300. Reasons to be happy. Things to love about your life. NOW.

One evening, a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside people’s heads.

Pic credit: http://www.fineartamerica.com

He said, “My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all.

One is unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment, and inferiority. The other is happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth, and compassion.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied:

“The one you feed”.


The happiest people aren’t the ones with the most money, things, friends, power, attention, health or even love. Neither are they always the ones with the least, although an unsurprisingly high number are.

The happiest people are the ones who practice gratitude and focus on loving life consistently (along with having goals and making progress towards them).

I do a #Sunday Appreciation on the YLYW facebook page each week. The idea behind this is simple – think about the week gone by and find something to be grateful for and appreciate. Over the past few weeks, everyone who’s participated has found things to be happy about that they hadn’t even considered or thought about, and seen gifts in situations that they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Because the more you focus on the good stuff, the more good stuff you find.

It’s my firm belief that even when it seems like everything’s going wrong in your life, there is always, always, ALWAYS something that’s going right. You owe it to yourself to find out what that is and bring it into your awareness.

There is no someday, there is only today. Don’t let your happiness depend on when you have ______ and if you do _____ or get ______ and feel ______.

If you’re here because you’re already feeling happy and want to amp it up or if you’re having a case of the suckies and need a reminder, welcome. Go ahead, kick it up a notch and add yours to the list in the comments below, ‘k? 🙂

Here are 300 reasons to be happy and things to love about your life right now. Thanks for reading!


  1. You are alive.
  2. You are healthy
  3. Someone loves you.
  4. Very, very, very much.
  5. Your children are safe.
  6. The Northern Lights exist.
  7. Someone smiled at you today.
  8. Being unhappy is a waste of time.
  9. You can afford three meals a day.
  10. Your husband/bf wants to make you happy.
  11. Your wife/gf smiles when she thinks of you.
  12. You’re about to fall in love like never before.
  13. You’re single and rocking it like a superstar.
  14. You have safe, pure, clean drinking water.
  15. There’s something you can do better than anyone.
  16. It’s summer somewhere and the rugby world cup is on.
  17. It’s fall and the leaves are about to turn glorious shades of warmth.
  18. YOU WERE BORN A WINNER – beating out ALL the other spermsicles!
  19. Music – dance, soul, rock, funk, reggae, disco, Indie, Bhangra, jazz, country, all sorts.
  20. Dopplegangers – someone who looks exactly like you is living in a parallel reality.
  21. Someone broke your heart and left you shattered beyond repair.. or so it seemed.
  22. Then you found the One and now thank your stars every day that he or she left.
  23. When you really needed help, someone offered it to you unexpectedly.
  24. You’re about to leave a bad relationship or a soul sucking sitch cos you KNOW you deserve better.
  25. Someone, somewhere did that too and not only survived but THRIVED. #JustSayin’.
  26. There’s a solid roof over your head and it’s not raining on you.
  27. You had fresh, clean, fabulous clothes to wear this morning.
  28. Somewhere in the world, a new mom is gazing at her new baby.
  29. The interwebs make your world smaller, closer, more connected.
  30. You take a stand for what you believe in. Fiercely.
  31. Afternoon naps that take you back to childhood.
  32. Something you’ve been wanting just happened.
  33. You smiled at someone and made their day.
  34. Free video calling across the globe rocks.
  35. You smell great and look amazing, mmm.
  36. A little puppy was rescued just this second.
  37. You’re not a fire hydrant!

  38. You said no and meant it this time.
  39. You’re happily employed.
  40. You work for yourself.
  41. You don’t have either, but trust that the perfect solution is out there.
  42. You made a brave decision.
  43. You are an angel to someone.
  44. Flowers are beautiful.
  45. In the wild.
  46. Or given to you by someone who cares.
  47. You remember your first kiss.
  48. Rainbows make you happy.
  49. You love shooting stars.
  50. You’re smiling right now 🙂 And you look damn attractive!
  51. You define success on your own terms.
  52. You’re stronger than you ever believed.
  53. You believed in yourself when no one else did.
  54. You believed in someone else when no one else did.
  55. Someone believed in you when you needed it most.
  56. You’ve profoundly impacted someone’s life.
  57. Maybe even saved one. Knowingly or not.
  58. You matter. Deeply. Hugely.
  59. You have goals and dreams.
  60. Some of them have come true.
  61. Others are on their way.
  62. Babies.
  63. Toddlers.
  64. Teenagers.
  65. Young adults.
  66. A job well done.
  67. Mass consciousness.
  68. Like minded people who get you.
  69. Early mornings before anyone else wakes up.
  70. Waking up next to someone you love.
  71. Anticipating the day you do.
  72. Loving yourself first.
  73. Lemonade stands.
  74. Life of purpose.
  75. Your values.
  76. Bear hugs.
  77. Cuddles.
  78. Sunshine.
  79. Sunrise.
  80. Sunsets.
  81. Nutella.
  82. Central heating & hot water.
  83. There are good people in the world.
  84. Cooking / eating your favourite meal.
  85. A real home. With people in it you love.
  86. Someone brought cupcakes to work and gave you one.
  87. You made a bad decision. Two. A hundred. And lived.
  88. Nobody tagged you in a high school or wild night out pic today.
  89. Something fabulous is out there, taking shape. Emerging, peeking, calling your name. Get excited!

