120 Things That Make me Happy

  1. Spring
  2. Sitting in the sun with a good book and a glass of home-made real Lemonade by a pool
  3. Hugging my children.
  4. Walking in a park with my Ipod.
  5. Girls’ night out.
  6. Coffee with a friend.
  7. Opening Birthday and Christmas gifts.
  8. Watching Downton Abbey
  9. Travelling to lesser known parts and getting to know different cultures.
  10. Cards from my kids
  11. A movie marathon
  12. People watching at the airport
  13. Laughing with my co workers when work gets too stressful.
  14. A crispy warm bagel with smoked salmon, capers, cream cheese and scallions.
  15. Projector TV at home.
  16. Lush  Store in the mall
  17. Fresh Basil pesto
  18. Praying
  19. A big Maple tree in the fall
  20. Watching a winter blizzard from the warmth of my home
  21. Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee
  22. Sending unexpected  gifts to friends and family
  23. A new baby
  24. Pinterest.com
  25. A reliable car
  26. A book store with comfy couches
  27. The British Royal family
  28. Puppy smell
  29. Thin crust crispy Pizza fresh from the oven.
  30. Cloudy cool days
  31. A good Marguerita made with real lime
  32. A good rain shower and the grass smell after
  33. Olio Santo Olive Oil – makes everything taste better
  34. A picnic by a lake or waterfall
  35. A visit to the Zoo
  36. Waking up before the birds and your family  and watching the sun come up
  37. Old family photographs and videos
  38. Herb gardening at home
  39. Funnel Cake
  40. Using Coal on my face and watch it glow afterward.
  41. The color Lavender
  42. Home made herb butter
  43. Community/ State Fairs
  44. Planting Lavender plants at home and watching purple flowers blossom all summer
  45. Sitting on a Caribbean beach with white sand and Turquoise water
  46. Chocolate Mousse
  47. Hot baths and showers
  48. Internet shopping
  49. Cold Seltzer
  50. Watching birds gathering bits and pieces to make nests
  51. Reality TV that’s not really real
  52. Road trips and stopping at rest stops to eat junk food
  53. Haagen Dazs dulce de leche ice cream bars
  54. Warm Pecan pie
  55. A hot tea – it solves all life’s problems
  56. Loccitane Products
  57. Planting Marigolds and watch them bountiful with flowers even when you do not water them.
  58. Argan Oil for my hair and face
  59. Ladybugs
  60. Pistachios
  61. Tiramisu
  62. Learning a new skill
  63. Manicures that last
  64. Ina Garten and how she taught me to be a better cook
  65. Unexpected packages in the mail
  66. Christmas time ( yes even the annoying Christmas songs on the radio that start playing in November!)
  67. July BBQ’s
  68. Ballads
  69. laughing with friends till you cry ( and sometimes pee!)
  70. Smell of a new car.
  71. Hugging my mom
  72. My Birthday
  73. Octoberfest
  74. Learning something new on the computer  at work
  75. Eggs Benedict
  76. Long phone calls catching up with an old friend
  77. Boring school concerts
  78. Creme Brulee
  79. Fireworks
  80. Great handwriting/old-fashioned handwritten cards
  81. The invention of the smart phone
  82. Cuddling with a loved one
  83. Alpacas
  84. Colorful scarves
  85. Learning to make a new ethnic food and mastering it
  86. Cool Hotel Rooms
  87. Leather handbags
  88. Ralph Lauren bath towels
  89. Universal Studios
  90. Fog that rises from a lake in the mornings
  91. Fleece Pyjamas
  92. Wearing Cashmere on a cold day
  93. Pens that write well
  94. A good time piece
  95. Exploring a quaint town
  96. Bed and Breakfasts with a slightly nutty innkeeper
  97. Niagara falls
  98. Loud pop concerts
  99. New Year’s eve
  100. New York City
  101. Dental floss
  102. Crisp new bed sheets
  103. Cinnabon
  104. A Swiss Chocolate bar
  105. Fine Dining
  106. Monopoly
  107. Finding unexpected cash in my pocket
  108. Polite,helpful and  happy service at a store or restaurant
  109. The first hour after a teeth cleaning
  110. Weddings
  111. Spring cleaning and giving bags to Good Will
  112. When I remember something I had forgotten
  113. Broadway shows
  114. When a roller coaster slowly goes up and the moment before it falls downward
  115. No lines at the grocery
  116. The smell of a library
  117. Good school reports
  118. Flea markets
  119. A repair estimate that is not as bad as i thought
  120. A good dream

 

Tell me , what are some of your favorites?

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Essential oils i cannot live without

Tea tree oil 

Oil gathered from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia  plant that is native to Australia ( Southeast Queensland). Tea Tree oil is quite strong in natural form and must be diluted for use. It can be used for a variety of ailments because of it’s antibacterial properties. It has been known to help with Acne, Dandruff, treatment of Lice , excess oily scalp and even can be used as a multi purpose cleaner for floors, tiles and prevents buildup of soap scum in  bathrooms.

