How do you inject JOY into your day?

(177 Posts)
eatprayloveorjusteateateat Thu 12-Sep-13 10:18:25

I wake up everyday and feel 'bleurgh!'... just bleurgh!

Is there any way that you cheer yourself up/ inject some joy into your morning/day?

Is it getting up an hour before everyone else and having a good cup of luxury coffee?
Do you watch something to shake off your crappy mood?
listen to something?
do something unusual?
eat something?
put something on?

i don't know about you but i don't wake up feeling naturally happy so i really need to do something to put a smile on my face.

Any ideas?

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Thu 12-Sep-13 10:20:28

oh and if anyone has any positive mantras that'd be useful? Maybe some picture / saying i can put on my wall to wake up and think yey! instead of bleurgh.

NumTumDeDum Thu 12-Sep-13 10:22:02

Ooh good thread. Nothing specific that I do every day, but I rather like having a disco in the bathroom whilst cleaning it. Sitting down with a brew and a new catalogue (could be anything they've shoved through the door, even Screwfix) or a magazine when all is tidy and baby is asleep.

Current joyous activities are blackberry picking and tomatoes from the garden.

But...

My all time favourite is kicking through autumn leaves. Cannot beat that one. It's ace.grin

CeliaFate Thu 12-Sep-13 10:22:06

Music. Usually the radio, then my ipod.
It sounds clichéd but just try and think of things to be grateful for - health, house, family, job, pets. The little things are what make the big things count.

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 12-Sep-13 10:22:09

Mine is to toast a cinnamon bagel, slather it with Philly, wash down with a cup of really strong coffee and then sit at the piano (it's electric and I have headphones if anyone's worried) and crack out a few bars of something jolly! Currently 'Lou Reed's Perfect Day' although that's stretching the definition of 'jolly' I'll grant you. smile

HeySoulSister Thu 12-Sep-13 10:22:55

Music!

I get up and look forward to some exercise too. Bound out of bed if its bootcamp morning or I'm planning a run

Blue sky.... If I see that then I'm instantly smiling

GrendelsMum Thu 12-Sep-13 10:24:26

I get up early, make a really good cup of tea (tea leaves in pot, etc), and drink it in the bath while reading a good book. I get up early so that I can do this - it just means that the day starts off nicely, and I feel like I'm spoiling myself. Then I have a delicous breakfast (i.e. stuff I really like), while listening to Radio 3 play beautiful music and continuing to read a good book.

DH likes to walk around the garden while drinking his tea.

HeySoulSister Thu 12-Sep-13 10:24:51

I love an autumn run.... Crunching through the leaves and tripping over conkers! grin

GrendelsMum Thu 12-Sep-13 10:25:58

Oh, I love Cogito's idea of bagel and cream cheese and playing the piano!

CaptainSweatPants Thu 12-Sep-13 10:26:16

Mine is a bit anal but I weigh myself everyday first think and if the scales haven't moved it makes me feel better

Sad I know

Seaweedy Thu 12-Sep-13 10:31:40

I like your user name, OP, despite it reminding me of that terrible 'book'....

I'm not a happy morning type either, but I find certain things help. I have a beautiful old heavy cotton dressing gown that i put on first thing, and a lovely body moisturiser (Gloomaway from Origins, I think, appropriately!) for after the shower. And yes, getting up early enough not to have to race about, and to have time for an excellent coffee is crucial. I am fussy enough to have mine sent up from Monmouth Coffee in London, which will tell you what a priority it is. I always put food out for the birds as watching them at the feeder always lifts my mood.

I used to do yoga before I had an obstreperous toddler. Can't help you on mantras, but the most peaceful and positive person I knew a few years back used to read some kind of little book of positive sayings in bed in the mornings, keeping the book under her pillow and repeating one every day. Too cute for me, but then I am a cynic.

madmomma Thu 12-Sep-13 10:31:41

a colourful outfit + face full of slap helps me think 'yey' to the day. And to hide away with a brew while the kids scoff their breakfast and stare at the telly blush

madmomma Thu 12-Sep-13 10:32:50

captain you know how to live ;)

BanjoPlayingTiger Thu 12-Sep-13 10:33:32

I concentrate on the things that make me happy. I joined a facebook page called "What made you smile today?" Where people just post the little things that made them smile. It helps me focus on the positives in life.

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 10:44:42

eatpray

I don't say this often to people I don't know but I think I love you for starting this thread.

I'm having a shit day and you and other posters just reminded me that it doesn't matter.

thank youthanks

<off to count blessing and find joyful things>smile

madmomma Thu 12-Sep-13 10:45:52

<hands zing a cinnamon bagel>

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Thu 12-Sep-13 10:47:19

oh I am so glad I got so many replies!! I am going to make a list of these. Love so many of them.

Captain - If I stood on the scales every morning I would throw myself off a bridge.

Like the excellent tea/coffee and great breakfast ideas. I generally focus so little on breakfast... what could i have? mmmm......

Wish i had a piano! Or could play it....

Seaweedy - the book is FAB! Film was awful. You can't say the Rome bit wasn't good. All that food... mmm....

More suggestions please!

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 10:50:19

madmomma thank you!

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Thu 12-Sep-13 10:52:19

Zing - yey! I am loved... nothing better than being loved by a stranger.

I need this thread. I have been a SAHM for a while (although I am heading back to work very soon) and although i love my son very much I have found the last 7 months very 'joyless'. I think it's just the adjustment of staying at home and dedicating every second to the little man.

It's easy to slither out of bed - turn on Jeremy Kyle, do the cleaning and feel like headbutting the sink to death.

Want to feel inner happiness without resorting to running away to a Buddhist camp.

tomatoplantproject Thu 12-Sep-13 10:53:14

Family time in the morning - so all cuddling up in bed before having to get up and start the day, and then having breakfast all together. It's the only time of the day when we get a chance to properly hang out together and it starts the day off nicely.

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 10:59:29

one mantra that works for me (when I remember it!) :

fake it till you make it

I pretend that I'm happy. I act as if I was in charge. I force myself to smile and be calm - and by the end of the day I actually feel better.

my problem is that I tend to get annoyed about so many little things and then I feel angry all day!
I'm educating myself to change my reactions to things that happen as I can seldom control others/things/the weather etc.

I have a good book about learning to deal with anger - interested?

btw I started counting my blessings and I realized there are just too many of them...grin

UriGeller Thu 12-Sep-13 11:04:51

I stick my head out the door and do a couple of deep breaths of fresh morning air every single morning.

I have a "mindful" shower. Hot hot then cold. But noticing every sensation while I'm in there.

