Mighty Life List
Oct 11 2010

Giveaway: Mighty Summit Tote

This here is the last Mighty Summit giveaway! Hello, trusty tote.

Large Natural Zip Top Canvas Tote Bag by Lands End

Man, these things are useful, and strong. We use ours to carry our child like an expensive, overbred dog. No, I kid. We use it on our yacht.

Yours will not say “Gifts” on the front, but it will have yellow trim. You could use it to carry around all these books:

You Lost Me There, by Rosecrans Baldwin

Hey, my friend Rosecrans is a novelist! Even better, the book he wrote is very good, and you will like it. It’s about a memory specialist who loses his wife and later finds a set of index cards covered in her writing. He comes to learn that his memories of a perfect partnership aren’t true to his wife’s feelings of isolation and disenchantment with the marriage.

No One Cares What You Had fro Lunch, by Margaret Mason

This is a signed copy of my book, which is not a novel. But! It is very green and full of good ideas for your blog.

Wiley’s Guide to California Wine

In which you will learn that California wine is delicious. Apologies for the spoiler.

Kirtsy Takes a bow By Kirtsy

This is the book Laura edited full of great writing and photography from women around the Web. Also, it is pretty.

$100 Gift Card from Lands End

In addition to the tote, Lands’ End also threw in a gift card. You could use yours for this. Or this. Or one of these. Whatever you want, really.

$50 Gift Card from Soma Intimates

And who doesn’t need new skivvies?

To enter, please tell us about one thing that always makes you happy. And remember that we still have a few open giveaways, so put your name in over there too if you haven’t already.

Fine print: Please only leave one comment for each giveaway, because it’s the nice thing to do, and also because multiple entries will be disqualified. I’ll use random.org to select the winner, and I’ll announce who won at the top of this post and in a separate post next Monday.

1,221 Responses to “Giveaway: Mighty Summit Tote”

  • June Says:

    Vacation with my husband!

  • Kristi K. Says:

    A kiss on the cheek from my children before they leave for school :-)

  • Sarah Brown Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is seeing a little kid immersed in a book in public.

  • famousamy Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy – seeing my daughter or my husband sleeping soundly. Their peacefullness puts me in a happy place. And if I get to be awake a while when they’re asleep – doing things *I* want to do.. Even happier! :-)

  • Chris C. Says:

    Ooh, I so want one of these totes. Adorable! One thing that always makes me happy is the smell of lilacs in the spring. Especially first thing in the morning, when they’re all damp and dewy. Sadly, now that I live in Northern California, my encounters with this smell are few and far between. What’s up with that — I thought we could grow anything there? :-)

  • Annie J Says:

    A new pen always makes me happy – the way the ink just rolls out smoothly makes me want to write love letters.

  • Shelly Kang Says:

    One thing that makes me happy – As a lifelong non-lover of exercise, I’m now in shape enough to appreciate the moment in a workout (specifically swimming for me) when it actually feels delicious to be moving and using my body toward its potential. I always thought that feeling was a myth.

  • rebecca Says:

    enjoying a good meal with friends – like the early canadian thanksgiving dinner with good friends this past weekend!

  • hootenannie Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy? Clean sheets day!

  • shokufeh Says:

    Autumn light always makes me happy.

  • Ruthie Says:

    A perfectly sunny, crisp Fall day.

  • Arina Says:

    Fresh flowers make me happy!

  • Robin Says:

    I just figured this out (I’m a bit of a slow learner, it seems), but making good decisions that benefit my family and me makes me very happy. Who knew?

  • Mareshia Says:

    What makes me happy is when my friends remind me how lucky I am to have them.

  • Meg B Says:

    The fall / changing leaves.

  • Rachel Lew Says:

    Going into my daughter’s room when she is waking up, she always smiles and giggles and it just makes my heart MELT with joy. It is the best way to wake up.

  • Jessica Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is waking up early in the morning to find my beautiful grey kitty curled up at my side purring away contentedly.

  • Jaclyn Says:

    Reading other people’s life lists and saying to myself “hey–I’ve done that!” I think of the enjoyment I had while doing it, the enjoyment the other person will some day have as well, but what makes me the most happy is that I remember even though I’ve not done a lot of things on my own life list yet, I have actually had a pretty awesome life so far.