  90. You’ve travelled somewhere and had an amazing experience.
  91. Halloween and cute costumed kids are on the way.
  92. You know how it feels to have a crush on someone.
  93. And have it reciprocated.
  94. You have friends.
  95. And one you can tell your deepest, darkest secrets too.
  96. She’s got your memoirs under lock and key.
  97. Christmas lights and snow angels.
  98. Love is your religion.
  99. Kindness cures most everything.
  100. You’re committed to finding your passion & purpose in life.
  101. Transmogrifiers exist in an alternate reality where Calvin and Hobbes are real.
  102. You could go back to school and learn something new if you wanted. Or start a new hobby.
  103. You have your priorities right. Man makes the money. Money does not make the man.
  104. Today could be the best day of your life. Things could turn on a dime.
  105. You found the last toilet roll when you thought you were all out.
  106. You didn’t have enough change and someone behind you bought you your coffee.
  107. You’ve learned a lot, know yourself better and continue to grow and expand.
  108. You can see.
  109. Smell.
  110. Feel.
  111. Touch.
  112. Hear.
  113. Walk.
  114. Run.
  115. Clouds are the most amazing things in the sky.
  116. A star is waiting for you to name it.
  117. You’ve sat on a La-Z-Boy.
  118. Or beanbags!
  119. You kick ass at air hockey & air guitar.
  120. It’s never too late, as long as you’re alive.
  121. Someone is willing to listen to you right now.
  122. The best time to have followed your dreams was yesterday. The next best time is now.
  123. You hung in there when you were ready to give up.
  124. And now it’s all working out beautifully.
  125. Even when you can’t see it.
  126. ESPECIALLY then.
  127. No matter what happens, you always bounce back.
  128. You got a great night’s sleep.
  129. You’re having a great hair day.
  130. A great JOY day. Because you suspect that it really is about joy & fulfillment.
  131. You are powerful!
  132. When you went out this morning, at least one person turned twice to look at you with admiration.
  133. Yesterday’s gone, tomorrow never comes, today is all we have. So might as well be happy, ay.
  134. In this moment, everything is perfect. Everything is as it should be.
  135. You could stop right this instant and decide to change your mood.
  136. You were once the recipient of a random act of kindness that made your heart sing.
  137. You light up the room when you walk into it.
  138. If you ever need inspiration, I haz your back with 75 kickass quotes.
  139. Your family and friends love and support you.
  140. You’re planning a surprise for someone.
  141. All it takes to start changing your life, is a change in perspective.
  142. When you stay present, there is nothing to worry about.
  143. You have the most amazing pet in the whole world.
  144. You met someone new today.
  145. Reconnected with an old friend.
  146. You are genuine.
  147. People trust you.
  148. Early morning runs.
  149. Live music.
  150. Concerts.
  151. Great food.
  152. Your new shoes are sexy, darling.
  153. You made a mistake and apologised for it without getting defensive.
  154. Water ‘drills’! Dentist visits aren’t as scary anymore.
  155. Grandparents.
  156. The countryside.
  157. Fridays.
  158. Mondays.
  159. God.
  160. He gave us Sean Connery.
  161. And Princess Bride.
  162. Blip.fm for free music.
  163. Youtube for daily vibes.
  164. Irascible people like Sh** My Dad Says
  165. Potlucks with beautiful souls.
  166. Baby showers.
  167. Weddings.
  168. Healthy breakups.
  169. Social entrepreneurship.
  170. People care. About the world.
  171. And other people.
  172. Some days you’re on top and some days you’re not. If you were the statue today, don’t worry, you’ll be the pigeon soon! 
  173. Being happy is HOT.
  174. Movement. Growth. Momentum. 
  175. The power to vote and change your future.
  176. The human spirit is greatly resilient.
  177. You live in a time where you have all the amenities and luxuries you could ever need.
  178. And yet, you really need very little to be happy.
  179. Chocolate.
  180. Wine.
  181. Great sex.
  182. Progress.
  183. Long showers.
  184. You made it through your first day of school.
  185. College.
  186. Work.
  187. And now, your kids are.
  188. When you’re nervous or scared, a few deep breaths really do make you feel better.
  189. You paid your bills on time.
  190. Movies! Entertainment!
  191. Irish accents. They just make the world a better place..
  192. The world is ready to transform & you’re leading the change.
  193. Technology makes life sooooo much easier.
  194. The simplest pleasures in life are still free – a walk, a baby’s laugh, kittens on your keyboard.
  195. If you made a list of all that’s good in your life right now, it would be as long as your arm.
  196. You are loved and adored by your highest self who sees your true worth.
  197. Magnificence is your birthright!
  198. You are good enough.
  199. Worthy.
  200. Deserving.
  201. For no other reason than that you are you.
  202. Imperfection is IN.


