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What Makes You Happy?

What Makes You Happy?

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I was headed yesterday to visit a friend who lives about an hour away. Stuck in traffic, waiting for a very long, very slow train to pass, I was getting more and more grumbly. I was late for lunch! I decided drumming my fingers on the steering wheel and complaining was doing no good. I should change my mindset – think about what makes me happy instead.

So, I started this mental activity of alphabetically coming up with a list of things that make me happy. I texted a few to my friend (along with an apology and explanation for why I was late) and finished the list just about the time the looooong train finally finished crossing the intersection:


What Makes Me Happy?

  • Antelope and Accolades
  • Birthdays and Beaches
  • Christmas and Comfort
  • Dogwoods and Dawn
  • Easter and Enthusiasm
  • Friends and Family
  • Grandkids and Gratitude
  • Hospitality and Hugs
  • Integrity and Inspirations
  • JellyBellies and Justice
  • Kids and Kisses
  • Learning and Laughter
  • Music and Mountains
  • Neighbors and Nourishment
  • Opportunities and Oysters (on the half shell)
  • Puppies and Possibilities
  • Quiet and Quirkiness
  • Relaxation and Roses
  • Scripture and Springtime
  • Thankfulness and Trust
  • Understanding and Unconditional Love
  • Visitors and Vacations
  • Writing and WordPress
  • Xander and Xylophones
  • Yodeling and Yellow
  • Zoos and Zebras


So, try it! Next time you’re stuck in traffic, instead of grumbling and strumming, think about what makes you happy. You’ll pass the time with a smile instead of a frown, and the train will fly by!

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Comments on: "What Makes You Happy?" (61)

  1. Good for you ๐Ÿ‘

  2. Nice one… :-)…good that you weren’t visiting someone in India…๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€…you wouldn’t have been able to invoke any of those happy memories on our roads…especially while stuck in traffic…๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ™Œ

  3. Wow this is a great idea, Jan! Something that I can do with my daughter, too, whether when stuck in traffic or just finding something to do. Thanks for sharing your alphabet of things that make you happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I think itโ€™s more fun than finding things alphabetically while traveling. That was a โ€œcontestโ€ we used to play with our kids while traveling. Thanks for visiting JanBeek and commenting.

  4. What a wonderful thing to do to pass the time! And I love your list, momma ๐Ÿ˜˜

  5. I LOVE this idea! I am definitely going to try it. Now what if you made a post for every one of those things listed, and use each as the title? That’s a great way to generate writing prompts!

    • Thatโ€™s a great idea, too. Thank you… such an endeavor would take several months, wouldnโ€™t it? I think Iโ€™ll start with choosing one per letter, rather than both. Thanks for the idea!

      • Hey, Task Girl, I am on Day # 17 = Q. It’s harder than you think. Have you been following along. This was your idea, remember?? What a QUIRKY idea!! I’m having fun with it. โค

      • What started as a 26 day project has become a daily routine. Thanks for your inspiration! I am on day 175 of consecutive blogging. Hopefully each day lends a voice of hope and love to a world in turmoil. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  6. Thanks for sharing! Itโ€™s always better to count our blessings, rather than complaints. It makes us happier for sure! ๐Ÿ˜„

  7. When I came to your blog page for the first time, this is the first post I saw. I have to say, the timing could not have been any better! The year 2018 has truly been one of the worst years for me and I have suffered many losses. In addition, I have endured chronic pain for over 20 years, which is just wearing me down, and over the last 6 months I have a couple more ailments to add to my already extensive list. So…I REALLY needed a pick-me-up and you just gave me a way to create my own! I really hope you do not mind if I give you my own list:

    Overboard (the movie)

    • Love your list! Thank you.

      • Thanks! I found your list fun too!
        I found some letters really difficult to find a word for and other letters I found lots of words and had to make a single choice…kind of reflective of life I think.

        I thought your story was inspirational. We so often get caught up in what is wrong and get bent out of shape about it, that we forget there are also a great many things that are right. It is all about mindset. We can often choose to stew in our own juices or entertain happy thoughts.

        This is a great idea/strategy for coming and can be adapted for various situations. Thanks!

      • Youโ€™re welcome! Thanks for affirming – and for taking the time to respond. I appreciate it.

  8. Well done. Good list

  9. I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. Please check out the โ€œMysteryโ€ post on my Site for the instructions. Congratulations!

  10. I like your list a lot !

    • Thank you. You should try creating one of your own. Read the invitation on my Z entry in the 26 day series! Thanks for visiting JanBeek โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  11. Good idea! I will definitely try it out!

    • Did you try it, Imeella? It’s an on-going activity for me… keeping my mind on the positive aspects of life โค

      • Yes I did! And it was awesome. I have adopted it as a daily routine! Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. I love lists like this! This is great Jan. So glad I found this blog today. In 2014 I started writing 1 gratitude in my notebook on January 1st. Then I added one a day. I decided to do this after watching Nimo Patels beautiful video “Grateful: A Love Song to the World.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO2o98Zpzg8 So by May I was writing for over two hours in bits over the day. I had to check that because I couldn’t see doing four or five by December! =) I still love reading those lists though. It started a great habit that I try to keep every day since, a few a day at least. Traffic is a great place to practice gratitude. ^^ โ™ฅ.

    • Welcome to JanBeek! I see we have a lot in common. I continue my list making by writing daily in my Gratitude Journal. Each evening, before bed, I write at least 5 things for which I am thankful that day. Sometimes I canโ€™t stop at five!

  13. Wow, that must have been a very longgggg train!

  14. I love it! Changing paradigms.

  15. I love your list, Jan, and that you turned your attitude around instead of fretting the time away. What an inspiration you are to the rest of us! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Abigail. Your comment warms my heart. On a snowy, cold Montana afternoon, I needed that! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  16. What a great idea!

  17. I love this idea and your wonderful list! Gratitude is such a powerful tool in thinking more positively. Plus, who does not want to think of jellybeans! My favourite ones are the jellybelly ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • My sister, who now has Alzheimer’s and is living in a care facility in PA was a real JellyBelly fan. For years, she brought her Girl Scout troop on a tour of the factory near her central CA home. I never hear of JellyBellies without thinking of her. Bless you! Thanks for your visit and your comment. โค

      • You are very welcome and my pleasure! I love that story, and your sister sounds like a lot of fun – and brave to be around so many children on so much sugar! Maybe someone from her old Girl Scout troop is sneaking her some JellyBellies ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you have a great night and week ahead!

  18. Thank you, “Alchemist”, for your kind response. You gave me a great idea. I need to send my sis some JellyBellies!

  19. What a great idea to reduce stress!

  20. This was a fantastic idea and definitely helped with the time. I like to make up songs. It does help you to distract you and keep you relaxed.

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