Posted by: Simon | April 27, 2008

Everyday happiness

Happiness is receiving a simple hand coloured note from your young daughter saying “Congrates on you’r new job” (sic).

Has someone written you a note recently that made you happy? Have you done the same?

Photo: without you.


  1. I just wrote an entry of a 101 items that can make you happy. Sometimes we just need to sit down and think about what we want out of our lives to make us happy!

  2. Agree Michael. I think we can all find it easier sometimes to come up with the list of things that make us angry, sad, frustrated etc but we don’t spend the time to focus on what makes us happy. My thoughts are, and your list I think proves it, is that often they are everyday things right under our noses.

  3. The thing that has made me the happiest lately was reconnecting with my hubby. After a long struggle with our teenage son that finally settled down, we were able to become closer than ever before. I have been so happy since.

  4. That’s a great story Laurie. We’re only entering the teenage years (eldest turns 13 in August) but already our three have tested our parenting skills and our resolve as a couple on many an occasion! I definitely draw strength from knowing that my wife and I are working together as it can be very energy sapping at times. On that note I tip my hat to single parents, I don’t know how they do it!

    My wife and I try to grab small amounts of time together when we can, definitely something we let fall off the radar from time to time though. Need to work on that as the importance of happiness between a couple can’t be underestimated. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. A wonderful book that really made a difference for us was “Parenting your out of control teenager” by Scott Sells. It is very helpful for parenting all teens no matter how out of control they are. It would help with the normal teen as well.

    As far as the hub and myself goes, we really tried to set aside one evening a week just to be together. We did everything from a real date to roasting hotdogs in the back yard. One interesting thing was discussing a questionaire I made up to find out more about what was deep in his heart. I has really worked on the intimacy thing as I was very guarded in that.

    Now we are not so much doing the once a week thing but we are making it a point to play racquetball a couple of times a week which serves the sme purpose and gives us exercise to boot!

    It’s a journay but one well worth taking.

  6. Thanks for the book tip Laurie – I’ll search it out.

  7. Nice story.

    I helped my 15 month old son do some scribbles on a piece of paper with crayons and turned it into a mother’s day card. My wife loved it – far more than any card you could buy at a shop.

  8. @Peter: It’s so much fun watching your kids develop and interact with the world and, in hindsight, it whizzes by so quickly too. I agree, their hand made cards and letters are so valuable. We also get hand made Christmas and Birthday wish lists now too :) ….

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