  203. Vulnerability is your gift. To give and to accept.
  204. Hula hoops.
  205. Trampolines!
  206. Slip n Slide parties.
  207. Water slides.
  208. Water balloons.
  209. Zombie parades.
  210. Equal sex rights.
  211. A new era of acceptance.
  212. Being rewarded for being YOU.
  213. Choice. In every way, every day.
  214. The opportunity to learn at any age.
  215. Freedom of expression.
  216. Freedom to live, work, drive, marry, study, travel, do your own thing.
  217. Digital cameras!
  218. Photo sharing sites.
  219. Your parents will always be there for you.
  220. Old friendships that are like your favourite pair of jeans.
  221. New friendships that feed your soul.
  222. Mind food.
  223. Soul food.
  224. Food for the bellay.
  225. Tattoos are reversible.
  226. Many people are kicking cancer’s butt.
  227. More illnesses have cures today than ever before.
  228. When you’re happy, you live a healthier life. You could live to be a 100!
  229. Multi-culturalism.
  230. Happiness is contagious.
  231. And feels good.
  232. Love your life right now, for some day it will change and you’ll miss what you have now.
  233. If you’re single, cherish it.
  234. If you’re partnered, cherish it.
  235. You are not alone in this world.
  236. Baby stars. Baby stars. Baby stars being born. How can that not make anyone happy?!
  237. For every piece of bad news in the world, there is an equal amount of good news. Focus on that.
  238. You know the way to your North Star.
  239. Worrying is praying for what you don’t want.
  240. ‘Happying’ is giving thanks for what you do want.
  241. Play lightens your spirit, makes you feel and look younger and makes you come alive!
  242. When you decide to be happy, you start to attract amazing people and happenings in your life.
  243. A happy you is a happy parent, sibling, boss, employee, and model for young ‘uns.
  244. Happy people change the world, one smile at a time.
  245. To leave a legacy of a life well lived.
  246. By loving what is, you find peace.
  247. If you can’t do what you love, you might as well love what you do.
  248. 24 hours. Be happy and have fun, or be unhappy and live in fear.
  249. You become a better problem solver – a relaxed mind sees more.
  250. You belong to the smartest species on the planet.
  251. Space travel could become the norm some day. Oh the places you’ll go!
  252. They’ve found a 100% ‘cure’ for baldness (maybe ;))
  253. Others have been where you have. Others will be where you are one day.
  254. Fortune favours the bold (and the happy).
  255. Cupcakes.exist. ‘Nuff said.
  256. There are people like you all over the world. You can find your ‘family’ online.
  257. Your dream life is within reach. Maybe you’re already living it.
  258. It doesn’t take a horse and 6 months to send a letter or Christmas gift.
  259. There is always a way. Always.
  260. You live in one of the safest countries in the world.
  261. You can walk down the streets without fearing for your life.
  262. Your circumstances could be a lot worse.
  263. You’ve been through sh** and made it out the other side. Bruised. But spirited,
  264. You don’t put up with it anymore. From anyone. (Thanks Andrea, for the pic share!)
  265. You are ridiculously rich, richer than you think. In fact, if you earn $10,000 a year, you are in the top 13% of the world’s richest people. If you earn more than $50,000, you are in the top 0.98%.
  266. You did something nice for a stranger and they passed it on.
  267. Someone secretly admires you and wants to be like you.
  268. The way old books smell, that old bookstores still exist.
  269. You turned out pretty fine after all.
  270. You are creative, resourceful and whole.
  271. You can wear what you want, do what you want, say what you want, whenever you want.
  272. This.Too.Shall.Pass. This.Too.Shall.Pass. This.Too.Shall.Pass. This.Too.Shall.Pass.
  273. Yoda – we have Yoda. Also Buddha. Jesus. Rumi. Allah. Krishna.
  274. You don’t have to get visas to travel overseas.
  275. If you got sick, someone would take care of you.
  276. Caterpillars turn into goo to turn into butterflies.
  277. Just like you sometimes.
  278. Magic. It exists.
  279. Stand up comedy.
  280. Adventures – having, had, to be had.
  281. Entertainment. Plenty of. All the time. No excuse to be bored.
  282. The Handsome Men’s Club (for us girls. and some boys).
  283. Being happy is better than being miserable. #Duh.
  284. No matter what your trials, you are luckier than many you know.
  285. Someone cared enough to feed you, clothe you and send you to school.
  286. You’re not a 7 year old working to support his family, wishing he could go to school.
  287. You sponsor a child so that they can have a better life.
  288. You make a difference in someone’s world. Every day.
  289. You can start your day over again at any time, any minute.
  290. You know what it’s like to laugh till it hurts.
  291. You respect yourself and others.
  292. In so many ways, you make this world a better place.
  293. Coffee …
  294. Or hot chocolate for the non coffee drinkers.
  295. You’re not afraid to cry. Messy. Soggy. Healing. Tears.
  296. You can have a dance party right here, right now and be the happiest you’ve ever been.
  297. Happy people get fewer colds and more kisses.
  298. Time can be bent, Einstein style.
  299. You can have almost everything you want if you want it bad enough.
  300. If you have many passions, don’t forget, you also have a lifetime to live them out. *
  301. _______
  302. ____________
  303. _________________? Let’s keep this going in the comments!

