My Happy List


Over the past year I’ve been exploring and reading about happiness. Each day it becomes more apparent to me that we create our own happiness.  Not all days will be full of joy and smiles – but you can find happiness in your everyday life. I am by far an expert on this topic but felt that I’ve learned a few things that may resonate with others.


I’m sure you’ve heard of this activity before, and I can’t remember who shared it with me -but I am grateful to that person.

Step 1. Make a list of things you love to do most in life.

Step 2. Make a list of things that you do every day.

Step 3. Compare the two lists.

Step 4: Make appropriate changes until the lists are as close to matching as possible!

This can feel pretty overwhelming at first – after comparing my two lists I felt as if I didn’t know where to begin.

Here’s how I started.


Of course you can feel happiness and excitement for the big things in life – vacations, birthdays, outings with friends etc. – but the happiness I’m referring to is everyday happiness.  The joy you feel while drinking a hot latte from your favorite mug each morning before the sun comes up. The walks after dinner with your husband. The majority of our life (mine at least) isn’t spent on vacations or at birthday’s.  The majority of my life is filled with “my routine” – work, time at home etc. The day-to-day routine can be filled with smaller joys which I like to call “My Happy List”. My happy list is made up of ordinary, everyday activities that make me happy. Things I can do every single day.


The following things truly bring happiness to my soul. My goal is to make sure I have done at least 3 things from my list each day!

  1. Walks outside

  2. Drinking an almond milk latte

  3. Making my bed in the morning

  4. Journaling

  5. Reading

  6. Taking photographs

  7. Doing yoga or barre

  8. Lighting a candle

  9. Organizing anything

  10. Getting into soft & cozy pajama’s

I love that this list can be fluid, and change with time, personal growth and exploration. Place your list somewhere that you look every day – a mirror, inside your closet, the background on your phone screen for a gentle reminder to yourself.

I encourage you to sit down – right now – and make your own happy list. How many things on your list are you able to add to your every day routine?

I hope you’re able to find some inspiration and add a little extra happy to your every day.




I highly recommend the the following books. If reading isn’t your thing, you can also listen to them on audio books!

  1. You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

  2. Girl Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis

  3. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

  4. The Universe Has Your Back – Gabrielle Bernstein

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