Happiness Highlights: The Little Things

Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy from the previous week, because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.

Sometimes, happiness bursts into our lives with much fanfare and hoopla. We achieve goals, realize dreams, or make monumental changes that make us happier. But usually, happiness seeps in quietly among the day-to-day business of getting by. Most often, happiness is found in the little things.

This was a week of beautiful little things.

We helped my mother-in-law get the patio furniture she’d bought weeks ago finally set out, and it was so pretty. We spent a few hours sitting outside at night  during the week and on Mother’s Day. My mother-in-law doesn’t just sit very often, so I was especially thrilled to see her just sit and enjoy her home. Plus, I have been loving having a nice place to lounge in the sun. Have I mentioned my in-law’s house is way nicer than any place I’ve ever lived? It’s a heck of a place to be homeless for a few months!

Before I moved to Florida, I used to help coach the high school drill team with my best friend Erin. This week she asked me to come up and judge try outs for next year’s team. It was so much fun to be a part of that again for a little bit! I love working with the girls, and Erin invited me to help out this summer with camp if I wanted. I think I might take her up on it – keeps me feeling young.

Speaking of young…

Ah, yes. Happiness really is found in the little things. I got to spend Mother’s Day surrounded by little ones – and one child of mine who is not near as little anymore.

That child spent his own money (and some of his father’s) to buy me a new suitcase, a red one with four spinning wheels! He also made me a card and breakfast in bed, which came complete with a banana since he “knows you don’t eat toast, Mom.” I was so touched by his thoughtfulness.

On top of all those little moments, Jared wrote me a post for Mother’s Day. I’m a sucker for public declarations of love.

What were the highlights of your week?


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  1. racheal says:

    You had me as soon as you titled your post “little things”!
    Because so much of it is, the little things that turn out to be the big huge things!

    My highlight this week was many, my grandma hanging out with me in the kitchen while I made our Mother’s day meal, her eyes lighting up when I passed her all the mango seeds, leaving extra on there on purpose and her pride as she boasted to everyone that HER grandchild made this meal, and HER grandchild cooked this and HER grandchild is basically wonder woman. It is great to be loved that much isn’t it?

    My highlight was going to church with my parents Sunday morning, and praying, praying, praying and thanking for all that I was grateful for. It was coming a full circle and realizing I had come a full circle. It was the first Mother’s Day that didn’t hurt, and that meant the world.

    Happy Mother’s Day Miss Britt that doesn’t eat toast!

  2. Sweet pics of sweet babies. My weeks highlights were of my staycation (some with The Hubby), painting a lot, family time, especially on M’s Day and the arrival of our youngest for a stay this week. My little clutch of kiddos is back together, even though my girls are 32 and 26 they are forever my babies. Happy Mother’s Day!
    Jill of All Trades’s most recent post: Back To Work

  3. Amanda says:

    I am all about the little things! Here’s what made me happy last week: http://ajigreer.blogspot.ca/2012/05/happy-friday_11.html
    Amanda’s most recent post: happy mother’s day.

  4. the muskrat says:

    I got to go to 4 nights of straight parties! Actually, I’m pretty sure there were some gay folks there. But, 4 nights of parties!
    the muskrat’s most recent post: the last of the littles hits 2

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