11 little secrets of happiness
Lucy Diamond's new novel The Secrets of Happiness inspired you to share your own - here are 11 of the best
1. The classic book/bath/bubbles/booze combo
is a long bubble bath, a glass of wine and a good book!"
2. The great outdoors
"Getting outdoors and heading for open space"
3. Getting cosy
"A warm room, cosy chair, good book and, of course, coffee and cake in a room perfumed by bowls of hyacinths and narcissi."
4. Comfort above style, every time
"Comfortable underwear - sad but true!"
5. Celebrating what you have
"Watching my children learn to do something new
and seeing their faces when they master it."
"Not focussing too much on what I don't have, but spending time with family and friends enjoying the positive things together."
6. Taking a lesson from the Danes
"The secret to happiness
is Hygge - a Danish word meaning something like 'contented cosiness'. The Danes are said to be the happiest people in the
world, so there has to be some truth in it."
7. The washing up...?!
"Washing up at the sink instead of using the dishwasher. The warmth of the soapy water, the view of the buds, flowers, and birds outside and the interaction with the family as we wash, dry and put the dishes away; that was my first tonic for the week."
8. Having fun with teenagers
"I'm happiest when hanging out with my teenage sons. There's never anywhere else I'd rather be or anything else I'd rather be doing. Went swimming today with one, then had a walk and cooked with the other, then the three of us sat in the kitchen taking it in turns to play songs we love to each other and ended up laughing so much I couldn't breathe. That's a perfect day for me."
9. Making and baking
"I always feel good whenever I make something, especially if it's for someone else. Baking my own bread makes me feel good too. Can't beat that freshly baked smell"
"Gin and tonic, ice and
lime, condensation on the outside of the glass. Best served with company/hot
bath/cheese straws (delete as appropriate). It tastes better when you don't have to make it and better still if it coincides with sleeping children."
"It has to be the
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