  • Michelle Davis Says:

    What makes me the happiest is waking up to my husband and our child each and every morning. They are what recharge my battery! ;)

  • Lisa K Says:

    A hug from someone I love (and who loves me back!) always makes me happy.

  • Julie V. Says:

    Hearing my daughter laughing.

  • Maura Says:

    Happy Dog Tail wagging never ceases to make me happy. Especially when the whole back half of them wags in unison.

  • Molly Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy: the logic puzzles in Make magazine!

  • Erin N. Says:

    Cuddling with my ginormous Newfie always does the trick for me! Thanks for the contest.

  • Leann Says:

    having my future husband tell me that we are building a wonderful life together (like he did last night). having that reminder from him when things get uncertain is the thing that makes me the happiest.

  • jana Says:

    My son and daughter’s insane bedhead in the morning.

  • Celia Says:

    my hubby!!

  • Racher Says:

    Finally taking control of our finances and feeling like we’re going to make it. Lame? Possibly. True? Totally.

  • Melanie Says:

    The ocean. Especially now that I live in the desert.

  • Erin G. Says:

    I love looking out my office window and seeing the clouds get “trapped” by the mountains.

  • Dina Says:

    Wow… so much. Bringing home a new book (or two, or ten) from the library. Harmonizing with the nine other women in my choir. Having a clean and beautiful dining room table. Getting “that look” from my boyfriend. And like Annie: a beautiful, new pen, and also a new notebook to write in!

  • Rachel Says:

    Biking home from the train station on a perfect spring evening, a gentle breeze releasing a mist of apple blossoms.

  • Julisa Says:

    Spending quality time with a dear friend over a good meal.

  • Lucia Says:

    Corgi puppies!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Something that always makes me happy: driving in the sun through a beautiful region (like my Columbia River Gorge) with good music.

  • Jill Says:

    looking {and laughing} at old family pictures. :)

  • Raven Says:

    BBC Costume Drama!! Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice, and Little Dorritt make me so happy!

  • Mackenzie Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is listening to my son laugh.

  • Daffodil Campbell Says:

    The one thing that makes me happy? The one thing that always makes me truly happy is when have a whole day off with nothing that I “have” to do. It rarely happens with kids. I have to make an effort to do nothing. (sigh)

  • Krysta Says:

    Watching videos of bulldog puppies.

  • Julie Says:

    A great stationery store makes me happy.

  • Erin Says:

    Yesterday made me happy. Oysters and Champagne in Dolores Park with my best buds, my daughter and my husband, Blue Angels flying overhead. Man, I love this city.

  • janeray1940 Says:

    Playing ukulele!

  • Kristi Says:

    My giant ridiculous puppies always make me happy… even when they’ve just stolen my dessert off the counter again.

  • Michelle Says:

    Whenever I hear my dog snore I smile and chuckle to myself. That always makes me happy!

  • Min Says:

    Picking an outfit to wear on the plane ride before a big trip.

    xx m

  • Shannon Says:

    my son when he says “mama!”

  • Jen W. Says:

    Posing for our annual family group photo at my parents’ house on Christmas night – and watching the group grow over the years.

  • Lauren Says:

    Wine tasting in Traverse City, MI, with my husband. We’ve never had wine in California, but the wines in norther Michigan are exquisite and the views are even better. ♥

  • Courtney Says:

    My sweet, sweet rescue mutt makes me happy, no matter how bad of a day I’m having, she just makes me feel great when I see those big brown eyes.

  • Laura B. Says:

    Giving my parents that first hug when I step off the airplane. Yes, I’m 27. No, that doesn’t bother me one bit.

  • Kate Says:

    WATERFALLS! Thankfully, Washington state is riddled with mountains and the water than runs off ’em. Specifically, Deception Pass has a delightful bridge you can stand on and see the water fall and feel it rushing over the rocks under you. It’s glorious and makes me feel like I can do anything.

  • Meredith Says:

    Fall makes me happy! Oktoberfest! Pumpkins! Halloween! Blue skies!

