Below is a list of things that make me happy. Some are big, some are small. I constantly need to remind myself to prioritize activities that bring me joy, and to then take the time to slow down and actually enjoy them (that’s the kicker!). Otherwise I get so caught up in the day to day motions, duties, and requirements of life. Then before I know it I am incredibly unhappy and I can’t pin point why. I think I can sum up this list in a couple of sentences.
I am most happy when I am pushing my limits creatively and/or physically through new experiences. I find joy when I am immersed in and in awe of nature. I love to create and use my hands.
The Happy List:
Backpacking – There is something so empowering and so primally satisfying about carrying everything that I need to survive on my back.
Hiking above the tree line
Traveling somewhere new – especially other countries and cultures
Waterfalls – Especially ones that I can swim in and/or jump from!
Being in a Bathing Suit
Going Somewhere New – And not being sure what I will find there
Exploring Thrift Shops & Antique Shops
Beautiful Architecture – Especially old things… I am an architecture history geek!
Making my friends laugh
Lifting heavy weights
Drawing in the park
Running – not distance running for fitness (definitely not that), but just running around like a little kid
Seeing my family
Being disconnected – no internet, no phone, no nothing
Large Quantities of Cooked Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, or Broccoli
Cooking something I’ve never attempted, and other food experiments – ex. Sauerkraut
Finding a new way to be better to the environment
Happy music – Ed Sheeran, T Swift, Passion Pit, etc.
Taking a walk
Free time to do what I choose
Getting out of the city – I live in NYC
Talking to my sister
What makes you happy?
All the love,