Thursday, May 7, 2009

What's Making You Happy Today?

Last Friday, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich wrote a delightful column titled "What's Making You Happy Today?". The gist of the column was that even in the worst of times we can each find something to be happy about in any given moment. Some people talk about having a "gratitude journal" where they start or end each day by writing down everything they are grateful for. It's the same idea.

But I love Mary Schmich's question: "What's making you happy today?"
  • I'm happy that my seedlings are starting to sprout and soon I can plant them in my garden.
  • I'm happy that the perennials in my garden are growing strong and healthy and that I'm able to go pull the weeds.
  • I'm happy that I have great friends and family who encourage me to follow my passions.
  • I'm happy that I am healthy.
  • I'm happy that in a few minutes when I crawl into bed, Betsey and Ross will curl up next to me and purr until I fall asleep.
  • I'm happy for the rain yesterday because it makes the colors of nature vibrant and brings everything to life. After the long winter we had in Chicago, it's wonderful seeing such beautiful colors.
  • I'm happy for a career I love.
  • I'm happy for my home.
  • I'm happy for the people who read Little Merry Sunshine. But for you, I'd just be talking to myself.
  • Music always makes me happy.
  • The Cubs winning yesterday makes me happy today.
  • Random acts of kindness make me happy everyday.
  • I'm still happy that on Sunday I got to talk to Nana. Hearing her voice always makes me happy.
What's making YOU happy today? Feel free to leave your list in the comments.


  1. Love the QUESTION!

    I am happy to have woken up to the sound of my childrens voices this morning.

    I am happy that I get to be at home to raise my boys.

    I am happy that I have such wonderful friends.

    I am happy to listen to the drops of rain on my roof this morning.

    I am happy that I have a roof over my head, food to put on my table, and my health.

    I am happy that spring is here and the flowers are starting to bloom.

  2. Anonymous,

    Thank you so much for posting your list of what's making you happy today! I hope you'll be back to visit LMS again soon!

    Since I wrote this post at 1am, I have some more things I'm happy about today . . .

    I'm happy that I woke up. Period. I'm happy to simply be alive.

    I'm happy that when I woke up my head felt clear and normal, unlike yesterday when I walked around with a mild migraine all day long.

    I'm happy that it's sunny and beautiful today.

    I'm happy that I have clients to see all afternoon.

    I'm happy that when I go to do laundry tonight I can do it in my home and not trek across town to do it.

    I'm happy that in my volunteer life I work with amazing talented people who are so generous to give of their time for causes they love.

    I'll probably think of more as the day goes on, but that's a nice start.


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