  • Alicia Says:

    Right now iced chai lattes that I make at home from concentrate. I’m pregnant, and it’s the only thing besides water that even sounds good. Water can get old fast. :)

  • Karen N Says:

    Having a plan work out makes me incredibly happy. :)

  • Erin Says:

    Oddly: Liver in whiskey cream sauce. I just discovered this.

  • Vee Says:

    Seeing the joy in the eyes of my chunky, lovable pit bull when she sees my car pull up to the house ALWAYS makes my day brighter. To recall an image I’ve seen around the web: “I owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.” =)

  • Leigh Says:

    The way my almost-nine-year-old daughter greets me when I come home every day always makes me happy. I hope she’ll always be so glad to see me!

  • Jen Says:

    The look on my daughter’s face when I walk into a room as she puts her hands to her mouth and screams with delight to see me.

  • Molly Says:

    Hearing my kid laugh always make me happy. It always seemed like such a cliche, until I experienced it. There truly is no more beautiful sound.

  • aubriane Says:

    Warm chai tea with a snuggly blanket while it snows/storms/thunders outside. Yum.

  • Jen Says:

    Oysters on the half shell and a glass of white wine.
    Watching my daughter grow.
    Giving gifts.

  • lisa Says:

    little kids in obvious “i picked out my own outfit!” clothes.

  • Karyn Says:

    A good cup of coffee, a good book, and a lazy Saturday morning.

  • Emily Says:

    The first email of the day from my husband always makes me happy. I’m not much of a morning person, but I get some coffee in me and then see his name pop up on my screen and I’m smiling.

  • Jess Says:

    Sunshine always makes me happy. Always.

  • Sneh Says:

    A great big hug and kiss from my babies.

  • dreadpiraterach Says:

    Laughter and hugs with those closest to me always make me happy..

  • Eilis Says:


  • kate Says:

    my mom’s fried chicken and mashed potatoes. listening to the younger two send their older sister off to school with “goodbyes” and “we love yous”. two-in-one. Still fair?

  • Lisa Says:

    A good book :)

  • Amy Says:

    Well, one thing that makes me happy is to have a functional bag to carry my life in. Reading also makes me happy. Especially in a comfy bed, with just the right amount of covers.

  • Shelly Says:

    I derive a great sense of happiness and comfort from a bowl of oatmeal and a nice cup of black tea. Simplicity at it’s best.

  • Meg K Says:

    A finished to-do list.

  • Michelle Says:

    Balloons. You’d have to be having the worst day ever not to smile at balloons.

  • Belle Says:

    That book IS good. We are glad that Mr. Baldwin calls NC home now.

  • Laura Rehbehn Says:

    Any Buddy Holly song – they always make me smile and feel lighter about life!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Baking always makes me happy. A good hour or two in the kitchen covered in flour and chocolate and I’m all sunshine and rainbows.

  • ladyloo Says:

    My cat jumping up and sleeping in my lap. Making people laugh. Singing out loud, really loud, in my car.

  • simone Says:

    Bike riding makes me happy! And doughnuts with coffee. Unexpected visitors from out of town. Seeing my daughter dance. Swimming in the ocean.

  • emily Says:

    Kisses from my kids.

  • Amanda Says:

    Laying on my couch watching West Wing DVDs and doing Sudoku puzzles. Yes, at the same time. Yes, I am nerdy :)

  • BKC Says:

    An hour at Office Depot, deli sliced roast beef, and brushing my daughter’s hair. Yup yup.

  • MMR Says:


  • Sheryl Says:

    Seeing the forsythia I planted in my front yard in full bloom. It’s the first sign that the winter will actually win and that spring is on the way.

  • Brandy Says:

    What makes me happy? The smell of the ocean and eucalyptus trees around the Marin Headlands. I want to bottle it up and carry it with me, always.

  • Torry Says:

    Book+roaring fire+big storm outside+G&T = happy :)

  • Sarah Says:

    Enjoyed the incongruity of fall colors and 80 degrees yesterday in the park.

  • Alison Says:

    Belly-laughing babies make me happy

  • Heather Says:

    Always makes me happy: grilled pizza night with fig jam, quattro formaggio, prosciutto and Penzey’s pizza spice.

