My Happiness Project is a personal quest to bring more happiness into my everyday life. As I continue to explore, experiment and write about My Happiness Project, I hope that you would share your happy experiences and thoughts with me.
This post was inspired by a question in Real Simple magazine. In one of my favorite features, every month the magazine asks a question, encourages readers to respond and then prints the readers’ answers. I have never given Real Simple my answers to their questions, but I often answer them on my own. This question fits right in with My Happiness Project: What is the One Small Thing That Always Makes You Happy? It’s an excise in appreciating the small, everyday things that bring us joy.
Here are 3 things in my everyday life that make me happy:
1. Really good iced tea. Nordstrom Bistro, one of favorite lunch spots, has really good iced tea. I must say that this is a benefit to living in The South; it is almost a law that an eating establishment must serve iced tea. The only bottled tea that I will drink is Sokenbicha’s Alive or Defend. It’s unsweetened, has zero calories and is purely delicious. I have at least 1 a day.
I can be such a nerd about office supply products. I’m saying this to preface my next 2 Small Things That Always Make Me Happy.
2. Good writing instruments. I hide my pens and pencils from my family. They will write with anything, like crappy bank freebies, so why should I share my carefully bought pens and pencils? (I must add a caveat to the crappie freebies: Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis hotels both have great pens.) Right now my favorite pen is Uniball 201 Retractable Medium-Point Gel Pen. It has a smooth flow of ink; there’s no hesitation or ink drips. I like the finger grip and the retractable-ness prevents leaks (and makes a snappy sound too). See, I told you that I’m an office supply nerd.
My pencil of choice is the Papermate Sharpwriter #2 Mechanical Pencil. I originally bought them for my children, but fell in love with the always sharp point. Sharpening wood pencils grates my nerves.
3. Pretty file folders. The file folders that I keep on my desk, the folders that I use everyday, are much more pleasant to use if they are pretty. I have gotten some lovely folders from See Jane Work in the past, but my latest set came from Staples; there are many more mas-produced decorative office supplies than there used to be. Since I spend many hours a day at my desk, this small thing really brightens my day.
These are a few small things that make me happy and as I continue my journey to happiness, I will mindfully look for more. What about you; what are the small things that make you happy?
Read another post about My Happiness Project: Fun and Not Fun (A List).
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