Sunday, January 31, 2010

Monday 2/1/10 - "HAPPINESS"

"HAPPINESS 101" BLOG AWARD


Enchanted Oak blessed me a few days ago with a "Happiness 101" blog award. Yesterday I was double-blessed by receiving this same "Happiness 101" award from Little M at Came to Believe.

I am to name ten things that make me happy. I think I'll start with #1 being that reading these two blogs makes me happy.

So here I go. Ten things that make me happy:

#1 - Reading the Enchanted Oak and Came to Believe blogs as well as all the blogs I follow makes me happy.

#2 - Picking up a new book, getting "hooked" within the first chapter, and then being able to anticipate and enjoy with pleasure each and every page from beginning to end is happiness personified for me.

#3 - When I am in church attending mass I am happy. I feel at one with God in the sanctuary. I hear Him speak to me through the words read and spoken. There are certain parts of the mass that fill me with peace such as when the priest says "protect us from all anxiety" and again when he says, "I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed." I experience a renewal of faith, trust, and hope.

#4 - I am happy when I try out a new recipe and I and others like it. I made a baked brie and a peanut butter pie around Christmas that were both big hits.

#5 - Anytime nature blesses me with a personal gift I am happy. Last spring the cycle of birth played out for me when a duck laid her eggs in a rocky area outside my front door. I watched that mama duck faithfully sit on those eggs and guard them for many months. Then they hatched and off trotted the little ducklings into the wide world. Two days ago I discovered an egg laid in the same spot and last night another one. Another gift in the making?

#6 - My daughter's dog makes me laugh, makes me happy. We play chase the bone and take walks. He is affectionate and follows me wherever I go. He is always there to greet me when I enter the house. I'm never alone.

#7 - When a poem "comes to me" and it feels whole and complete when I finish it, I am happy in the deepest part of me.

#8 - I am happy going out to eat with my girlfriends on a "girls' night out". There is always lots of camaraderie, conversation, laughing, silliness, and love.

#9 - I am happy when I am in the silence, in the quiet with God.

#10 - Number 10 is a little different. This is a wish that if fulfilled would make me very happy. I would love to have a day that was devoted 100% to my husband and me - from the moment our eyes open to the moment they close. We would enjoy every minute of that day doing whatever we decided would please us. I would carry the happiness of such an experience in my heart for a very long time.

Be happy!!!

Prayer Girl

17 comments:

linda said...

these were lovely...very inspiring ;)

and many thanks for your kind comment on my blog, my art...weird as it is!

blessings...

Andrea said...

Great list!
Praying you and your husband get a beautiful day of alone time, together, soon.
Blessings, andrea

Felicitas said...

This is a really lovely list PG. I particularly like #5 & 6 - whenever animals let you into their lives it's such a blessing! I forgot to include my little pup on my happiness list, but he definitely belongs there!

Kathy M. said...

Congratulations on this well deserved award. Reading your blog, and reading your comments on mine, make me happy. Great list!

Madison said...

Wow. Love #10. That's an easy wish to accomplish. I hope you do just that.

Just Be Real said...

Congratulations PG! You deserve such an award! Great list you share.

Realliveman said...

All wonderful things to make one happy!

Kim A. said...

You and I are alot alike!! Baked brie, a good book and hubby for a whole day...yep, heaven..

namaste

otin said...

I would be happy if that peanut butter pie showed up in my mail box!!!!

Brian Miller said...

congrats on the award. love you list...we share a few. hope you have agreat week!

Lou said...

I understand when our lives get so busy, we cannot spend a whole day with the one that means the most to us. Hope that wish comes true soon!

Syd said...

I understand your number 10 and find that to be particularly fulfilling also. Great list.

Enchanted Oak said...

I sure appreciate your happiness list, and have to tell you that I know exactly what you're talking about in #7, when a poem comes to you. How satisfying and deeply happy that makes me feel. I'm glad we have that in common, among other things, dear PG.

Andrea said...

Hope you don't mind. I added a link to your blog on arise 2 write.
andrea

Susan said...

I love your happy list! As a fellow Catholic I could especially relate to your #3. The mass is such an extraordinary gift. I am grateful for your blog! I always look forward to reading it.

Paula said...

Congrats, you surely deserve the awards. Hope that your wish comes true. Sorry I was absent for a few days, however now Iam back and getting ready for my take off to Tampa. Many hugs

Little M said...

Aw, thanks! I too love it when the priest says, "protect us from all anxiety." That always stirs me up inside.