  • carrie Says:

    My morning cup of tea never fails to make me happy.

  • Jennie Says:

    Hearing my son (12 mo) laugh out loud unexpectedly – like this weekend when I was swatting a fly, saying “shoot”, or reading a story.

  • nicholle Says:

    Crisp fall days with colorful leaves. Even pictures of them.

  • amanda Says:

    crisp fall days always make me happy!

  • Caro Says:

    Heavily foggy mornings make me happy. You go out in them and it’s like adventure is right around every corner. Is that a mysterious masked man, or a mailbox? Do those lights belong to a cavebeing, or an approaching car? It’s just extremely good fun.

  • Jen Says:

    Hearing my nephew say “Auntie, auntie.”

  • Jessica Says:

    Always makes me happy? Smiles from strangers.

  • Jen Says:

    nice fall weather, warm socks, and cuddling up with some pancakes and coffee on a morning off.

  • Miriam Says:

    Getting a hug and snuggle from my daughters.

  • Tamera Says:

    The smell of a campfire.

  • Erin Faye Says:

    making memories with my wonderful husband.

  • Erin Says:

    Looking back through so many silly pictures I’d forgotten all about. They give me so many laugh-out-loud moments.

  • Faetra Says:

    This kind of sounds sad, but food always makes me happy. Not in the I eat my feelings kind of way, but a good dinner (especially one with my better half) can melt away just about anything horrible.

  • Michelle Says:

    Oysters and dirty gin martinis with my husband. Yum and yum and yum.

  • Ryan Elizabeth Says:

    Rooting through the covers every morning to find our wee little dog, usually curled up with my fiance, and waking her up for breakfast. The look on her face makes me so happy every single time, even if I’m determined to be sleepy and grumpy.

  • Sarah @ Celiac in the City Says:

    My nephews. Make me happy all the time. Bad day + a little Skype can turn any day around!

  • Kelly H Says:

    Hanging out with my girlfriends. I had my 40th birthday party over the weekend with 8 of my closest girlfriends and oh the fun and hysterics and giggling we had. Makes me warm & happy inside.

  • Ariel Says:

    Traveling with my husband. :)

  • kates Says:

    Singing accapella hymns with my family.

  • AppleTree Says:

    My dog — still just a puppy — and thanksgiving with my sister.

  • Barbara Z Says:

    Picking my boy up from daycare and hearing all about his day. Even if his day was about Legos and dinosaurs.

  • divrchk Says:

    Good music always makes me happy!

  • Emily Norton Says:

    Returning home to Duluth and seeing the skyline at night. The view is best when driving from Wisconsin, about 15 miles out.

  • Jodi Says:

    An extra 20-minutes of sleep, books on a rainy morning, and the real smiles of my two kids (not the ones they use EVERY SINGLE TIME someone tries to photograph them!).

  • Ashley Says:

    When I walk in the door after work and my husband drops whatever he’s doing to give me a hug.

  • Suzanne Says:

    Watching the sunset. Bonus happy points if I am at the beach as it sets.

  • Jasmine Says:


  • parsingtime Says:

    Bubble Tea! It’s a drink, it’s a food…it’s delicious.

  • Ashley, the Accidental Olympian Says:

    Happiness is comments from new friends on my blog, a cup of coffee and the end of a good book on a Sunday morning, downloading a fun Photoshop brush, and a long walk with with dog on a perfectly crisp fall day.

  • elz Says:

    Picking up my daughter from pre-school. She shouts “Momma” and runs smack into me with a big hug. Her older sister (now 6) is too big to do this anymore, so I relish it a bit more every day.

  • Michelle Says:

    As a mom of 6…I love the first few moments of silence after the last child leaves in the morning. Ahhhhh.

  • Sarah Says:

    my 5-yr-old’s explanations of the world and cuddling with him during story time before bed.

  • Lil Says:

    bright sunshine on cooler days

  • Jennifer Says:

    Warm sweaters and a perfect sunny fall day.

  • Erin Says:

    Giving someone a gift they really love.

  • beyond Says:

    thinking about autumn produce at the farmer’s market.