The shower especially gives me the good feeling for the day and reminds me to be present.

GrendelsMum Thu 12-Sep-13 11:06:44

Breakfast ideas
- really good bread and really good jam / marmalade
- fresh fruit (or defrosted berries) and really good yoghurt
- porridge with bananas, sugar and cinnamon
- proper tea or coffee made in a pot
- nice china
- kitchen all clean from last night's supper

Don't turn on Jeremy Kyle! No wonder the joy has been sucked out of your life.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Thu 12-Sep-13 11:08:43

ha ha! Jeremy Kyle has definitely had an effect.

Urigeller - is that really you?

Seaweedy Thu 12-Sep-13 11:09:05

I genuinely loathe the book, EatPray. I think I have seldom read anything so lacking in self-knowledge, and which is so belittling of other cultures, as if Italy, India and Indonesia are just cute, colourful quaintly foreign backdrops for a particularly narcissistic kind of self-indulgence, theme parks for well-heeled 21st century American tourism dressed up as self-exploration. The film, however, was of another order of awfulness altogether!

But that would be to derail a thread about joy!

I forgot to say that I also go picking blackberries in the garden with my toddler first thing, in wellies and dressing gowns. It makes him very happy, and his happiness is infectious!

Floralnomad Thu 12-Sep-13 11:11:22

I walk my dog ,he's fabulous and always makes me happy !

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 11:11:30

eatpray

I think it is difficult to achieve a state of permanent contentment (joy, happiness, feeling in control, feeling good and positive - call it what you will) because there's always some big or little drama or noise or whatever that disturbs our peace!

some days we give in, some days we fight - the thing to remember is that both are acceptable!
some days are rocks, some days are diamonds.

and you've I just made mine better and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that!

missorinoco Thu 12-Sep-13 11:14:34

I like this thread. Good tips.

Zing - I know what you mean about annoyances. Can I ask what book you are reading?

WowOoo Thu 12-Sep-13 11:16:16

To stop myself snapping at the children, (who were not getting on with their breakfast in an ideal manner) I sang 'Food, glorious food' quite loudly.

It was only a short burst, but it made us all laugh...until they told me to pack it in.

poachedeggs Thu 12-Sep-13 11:17:17

Great thread. I'm pish in the mornings. I have been known to tell my DC "I'm very tired and grumpy, don't talk to me until I've finished my tea" blush

Once or twice I've had to get up very early for work reasons and I've loved having a shower and cup of tea in peace, but my DC are really early risers and I'm crap at going to bed early enough so I don't think I could sustain it all the time.

Bramshott Thu 12-Sep-13 11:21:24

I get out for a 20 minute walk once the kids have gone off to school (I work from home) - really sets me up for the day, even if it's raining.

I am trying to get into the habit of thinking of three things I enjoyed at the end of each day, to remind myself of the fun bits amongst the grind. So on Tuesday:
- I went for a walk and saw a beautiful oak tree
- I snuggled up with DD2 while she read me her reading book
- I laughed with DH when he told me all the crazy things his colleagues do

DancingLady Thu 12-Sep-13 11:21:58

Wine.

Dahlen Thu 12-Sep-13 11:22:17

I think you just have to decide to be happy. As Lincoln said, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

I know this sounds a lot simpler in theory than it is in practice, and I'm aware that I may be coming across as some completely annoying Pollyanna type who deserves to have darts thrown at her image. wink But bear with me

How many times have you (not you specifically, any parent really, me included) found yourself saying "no" to your DC out of habit because you're feeling a little irritable, rather than for any good reason. And how much nicer would it have been if you'd said yes (assuming their request was reasonable, of course)?

How many times have you spilled tea and thought FFS!!!! and been put in a bad mood for the rest of the day when instead it's just a bit of liquid that can be mopped up with no harm done and can be forgotten in 5 minutes.

Negativity breeds negativity, and positivity breeds positivity. It's self-perpetuating and habit forming. The more positive you try to be, the easier it becomes and the happier you feel.

Here's the serious bit - this only really works if you're happy with life and the bits you have control over in general. If you're married to a wanker or your boss treats you like shit for example, it probably won't work. It might if you ditch the wanker and stand up to your boss or get a new job though.

Stress (or more precisely the inability to do anything about what's causing it) is the biggest enemy of feeling happy. To that end, try to start off on a de-stressful note. Having less sleep and not fighting the clock in the mornings will make you far less stressed than that extra 20 minutes in bed. Although sleep is important. Diet and exercise are too. A healthy body is well-equipped to process all that cortisol in a much better way than an unhealthy one.

Good luck. smile

Bakingnovice Thu 12-Sep-13 11:27:14

For me it's exercise. I hate doing it and its a mental struggle to get on with it but once I've started that's it - boom - my happy hormones kick in. I get the kids off to school, get on the treadmill (park run on sat), then I clean the kitchen, tidy upstairs etc then into a hot shower. Once dressed I usually sit down to a nice lunch. These are my best days. Exercise cured my Pnd and I swear by it. It changes the scope of my whole day.

Also, I love it when the kids get home from school. I love the hustle and bustle, the noise, the stories, the songs. Yesterday we all sang 'we'll meet again' at the top of our voices on the way home.

Bakingnovice Thu 12-Sep-13 11:29:58

And I should add that after having a mini breakdown in my last career I'm off to Uni next week to retrain and the one thing I'm most worried about is not having time or energy to fit in my runs. I don't want depression to rear its ugly black head again.

PeterParkerSays Thu 12-Sep-13 11:44:44

Colour, maybe tulips in a vase, bright coloured bed linen etc. I'd forgotten how much colour lifted my mood until I got back into the habit. Even bright newly painted toe nails or towels, just a bit of something.

MissHC Thu 12-Sep-13 12:19:29

I play the piano to cheer myself up. I don't think there's anything that's quite as therapeutic for me.

Music in general lifts my mood.

If at work I get some nice lunch somewhere. Salmon sushi - delicious.

redexpat Thu 12-Sep-13 12:24:44

Colour - rugs, curtains, bedding, flowers.

Singing - I sing to myself all the time. Especially in the car.

Find somewhere outside you can stand with space around you, middle of a field, top of a hill etc, and just lift your face up. Whether it's sunny, or raining, or blowing a bloody gale, I find letting the 'outside wash over me' lifts my mood. I know, it sounds twattish, and it's as far from the normal 'me' as possible, but it does work.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Thu 12-Sep-13 12:30:15

Screw joy! Embrace misery.

