Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
In the spirit of #InternationalDayofHappiness, here's four random things that make me happy.
1. My Wedding Photos:
I have all the over 3,000 pictures on Dropbox and easily accessible on my phone. Just looking at them, brings back such beautiful memories and of course reminds me of the one day my make-up was probably on fleek. (Even though my fake eyelash started falling off half way through the day, and so in some pictures I look really weird with a funny eyelash).
2. Freebies and Discount codes:
Not those huge red 'SALE' signs that litter the high street shops - those ones are a scam, kind of. There's always some kind of sale going on. I mean real exclusive discount codes. Today I had an exclusive discount code which gave me 40% of my facial cleanser. Hahahaha. The person ahead of me at the till had just paid full price. I'm also that person who loves a good freebie... and not those ones with unseen terms and conditions. I had such a bad 'freebie' experience recently though. That deserves a post of its own.
3. Ping Pong:
I just love ping-pong (or Table-Tennis, as I'd rather call it). I literally can't see a ping-pong table and walk past it. I have to have a go. I'm not so great at this game. I could be better - but I didn't get a chance to improve thanks to my elder brother. You see, we had a table growing up, and he and his friends were having a go, when in an attempt to 'smash', his friend hit the bat at my little brother, and his two front teeth fell off. Lots of blood everywhere and I think my mum got rid of the table after that day. African parents are extreme though. It was just milk teeth for goodness sake. Now that's the reason I can't use my back hand and I can't smash.
4. Clean Sinks:
To be honest, this should probably top the list. Since the 'Mrs' became my title, goodness, nothing makes me happy like a clean sink, free of dirty dishes... (especially when it isn't done by me). To think I've actually considered using plastic plates in my house. (Just kidding, mum... no need to get all agitated wondering if you didn't raise me right).
+1 . My blog:
For someone who can't operate the cable TV remote, found Twitter so hard to understand, still does not get Google Hangout and is generally not tech-savvy, actually managing this blog makes me happy. It feels like my creation. My baby. Now I understand why new mothers get so fussy about every little thing... 'oh my baby just held my finger', 'oh my baby just burped...'
pS: I thought of including food in this list, but it doesn't exactly make me happy. I'm just cranky when I'm hungry, so food solves that crankiness. That's not exactly the same thing I think.
ppS: Just so you don't feel like you spent the last 2 minutes on random information (and because I actually care for 'content'), know a few facts about this day, straight from the United Nations.
- This year’s International Day of Happiness is focused on Climate Action for a Happy Planet.
- This year, cartoon characters have joined in as the United Nations teams up with a group famous for lacking good cheer: the Angry Birds.
- These animated ambassadors are helping to raise awareness about the importance of climate action for our common future. You can join them by sharing your own climate actions using the hashtag #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet.
- The best way to celebrate this International Day of Happiness is by taking action to alleviate suffering. In this spirit, let us use this occasion to renew a global spirit of solidarity to create a safer, more prosperous and more sustainable future for all.
What random things make you guys happy?
How do you think we can help in our own little way to alleviate suffering around us? Please share.