  • N Says:

    Reading on the subway, furnishing my new apartment, the comic book store just across the street! That’s three things.

  • Gretchen Alice Says:

    The fact that it’s now officially hot chocolate weather is making me happy.

  • Christine Alfano Says:

    Watching my daughter (2 yo) develop her skills: hopping down the sidewalk, exclaiming ‘Oh Noooooo!’ (which doesn’t have to have a reason), scaling and hanging from our birch tree or waving/yelling ‘Hi’ as she runs wildly in circles.

  • Allison Says:

    Walking my dogs!

  • pam Says:

    that first day after the fall time change when i leave work and it’s dark and all the street and car lights are lovely and glowy.

  • Kate24 Says:

    Kittens or puppies!

  • BB Says:

    A grilled cheese and tomato soup accompanied by a mug of cocoa. They used to serve this combo at summer camp on rainy days and it still makes happy. It just feels cozy and comforting.

  • Julia Says:

    Well, new bras and books sure make me happy so I would LOVE to win this giveway. :)

  • Jenny Says:

    The look on my son’s face when he spots me in the crowd of parents at pick up time.

  • amber Says:

    Oatmeal with nuts, fruit and a little brown sugar pretty much makes my entire day. Bike rides with really good music. Sunday night dinners with my husband and two daughters.

  • Annie Says:

    Coming home to my darling after a long, grueling day… or vice versa

  • Fabs Says:

    Being able to only say on thing is HARD! So I’ll say the first thing that came to my mind when I read the question: vaction. But there are lots of other things that make me happy!

  • Abby-Wan Kenobi Says:

    Getting text messages from my best friend whenever she hears a Rilo Kiley song being played in a public place. It’s been going on for years between us and it’s fun to celebrate the success of a group we love.

    Most recently witnessed in a Victoria’s Secret store in southwestern Virginia.

  • Truda Says:

    When my kids crawl into bed with me on weekend mornings for lots of snuggling. Also when they crawl back out and find something to do with themselves so I can sleep for a bit longer.

  • Stacey M. Says:

    My daughter is (almost) 3 and she still asks me to hold her like a baby. And not even when she’s tired, just because sometimes. I absolutely love it because I know it’s not going to last much longer.

  • Teri Says:

    Books, without fail. (And I’ve been meaning to get the Rosencrans Baldwin book since it came out!)

  • Megan Says:

    The smell right after it rains. Gets me every time.

  • Maggie Says:

    It makes me happy to acquire the perfect gift for someone. I love finding that exact right thing that I know he or she will love.

  • K8 Says:

    an elderly couple holding hands

  • Tara Says:

    Hiking with my three dogs!

  • Emily Says:

    Watching my son enjoying the beach always makes me happy.

  • Kate @ Savour Fare Says:

    My kid’s Patty Bouvier style throaty laugh.

    Also a BLT.

  • AR Says:

    It always makes me happy to start reading a new book. No matter how many times I do it, each book feels like a present.

  • Amanda Says:

    A cup of tea and a good book always makes me happy.

  • Joey Says:

    when our dogs join us in bed on weekend mornings for some family snuggle time, we’re all together and everything is right ;)

  • Anna Says:

    When my littlest son “cheeses” for the camera. I’m pretty sure his big brother taught him that one, and it never fails to make me laugh.

  • Sara Says:

    Oooh very nice.

    Drinking red wine on the back porch with my fiancé always makes me. The way my iPhone autocorrects the word fiancé to include the appropriate accent makes me happy. In fact, I’m still in that stage where having a fiancé at all makes me very, very happy.

    But mostly it’s the fiancé on the back porch with the wine. Every time.

  • Lisa May Says:

    Dancing with my two year-old. Puts a smile on my face every time.

  • Lee Says:

    Hearing my daughter laugh.

  • Liesel Says:

    The 84 mile relay run I ran this weekend in which I experienced runner’s high for the first time in a long time!

  • Megan Says:

    Sharing a caramel apple with my husband last night made me happy.

  • Hannah Faith Says:

    An unexpected gift

  • Kim Says:

    Seeing dogs playing in the dog park. I don’t have one but they are usually goofy and having fun when I walk by on my way home.

