January 2016 | Happiness Highlights

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On 1st January I wrote a post titled: “365 Reasons To Be Happy“, where I vowed to write down one reason to be happy at the end of every day. This idea had a really positive response from readers, so I thought that I would share my monthly happiness highlights.

#1: It is the start of a new year and it can be whatever I want it to be, the days ahead are unwritten.

#2: Starting television marathons and on this occasion it is one of my favourites: Twin Peaks (1990). 

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“Diane, I’m holding in my hand a small box of chocolate bunnies.”

#3: Pulling the last of the Christmas crackers with Stephen, wearing the colourful paper hats and laughing (a bit too much) at the cheesy jokes – because we refuse to let Christmas go!

#4: Chatting to Stephen during his lunch break and knowing that he values my support as much as I appreciate the support that he offers me.

#5: Even though the last of the Christmas decorations have been boxed for another year, it has been a perfect time to reflect and appreciate the wonderful time spent with family and loved ones – who really know how to make Christmas the most special time of year.

#6: Spending time in the blogosphere and reading a variety of blogs, as well as appreciating all of the positive comments on my first post of 2016: HERE.

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#7: Taking a break and spending the afternoon watching Little Women (1949) with my mum, who remembered the film fondly from her childhood.

#8: My job and, equally, it’s FRIDAY!

#9: Staying up late and chatting/reminiscing about all of the good times.

#10: Being snuggled up inside when it’s so cold outside.

#11: David Bowie’s tragic death has served as a reminder that time is finite but you can still pack multiple live and adventures into the years that you have – make every year count.

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[Credit @Helengreeen]

#12: Chatting to my parents, we have plenty of laughs!

#13: Fresh bedding and a heated blanket = Bliss.

#14: Writing; I have written and published six blog posts this week, including three for a job application.

#15: Finishing work and picking up Stephen to start our weekend – this is, arguably, my favourite time of any given week.

#16: Watching Begin Again (2014) whilst it snowed outside; quite magical!

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#17: Taking important steps towards our future plans.

#18: Lazy Monday’s ❤

#19: Having some ‘me-time’ and reconnecting with my hobbies.

#20: BLUE skies and SUNSHINE, despite low temperatures. 

#21: Not giving up on my dreams and being proactive about it.

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#22: Giving my dad his home-made birthday card and starting to plan my own birthday next month.

#23: Huddling under an umbrella and successfully staying dry from A > B.

#24: Watching video footage from our Florida vacation last year – nothing but happy memories from the happiest place on Earth!

#25: Discussing possible vacation plans for the not-so-distant future.

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#26: Chatting to my brother on WhatsApp, it’s always good to catch up, even if we don’t have very serious conversations!

#27: Securing more freelance work after receiving a positive response on one of my applications AND the official countdown has begun: It’s ONE MONTH until my BIRTHDAY!

#28: Disconnecting for a few hours and enjoying an afternoon coffee.

#29: Realising that 2016 is a leap year and this time next month will be the leap day – an extra day of happiness!

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#30: Seeing others smile; I complimented everyone around me today.

#31: Finishing the first season of Twin Peaks (1990) and laughing over the ‘in-jokes’ that we have for 99.9% of the television shows that we watch (Stephen and I share the same ‘unique’ sense of humour)!

What made you happy this month?

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25 thoughts on “January 2016 | Happiness Highlights

    • Exactly! Every day should hold some happiness, whether it’s big or small. I really hope that more people give it a go, even if it’s just for a month. If you publish yours online, please send me the link, I’d love to read it! 🙂

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  1. You know the answer (it’s Adele! and not the singer ;-))

    Kind of curious to see what your results will be on my blog’s two newest games, the Terrible Valentine’s Day Movie generator and the Overly Dramatic Memoir Generator. Come visit me, I’m lonely… 😦

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