51 (more) Little Things That Make Me Ridiculously Happy


I was feeling grouchy today, so I thought it was time for another list of happy-making things.

  1. Spontaneous hugs from my teenage son.
  2. Being assigned a new piano piece by my teacher.
  3. Fried chicken.
  4. Flower/seed catalogs in winter.
  5. Sourdough bread.
  6. Unexpected phone calls from friends.
  7. Pretty stamps.
  8. Dark chocolate-covered cherries from Godiva.
  9. Clean sheets.
  10. My friend Cynthia’s hard candy that she makes at Christmas.
  11. Forced bulbs indoors in winter.
  12. Blooming redbud trees.
  13. Throwing sticks for my ridiculous dog.
  14. Matching all the socks in a load of laundry.
  15. Writing The End.
  16. Blonde bobby pins.
  17. Videos of panda bears.
  18. Going to the art museum.
  19. Wearing jeans that fit.
  20. Having extra printer cartridges when I run out.
  21. The little fan on the treadmill.
  22. Remembering to take my reusable bags in the store.
  23. When the one cashier at the grocery tells me to have a beautiful day.
  24. The people who work at my tiny local post office.
  25. Rain boots.
  26. Woodsmoke.
  27. Working on a needlepoint project.
  28. Having filled the bird feeders.
  29. Downy woodpeckers.
  30. Reading a book in a single day.
  31. Unexpected invitations.
  32. Dog snores.
  33. Baby sneezes.
  34. Comfy shoes.
  35. The smell of hairspray.
  36. Seeing my hometown skyline from across the river.
  37. Having written.
  38. My pizza stone.
  39. Walking tours of places I’ve never been.
  40. Going a whole week without seeing a spider in the house.
  41. Cream cheese on rye bread.
  42. Road trips, short or long.
  43. Stained glass windows.
  44. Watching the Kentucky Derby.
  45. The feel of my husband’s freshly-shaved head.
  46. Wooden matches.
  47. Long, Thanksgiving Day walks.
  48. Watching the sunset on the beach.
  49. Chiming pendulum clocks.
  50. A wedding ring tan line.
  51. Bursting cattails.


What’s making you happy right now?


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6 thoughts on “51 (more) Little Things That Make Me Ridiculously Happy”

  1. skyecaitlin says:

    Lovely!!!! What is a pizza stone?

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      It’s a ceramic baking tile, but it’s round. A lot of bakery ovens are/were lined with stone because it gives a nice, crisp crust for bread and pizza. 😊🥖🍕

  2. lynncahoon says:

    You have cat tails? I haven’t seen them since I moved to Illinois. Cat tails! Yes, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Hey, I understand. I was completely thrilled when we moved here and saw they were on our pond. I don’t think I’d seen any growing since the biology pond at my Louisville high school. Next time you’re down here, you should definitely come out.

  3. Janet says:

    Your list brought back some happy memories and made me plan to do some of the things on your list

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      I’m so glad, Janet! Listing happy things gets me out of my funk. 😊

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