  • MFree Says:

    seriously these giveaways are AWESOME. I’d love the wine for dummies book because frankly.. yea i frequently wear the dunce cap when having to talk about wine.

  • nycwhofan Says:

    Hearing a song I love but haven’t heard in years being played in a store. Makes shopping in crowded store much more bearable.

  • Ivy Says:

    Going to visit my almost-two-year-old niece, and seeing her SO EXCITED to see my car that she’s waving through the window with BOTH her little hands. Fantastic.

    Also, wine pretty much does it every time too.

  • Betsy Says:

    Puppies!! How can puppies not make you happy??

  • darah Says:

    wind in trees – gets me every time

  • Melissa Says:

    Hanging out on the beach on a sunny day in San Francisco with my family!

  • Heather Says:

    Sunshine makes me happy-especially in the winter!

  • Sarah Says:

    Coming home to two happy, bouncing dogs that are always thrilled to see me no matter how crappy my day has been.

  • Kat Says:

    The smell behind my dog’s ears. Pie. Frost on dead leaves on the ground. Pancakes. Peppermint ice tea when it’s warm outside.

    Oh! And hey! I crossed off one of the five things I’m doing by the end of the year this week!

    I got a custom toy portrait of my childhood teddy bear done by Jennifer Maher. It is wonderful! There is a picture of it on her website here!

    Now I just have to learn how to make tortillas, play backgammon, finish my Associate’s Degree, and buy one more cashmere sweater! :)

  • lorie Says:

    Watching my dog sleep reliably makes me happier than just about anything else on this earth. He is just ridiculously cute.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Good food shared with good friends

  • abi Says:

    My kitten’s fuzzy white tummy. Wuzza wuzza wuzza.

  • mandy Says:

    a fresh, hot cup of green tea always makes me happy.

  • Beth Says:

    Waking up in the morning to find my dogs face resting right next to mine on the pillow!

  • Jae Says:

    Being with my boys (husband and son) always, always, always makes me happy.

  • Amy Says:

    A good book and a comfy chair. And, maybe a kitten or two curled up at my feet.

  • Janet Brashear Says:

    Sunshine on my shoulders….

  • Laura Says:

    The beginning of fall!

  • Susan Says:

    An ice cold beer after working in the garden for a few hours on a hot, sunny day.

  • Jessica Says:

    Buying new fabric! I love to carry the folded yardage into the house and stack it on my craft table before washing it.

  • Sarah Says:

    Good friends that have lunches that make you late for meetings with the boss. You know it’s okay though b/c if you get fired they will take you in.

  • Jill Says:

    My daughter’s head on my shoulder.

  • Mairead Says:

    Sinking my toes into the sand on the first beach trip of the summer…

  • jillyj Says:

    Petting my dog’s tender, soft ears…makes me happy and calm.

  • Valerie Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is the sound of a real belly laugh from my nineteen month old daughter, especially if I’m the one making her laugh like that. Oh, the power!

  • MJ Says:

    Hot apple cider season always makes me happy!

  • Haley Says:

    Successfully completing a sewing project. I started teaching myself to sew last summer and I’m always so pleased (and a little surprised) when I’m really satisfied with a project.

  • Jessie Says:

    The thing that always makes me happy is at the end of the work day, when I get to my daughter’s daycare, and I get to watch her face light up just because I’m there. She smiles, yells, “MOMMY!” and jumps into my arms to give me a squeezy hug. I look forward to it every day.

  • ChaEsq Says:

    Peet’s Italian Roast coffee!!!!

  • sunny Says:

    A nap always makes me happy.

    It could be a quick nap on the couch with my arm flung over my eyes to keep out the light…or a full-fledged “am going to crawl into that bed for at least two hours to catch up on some sleep” experience.

  • Pam Says:

    As I wake up each morning–and before I even get out of bed or turn to kiss my husband–I think of three things that I’m grateful for that day. Waking up and knowing that I have so much to be thankful for always makes me happy, and always starts my day off right.

  • Earth Girl Says:

    A perfect autumn day, like yesterday. Sunshine, blue sky, colorful foliage, breezy, exploring the river with my husband on his sidewheel paddleboat.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Free time always makes me happy, so I buy it whenever possible.