Bonus: You got the moves like Jagger. Or know someone who does.

ps: you know that you don’t need any of these reasons to be happy, right? Should you simply decide to be happy, choose to be happy, that is all you ever need to start.

I’d love for you to add to the list! Please ‘like’ / tweet / stumble / share this post, thanks!


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About Tia & Your Life YOUR Way:

Life Coach / Awesomeness Inciter + Inner Sparkle Activator Tia Sparkles offers tips, advice, community hug-a-thons to ignite your Inner Sparkle — that shimmery part of your spirit that says YES to courage + connection, and NO WAY to ‘shoulds’ + restrictions.

She loves Nutella, New Zealand, Yoda, & Sparkles.


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  1. says

    Awesome, awesome list!!!!

    I’m feeling pretty happy this morning that hubby and I pulled off our first non-family dinner party…my sides *still* hurt from all the laughing :).

    I’m happy that leaving my job 4 months ago has opened me up to actually wanting to form relationships with others and that we now have people local to us that we’re willing to invite into our home and better yet….that *want* to come into our home and be our friends, lol!

  2. says

    I mean, Yoda! Coffee! Happy people getting less colds and more kisses! Stand up comedy! Passion!!

    I write in a Gratitude Journal every night before bed some of the things I’m most thankful for from the day (Doing this has changed my life by the way! i love it!) But this list is goign to go in it tonight. I’m definitely thankful for happening upon this!

    – Laur 🙂

    • says

      # 301 – excessive use of exclamation marks!!
      # 302 – People with awesome energy. Like Laur Rains. Gracias, you just made my day brighter with that fab comment, chica. Have an awesometastical day!

  3. says

    Hi Tia,

    Excellent! The list is sensational.

    Focusing on good makes you a magnet to good. It takes a little effort to see the good things in your life, when you aren’t used to it. Taking things for granted makes you mentally lazy. Hone your mental tools. See good things. Right now. In your life. It becomes easy.

    I have internet access. I have a laptop. I have a full stomach. My fridge is full. I have a TV. Electricity. I am living in a tropical paradise: Phuket, Thailand. I have a way cool motorbike to scoot around the island. I published an inspirational ebook today. I am living, breathing.

    OK, before I hit 300 myself, I will turn it over to you Tia. Thanks for sharing!


    • says

      See how easy it is to keep going when you start, Ryan? You took us to #314, yep, I counted! Was a time I couldn’t list 5 things that were awesome in my life cos all I could see was what wasn’t.

      Now, I’m a master of digging for gold even thru the sh**, can rattle off tons and MEAN every one of them. Congrats on your ebook!

      #315: Leonard Cohen.

