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  • Happiness is whatever you want it to be.
    For me it comes from:
    • Seeing something of extreme beauty, like this photo of a cake made by my friend last weekend;
    • Overcoming challenges and doing a job well;
    • Watching our two dogs play around and vie with each other, just like kids, for my attention;
    • Seeing our three kids – now young adults – become friends and realising that the friendships and support could last a lifetime;
    • Chocolate – BIG TIME!
    • Nature, especially when it is kind;
    • Helping others;
    • Date night (out or in) with my husband (28 years together!);
    • Visiting an art gallery, observing the features on models in 15th century portraits and realising that we haven’t really changed in 600 years!
    • The laughing baby;
    • The smell in the air while walking on a beach;
    • Close friends who seem to have been around forever;
    • Tango, dancing and watching;
    • Music, singing and listening;
    • Being alive and healthy!

    Life's a balance - rough/smooth, good/bad, pain/freedom to move unincumbered (both inside and outside the mind), beauty/ugliness. The media inundates me with tales of disaster - economic and physical, tragedies, suicides, murders, robberies, etc. A friend phoned me yesterday and I found that although she doesn't realise it, she is worryingly ill.

    I need grounding in the positive. Revisiting this list, two days after compiling it has prompted me add a bit more to my piece. I realise that reminding myself of what actually does it for me, is changing my mood - it's giving me happiness.

    I plan to revisit the list regularly to lift my mood - a quick fix.

    Is there anyone who would like to do similar?

    (Photo: Courtesy of Veronica Lim, London)
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