  • HL Says:

    Yesterday I saw my two dear friends marry each other. It was such a beautiful wedding and so moving to see two people who obviously belong together have that ritual. I’m still feeling so happy for them.

  • Beks Says:

    Cotton candy. Also; winning giveaways.

  • SKS Says:

    The thought of drinking hot chocolate.

  • Kristy Says:

    I love it when my twin boys are belly-laughing with one another. I can’t think of one other thing on this planet that makes me happy like that.

  • jodimichelle Says:

    Feeding people always makes me happy. I love to host and cook. So much.

  • carrie Says:

    when I have blog posts from friends’ blogs unread in google reader.

  • Susan Says:

    Sesame Street always makes me happy. I don’t have kids but I do find myself still watching Sesame Street on the occasional Saturday morning and it always makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

  • Nichole Says:

    Apple butter.

  • Krissa Says:

    Salted caramels always make me happy. So does the first day of spring sweeping through New York, and a book so good I have to read it walking home from the subway.

  • Katie Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is cool, drizzly autumn days (especially if I can stay at home and nap the day away).

  • Liz Says:

    Knowing I am loved.

  • Sarah Says:

    The momentarily feeling of weightlessness when I go over a small hill in a car. Or when there’s slight turbulence while flying.

  • Susan Says:

    I’m really happy when I get to snuggle with my husband when he gets back from his business trips to SF:)

  • samantha Says:

    Sunday brunch with my friends.

  • Jenn dePaula Says:

    My son playing with my husband ALWAYS makes me happy. Little boys with their daddy is a beautiful thing :)

  • NatC Says:

    Indian summer over a weekend as a respite before the cold sets in!

  • Sarah Says:

    Growing things makes me happy

  • Jennifer Says:

    The movie “Enchanted April”. LOVE. Just thinking about it makes me happy.

  • Catriona Says:

    Spin class… love the endorphins, love working out with other people (all of my other exercise is solo), love feeling strong and sweaty at the end.

  • Rachel Says:

    Sunshine! Living in Portland, we get more than our share of rain and gloomy overcast days. (This summer in particular was wet and cold.)Just seeing the sun stream in through my office window (like it’s doing right now) never fails to lift my spirits and make me smile.

  • Amanda Says:

    The unconditional love of my pups…I swear it can cure anything!

  • mando Says:

    Spending time with my mom.

  • Kimba Says:

    what an excellent bag! and excellent items inside!

  • Brandi Says:

    Telling people to “save yo drama for yo mama” makes me happy

  • Miss B Says:

    Squirrels. Seeing squirrels being all squirrely-frolicksome always lights up the pleasure-centers in my brain. It is my fondest wish to someday have a pet squirrel of my very own.

  • Jeanne Says:

    Dancing and singing to “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire!

  • Andrea Says:

    Making a big dinner for close friends.

  • Mary Weilage Says:

    Spending time with our two dogs

  • Laura Says:

    Nothing better than a tote filled with goodies!

  • Amber Says:

    When I see someone belting out a song in their car.

  • gillian Says:

    A beautiful sunshiny fall day, like today, walking along the beach beside the ocean. Hearing the waves hit the shore, the gulls, and the dogs run up and down chasing after sticks. I have a good book in hand and the time to stop and sit on a log and read it, soaking up the sun and fresh ocean air.

  • Tasha Haley Says:

    Riding my bicycle makes me happy. I ride so that I know how the trees smell after a rain, so that I know when the leaves erupt in fall color, so that I see the first tiny blooms of spring, so that I know the moon’s cycle, so that I can hear the whispers of Mother Nature.

  • Sarah Says:

    Walking to a neighborhood coffee shop on a crisp fall morning. Love the chill in the air!

  • Khadijeh Says:

    The first day it’s cold enough to wear a sweater, sip a hot drink, and feel the air nip at my nose after a long, hot, humid summer.

  • Azar Says:

    Driving through the mountains in the fall with the windows down and the music blasting.

    It’s the best remedy for feeling melancholy.