  4. says

    Love this list! Bookmarking this because I definitely need the reminders lately…. I also like Laur’s idea of the gratitude in a journal, been hearing about this a lot lately… maybe I should try it. Even if it is remembering the little things, those things can get us through our tough days. 🙂

    • says

      Yes Crystal, gratitude journals rock! Writing is therapeutic and helps you remember even more things to appreciate, plus you can go back to it on a shitty day and re-read for inspiration. It really is the ‘little’ things that have the biggest impact. Shine on, girl!

  5. says

    Wow, TIA!!! Just what I needed today! What a great resource for me to reference whenever I get stuck in my woe-is-me story! Thank you for taking the time to create this… I bet you were in such a great place all day!! How can you not be with an Attitude fo Gratitude! This is usually where I reside most of the time, but have fallen a bit off the wagon this past week, so THANK YOU! I really needed to see/read/feel this!

    • says

      10pm – 6am. That’s how long I was up writing this post. Why does inspiration always strike in the wee hours ;)?! But yes, I was on a HIGH all day from having SO many things to appreciate about my life + awesome MM call which rocked my world. Moreso now seeing how many of us had been feeling shaky but are back in the saddle. Wheee! Thanks for dropping by Amy, my day’s always brighter when I see your gorgeous face!

  6. says

    Tia, I stumbled upon this on Twitter and my curiosity led me here.
    This is awe-inspiring WOW. This is breath-takingly beautiful.
    Salute your attitude, energy and enthusiasm. 🙂
    I will bookmark this so I find a reason, some reason to create space for happiness whenever it seems to elude me.. 🙂
    Thank you for this. 10 PM – 6 AM, yeah, it happens to me as well. Creativity sometimes comes at the cost of sleep.. !

    • says

      Lovely Rashmi, yes, bookmarking is a great idea! I know I’m going to come back to this as a reminder when I’m in a funk and can’t find anything to appreciate – that’s why I wrote this post, for anyone who ever feels like me! SleepShmeep .. sleep when I’m dead, ha! Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    I love this list. A friend passed it along and it is exactly what I needed right about now.
    I’d like to add one –

    If I were to add one it would be – watching your sleeping puppy (of child) and hearing a sigg of contentment….

  8. says

    Hi Tia,

    Too many great points here to highlight just one!

    This is my first visit to your blog. It feels so cool here. Fun, full of energy and joy. Great job Tia!!

  9. Diane says

    Yay!!! I knew it…cupcakes really do exist 🙂 Have you ever tried any from Magnolia Bakery in NYC? I’ve heard they are Amazing!! Love your site, looking forward to checking out more of your posts! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • says

      LOL. No, I’ve had cupcakes from a very creatively named shop in Vancouver called .. cupcakes! Red velvet is my fave. Dammit Diane, now I want some and it’s too late, gahh! Well hang around sweetness, dig in and enjoy! Thanks & hope you’ll stick around for the ride 🙂

  10. says

    thank you so much for this list. this is what i’m trying to communicate to all those that i thank!

    i’ve found myself sending this list to friends having a bad day, a long day, or just a friend out of the blue.

    thanks for doing this. keep on keepin’ on!

    • says

      Van, you’ve got a great attitude, mate. Thank you for sharing it with friends who could do with a dose of the happies 🙂 You.seriously.rock.
      Update – just visited your blog. I take back what I said. Instead, YOU SERIOUSLY EFFIN ROCK!!! What an amazing project!! Big hugs & kisses to you! You’re making this world a better, better place.

  11. says

    Tiaaaaaaaaaaa! Wow, can I tape this to the bathroom mirror? I seriously think the ‘happy vibe’ of the earth got renewed just by having you create this. Thank you babe. My love 164 and 196! I would personally like to add the NYFD and Mom and Pop shops that are patronized by loyal customers. :))

    • says

      I’d like to add ALL FD’s … and yay for local cafes and food joints that feel like home 🙂 I’ll be coming back to this list myself when I need a reminder – like I needed one today! Thank you for sharing xo

  12. says

    #101 is rockin’ pretty hard!

    -You have gorgeous tattoos that make you happy every time you look at them.
    -Good things come to your mailbox. (Art & pressies from friends.)
    -You have THE best dog in the world.
    -the smell of fresh baked bread
    -new shoes
    -giving “cuts” in the grocery line to old ladies.
    -parking faeries who are always on your side.
    -being forgiven late fees
    -kind blog comments
    -people diggin’ your art and telling you so
    -taking self portraits in which you look fabulous!
    -fresh orange juice
    -being struck by inspiration
    -finding that thing you though was lost forever
    -hot showers
    -clean sheets
    -the sound of a rain storm
    -someone offering to cook dinner

    • says

      ZOMG! A Calvin & Hobbes fan!? You.rock. Oh and self portraits that look fabulous? You.rock.even.more. Your list made me smile so big 🙂 Thanks for sharing, lovealicious Lelainia and welcome to YLYW!