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 12:39:44

saggy confused not helpful

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Thu 12-Sep-13 13:20:55

i like it flouncy!

hiddenhome Thu 12-Sep-13 13:27:38

20mg of Citalopram each night.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 12-Sep-13 13:32:37

Can't believe you've all forgotten the most obvious answer....

A little bit of MNing! Always bound to bring joy.

Seriously though. I was feeling more rubbish than a dump truck this morning, but lots of lovely MNers (some of whom are on this thread) made me feel much better.

Oh, and yes, wine as well grin

oinktopus Thu 12-Sep-13 13:33:17

Exactly the same as MissHC. Playing piano is like meditation for me. And listening to other people's music is very uplifting. I'm sure there's a link between singing, dancing, meditation, chanting, and any other rhythmic activity which humans get something out of.

Casanunda Thu 12-Sep-13 13:35:33

A dippy spaniel! Whenever I'm grumpy (more than likely first thing in the morning), my dog makes me smile/laugh with his ridiculous antics...It's especially nice when you get home after a particularly shitty day to an overexcited spaniel leaping about and wagging his ass off grin

WaitingForMe Thu 12-Sep-13 13:39:30

Theme song. Did none of you people watch Ally McBeal?

Tournesol Thu 12-Sep-13 13:43:10

Fresh air, looking at trees, soaking up lovely nature.

And a lovely cup of tea. Sometimes I think tea is my best friend, we've shared some lovely moments. wine is my other best friend

PostBellumBugsy Thu 12-Sep-13 13:45:07

My morning shower never fails to bring me a small moment of joy/pleasure. That feeling of hot water on the back of my shoulders is bliss. I remain endlessly thankful for being born in an era where showers are commonplace.

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 14:03:21
everlong Thu 12-Sep-13 14:07:00

Good slippers. I can't stand my feet on the floor directly.
Tea.
Cuddle with the mutts.
Walk the dogs somewhere lovely.
Peace and quiet.
Clean house.
Text from DH.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Thu 12-Sep-13 15:16:19

Probably easier said than done, but I love my job, so I actually don't mind getting up to go and do it.

ToriaPumpkin Thu 12-Sep-13 16:03:47

I sing or play a really uplifting song. Sometimes my singing would have my high school singing teacher covering her ears in horror but I find it cathartic to just belt out a show tune or something with lots of swearing in it.

I always have flowers in my living room. Even if they're just cheap carnations from Tesco.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Thu 12-Sep-13 16:12:13

LOVE these suggestions. ALLY MCBEAL was the best program ever. It's on my christmas list this year - the entire collection.

Just thought I would tell you all - inspired from you all - that i have just been out for a walk to the shops where I bought expensive coffee and cinnamon bagels. I also put my face up to the air - may have looked silly but it really did work.

I wish I could have a dog - but I am in a rented house.
This thread has been exactly what I needed.

GrendelsMum Thu 12-Sep-13 16:34:56

That's so sweet. I love the idea of you putting your face up to the air.

Do let us know tomorrow how your morning went.

PeterParkerSays Thu 12-Sep-13 16:58:53

I hope you have some proper butter for those bagels, eatpray, and are not wasting them on spread. wink

MummyBeerest Thu 12-Sep-13 17:01:09

These are all awesome.

For me, daily walks. Despite the weather; I go out. Even if only for 15 minutes. Since doing this, I have yet to be sick.

Getting a coffee.

And music. ..any genre, as long as it's upbeat. At present, listening to Parisian jazz.

Itstartshere Thu 12-Sep-13 17:13:16

Great thread. I'm trying to inject more joy into my life too. At the moment making an effort to stick on some really upbeat music is great, I'm having a pot of herbal tea sitting out in the garden each morning (determined to do so as long as it's not raining) just to get a blast of fresh air and sunshine, have taken up meditating too. Some sex would be nice, think that's a way to have some instant joy. grin Also trying to get out a little more and laugh with friends.

ThePlEWhoLovedMe Thu 12-Sep-13 17:18:11

My work gives me joy... and laughing with my kids.

ToriaPumpkin Thu 12-Sep-13 17:20:31

Ooh, good call on the Ally MacBeal boxset, my MIL is bound to ask what I want for Christmas soon!

I've been down this road...

AngryFeet Thu 12-Sep-13 17:24:34

Laughing. If I laugh many times a day I feel positive and happier. Not something you can just DO I guess but I surround myself with happy witty people and watch comedies. I do love to laugh smile

MrsTwgtwf Thu 12-Sep-13 17:25:01

Birdsong is good, especially if you learn to identify different birds by their song. It's always there, but we rarely hear it.

WowOoo Thu 12-Sep-13 17:52:45

I do, Mrs Twgtwf.

It's the one good thing about having to be the first to be awake early in the morning. Peace and quiet, a cuppa and my lovely blackbird for a little while.

chrome100 Thu 12-Sep-13 18:08:18

I go swimming. It is SO hard to get up at 6am in the dark and cycle down to the pool but once I'm in I feel really good and lovely and energised for the rest of the day. If I am feeling lazy and don't bother I always regret it.

DipMeInChocolate Thu 12-Sep-13 18:13:23

Hot shower & body scrub. Make up and perfume on then a proper coffee & croissant whilst feeding the kids/ making packed lunches.

TheWickedBitchOfTheBest Thu 12-Sep-13 18:27:51

Every day without fail I enjoy half an hour with a good book, a good cup of coffee and a bit of Green & Blacks chocolate.

Every day I make sure I snog my DH. You know proper, passionate teenage style snogging with hands in his hair, tongues, the works wink

Every day I use a really nice smelling shower gel which wakes me up, and a lovely smelling body lotion which makes me feel sleek and pampered.

Every night at bedtime I cuddle up with our DCs on their beds and just have a few minutes peacefully chatting with them, or listening to them read.

So long as I get to do the above, then it doesn't really matter what shit life throws at me. I can take it, bring it on smile

everlong Thu 12-Sep-13 18:29:34

Yy to birdsong. I think I'm a twitcher at heart.

TheWickedBitchOfTheBest Thu 12-Sep-13 18:36:53

Oh and every week day morning starts with me whopping up the volume on Absolute 80s radio, and singing along (am an 80s girl) while the coffee machine makes the kitchen smell bloody gorgeous. Our DCs are word perfect on all the 80s classics.

You can't fail to have a happy morning with a great start like that smile

Yama Thu 12-Sep-13 18:49:10

Morning - eggs for breakfast. I just feel that they nourish me.

Daytime - posh coffee during lunch hour. It means I leave my workplace and walk there thus getting outside and seeing the sky.

