening to music, chatting with online friends, reading Blogs.

  8. Your happiness list reminded me both of memories I cherish (swimming in Australia with my family members) and things I want to do (go to the Shakespeare bookstore in Paris!)

    Much love and light to you for spreading the warmth and joy you do on this blog!

  9. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but after looking at some of the articles I realized it’s new to me.

    Anyhow, I’m definitely pleased I discovered it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  10. I LOVE the photo of the bookshop – I’m off to Paris at the end of the month & have only one day to fit everything in. We’re going to visit the ‘Love Lock Bridge’ (a bridge where lovers write their initials on a padlock,lock it onto the bridge & throw the keys into the River Seine to ‘lock’ their love for eternity)….a quick google search tells me that bookshop is only 5 mins walk from the bridge! Perfect! :) xx

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