  13. says

    So many things to love about this list, Tia! The one that hit me most of all today was the one about starting your day over any time you want. I don’t know how many times in the last year that has meant the world to me! Accepting myself as a highly emotional and sensitive person, with love and compassion instead of judgment, has been one of my biggest hurdles this year. I’m happy to say I’m getting better at it all the time. A day that starts in tears might just end with a happy dance…all it takes is a change in the quality of those emotions. What a blessing to know how to do that now! 🙂

    • says

      Hey gorgeous! Yah I tell you, this list saved a day from going south in a hurry for me just a few days after I posted it. Hey, your comments reminded me of the Tale of Two Flaws post from earlier this year – http://www.yourlifeyourway.net/2011/03/04/a-tale-of-two-flaws – wherein our ‘flaws’ turn out to be our gifts. I’m an HSP too and always felt I was too emotional, now I see how that gives me strong intuition and empathy and is a blessing in the work I do! Thank goodness for knowing feelings come and feelings go and everything always turns out well ay.

  14. Robert says

    Wow, I have most of the things listed here. I am extremely happy. I believe that it is up to me to choose to be happy. And being grateful with the things I have and don’t will definitely make me feel better. The things in your list are very convincing reasons to be happy. Thank you for sharing.

    • says

      You got it, Robert 🙂 I wanted to make sure most of what I wrote would apply to anyone reading this. If you really thought about it, I bet you’d come up with 500 more in just your own life! Thanks for reading & sharing.

  15. says

    – watching her pray…

    – watching her sleep…

    – hearing her sing “onana whats my name”

    – seeing her beautiful smile….

    – seeing her new nail color!

    – talking nonsense and loving every moment of it!

    • says

      – Smiling at the things that make people happy 🙂
      – Talking nonsense with someone who totally gets you!
      – Hot buttered popcorn
      – Bear hugs!
      – New friends like Mar

      Bless you for celebrating, being happy and spreading the joy!

  16. says

    OMG you were right!!! Brilliant post – and I HAD read it. Told you… brain, porridge…. 😉

    My favourite has to be 18. Makes me giggle like a 12-year-old. *snigger*

    Right now I’m happy because I have leftover Julia Child Boeuf Bourgignon to reheat for dinner tonight. Win-win because a) it’s always better the next day and b) NO COOKING to do and easy clean up. Mmmmm…… 😀

    • says

      Fast reader!! I love when someone tells me a # and I have to go scroll up to find out which one it was 😀 Yeah that one, I’m proud of. Someone once told me that to cheer me up – ‘remember you were once the fastest of a million’ and it still makes me giggle. Come back whenever you’re in the contrast! Happy HAPPYING JD.

      • says

        LOL, yes – fast reader but somewhat teflon coated. I often forget books after I’ve read them, which I like because I get to read them all over again. ANOTHER thing that makes me happy!!

  17. says

    Came across Tia’s Sites two days ago and keep coming back for more!
    old Cherokee proverb/story has always been one of my favorites ….Have shared it many times myself!

  18. says

    Wow! This is such a refreshing list to read. We all have those bad days where we can’t seem to trace one good thing about it, but this list does such a good job to opening up your perspective and focusing in on those bright spots! Amazing work here Tia!

    I’m going to add Improv Everywhere!

    And I love this little segment:
    He gave us Sean Connery.
    And Princess Bride.

    …Common how can you go wrong with any of that

    • says

      True ay, Chris. It’s ALL about perspective. Find one thing to appreciate, and you keep finding more. Decided to focus on the negatives & pretty soon you’re in deep sh*t. Thanks so much for the comment & … yes, Princess Bride + Sean Connery = all the proof I need that God exists 😉

  19. says

    Adding reasons to the list…
    301. You found this list that made you smile.
    302. Even if you haven’t read the whole thing, made you think about at least 1 reason to be happy.

  20. Bhargavi says

    Tia..u just made my day…i forgot 2 njoy what i already have..since 18 is my fav num,#18 is my fav..y shud i feel self pity all the time,besides i deserve better me..??:)
    Heartly greatful 2 u 2 make me feel the Life 1ce again..thnx 4 everything..#happylikehell

  21. Jeannie Edwards says

    LOL. I will bookmark this so I find a reason, some reason to create space for happiness whenever it seems to elude me.. Wow! LIFE IS GREAT!!

