The short list.
Sometimes, I'm jealous of the unwavering support and encouragement others receive from their parents. My parents were not those people. But looking back, I'm glad I learned how to take care of myself, and I'm glad it happened early in life. It makes me happy that I can earn money if I need to.
My cats make me happy. My mother didn't allow pets because of the "work." I swear to you that my sister and I would have grown up a lot more balanced and confident if we'd had steady pet love in our lives as kids. They are true friends. People make fun of me for this, but you know? Cat love is so much less complicated than human love. It's so worth taking care of them for what you get in return.
I love good mail. The surprise envelope - sent or received - is a rare and beautiful thing. It makes the world a little less lonely, doesn't it? You know, for sure, that someone is thinking of you. Email doesn't have that same effect for me - why is that?
The change of seasons never disappoints. I love that transition to winter - the first snow, the darkening skies, the soup. And the gentle, warm, surprising sunshine of Spring. Summer cherries. Gold leaves in the orchard and the smell of wood smoke when summer turns to fall.
I love it when my constantly hardworking husband chucks it all in and takes a day off with me. The other day we put our chairs right in the lake, sunned ourselves and swam all afternoon. In six years, we've maybe done this - three times. It was awesome!
Every once in awhile, you stumble on a good book - the kind you just can't put down. I love that feeling! Of settling in to the story and eating it like a piece of pie. This also counts for art work - the every once in awhile feeling that you're on to something, and you're getting it right.
Riding a bike around Sunriver is definitely a happy-making activity.
I'm happy I learned how to be happy, all alone. I love being with friends and family, but I am not dependent on them to make my life interesting or to feel fulfilled.
It makes me happy that some of my friends have put up with me for decades, or longer. I just had a visit from a friend who has known me for 20 years - through many stages of awkwardness into present day confusions. It makes me happy that my BFF and I have known each other for ten years this year - never underestimate the value of sharing a cabin at Haystack!
Making campsite coffee, in the old fashioned percolator makes me happy. Nothing like getting up early and having a cup under the mountains.
What's on your happy list?