Defining Happiness

A few weeks ago, I sent this postcard to a dear friend of mine who I knew would appreciate the sentiment stated on the card. Then I considered how happiness is so many, many things, and not just consuming chocolate. So I whipped out my extra-fine-point Sharpie and got to work adding more to the card. Below you’ll find my extended definition of happiness.

  • having a glass of really good wine
  • reading a wonderful novel in front of a roaring fire on a cold day
  • a hearty belly laugh with a friend
  • a cat sleeping in your lap
  • listening to a rainstorm from a covered porch
  • singing really loudly with the car radio with all the windows down while sitting in traffic
  • getting a great pedicure and a massage
  • the smell of suntan lotion on your skin
  • unexpected money in the mail
  • fresh ripe berries that you picked yourself
  • a perfectly blended Arnold Palmer with just the right amount of ice
  • seeing someone you love fall in love for the first time
  • hearing a new mother sing to her baby
  • the crack of a metal bat against a baseball at a Little League game
  • being greeted by a tail-wagging dog when you come home from a long day
  • sneaking out at midnight to skinny dip
  • catching fireflies with a 7-year-old
  • seeing your favorite painting in person for the first time
  • the smell of a barbecue
  • the anticipation of fireworks on Independence Day
  • being kissed under a starry sky
  • having someone tell you the positive influence you had on their life
  • a Popsicle dripping on your hand when it’s 99 degrees
  • getting fun cards in your mailbox

What makes you happy?