    • says

      Great idea, Jeannie! If you look, you WILL find reasons to be happy – not that you need a reason of course, but sometimes it helps 🙂

    • says

      Thanks Sajeev! You ae right, we are blessed and take a lot for granted. That’s why I have a daily gratitude practice 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  22. says

    I’m real glad that I stumble upon your amazing site and to think that there’s actually people like you out there giving radiance of joy,inspiration and hope to others makes me well, speechless. And yes…I’ve caught myself visiting now and then. 😀
    Can’t stay away from the contents of this site.

  23. says

    Oh Tia, you rock my world. This list is magnificent! I was having a down day but now I’m beaming like I just won the lottery. Yee-ha. 😀 Thank so much!

    Here’s my addition to the list:

    You can be yourself, gloriously, unabashedly, intensely be yourself, and be loved for it.

  24. Paris Robinson says

    Thank you so much since I woke up today I’ve been crying because my parents got divorced a few weeks ago and since I’m to young to drive. I can’t go and see my mommy but by the time I made it to #236 I was feeling selfish my dad works long hours.and my mommy lives far away I should be happy that both of my parents alive and I have a great brother that loves my and looks after me thank you for making me feel ….. SPECIAL!!!!!!!

    • says

      Oh Patti! Bless your heart 🙂 Love how you went from feeling sad to grateful and appreciative! How are you doing now? xo, Tia.

  25. says

    love the site. I also have a site everyone can visit for just a quick “pick-me-up”. It is all things happy. I love the list of reasons to be happy with life.

  26. says

    i have a tumblr dedicated to anyone dealing with self harm, suicidal thoughts and depression. i hope you don’t mind me putting these reasons up. they helped me so much. thank you

    • says

      Sure thing, Lucia! I’d request you not to copy the entire post but feel free to add a few of them on your website and link to the rest of the post here. Thank you for sharing!

  27. Amy Price says

    Thank you for this! My heart and mind feel reguvenated and thinking about these beautiful, positive gifts just really made my spirit feel lifted.

  28. laila says

    can I add- jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, readin my baby a bedtime story, cappucinno, the sell of the earth after the first rain, chocolate cake… I could go on forever

  29. Laura says

    Thank you Tia.
    There are people out there who surf the same frequency as you do – and their words are music to your heart! Such as this list of 300 reasons to be happy, it made me smile today – as did some strangers on my path. We must remember to focus on precisely THESE encounters, the really tiny good ones, they make our day, they make our life. Life IS Good.

    • says

      And in leaving this comment, you bring smiles along 🙂 Ripple effect! Thanks, Laura. For reading, writing, reaching out. I agree. Life is GOOD!!

  30. Sam says

    Some friend sent me this because I’ve been really down recent. It made me feel guilty because I’m clearly just an ungrateful idiot so I think that’s another reason why should be dead now. Bye

    • says

      Oh hang now a moment now, Sam. Don’t use this as another excuse to beat yourself up. I used to feel like life was not worth living at all either when I was a teenager (not sure how old you are) AND I felt like that again in my 20’s. It only started to change slowly when I started focusing on 1) loving myself again and 2) being of service to the world. Whatever is going on with you, even if you can’t see it right now, could you start with noticing? Just noticing.

      You don’t have to force yourself to be grateful for anything but just notice. Notice the world around you. Notice your fingers. Notice your friend wanting to help you. Notice the sunshine. The trees. People smiling. You’re here for a reason, for a purpose. Your life has meaning. Let go of the shame – I want you to watch this video to see what I mean – and no it’s not a “feel good video” it’s a powerful one about how we let shame control our lives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0.

      And this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o
      Take care Sam, people love you and the world is waiting for you to wake up and embrace it. – Tia.

  31. KC says

    Thank you Tia,

    I just found your site while I was at work and I loved it. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and inspiring quotes. I have taken the liberty to copy some to share to my friends too, hope you don’t mind.

    Keep on inspiring people. You just inspired one in me today.


  32. steve says

    Well, A friend sent me this link, and though i quite like the apocryphal story of the Cherokee chief, I just though you ought to know that over half of the 300 do not apply to me; and knowing the others doesn’t make me happy or content – it just makes me realise that there are so many more people better off and happier than I am.

    Certainly, I understand that there are people worse off than myself also – but this does not, in any way, alleviate my misery. How can it. Knowing that I am better off than others, simply makes me feel less happy about the world and its injustices.

    I do hope that others can find some modicum of hope in this page though. Good Luck.


