Genuine well being for ourselves and the planet

What Makes YOU Happy?

That question was written on a chalkboard I kept near the entrance to The Happiness Paradigm in Maple Corner.  Everyone was invited to pick up a piece of chalk and write their own answer or answers to that question.

I ask this same question at the beginning of many workshops.  Internet visitors are also welcome to email your answers to the question (happinessparadim@mail.com) or add a comment below.  I periodically update this pae.

What Makes YOU Happy Chalkboard

What Makes YOU Happy Chalkboard

 

Answers (in no particular order):

My dog … a oood fruit platter … cleaning while listenin to classical music … my kids … conquering the weeds … gardening … reading … watching my mom laugh … relationships …. summiting a mountain … dancing … my girlfriend … jigsaw puzzles …. swimming in Vermont ponds … a warm Florida sunset with wine … a notebook and pen to write … cooking … outdoor activities … a mild day in the midst of cold weather … singing and dancing … playing with my granddaughter.

Acupuncture … Happy children …The woods … Bruce Springsteen … Bach … Smiles … Baby Charlie … Video games … Health …. Snow … Snuggling …. Style … An empty schedule … Trevor … Liam … Cole … Snow … Diamond snow flakes … Snow (again) … My family … My daughter … Family (again) … Sunshine … The painted cow … Friends … Laughing … Music … Kitties … Playing … Singing … Wind chimes … The ability to make choices … Giving … Helping to heal … Living sustainably … Connections with others, especially family … Not too much homework … Enough time for work and the rest of life …

Fishing … Smiles … The sun … Vermont … Dancing and singing … Hot chocolate … Humor … Nice people … Yummy stuff … Bacon … Friends … Children playing … Art … Buying stuff for gifts … My kids … My family … Chocolate … Snow … Being outside … Smiley faces … Sunshine/daylight … Ukuleles … Watching “Star Trek” DVDs with my family … Mommy (twice) … Life (twice) … Sunny weather … Doggy smiles … My cousins (written 3 times, from each of 3 cousins visiting with each other) … Acting …

My sister … Lauren B … My dog … Babies … Love … Red wine … Patty … Art … Money … Sports … A good back scratch … A good cup of coffee … Family … Music … Poetry and dance … My wife … Chocolate … Puppies … Fairies … Being outside … My whole entire family … Power crews (written by folks who had no power for nearly a week, thanks to Tropical Storm Irene) … Purple … Sunny days … Food … Ice cream … Saying no … Mommy … Gardening … Life … My BFF …. No rain … Hugs … Cookies … Grandchildren … My cat … Putting my feet in sand at the beach … When the Red Sox win … People who make me think about what makes me happy…

Ping pong …  Sparkly snow on colored lights … Playing … Singing … Drumming … Playing the violin … Gymnastics … Emmett … Baby lambs … Knitting … Spring … Belly laughs … Sex … Music … Twilight … Red wine … Making stuff … Asian art … Grandchildren … Eating … Pure air … Chickens … Dogs … The moon

Liam … Today … Music … Love … Sunshine … This day … Skiing … Snowboarding … Compassion … Learning to swim …Being alive … Appreciation …My kitty … Crafting … Food … Hidden humor … Earl Grey tea … Riding my bike … Colorful autumn sky and bright yellow leaves … Singing … Writing … Grandchildren … Yellow pale peach tip … Waterfalls … When I’ve done something good … Love … Gardening … Friends … My husband … Playing with kids … The Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Comments on: "What Makes YOU Happy?" (3)

  1. wow thats a nice way of finding happiness in different individual.I liked it!we all have different idea of what happiness is.there are many factors to acquire happiness but if we sum them up.Happiness is all about keeping our physical,mental,emotional and spiritual balance and well beings.

  2. tendel Wangchuk said:

    Long ago, there was a man who makes his living by catching the fish from the pond. the pond was full of fish. He was always lying near by pond pond and catches only the required number of fish for his daily consumption. one fine day one of his friend came near by him.
    “What are you doing here” he asked.
    “i am sleeping” a man answered.
    “Don’t sleep, pond is full of fish” he said
    “Why?” a man asked.
    “Catch the fish as much as you can” he suggested.
    “Why i have to catch many fish?” a man asked.
    “Because you can sell and earn a lot of money” he said.
    “What will i do with that money?” a man asked
    “you will become rich and live peacefully” he said.
    ” what am i doing now?” a man asked
    “you are sleeping!!!!” He exclaimed.
    “That is what I am enjoying peacefulness” a man said.
    His friend left with speechless after hearing this.
    No worry, No tense and No desire……. makes people happy!
    “Be contented what we have”
    This is a simple illustration of Gross National Happiness concept.

    “No Tense, No worry and no desire …… makes you happiness”

  3. Anonymous said:

    Beer; IPA

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