The ’50 happy things’ meme & why it makes me happy
So why am I about to write about 50 things that makes me happy?
The short answer is because I was tagged by the lovely, funny Kerry from Doctomum. This delightful list is currently circulating many blogs. Once finished the author tags more bloggers to continue the trend. It gives a beautiful insight into the blogger and a healthy dose of positivity.
Previously, I declined to join in when kindly Lisa from Into The Glade nominated me for a couple of awards that involve making a list of fun, unknown facts about the blogger.
I know, I know how boring of me. Although I was touched and delighted to have been chosen as one of her nominees I’ve been trying, albeit somewhat unsuccessfully, to focus my blog.
So why have I suddenly resolved to find more fun in blogging. Well here’s the thing; I think writing about 50 happy things is more than just a fun blogging trend. I think it’s useful for me, both as a doctor and a parent. (Oh and go on then because I do like to join sometimes too)
One of my thoughts behind ‘Tenminatesspare‘ is that striving for emotional fitness is as important looking after physical health.
Of course trying to look after our emotions and minds does not necessarily protect us from becoming mentally unwell. In the same way that looking after our bodies does not necessarily protect us from becoming physically unwell. That doesn’t negate the importance of aspiring to protect our overall wellbeing.
As a doctor, or indeed any health professional, it is easy to spend all day tending to the needs of patients and barely have time to empty the bladder, let alone take a minute to reflect.
Oh yes and that also applies as a parent. Even worse when we finally do make it to the bathroom it is most likely to be in the presence of a small child.
‘Ten minutes spare’ to ourselves can be difficult to achieve, but really important. You know – for emotional wellbeing in addition to attending to bathroom needs.
So in my few spare minutes tonight I have thought about fifty things that make me happy. This has been entertaining and I have appreciated all the lovely things I am fortunate enough to have in my life.
Sometimes life can be tough and all the positive reflections in the world may not help. But often when we are struggling with only ‘ten minutes spare’ for ourselves, appreciating the little things; the ordinary joys can help.
Umm so that was the long answer. A reminder again of the short version:
Doctomum tagged me. It sounded fun.
Without further ado and in no particular order, here are 50 things that make me happy
2. Pumpkin clapping
5. Uninterrupted sleep
6. Sleepy baby cuddles
7. Hot chocolate
8. My friends – Couldn’t cope without you ladies
9. A lie in
10. Toddler logic: On learning the correct name for the back of the lower leg (calf) Sunflower proceeded to rename her knee ‘rhinoceros’ and her eyelashes ‘giraffes’.
11. Getting my haircut (although I’m not sure about the time it was ultra-short)
12. My job – a huge privilege
13. Planting lettuce seeds with Sunflower
14. My parents too many specific things to actually list
15. Visiting the countryside
16. Holding hands
17. My little sister
18. Being able to do a couple of pull-ups
19. A bath just for me
20. Naps – mine or Pumpkin’s.
21. Eating Mum’s home-grown vegetables
22. And fruit
23. Herbal Tea
24. Pumpkin’s face when he eats something sour
25. Baking. Especially when Sunflower joins me in her fairy wings
27. A shower after a disrupted nights sleep
28. A bowel of porridge – breakfast is probably my happiest meal of the day. This may also be a reflection of the mood of my little ones at this meal.
29. A night out with my husband
31. Hearing Sunflower laugh
32. Time to read
34. Kind comments left on my blog
35. Decaf coffee
36. Apples from our miniature Apple tree
37. Sweet peas growing in my garden
38. Mr R. Always.
39. Cooking: Although preferably without having to simultaneously play with Duplo and sing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’.
40. Family swimming time
41. My church
42. A real fire in Winter
44. The beach
45. Photographs of precious moments.
46. The changing seasons. Currently Spring is making happy
47. Being able to see and talk to friends far away using modern technology
48. Time to myself to complete my home exercises
50. Baby giggles.
EDIT: For any newcomers to my blog firstly hello and welcome (friendly wave). Secondly it would probably be useful for you to know that Sunflower and Pumpkin are pseudonyms for my 2 year old girl and 10 month boy respectively. I hope this makes more sense of points 2 and 13. ‘Pumpkin clapping’ and ‘planting lettuce with Sunflower’ are not new-fangled musical instruments or nifty gardening techniques but somewhat more prosaically activities with my children. Thanks Doctomum and What Katy Said for bringing these unintentionally humorous phrases to my attention.
Ladies below I’m not sure if this is your sort of thing but if you’d like to join in with writing happy things I’m sure your lists would be amazing. Otherwise hope you have fun simply thinking happy thoughts.
Anyone else fancy joining in? It has been a fun and positive experience. Any North East bloggers interested too – I’d love to read some of your lists but there are too many of you to tag.