Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Happiness (to me)

I found this list that I wrote way back when. 

My Dad said to me once, out of the blue, "you have to enjoy it, all the time, because it goes so fast and we can take that for granted." It was advice that struck me as both simultaneously inspiring and terrifying but it pushed me to try and cultivate a sense of appreciation.  In dire moments I hang on to Dad's words because when it comes down to it, we are incredibly lucky people.

What are the little things that make you happy?


  1. you are cute miss!
    some things that make me happy of late:

    the sound of the 5pm bell in tokyo
    standing on crunchy autumn leaves
    hot tea from vending machines
    heated train seats
    craft nights
    the rare english show on japanese tv
    understanding small conversations in japanese
    opening the door to the yubin kyoku delivery man
    incredible autumn light
    taking photos around my neighbourhood with my new-ish DSLR
    chai lattes
    lunch sets

  2. Aww this is so lovely! I've been living in Japan for a year and I only just discovered the hot tea from vending machines - silly me! I hope I can join one of your craft nights soon. It's on my bucket list for Japan. x

  3. i LOVE this-- your dad is a smart man. and i loved pretty much everything on your list!

    here are a few of my happy things:

    that feeling right before you go on a holiday somewhere
    parcels in the mail
    early morning/late afternoon sunlight
    stepping outside on a warm night
    a yummy bowl of ramen
    freshly painted toe nails
    my morning coffee


  4. Oh I wish you could visit here Rachael. My town has the best spicy ramen :)
    I agree wholeheartedly with all of the above. Particularly stepping outside on a warm night. It always makes me feel like I'm on holiday and everything is a little bit magical. I hope you're enjoying the beginnings of your summer!