Evening - Dark chocolate, nuts and wine or dark chocolate and a cup of tea. Smashing.

My favourite thing of all though is just to stare at the sea. I can see the sea from my house. This evening it is rather shiny. Sunsets are lovlier over the see too. Oh, and when the starlings dart about I feel truly alive.

GetStuffezd Thu 12-Sep-13 18:50:18

When my pupils go out to break I google pictures of Christian Bale blush

poachedeggs Thu 12-Sep-13 19:28:53

Get I LOVE that idea!

Letitsnow9 Thu 12-Sep-13 20:12:13

Do something to make someone else smile, it ends up making you smile. A good hot drink (very British) and a good natter on the phone. Upworthy and buzz feed for some online cheeriness

FariesDoExist Thu 12-Sep-13 20:28:45

What a great thread. Im not a morning person but I'm looking forward to starting at least one morning next week with a cinnamon bagel with Philly (will go out to get some tomorrow).

I love my Kindle, so I treat myself to books. I might get a self help book on "how to be joyful" or something!

Also I keep meaning to subscribe to a magazine because I think it would be a nice 'surprise' for me to recive on my doorstep once a month, but I don't know what magazine to go for, I was thinking maybe Good Food or Essentials.

urigeller are you actually Uri Geller or just a fan of?

sicily1921 Thu 12-Sep-13 20:59:13

What a great thread OP, thank you!
I am not fit for the human race if I don't get coffee and porridge IN PEACE as I hate mornings.

Love a nice soak in the bath (not into bubbles and candles...just the peace and quiet)
Gin and tonic ( pref with box of chocs)
cross-stitching works to relax me, it's nice to create a lovely picc yourself although it takes me about 2 years!!!
Cracking film eg 'Rebecca' or my box set of The Golden Girls makes life worth living.

tigerdriverII Thu 12-Sep-13 21:15:25

Sounds soppy but for me it's nature. I drive the "long" way to work because it's a lovely drive and I like to see how the trees/fields/gardens etc change through the seasons. I like bird watching and just catching sight of a red kite, or a buzzard, or whatever (today, a heron on top of a lamppost in an industrial estate) cheers me up. And I like just looking at trees, flowers, leaves etc and enjoying the design. Almost anywhere there's a bit of buddelia or some trees or something's even if you're stuck on a train or in traffic. I am quite easily pleased.

Cherrygrape Thu 12-Sep-13 21:22:49

Thewicked - you have inspired me to snog my dh more!

I read, think about things I am grateful for, and stop rushing or looking at my phone so much.
Doing a good deed always makes me feel happier. smile

mrspaddy Thu 12-Sep-13 21:24:13

Ah the wicked east.. That I sweet.. I miss snogs.. Proper snogs.. Have to put them on the agenda.

I love fresh lilies and candles .. A night I just sit an enjoy them.

Also I love buying a coffee or hot chocolate from the garage on the way home from work.

Love little projects .. Like painting old furniture etc.

mrspaddy Thu 12-Sep-13 21:24:46

Wickebest I meant

Mummybookworm Thu 12-Sep-13 21:35:18

I now want cinnamon bagels with Philly, and to eat one while watching Golden Girls with huge pot of Yorkshire tea.

GeekInThePink Thu 12-Sep-13 21:39:07

Gin
Tonic

HangingGardenofBabbysBum Thu 12-Sep-13 21:44:31

Run! It makes you tingle with happiness even if you've only gone round the block. I never broke out of an idle amble until my late thirties so if I can, everyone can!!

Really good coffee in a lovely mug in the utter peace once the DC have gone to school and DH to work. After working FT like a bastard for thirty years until a year ago, I still feel like a naughty skiver.

Baking, and the smell it makes.

Cuddling the dog.

Walking in fields and noticing all the tiny changes in nature that I used to watch like a hawk when I was a child.

Painting, making a glorious mess, and never showing a soul.

But mainly the delicious secret naps I slope off for once a month or so, in the middle if the afternoon.

Generally being a secret slattern.

Stepawayfromthezebras Thu 12-Sep-13 21:51:39

Sitting down and staring into the middle distance, belly laughs with DP, pussy cat snuggles, having a bubble bath and a cuppa tea.
And wine and gin

FatPenguin Thu 12-Sep-13 21:53:08

Nice thread smile
-waking up early and seeing the sunrise. We have an amazing view from our bedroom window.
-in winter, cosying up on the sofa in pj's with a hot chocolate and book with smelly candle lit.
- quite sad but when my house is spotlessly clean and everything shining and clutter free with a vase of flowers on the table. I feel more relaxed when my home is tidy.
-another winter one, going for a walk with DH in the park all wrapped up and watching the sky changing colours. Then going home and having a cuppa.

ChickenLickenSticken Thu 12-Sep-13 21:55:38

A cadburys twirl is my little treat!

teatimesthree Thu 12-Sep-13 21:55:49

Brilliant thread. I agree with:

shower
tea
eggs for breakfast
reading
dark chocolate
nice coffee once a day at work

and would like to add:

cycling to work - I absolutely love it. Knowing that I am getting some exercise, enjoying the sights of the city, and feeling FREEEE. Can't recommend it enough.

A tidy house makes me very happy, but I don't always achieve this.

I don't have a television and almost never watch anything on iPlayer or DVD. I am certain this contributes to my happiness.

JsOtherHalf Thu 12-Sep-13 21:56:18

I listen to the birdsong station on the tunein radio app.
Toasted barmbrack with real butter. DH managed to find some today and got it for me as a surprise.
Bodyshop perfume oils
I dance with my 6 year old to radio 2 songs; his Agadoo dance had me in stitches this week.
Every night when I do his bedtime prayers we thank God for something he enjoyed that day,even something like a lovely school pudding, or a sticker from his teacher. Almost every faith puts value on living in the present.
.

PasswordProtected Thu 12-Sep-13 21:58:08

Lovely coffee from my lovely coffee machine, bought earlier this year, when I thought I was employed at a good salary for the rest if tge year.
Music, either listening or playing.
Driving my car.
Doing the washing and ironing.
Being at home.
Cutting the grass.
Currently looking forward to a new job, starting soon, so getting organised and buying new clothes.
Sending toyboy nice sms and getting nice ones back.

Pinkpinot Thu 12-Sep-13 22:00:47

Aargh, I'm so miserable

elQuintoConyo Thu 12-Sep-13 22:03:01

Taking out all my anger and muttering obscenities to absent foe while I clean the kitchen (or wherever). Then I stand back and drink in the sparkly clean kitchen, look at my reflection in the induction hob, run a finger over the clean grouting sniff the jiff

Look through old photos of DS from his first year.

