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A Few of Your Favorite Things

In my pursuit of happiness, I’ve been doing an informal survey amongst my friends, family, co-workers and you precious Inspiration Report readers to discover what makes you happy. Interestingly enough, there were a lot of items that appeared on everyone’s list.

Most people who were married mentioned tender moments with their spouses. Parents enjoyed time with their children. And just in general, time spent with those you care about is always time well spent.


Nature was also popular. Whether it was out on a kayak in the ocean or hiking through the woods, we all seem to love the great outdoors.

Not surprisingly, food was also high on everyone’s list (and might I add, no one mentioned salad and carrots; apparently, junk food is a universal joy).

The happiness of others ranked high on the lists. We love to serve others, and we really love to make people laugh.

I was also intrigued by the things that didn’t make the lists. For all our chasing of the almighty dollar, only one person mentioned money as a source of joy. Material things weren’t very common either. Even some of my technological friends who always have the latest gadgets didn’t mention anything about the new iPad (in fact, one of them said hearing his children laugh brought him joy).


To me it seemed like most of the responses fell in two camps: how we relate to others and how we relate to ourselves. We love to nurture those we love and pamper ourselves as well.

So now that we’re aware of the things that make us happy, recognize them when they show up in your day. Be grateful for them and do what you can to foster them. After all, habitual happiness takes practice.

For more:
The Path To Joy
7 Ways to Discover Joy
31 Days of Self-Love


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Andrea Williams Meier

    What makes me happy is that God has made a way for me to take care of my self and to help a few others along the way. He made a way for me to make my twins happy on there graduation day and be able o dress them well on their big day. He also made me see how important my family is and, how not important drugs were to life
    I want to you LORD for for helping me understand what makes me happy!!!

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Yvonne

    What makes me happy, I just realized it’s things like Joel said, it don’t cost me nothing concerning MONEY! However I could always use more. I like the scents of nature ie the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of rain and how it’s smell on a spring day due to all the flowers blooming, like honeysuckel and lilac to name a few and the scent of the earth/dirt. I love the feel of the warm sun and a fresh breeze. I love the smell of fresh brewing coffee. I love to hear my grandchildren playing and laughing. I love to hear them talk among each other and not knowing that someone is listening. I also enjoy how they annoy my children and I get the chance to remind them of themsleves. I love making my monther happy and hearing her laugh. I love to surprise people with something that I know they always wanted. Most of all I love being USED by the Lord to Bless Me to be a BLESSING to others with a laugh, hug, gift or a good word, whatever way he use me to bring peace and joy to others. Most of all, my motto is I rather leave you with a smile then a frown because if you’re smilling then so am I,I love to LAUGH and I would love shareing this with that special someone in my life. Thank you so much for allowing me to notice some of the things that are my favorite things.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mike Williams

    Joel is right, ir really is about people loving us and showing that love for those around us. It starts with our family but extends to everyone we come in contact with. The bible talks abour being salt and light to those around us. I often get emotional when I think about my many blessings. God, in his infinite grace has blessed me beyond my understanding. My wife’s smile, my children accomplishing their dreams, being able to hug my aging parents, sharing my blessings with others, and shooting in the 80’s all make me happy. OK that last one was selfish but the idea is our happiness comes from many things but most of them involve our relationships with others. When we open the eyes of our hearts, we are blessed with joy, fullfilment and happiness.

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