    • says

      You’re strongly dialed in on seeing the negatives, Steve, but I’m happy you found that almost half do or could apply 🙂 Misery isn’t alleviated by comparison, but by choosing to get rid of it. Period. Have you read Man’s Search for Meaning? Excellent example. For all the injustice one sees there are as many forms or justice love – what if you could look for them? Thanks for sharing your thoughts, appreciate the honesty! xo, Tia.

  33. Eloise says

    My friend asked why she should be happy. Her birthday is coming and before that day, I want her to realize she can be the happiest. Thanks for this, you help me in my mission. Who won’t be happy when you have the chance of living to be 100!

    • says

      Awesome 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Eloise! We don’t even need ONE reason to be happy – just deciding to be happy is enough. After all why cry when you can laugh? Although.. I do find crying therapeutic, but not suffering!

  34. Jess says

    Just happened to stumble on this and it turned my day around. Three of my family members are in the hospital right now including a cousin who was in an explosion, and one who is having heart problems. My dad was admitted into the hospital today and I was really having a crappy day. This made me smile and Im definitely gonna keep it close.


  35. Ozwald says

    Thank you so much for making this list Ive been feeling really down lately because i just got out of a really meaningful relationship and sence couldn’t think any really good reasons to be happy this really brought my mood up THANKS!

  36. Leila says

    Heyyyy 😀 Just miserable and in a weird mood today, so googled “happiest things”, clicked this website- and I thank my decision for it! Reading this list and thinking about it made me so much better even though I’m not a part of some categories. I’m glad there are still people out there, around the world who give others hope and a tingly feeling of happiness deep down the heart even though they remain strangers forever. Thank you soooo much for your wonderful list of being happy, it just made my day

  37. says

    I can now walk 4- 5 even 6 kms without pain, thanks to medical technology that gave me two new knees in 2012. I can walk as fast and painlessly as I did when I was 20. Freedom.

  38. sheri says

    So very much love, love, love this!! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only “happy” person in the world…lol. Beautifully done!

    • says

      🙂 🙂 🙂 Disclaimer: I’m not always happy, but I can see the positives in almost any situation so that makes me happy 🙂 🙂 🙂

  39. kushal says

    thanks a lot . A new life began in me from today . A lots of happiness bloomed in me . And shall i add a new thing in the list. ……………………..,…….the name i have got.

  40. Palak says

    I really want to hug you!!!!! I feel like you’re an explosive sun that explodes in a supernova and the warm ripples bathe it’s surroundings. Except for the fact that supernovas quickly become black holes and severely damage it’s surroundings BUT FORGET ABOUT THAT PART!!!! I’ve been feeling really vulnerable lately. Can u do something similar to this so I can feel safe again? According to Maslow safety is a basic requirement and with allowing the thought of all the heinous crimes around me…to put it frankly…I’ve scared myself shitless!!! Gah help!!!!?

    • says

      Hahhaha you’re so awesome. Reading this comment is like getting an adrenalin injection in my heart. Which of course could rejuvenate me or kill me. But we’ll go with kickstart my heart!!

      And actually, I have burned out a couple of times – hello, rebirth.

      Feeling vulnerable is okay, feeling unsafe, not so much. Although it’s now been 6 months since your post, repeat after me:


  41. Sarah says

    You, singularly, krrrrrrrpppppooooowwww!
    Love love love…. you & your Supercalifrajelistic brain.
    Be very humbly proud of how impactful your quantum physics wisdom is, to so very many!

  42. Andrea says

    I am grateful that my sister was a huge part of my life for 52 years and am able to cherish the many fun times we shared- better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.

  43. Jamie says

    You are amazing, Tia. I appreciate you so much.

    I am at work having a very bad panic attack and I found you in a Google search. Reading this list and about what you are all about has me feeling much better. Can’t wait to go home when I can spend more time looking through things.

    Love XoX

  44. Ox says

    After all the things life throws at ya, the troubles, struggles, sacrifices, nights in cold, days in the heat. When worry, fear, self doubt, hunger, pain, and all of the other worst thoughts are flowin through your head, ah shoot the stuff I got to do tomorrow!!!… it’s that beautiful moment. You smile! Then laugh!! Then sing at the top of your lungs!! Your not chasing your dream, your living it!!!!! AND FOR THOSE who are not? HEY YOU! YA YOU! The person reading this right now! Guess what? YOU ARE AWESOME!! And you can, I know it, you CAN do anything!!!! Because
    YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! YEE YEE!!! now go out there and spread the feeling!!! 🙂


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