Happiness means different things to different people. To me, it means flowers, the smell of fresh winter mornings, the chatter of my nieces and nephews, and endless cups of tea at my mother’s.
It’s impossible to constantly be in a state of happiness unless you are Santa Claus. But what we can do, when we are feeling the blues, is to find and do the little things that cheer us up.
Here’s a list of five other little things that make me happy! These are obviously in no particular order and there are possibly million other things but these are the ones that come to my mind right away.
- Decluttering: I hate hoarding stuff. I hate having stuff I have no use for. But I don’t hate it instantly. I always tell myself I will use them in future and eventually acknowledge, after a while, that I probably won’t. By this point, I have accumulated a bundle of junk and thus starts my decluttering session. It’s therapeutic and always leaves me asking “why didn’t I do this before?”.
- A good Breakfast: Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. Fried eggs, toasts, orange juice or the good old paratha anda. Yum!
- Coffee: Now, I am more of a chai person and I don’t drink coffee every day. I don’t crave it. I can live without it. But the whole experience of having a cup of coffee, the jazz that goes with it, the smell of coffee shops and thousand of beautiful pictures on Instagram cheer me up instantly.
- Having spent a productive day: Knowing at the end of the day that you didn’t waste your day in bed like a lump of mud, browsing the internet, is one of the most satisfying feelings ever.
- Going back into childhood: All the wisdom and sophistication I have gained over the years ( stop laughing, family and friends!) goes into a trash can when I meet my school friends. Even if we are sitting in a restaurant and we now have enough food to last us the whole day, we still scramble over it like we did when we only had two tiffins and eleven mouths. I can’t care for or see the people around because I am too busy discussing things I have already discussed a thousand times. We are always too loud, too jumpy and we laugh like horses ( though I don’t really know how a horse laughs).
Think about what makes you happy. It’s the little things that count, right?