Today I thought I would do something a little different than my usual recipe posts and talk about happiness and being grateful. Since January I have made it a priority in my life to make gratitude lists as often as I can. It really helps me put things into perspective and makes me appreciate things in a different light. Today I am going to share ten things that make me happy or that I am grateful for in no particular order. Enjoy!
*1: Taking Baths- There are not many things that make me happier than having a bath. To me it is the easiest way to relax and unwind. Plus like most people, I love a good bath bomb or bubbles which makes it more fun. Normally when I take a bath I go all out with candles, music and a face mask to make it feel more like a pamper sesh which leaves me feeling awesome!
*2: Books- I have always loved reading and getting lost in a good book. Some people love watching TV to escape but I prefer getting swept up in a book. Books have always been a source of comfort to me and boost my mood when I can set aside some time to read. I am thinking that I will write a post on my favorite books so keep an eye out for that!
*3:Cooking- Cooking has quickly become a huge passion of mine and is something that I absolutely love. It is so much fun to create a dish and then make it look good before enjoying it! Cooking also gives me time to think and is actually quite relaxing. It is a huge source of happiness and I am grateful for it being in my life.
*4: My Family- My family has always been a huge source of love and support in my life no matter what is going on. I know that I can always reach out and receive an out pour of advice, an ear to listen or just a general cheering up and I am so beyond grateful for that. I definitely lucked out when it comes to my family and am so thankful for the individual relationships I have with them.
*5: Taking/Editing Photos- Since getting a camera for Christmas this has become another new favorite thing of mine to do. I really love taking the photos for my blog posts, sorting through them, picking out the ones I like best and editing them! I like having control of the pictures I am putting on the internet and it has been so fun learning my way around a camera!
*6: My friends- Without my friends, these past few months would have been a lot harder than they were. I have some exceptional friends who I can lean on in times of need, who are so supportive and make me laugh more than anything. I am very grateful for the people I choose to surround myself with and I appreciate you all!
*7: Tea- It will be no surprise to those that know me that tea made this list! Not much makes me happier than a hot cup of tea to relax or warm up on a cold day. Tea makes me feel better if I am sick and cheers me up if I am feeling down; fresh iced tea is also one of my favorite things to drink. To me there is nothing better than curling up with a cup of tea and a good book on a lazy day!
*8: The Ocean- I feel more my authentic self when I am close to the ocean and it relaxes me in a way that is hard to explain. I am definitely happiest when I am by the ocean and I am grateful that I have traveled to see some awesome beaches but also that I have family that live so close to the ocean!
*9: Traveling- Going to explore new places is one of the greatest joys in life in my opinion. Being able to travel and experience things that you are not used to whether that be in the culture or just in whatever setting you are in is an amazing feeling. I have been lucky in that I have had some really great vacations in my life and I hope to have more in the future! (travel bucket list post here)
*10: This Blog- I am grateful for this blog everyday, it is so important for me to have a creative outlet whether it be through writing or making a recipe come to life. Back in 2014, I felt like I needed a place to get my thoughts out and it has turned into something much more. I am also thankful for those that encouraged me to start this blog in the first place and have stayed supportive throughout this journey and also to those who are fairly new and give me feedback and encouragement, I appreciate all of you.
I hope that you have enjoyed my list of things that make me happy or I am grateful for and encourage you to make one for yourself, especially if you are having a rough day; thinking about and writing down what makes you happy is an easy way to turn your day around and shows you what you do have. Personally this has helped me out a lot recently and would love to hear a few of the things that you are grateful for in the comments!