50 Happy Things

I finally snagged a copy of the beautiful and inspiring Bella Grace magazine last week. Oh my. So many beautiful photographs and inspiring words.

Life’s been busy and I haven’t had as much time with it as I’d like just yet–it’s the kind of thing I want to savour–but I did read an article called 100 Happy Things that inspired me to jot down a list of my own.

It took no time at all to come up with 50 simple things that warm my heart and make me thankful. I’m going to continue adding to the list–what a wonderful thing to be able to read again on those days when I need a boost.

Here’s the unedited list I compiled in just a few minutes.

1. The first sip of coffee in the morning

2. My Yorkie, Maya, snoring softly by my side

3. My grandchildren’s laughter

4. Strawberries and French vanilla ice cream

5. The feeling of the sun on my body

6. Lazy summer afternoons spent reading in the lawn swing

7. Saskatchewan

8. Classical music

9. Good dark chocolate

10. Going barefoot

11. Tiger lilies

12. Lilacs

13. Canning

14. Losing myself in a good novel

15. Still life photography

16. Staying cozy at home during a winter storm

17. Waking early

18. Birdsong

19. Laughing at silly private jokes with my husband

20. Coffee and conversation with a friend

21. Pantry shelves full of jars of canned goods

22. Cotton quilts

23. Fresh picked warm-from-the-sun tomatoes

24. Tending my garden

25. Silence

26. Conversations with my children

27. Moose Jaw

28. An icy cold glass of Chardonnay

29. Hot weather

30. The way the morning sun looks on the bed in the morning

31. Sunshine after the rain

32. Worship on Sunday mornings

33. Pedicures

34. Wildflowers

35. Shrimp Tacos from Mr. Mike’s

36. Goats

37. Finches on the railing of my deck

38. Cheesecake

39. Mary Chapin Carpenter songs

40. The first garden salad of spring

41. Pumpkin pie and whipped cream

42. Bookstores

43. Writing in coffee shops

44. Mary Oliver poetry

45. Instagram

46. Thunderstorms

47. Tim Hortons Iced Capps

48. Old weathered wood

49. Hanging laundry out to dry

50. Warm breezes through open windows

Why not start a list of your own? Or leave a short list of a few of your own happy things in the comments? I’d love to hear about some of your happy things too!


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Lovely – want to post to Facebook soon!

    1. It’s really the simple things, isn’t it?!

  2. Tim Hortons?!! I would love an Iced Capp right about now, and it’s not something I get very often. I’m going to Canada this summer, so maybe…

    1. Tim Hortons is a Canadian must-have! Hope you enjoy your visit to our fair land when you come, Lucinda.

  3. I’m going to make my own list too, Linda. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. Good for you, Joan!

  4. what’s an icecap?

    1. An Iced Capp is a blended frozen coffee drink, Patricia. And it’s delicious!

  5. I love your list! My own list is growing too. 🙂

    1. It’s a great exercise!

  6. What a great list! Many of mine are also yours. I would like to add “Linda’s Photos” and “Linda’s Daily Bread.” I love them both!

    1. Oh how sweet, Karen! I’m delighted that you’re enjoying the bread recipe!

  7. Words to live by, Linda. Beautiful!

    1. And I know you take note of those simple happy things too, Kathy. ?

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