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A List of Random Things That Make Me Happy

A few years ago I bought this cute coffee table book called "14,000 Things to Be Happy About" by Barbara Ann Kipfer. Essentially this is a really really really long list in the form of a book. I didn't read the book completely, but I would skip around to read random sections of what made the author happy. A few weeks later, my mom bought me this really cute tiny notepad/notebook hybrid and on the cover it had a quote by Audrey Hepburn. The quote was "Paris is always a good idea". Even though it was just a simple notebook, it made me really happy because anyone who knows me, knows how I have a passion for all things French. I decided that it would be the perfect place to start my list that the book inspired me to do.

I unfortunately did not write the start date of this project, and I really wish I did! I think I started it my senior year of high school. Every once in a while I'll look through it and it's interesting to see what made me happy back then and a few things here and there that don't make me as happy anymore. For today's article, I decided to make a list of 10 random things that make me happy, and hopefully it inspires you to do the same! For the purpose of this article, I'm going to add a brief description as to why they make me happy, but in my actual list, I just listed my things. I hope that when you start your list, you think of anything and everything that brings you a tiny bit of joy.


  1. The smell of Suave's Ocean Breeze shampoo: This was the shampoo I would always use to wash my first dog, Pepita. She was the best dog and every time I smell this shampoo, I think of her.

  2. That really quiet, almost nonexistent ambient sound you hear after there's a fresh blanket of snow: It usually happens because everyone's inside all bundled up, but I just think there's something kind of magical about it.

  3. A brand new notebook: In terms of journals and notebooks that I use for personal things, I LOVE a the crispness of a fresh new notebook. The only thing is, I have a terrible time finishing them. I have quite the collection of unfinished notebooks/journals.

  4. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver: One summer I went to a very secluded camp in the middle of nature where I met some of my closes friends. We sang this song as an entire camp almost every night for two weeks.

  5. The CU Boulder Golden Buffalo Marching Band's warm-up, Chorale: As someone who used to be a part of the GBMB, this song has a special place in my heart. The melody is just incredible and the intensity of the group, it just holds so much power.

  6. Cooking for others: I think this somehow falls under one of my love languages. It just brings me a lot of joy to cook good food for others.

  7. Baked Brie cheese: I don't think this needs an explanation.

  8. Bullet Journaling and literally everything associated with it: The stationery, the themes, the feeling your brain gets when you see your schedule so organized. I love it.

  9. The feeling you get when you're on the way to the airport for a fun trip: I really miss that feeling this year.

  10. Diving: I've been swimming competitively for about 75% of my life. The feeling of launching yourself into the water (properly) and looking elegant doing so, is so much fun.


I hope you make a list of random things that make you happy. It's a good way to give a new perspective to basic things in your life that maybe you hadn't thought about much before.


-Adriana

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