Look at my list of things to sew and smile at all the ticked items: presents, toys, housey things that I've made and are bringing me and others joy.

Spooning DH.

Watching DS sleep. Watching DS play with his toys and work things out/do new things. Write down DS's new words (today it was 'guitar'). (He's pfb and will be an only, hence my obsession!).

Inventing jokes then telling DH.

Taking photos of sunsets.

Noticing things outside, like leaves changing colour, a big snail, dusk coming earlier, raindrops, contrails.

Reading and old diary. I've kept a diary since I was 12, ifI have time I'll read 12th September 1995, for example and laugh at the old me!

aintnothinbutagstring Thu 12-Sep-13 22:16:43

Perusing cookbooks if only to look at the pictures. Walking dd to school and waving her off. Talking toddler jibberish with ds, 2yrs. Having a nice brew, any day without tea is a bad day.

GingerAnne Thu 12-Sep-13 22:23:12

Wonderful thread.....lots of ideas!!

Books to give you some ideas: nice things to do to make you appreciate the good things in life:
Froth on the cappuccino by Maeve Haran
The Wonderful Weekend Book by Elspeth Thompson

Facebook Pages:
Laugh it's Free
On being you
Jo Casey
Make Me Joyful
My Daily Insights
Aunty Acid
You Time Coaching

Write a "gratitude journal" and note down all the things you are grateful for each day......some days you really have to dig deep to find things ;)

Find some quotes that make you smile or lift you......
."smile, you don't own all the problems in the world!"
Don't compare your life to others, you have no idea what their journey is about
If we threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's we'd grab ours back
Life isn't tied with a bow, but its still a gift
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up!

Buy "Psychologies" magazine - lots of good ideas

Wear colourful clothes, it makes you feel happy plus other people that see you-avoid black or neutral colours

Get up before the rest of the house does and make a tea or coffee to enjoy in peace. I have a travel kettle in a cupboard in the bedroom so I can make a crafty cup of Earl Gray then get back into bed to drink it.....bliss

Remember all the choices you have in life....choose to be happy!!! It is only you who can decide whether you day will be happy or grumpy!

Happy days smile

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 22:36:25

blow bubbles and get the kids to chase them

listen to the song "My favourite things" from Sound of Music and make a list of your own favourite things.
then incorporate those things, feelings, deeds as much as you can.

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 23:19:05

eatpray
this is now in Classics! thanks

(that was quick, thanks HQ!)

Give my babies hugs - more specifically ds - he's almost 2 and just perfect for them smile

Dd1 is 8 and not into them and dd2 is 4 weeks and stuck to me all day every day it feels hmm and whilst it's my choice to hold her lovely squishy ness I like to break up constant dd2 cuddles with regular ds hugs in between grin

Ooh also, buying nice things for the house and the family makes me happy maltesers. Everything else can bolt if maltesers are on offer.

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 23:42:24

superman

congratulations on Superbaby!grin thanks

Ah thank you zing grin she's a wee whinging annie but I'd not change her for all the tea in china.. and boy do I love tea!

dp on the other hand has been fervently looking for the receipt wink

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 06:18:09

Hello all! OP here! So pleased I started this thread yesterday. Someone said I should tell you how my morning went today - armed with all this advice.
Well.... I decided to set my alarm for 6am but strangely my little man awoke at 4.30am - usually I would curse the day... but instead I was excited to get up.
I made a proper coffee and put on my onesie and my son (6 months) and I sat in my living room and watched 'Educating Yorkshire' which made me well up as I am going back to teaching in a few weeks.
I have my cinnamon bagels to eat later. I feel fantastic.

I have written a list in my notes after collating the info from this thread :

Parisian Jazz
Expensive Coffee
Daily walks
Cinnamon Bagels
Good butter
Colour
Music
80s classics
Dark / good chocolate
Eggs
Nuts
Magazine subsription
cross stitching
flowers
candles
snogging
Watch less Tv - turn off Jeremy Kyle
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up!

WHAT IS A BARMBRACK??? It sounds lovely.

Thank you ALL for your wonderful suggestions. I am determined to turn my life around and be more joyful.

You don't know how much you have helped me blush

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 06:24:44

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barmbrack
ah I see... it's going on my shopping list.

HangingGardenofBabbysBum Fri 13-Sep-13 06:25:24

THAT has brought me joy. You lovely lady, you are very inspiring, and I'm stealing your list!

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 06:26:46

Oh - and just to add... I purchased the Ally Mcbeal soundtrack yesterday and as it is heading towards Christmas I bought the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack too. Beautiful, old, warming songs that make me so happy. Would recommend this soundtrack.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 06:29:53

AND.... my partner (who is usually a bit of a sod!) came in at about 5.30 and said he didn't like waking up and my side of the bed was cold.... which is perhaps the sweetest thing he has ever said. He then said THANK YOU for getting up with our son ... which i don't think he has EVER said before. All a bit odd.
Positive attitude obviously has a ripple effect on everything else.
May mean I have to snog him later. eurgh!

ZumbaZara Fri 13-Sep-13 06:48:45

One of my daughters friends explained to me how to dive off the side of the pool. I tried and it was brilliant, a moment of pure joy.

Bumpsadaisie Fri 13-Sep-13 07:03:01

I have a cup of tea.
A hot shower.
Then I stand outside the back door for minute or two - fresh air wakes me up and seeing the world gets me enthusiastic about being out in it rather than staying in bed all day.

Exercise. Either I go for a bike ride some days or I walk Dd and push Ds to DDs school.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 07:10:09

mmm.... the cinnamon bagel is delicious brew

Joannajuki Fri 13-Sep-13 07:11:00

What a great thread!

If I'm really down writing in my journal about what made me confused or upset and all my feelings about it helps me figure things out.

Getting really good exercise to music really helps.

And doing things - anything - like cleaning the house, having a hot bath and baking something nice (if feeling indoorsy) or going shopping - even for a newspaper and a loaf of bread (if feeling outdoorsy), in that order.

JsOtherHalf Fri 13-Sep-13 07:20:47

This is the barmbrack DH tracked down for me: http://www.waitrose.com/shop/ProductView-10317-10001-19183-Rankin+Selection+Irish+barmbrack

It reminds me of my childhood. Actually he generally buys various Irish bread products if finds them :-D

KoalaFace Fri 13-Sep-13 07:45:06

What a brilliant thread! The perfect thing to read in the morning. I'm going to make a list of my favourites (making lists makes me happy!).

