What is Happiness?

Happiness is:

  • Warm sunlight on your skin
  • The comfortable hug of a loved one that doesn’t need to end straight away
  • Rubbing in hand cream
  • Having your make up applied as you sit back with your eyes closed
  • Scrunching your feet up whilst standing on damp sand and feeling it between your toes
  • Having your hair washed for you at the hairdressers with that scalp massage she does so well
  • Eating lasagna
  • Holding a hot cup of tea
  • Stealing your partner’s hoodie when it still smells of him
  • The smell of vanilla
  • Planning a happy event
  • A good stretch
  • The smell of clean washing
  • The freedom of swimming
  • Surprising your family with a visit
  • Joining your partner in bed when the bedding has just been changed
  • Re-reading a good book
  • Settling in to watch a new film in a franchise you already love
  • Catching up with friends, refreshing your bond of many years
  • Listening to music in headphones with your eyes shut, so that your whole world becomes that song for a moment
  • Holding hands
  • Giving a present
  • Getting the answer right
  • Making people laugh
  • Feeling important
  • Knowing someone is there for you
  • Sniffing your children’s hair after a bath (that one’s from a friend)
  • Blossom on a tree
  • A new dress
  • Bright colours in your look- nail polish or hair dye
  • Friendly conversations with an absolute stranger

Sadness is:

  • Having to part with family
  • Missing people
  • Feeling left out
  • The knowledge that things can’t always be this happy
  • When the tea goes cold
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