I mainly use it if i get an odd zit , i apply it on a Q-tip right on the pimple and in 2 days  it’s already drying up.I also add a few drops into my shampoo bottle to keep dry scalp away and make my hair squeaky clean after a shower.Use 2 teaspoons  into a regular laundry wash for  nice smelling clothes.  Keep in a cool dry spot and use within a year.

TOXIC if swallowed.

Argan oil– Gaining huge popularity these days is Argan oil. Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the Argan tree and is native to Morocco. Argan oil is a great moisturizer product for hair, skin and nails.It has been know to be good for rheumatism and healing burns.

I threw away all my beauty products and now solely use Argan oil every night as a moisturizer for my face and hands. I find that every morning my skin is soft and has a natural glow. Argan oil must be bought 100% Organic GMO Free and must be made in Morocco.

Lavender oil – Lavender is my favorite color , and therefore i am obsessed with the lavender plant as well. I even have it growing freely in my East Coast garden.The oil is gathered from pressing the aromatic flowers. Lavender has a long list of great uses. Once inhaled it reduces tension, promotes sleep, helps with migraines, is a bug repellent , anti inflammatory for insect bites , acne reducer and can be used as an antibacterial wash in a sitz bath.

I use it to relax after a long hard day, i rub a little oil on my temples for a calming effect just before bed and before i know it i am asleep.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba ( pronounced hohoba) is native to Arizona, California and  Northern Mexico.It is the seed from the plant that gives us the oil. It is used to soften , hair skin and nails .Good for dry scalp and dry skin .It is so mild that it does not clog pores and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft.

It is a known fungicide that stops mildew.

I use it mainly to remove the dirt on my face at the end of the day. I use a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe away the make up .It works great as a makeup remover .I also use it to soften my cuticles and those rough spots on my elbows and knees. Jojoba oil must be bought 100% Organic Non GMO and must have no additives in it.

Remember , oils cannot be kept for long. Store in a cool dark place. The less chemicals on your  face and body the better. They are inexpensive and will replace all those beauty products that promise everything and deliver nothing. Here are the two products i use and purchased from Amazon.

61NgYxeFVPL._SL1500_41UE3Jek78L._SX300_Plantation_arganier_Luc_Viatour The Argan Tree

 

Keys to My Happiness

 

 

I feel at my most happiest when I make someone else happy or if I do a random act of kindness. Acts of kindness or charity do not require large sums of money or hours of work at a charity auction. An act of charity can mean a simple act for someone else. It’s something to show your gratitude or something to make someone happy.

There are many among us who although dress well and drive a car and look happy on the outside   have the reality of loss of jobs or just getting by with very little for the day and your act of kindness can mean a lot to them.

Recently I celebrated my 40th birthday, I felt old, middle-aged and I questioned the meaning of life that all women do at some point in their lives. I did feel slightly down and I was thinking what I could do to make me happy?

I did not want a party that my husband so badly wanted to throw for me, nor did I want a big fuss made of me.  Instead, I decided a month before my birthday to do 40 acts of kindness. I thought it was going to be easy, but as I wrote each task down I realized it was going to be quite a challenge.

As soon as I started this personal project of mine, I realized it made me hungry to do more. I was happy; I was looking forward to completing each task and see the results of what I was doing. The tasks I did were simple but brought such great happiness to those around me.

I bought lunch for a friend.

I cooked dinner for a sick teacher.

I wrote letters of recommendation to all my kids’ teachers and mailed them to the principal.

I dropped off food at the food bank.

If an employee did a good job or helped me, I made sure to seek out the store manager and tell them what a great job someone had done.

I helped a friend during hard times.

I filled a bucket for a teacher with over 50 notes of why we loved her; and her tears alone were worth my effort.

I sent little unexpected gifts and cards to people.

I took tired mom friends out to coffee

I tried  not forget all those people who I took for granted. Doctors, the receptionist at the doctor’s office who was always nice to me, the guy who pumps my gas even in the dead of winter with a smile, waitresses and such people I came into contact with.I am kind and courteous to these people always.

It was small things on my part which produced big results. By the end of the month, I felt so happy and I had such a great feeling of accomplishment. I had hit on the key to happiness, both for others and myself. After I had completed my 40 acts of kindness, I was empowered to do more. And so that year I enrolled in a local volunteer organization and now continue to volunteer and help my community in a small way.

So here is my challenge to you, the next time you get an opportunity, seize it and let the gratitude and the smiles come back to you. You will automatically smile back, you will feel good, your brain releases pleasure endorphins and then comes a feeling of happiness and therefore wellness.

 

We all do things that bring us peace and this is my way of keeping happy and feeling good about my life. This is the key to my happiness.