How do you follow your happiness?

Maisy displaying what makes her happy.

Maisy displaying what makes her happy.

I’ve been thinking about this “follow your happiness” post for a while.  This particular blog post over at I am Momma Hear Me Roar inspired me to really think about how present happiness is in our lives. It got me thinking the questions: How do I think of and remember the happiness in my daily life? How do I document it? What makes each day special? Most importantly, how do I keep that my focus rather than the struggles or frustrations that can sometimes come with being a parent. I decided I really wanted to mindfully focus on the positive.

It’s taken me a while to figure out how to do that.  I went through a variety of ideas trying to find what would work for me.  I thought of keeping a journal, keeping a personal blog, having my happiness reminder be a screensaver on my computer or iPhone, but having it visible in my home is what won! 

 

Puppies make Maren happy.

Puppies make Maren happy.

Snuggles make me happy. 

Snuggles make me happy. 

The morning sunshine makes me happy too.

The morning sunshine makes me happy too.

Roof top barbecues in the city make Todd happy.

Roof top barbecues in the city make Todd happy.

I found these bright and magnetic $3 dry erase boards in the dollar bin at Target.  I bought four of them, one for each member of the family.  When I got home, I put them all on our refrigerator. Now in the mornings before breakfast we each write what tickles our fancy that day.  It's usually something we are looking forward to, a wish, something that was awesome about the day before or something we are grateful for and we put them back on the refrigerator.  I love that they are a reminder of happiness throughout the day, even if the dog is barking, dinner is burning and the girls are arguing.  I take a picture of my board and have them in a library on my iPhone, so whenever I’m feeling blah, I can look back at all the things that bring a little smile to my face.

Lovely slow no-rush weekend breakfast time make me happy.

Lovely slow no-rush weekend breakfast time make me happy.

I love that it also teaches the girls to be mindful of happiness and things that are good in their lives, things to be grateful for.  Hopefully this line of thought travels with them throughout life.

What makes you happy? How do you follow your happiness? Please share in comments. I'd love to hear your ideas! Be sure to subscribe via email, follow on Facebook and on Pinterest so you don’t miss any fun updates!  Thanks for reading.

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.