Present Tense

Who’s happy? Me

I’m told that the best blogs are short and to the point.  So, as I was sitting outside on a glorious northern Michigan day, I began to list the things that make me happy.

I don’t do that often.  I tend to ruminate on the things that make me unhappy or worried or nervous or anxious.  You know; stuff that will never happen.

So, when I mentally noted that hummingbirds make me blissfully happy, my list began.  Here is an incomplete list of the things that make me happy:


–Big, old trees

–Watching my dogs swim (this would actually be under the “things that delight me” category)

–A light breeze

–Anything written by Anne Lamott

–Sun on my face

–Early Saturday mornings

–Sitting around a fire

–Eating something that is freshly picked


–The first snowfall (actually almost any snowfall)

–Fleece…anything made of fleece

–My husband’s laugh

–Christmas lights.  Lots of them.

–A fresh coat of paint

–Seat warmers

–Completing a task

–A hug from someone that you’ve really, really missed

I feel better. Uplifted, renewed, refreshed, grateful, content.  Now, make yours.  It doesn’t have to be exhaustive or noble or a list of what you think should make you happy.  Be genuine.  Feel free to share in the comments.

August 16, 2013 - Posted by | Musings | , , , , , ,


  1. Making anyone laugh our loud. A bonfire. The smell of freshly cut grass. The crunch of boots on the snow when it is really crunchy. Learning something, anything. Teaching someone something, anything. Good coffee. Reading. Fishing, especially with a young person. Friday night high school football.

    Comment by Tim Lankerd, Ann Arbor, Mi. | August 16, 2013 | Reply

  2. A few of the things that make me happy: watching pelicans skim the surface of the Pacific, having a cocktail, listening to smooth jazz, & burning incense after a long day at school, my cat Alex when he pushes up against me for some Mom-cat love, cooking for my loved ones, gazing at my garden, road trips with my husband……

    Comment by Terri | August 16, 2013 | Reply

  3. What makes me happy – making people laugh, laughing, my kids happiness, my sweet Lucy, memories of the crazy things my kids said (LOOK at the size of the RESERVOIR when we were in Michigan), music, music and did I mention music, taking the perfect picture, exploring Denver and the mountains, my friends, the weekends (or anytime I’m not at work!)

    Comment by Pat Burr-Rosenthal | August 16, 2013 | Reply

  4. My granddaughter
    Giving to others
    Happy children
    Family time
    Quiet time
    My dog
    Good music
    New clothes
    Clean house
    Good friends

    Comment by marge beem | August 16, 2013 | Reply

  5. O.K. I’ll play . . .
    Listening to water: Rushing rivers, oceans, rain, about any water.
    Playing volleyball and not sucking while I’m playing.
    Sitting around with friends and family on a nice evening just enjoying each others’ company.
    Listening to my G/Ks’ laughter and their make believe playing.
    Seeing a good movie.
    Music – but it needs to be what I consider good music. Can’t just listen to anything that happens to be playing.

    Comment by Jewel | August 16, 2013 | Reply

  6. I have a journal that I create a list in. I don’t write in it daily, but I write what made me happy that day in a list. It’s a good way to do a quick reflection of what was good without taking up a lot of time. It’s fun to look through old days and see things like my daughter crawling on the list.

    Comment by organizednowplease | August 16, 2013 | Reply

  7. Thank you, Jane. About to go on a road trip with my 84 year old Mom. She/we lost my dad three months ago and she/we are still working through things. This will be a great conversation. Your happy things are a lot of my happy things, too! Thanks again. God bless you!

    Comment by Edie Kellogg | August 17, 2013 | Reply

  8. Thank You for your writing. I’m going to write up my list today and make sure that I see, feel, hear at least one if not more in a day!!! First on my list though is the sound of my grand boys. Voice laughter squeal anything to remind me that they are in my life!!!!

    Comment by Lori Jenrette Johnson | August 18, 2013 | Reply

  9. Making people laugh
    I’m a fan of fleece,too. (One of the Best inventions.)
    Warm nights
    Arriving on time.
    Precision with communication/words
    Dancing, loving, touching, squeezing

    Comment by Diane | August 18, 2013 | Reply

  10. Jane…I love the sound of my skiis cutting across the mountains and the fishtail of snow!
    Fleece oh so warm!
    Sitting on the deck of our cabin in Tabernash and listening to the breeze.
    The first deep breathe I take on the first crisp morning of a fall day.
    When I see the fruits of parenting in my children who are now parents…so all was not lost!
    The little black face and pointy ears of my so hearty, happy, hiking fool of a pomeranian…Bella!

    Thanks for the reminder to be thankful and think about the things that make me happy!

    Oh and Jane, your laugh…that’s what made me stop at Mix100. I thought…. I have to listen to a station that has someone who can laugh so fantastically!

    Comment by Adelle | August 19, 2013 | Reply

  11. Sitting on my porch drinking coffee in the early morning sun, preparing for my next travel adventure, wine and great conversation with a good friend, riding my bicycle on a summer day, walking and thinking….funny how little most of them cost. Thanks for the reminder that it is the simple things that make us happy.

    Comment by Kelly @Try New Things | August 21, 2013 | Reply

  12. What makes me happy? The first sip of a cold Diet Coke. An unsolicited hug. Music that I can dance to. Making lists. And, making connections with people.

    Thank you for writing…

    Comment by Molly | November 12, 2014 | Reply

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