50 Things That Make Me Happy

I usually write about my experiences as a back-of-the-pack runner so you are probably wondering why on earth I decided to write this blog. I promise that once I’ve written this blog normal service will resume.

I’m not the most positive person on the planet (understatement of the century) and have developed a rather negative attitude. Certain aspects of my life are a bit of a disaster area at the moment and my mental health isn’t great.  As a result, I decided to spend some time focusing on the positive things in my life.

Here’s my list of things that make me happy. While most are predictable, there are a few slightly unusual items in my list.

  1. Sunshine
  2. Tea
  3. Running
  4. Afternoon naps
  5. Walking in Sutton Park



  1. A lie in
  2. Love
  3. Hugs
  4. My family
  5. My friends
  6. Receiving an unexpected letter
  7. Sending in a completed job application
  8. Mastering a challenging piece of music on my violin
  9. Reading
  10. Writing
  11. A long, hot bath
  12. A night out with people I love
  13. Kind comments left on my blog
  14. Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer served with ice
  15. Holding hands
  16. Travelling and holidays



  1. Uninterrupted sleep
  2. My research getting published in academic journals
  3. Blogging, occasionally!
  4. Looking at old family photographs
  5. Red wine
  6. Listening to music
  7. The changing seasons
  8. Visiting the family


  1. Finding trousers and jeans that fit
  2. Helping my elderly neighbours
  3. Presenting my research


  1. Crossing off tasks on my ‘things to do’ list
  2. Eating chocolate
  3. Cuddling with my cat
  4. The seaside and beach
  5. Scented candles
  6. Steak, chips and pepper corn sauce
  7. Completing a challenging piece of work
  8. Writing lists
  9. Cooking
  10. Saying ‘no’
  11. A shower after a run
  12. Volunteering
  13. An empty washing basket
  14. Running through fresh snow
  15. Getting my hair done
  16. Rivers


  1. Overcoming challenges
  2. Decluttering my junk

I actually found listing 50 things that make me happy far, far easier than I thought I would and I could have listed 100 things that make me happy. This is definitely a positive sign!

What makes you happy?


6 thoughts on “50 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Mary says:

    Saying ‘no’ doesn’t make me feel happy, but it definitely makes me feel relieved afterwards when I realise that I relieved myself from possible stress heading my way!
    Crossing things off my to-do list definitely ranks high up on my list too! 😉


    • Emma says:

      For years I would say yes to virtually everything, I found saying no to people impossible. I now find that saying no and being a little bit selfish on occasion really my mental health. Having said that, I’m regretting agreeing to enter and blog about Swimathon as I find swimming both stressful and time consuming. Nothing beats working my way through my things to do list.


  2. AnnaTheApple says:

    This list is great 🙂 So many things I agree with!
    I’d definitely say sunshine and good weather makes me very happy. And my dog. And good food… I’m easily pleased! I also like a good book.


    • Emma says:

      Thanks Anna. Writing the list made me realise that I’m pretty easily pleased. Give me sunshine, good food, good company and banter and I’m happy. I need to stop watching crap on the TV and make more time for good books as I love reading.


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