Taking time for a hot drink and reading a book or MN.
Dancing with my 3yo DS.
Stretching. Doesn't have to be yoga style, just a good thorough stretch makes feel better!

I heard a qute once on One Tree Hill that has really stayed with me. I think of it when I feel a bit miserable.

Happiness is a mood. Not a destination.

When I stopped thinking things like "When we move out of the IL's, then I'll be happy." Or "When we're not so poor, I'll be happy." It made a massive difference. I was happy living at IL's and I felt lucky for the money we did have. Maybe not all day every day but I was in a happy mood lots of the time.
I stoppe putting conditions on my happiness and now I never think "When I lose weight I'll be happy."

Now I'm off for a bagel and cup of tea!

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 08:02:01

here here KoalaFace! I have decided one day more obsessing over my weight is another day f*cking wasted.

UPDATE on Snoggate!

So I saw my partner off to work at the door and gave him a snog.

His response?

"Are you leaving me?"
"Are you Dying?"
"Am I dying?"

Brilliant.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 13-Sep-13 08:21:08

Haha, loving the Snoggate grin

Might try it myself this morning.....

AlfieandAnnieRose Fri 13-Sep-13 08:42:46

Ooo this is in classics! Lovely, now I can refer to it all the time.

OP, I'm glad the 'lifting your face up' thing worked for you! It's a strange thing to describe - when I said it to my friend she did this face hmm at me... but it does help me feel happier!

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 08:49:48

Flouncy.. made me feel like i was in an epic film - Gone with the wind or something. All I needed was the heavens to open up and it to start violently raining - then I could have been in a Richard Curtis movie.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 08:51:37

Wouldn't it be funny if it said on the News at 10 - inexplicably cinnamon bagel and expensive coffee sales have soared overnight so much there is a nationwide panic buying crisis going on. The good butter has gone too!

AlfieandAnnieRose Fri 13-Sep-13 08:58:52

Ooo I really really fancy a cinnamon bagel now!! With lots of butter. I will be stopping at the supermarket later to buy some, that's cheered my day up already!

WallaceWindsock Fri 13-Sep-13 09:03:56

OP do you watch The Big C by any chance??

Bluebell99 Fri 13-Sep-13 09:04:45

I bought the last packet of cinnamon bagels in my local Tesco last night smile,
Hadn't bought bagels for years, was very nice. Yesterday, I went for a long walk around the countryside with a friend, and today joining some friends for a walk to a village coffee shop we have recently discovered, which has lovely homemade cakes. smile

ZingWantsCake Fri 13-Sep-13 09:06:03

we are about to watch "Father of the Bride" - one of my "go to" happy movies.
then for good measure we'll watch "Cheaper by the dozen" - it always cheers me up as I realise I only have half a dozen so my life is way too easy!grin

(we are all ill - only DS3 & DS4 are at school)

and I'll make chicken soup later - it is like a hug in a bowl.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 10:09:49

wallace no i have never watched it - it is recorded on my shows as someone recommended i watch it as idris elba is in it - ding dong. but havent got round to watching it - why?

GreetingsFrontBottom Fri 13-Sep-13 10:16:40

Nespresso and Mumsnet.

DaisyDoodle Fri 13-Sep-13 10:58:03

This morning I bounced on the bed with my toddler to "I don't care, I love it". Helped me smile before a long day at work

WallaceWindsock Fri 13-Sep-13 11:02:22

OP, there's a character in it who does inspirational talks about people finding their "Joy". So I presumed that's where you'd got the idea from grin

twolittlebundles Fri 13-Sep-13 11:03:27

can I also add my happiness group- inspired by a book (the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin). We meet fortnightly and drink great coffee and eat delicious things.

We take turns to ask a question, and then answer it- one question a week. We've had wonderful questions, from 'what is your favourite painting?' through to 'who made the most positive impact on your life?' The point is to have conversations that we wouldn't have normally. The group is something I look forward to, and we have each learned a lot as a result.

And eating breakfast (eggs and great coffee) in the sun.

Pinkpinot Fri 13-Sep-13 11:16:54

Ooh, I thought of something
Just caught the smell of the flowers in my hanging basket this morning, so the smell of fresh flowers, especially ones I have grown
Also I can see 2 ripe tomatoes, grown from seed, and 2 sunflowers coming through, also from seed
And lots of little strawberries

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Fri 13-Sep-13 13:27:29

oh no haven't watched it... but may do at some point. Just for Idris.

YeahWhat Fri 13-Sep-13 14:04:36

I like to 'achieve' something every day. It can be something as simple as cleaning out a cupboard or doing some gardening. I know that sounds silly but I love the satisfaction of doing something even if its of little importance.

The other thing I do nearly every day is some sort of sport or exercise. I love racket sports and play tennis or badminton three, four or more times a week. It's social and great fun. It really makes me happy.
A walk through the countryside with friends is also something that brings me 'joy'. It is relaxing and enjoyable.

I also love music - I couldn't imagine my life without it. Certain songs are so powerful and enjoyable.

My family are probably what makes me the happiest though. (...yes, they can be irritating too confused )

I agree that happiness is often a state of mind although some people do have a lot more obstacles in their way. Some people seem very moany even when they seem to have enchanted lives while others with very challenging lives can seem more content. It's interesting. smile

Aelfwyn Fri 13-Sep-13 14:35:00

I came across a good mantra somewhere recently: 'Bad day: Good life'. Helps get things in perspective.

ZingWantsCake Fri 13-Sep-13 16:14:09
madmomma Fri 13-Sep-13 16:31:33

that's fucking superb zing grin

Flumpyflumps Sat 14-Sep-13 00:24:46

I had JOY today when I got into my lobster bath with a glass of wine DH was out DD asleep and I used the <whispers> expensive (ie more than 99p) bubbles.
Absolute joy.
Gonna file that feeling for another day and refer back to it.

FiftyShadesofGreyMatter Sat 14-Sep-13 06:18:41

Nice cup of tea

My little veggie patch, especially things I've grown from seed, I'm still amazed that my 6ft tall tomato plants come from a tiny seed!

Loving this thread grin

Fairylea Sat 14-Sep-13 06:22:56

Tea, toast with a shed load of clover butter and uninterrupted browsing mumsnet followed by watching something engaging on tv.

Or going shopping, child free, for a whole day. This is a distant dream.....!

TwllBach Sat 14-Sep-13 06:52:15

Ooh OP, excellent thread! I'm a primary school teacher in my second year of teaching and am under a lot of pressure at the moment, so you're thread has reminded me that I need to fin The Joy.

For me, it's reminding myself that I love my job, no matter what politics go on around it. Every lunch time when I get to hold a small child's hand on the way into class and listen to them chatter happily away, I feel blessed. Every home time when I have a class of someone else's babies hanging on my every word at story time, I feel on top of the world. There's something magical about watching the faces of children move through excitement, suspense, and happiness and hearing a genuine belly laugh every now and then because of a story you are reading them.

Nothing better than the big wide eyes of a four year old.

Waking up and going to see my dog every morning. She's always happy to see me and it is heart warming.

Looking at my spreadsheet that goes all the way to 2020 grin

Deathbyladybirds Sat 14-Sep-13 06:57:47

Listening to music on the radio
Tea and cake
Walking outside
Lying in the sun
Hugs
Swimming in the sea

KurtMummegut Sat 14-Sep-13 07:08:06

A long, powerful shower every morning. Turning my face up to the shower head and letting the water massage me awake.

Chatting to my kids over breakfast with a good coffee.

Putting the baby down for his nap after the others are at school, tidying the house so it looks great and i can feel proud of it. Then crawling back under the duvet with a good book until baby awakes.

Arranging at least one adult social interaction a day.

My top one is going for an outdoor swim in a heated pool in cold weather.

ushush Sat 14-Sep-13 07:18:29

Mmmmm....to long powerful shower......sshhhh.....

twolemonsinthefruitbowl Sat 14-Sep-13 07:29:57

I have a 'dance around the kitchen' playlist on my ipod, filled with cheesey, poppy tracks. It always makes me smile and feel good.

I practise stealth kisses with the DCs - I am a Ninja kisser; they never see it coming! That always makes me feel good.

And I have a list inside my (coffee) cupboard door of all the people who love me.

UnicornsPooGlitter Sat 14-Sep-13 07:55:48

I've just started to meditate using the Headspace app - I'm loving it, I feel more calm and present throughout the day smile. It only takes 10 minutes!

Some Yoga stretches
Lobster hot shower
Freshly done swishy hair
Splash of Jo Malone
Dress in something you feel fab in
A power ballad or two, dancing is optional
Hug from DS

CinnamonAddict Sat 14-Sep-13 08:09:54

Porridge with Banana and Cinnamon in the morning.

I used to say a really good cup of coffee. But since I seem to have developed an intolerance to milk and soya sad I fell quite at loss how to create my favourite milky coffee. Have tried rice milk oat milk (good for the porridge but not in coffee), and almond milk (too thick, makes me gag).

Pottering around in the garden, picking apples, making apple pies and freezing them.

What would really inject happiness into my day would be a job I love. Have no idea what this could be. Left teaching secondary last term. Liked it but couldn't get jobs locally as I can only teach one subject.

Exercise does make some hormones kick in to make me feel good, and I get some joy out of my finished DIY projects.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Sat 14-Sep-13 08:25:39

Love all of these .... keep them coming. I'm reading whilst eating my cinnamon bagel and drinking coffee! brew

KateCroydon Sat 14-Sep-13 08:37:42

YY to:

cycling to work. There's always a moment even on the rainiest shittest day when I suddenly realise I'm happy.

swimming outdoors in winter in a heated pool. Really. I know it sounds weird, but it's bliss

eggs for breakfast, tea, meditation...

Oh, and Buffy.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Sat 14-Sep-13 08:50:08

that's wierd. I am watching Buffy now. spooky.

feelingdizzy Sat 14-Sep-13 09:01:17

Lovely thread, I get up early to have a cup of good strong tea by myself. A good walk down by the sea listening to my music.

Making myself a nice lunch and taking time to present it well.

I love to draw just doodling makes me happy.

Flowers have sunflowers in my windowsill at the moment . I try and almost photograph moments in my mind that yeah this is happy this is good. So I realise that I do have joy in the midst of business

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Sat 14-Sep-13 09:05:10

I wish I lived by the sea - I swear I would be happier.

TigerFeet Sat 14-Sep-13 09:12:58

Oh this is fab.

I'm having a shitty time at work and was already trying to do the pollyanna thing to cheer myself up but this has really given me a lift.

My list:
Danny Baker on radio 5 on a Saturday morning
Flowers on the kitchen windowsill, currently sunflowers. I can see them when I open the front door when I get home from said shitty workplace and they never fail to make me smile.
Unexpected random events for example taking a different route home from school, down a public footpath around a field, to find the most enormous blackberry bramble patch that is full of enormous ripe blackberries. We got dd1's lunch box out and stuffed it full, we were covered in blackberry juice and scratches, it was so much fun because it was totally unplanned and for once we weren't rushing about. Our haul disappeared very quickly, we'll be going back for more and I am not telling anyone where that bush is grin

TigerFeet Sat 14-Sep-13 09:15:28

feelingdizzy x post re sunflowers on the windowsill.. they are so big and bold and bright, they can't fail to make you smile

I get up first and make a brew for me and DH. Then sit at top of stairs with my brew where I have a little collection of family photos, a beautiful plant, and other happy mementos to look at on the stair windowsill. Enjoy those few moments of peace before have to get everyone else up.
During the day I like to spend a few minutes reading something inspiring, which gradually builds wisdom (if I say so myself !) mindfulness, and a quiet joy and groundedness.
I also like to get out into the natural world often, and enjoy walking - in mountains and forests or just in the local park. Wild flowers always make me smile flowers - an amazing burst of colour to brighten your way, such as this summer I found and loved (the aptly named)"Heartsease" in the Highlands
Music is also essential - world music or classic FM.

I wouldn't say no to a cinnamon bagel with cream cheese either! brew

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 14-Sep-13 20:53:31

Omg. Yes to swimming outside! There was a lovely outdoor pool near where I used to live in Sydney. Was great even in winter (similar to our summer really). <sigh>

SirRaymondClench Sat 14-Sep-13 20:58:59

The best way of injecting joy into your day is to be grateful for the things you already have. Simple things like having enough food to eat, having central heating or hot running water, transport. The sort of things that make your life run but you barely notice.
Once you feel grateful for the little things, the rest falls into place.

encyclogirl Sat 14-Sep-13 21:00:30

This is a fab thread! 10mins of Salute to the Sun, Asthanga Yoga is my way of setting myself up just right. I love that sequence.

I make the baby laugh (it's very easy, she laughs at almost everything). Baby giggles are the funniest cutest thing every and never fail to make me smile.

I'm not sure what I'll do when she grows up. I'm fairly sure sarcastic teenage chuckles would not have the same effect.

ZingWantsCake Sat 14-Sep-13 21:05:46
fuzzpig Sat 14-Sep-13 21:16:20

Playing piano (dependent on time of day due to neighbours!)

Playing my Happy playlist on itunes and singing along

Ben and Jerrys grin

loopyloou Sat 14-Sep-13 21:31:42

I try to make sure the kitchen is tidy and clean the night before, so that there's no work in there first thing. I make myself a lovely coffee and stand in the open doorway to the back garden with my coffee and look out, watching the dog and one of my cats sniffing around, I call my other cat who always comes over the fence straight away, pleased to see me. That makes me very happy smile Then I sit alone with a lovely breakfast and listen to Chris Evans on Radio 2, because he makes me laugh.

PoppyAmex Sat 14-Sep-13 21:34:22

Someone mentioned "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin and I second that. Well written too, no self-help trite rubbish.

I'm Latin and have a bit of a temper but my life has improved since I started living by the mantra "do you want to be right or want to be happy?"

What a lovely thread. flowers for OP.

I'm generally rather happy, in fact one of the people on a course I went on recently said I was the most positive person she had ever met smile I know I'm incredibly lucky as two of my immediate family suffer serious depression.

I think a lot of it comes down to what SirRaymondClench said about being grateful for things. I feel incredibly lucky for so many reasons. Every day I find lots of things to be grateful for. Every night before I go to sleep I list five things I am grateful for that day and that means I go to sleep in a happy frame of mind.

Like Unicorns I've been doing mindfulness meditation with Headspace for quite a while, I recently subscribed to the full service so I am working my way through the different series. I find it so refreshing. I try and do it in the morning so it sets me up for the day. Since I started I've found I'm more present in every moment which I think really helps with happiness. I'd definitely recommend it smile

Another thing I do is that first thing in the morning I get out of bed, open the curtains to see the day and have a bit of a stretch.

Really though the main reason I'm so happy is that I find joy and beauty in so many things. I've had a less good few months as was finishing up six months of chemotherapy and have been fairly ill with it so unable to go out much. Even on the grimmest days when I was waking up to go to the bathroom up to ten times a night, I still managed to find a glimmer of joy in seeing the beautiful night sky through the landing window. The sky is the most beautiful purpley grey colour around dawn smile

Nature is definitely a big source of joy, as is music. I also love learning so I read lots of non-fiction books about different subjects, I do lots of puzzle books, cook, potter in the garden. Lots of cheap/free things. The feel of sliding under the duvet on a chilly evening, walking barefoot in the garden, yummy food, playing board games with my family and friends...

As whenever I walk past a mirror, I smile at myself, or if I'm feeling silly I will make a funny face smile that always makes me happy. I'm that crazy girl walking round town smiling at everyone, it's usually only the older people who smile back! I try to embrace my inner silliness and do silly little things like jumping off the bottom stair, or walking in muddy puddles in my wellies.

I've rambled on loads and probably sound a bit weird blush

Charlottehere Sun 15-Sep-13 08:31:17

Tea peace wine exercise rare

breakingbadaddict Sun 15-Sep-13 08:41:56

Taking the dog for a walk & kicking the ball around for her, sometimes I run after her like a child! It makes me laugh & keeps her tail wagging constantly! Obviously when it's freezing & raining this doesn't work as well!

GoofyIsACow Sun 15-Sep-13 09:09:52

Great thread smile

TwoStepsBeyond Sun 15-Sep-13 10:20:18

Bought some Waitrose cinnamon, raisin and apple bagels and smothered them with leftover vanilla buttercream for breakfast.

Deep joy.

Ruby, you sound fabulous smile

GingerAnne Sun 15-Sep-13 18:51:29

Spot on Ruby!!! Wise word. Makes you appreciate things in life I bet. Good on ya xxx

Kamchatka Sun 15-Sep-13 18:54:07

I grow stuff and it makes me happy.
I don't have a lot of space but I have packed it with flowers I can bring indoors and which give long displays outdoors, herbs all year round, plus fruit and veg at various times of the year.
I can't explain why I like it but it gives me great joy.

grants1000 Sun 15-Sep-13 19:33:14

I like to kiss the top of my boys heads each morning whilst they are sleepily eating their breakfast before school. I do it every day like clockwork.

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Mon 16-Sep-13 04:30:59

Ruby is my inspiration. What a wonderful person you are - I wish you were my friend. brew

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Mon 16-Sep-13 05:42:33

Dear mums netters - OP here! much happier due to this thread.

Inspired by this thread I have started a blog - here it is

practicalguidetojoy.blogspot.co.uk

Thank you Katie smile blush and eatpraylove brew you sound lovely too, would love to be your friend! I shall check out your blog now, sounds interesting smile

gingeranne yes definitely, I try to really live each day, not in the whole YOLO, doing lots of massive things kind of way, but in ways that matter to me smile all the best to you x

Ahh!, enjoyed your blog eatpraylove, and the pic of you and your little one is gorgeous smile
Love your pics of the cinnamon bagel breakfast with cheerful flowers flowers

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Mon 16-Sep-13 11:06:17

cheers!
Today I have been sent the Christmas Ocado brochure... oooh pure joy for a Monday.

There were a few Christmassy things out at the garden centre which dd and I went to yesterday afternoon. She spotted some cute cards of Highland cattle in the snow which we liked because we've just got back from a holiday in the Highlands. So, quite liked seeing the first Christmassy stuff, but it is early isn't it ?!
A well timed catalogue can be a joy though ! I like the "Museums" one, or a nice Christmassy book one.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 16-Sep-13 12:23:51

Excellent blog, eatpray. You're a fantastic writer!

eatprayloveorjusteateateat Mon 16-Sep-13 15:25:51

thank you very much blush

ps. It's 100 days till Christmas so not that early. I like to start celebrating in September - with a mulled wine candle. Ooh - i'll put that one on the list.

GingerAnne Tue 17-Sep-13 23:26:58

Blog is fab!!! Look forward to reading more smile))

enormouse Thu 26-Sep-13 13:27:52

I searched for this thread as I'm currently having a crappy day.
house a mess, uni woes, tiredness from pg, short on cash etc and I thought I'd use some of your suggestions to cheer me up.
In return I'll share what I like to do when pissed off. I watch comedy box sets (of which I have too many) whilst eating minstrels.

At the moment I'm watching black books whilst slowly tackling my bomb site of a living room.

But have you got any minstrels enormouse ? smile
- pass em round !

enormouse Thu 26-Sep-13 17:13:05

passes minstrels to juggling, contemplates making flapjacks
smile

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