  • Andrea Says:

    My son’s huge smile and excited giggling when I return home from work!

  • Em Says:

    a pumpkin spice latte from starbucks!

  • Natalie Says:

    Taking a nice long bath pretty much always makes me a happy camper. Which probably means I’m not much of a camper. I’m fine with that.

  • laura Says:

    clean sheets & freshly shaven legs.

    of course they are each nice on their own, but particularly AWESOME together.

  • Sarah Says:

    Roller skating ALWAYS makes me happy! I feel like I’m flying :)

  • Sarah Says:

    Hugs and “I wub you mommy.” from my toddler make me happy every day.

  • Crystal Busby Says:

    My camera. And books. And french fries.

  • Jodi Says:

    Sunday morning…crisp fall air…open windows…cozy pj’s…snuggly husband and baby and dog…fresh coffee…New York Times…nowhere to be but the couch. Sigh.

  • Jenn W. Says:

    Hearing my running training app say “You are halfway done!” and “Last run coming up!” Also, long drives alone through Eastern Ontario during fall time.

  • Candy Says:

    The way my boyfriend knows me so well, he anticipates my needs. I am forever grateful.

  • Carolyn Says:

    Wegman’s Grocery Store

  • Beautifulmess Says:

    As ridiculous as it may sound, I get extremely giddy each & every time I hear the tv-staticky noise that plays right before the HBO logo pops up at the beginning of each show. I <3 HBO.

  • wo of the west Says:

    shallow as it seems, my hair iron! would have killed for this device back in high school when my hair always won the battle of the frizz.

  • Pamela Wheless Says:

    Lazy Sunday afternoons!

  • Julie Says:

    Hugs. Definitely hugs.

  • kat Says:

    Sitting in front of the fire on a snowy day with a Jane Austen book & a cup of hot chai

  • Sarah Says:

    Hearing a baby laugh.
    Paco (my dog) smiling at me when I get home.

  • Laura Says:

    A meandering bicycle ride on the trail through the marshes near my house. Even the bugs and heat in the summer can’t make me ever regret choosing an afternoon ride, and the fall is particularly wonderful.

  • Karen Says:

    A hug from my youngest son.

  • Carrie Says:

    Sitting down with a shiny new book that I just KNOW I’m going to love always makes me happy. Bonus points if that comes with a snuggling dog and/or my fiance’s lap while he’s watching football over my head.

  • Barb @ getupandplay Says:

    The gorgeous fall leaves in the mountains near my home. I love it!

  • Laura Says:

    My loving, supportive family that was chosen for me and my local loving, supportive family that I have chosen for myself.

  • Bethany Says:

    A lazy sunday afternoon with my kids, and of course, ice cream.

  • JennyZ Says:

    My dogs.

  • Nora Says:

    Dusting makes me absurdly happy. Luckily, I work in a library, where the dust never stops.

  • Amanda Mae Says:

    When I think about how far I’ve come even though there’s a lot left to do.

  • Ansel Says:

    A good book on a rainy day makes me happy.

  • molly Says:

    My family. They are healthy and happy, and I am way blessed.

  • Danyelle Says:

    My kiddos’ laughing makes me happy.

  • Meghan Says:

    My two dogs!

  • Lisa B. Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is when I accidentally hear “Mmm Bop” on the radio or elsewhere. It doesn’t count if I purposely put it on–although that usually makes me happy, too.

  • Jaime Says:

    My husband’s soft, warm touch.

  • Cate Says:

    coffee with my husband in the middle of the day to figure out Big Things, like houses and babies. It’s a complicated happy.

  • Mia Says:

    A good book.

  • Shannon Says:

    Alpacas, or really any member of the camelid family, always make me happy!

  • Andrea Phillips Says:

    “I love you, mommy” always makes me happy! ^_^

  • SJ Says:

    My family always, always, ALWAYS makes me happy. And good coffee!

  • amybee Says:

    Seeing my kid’s face when I pick her up after work. And a new Elizabeth Hoyt novel.

  • Robin Says:

    Pumpkin season! Warm days, cool nights, orange leaves, and spiced pumpkin everything…

  • Amanda Says:

    Every time I enter my house, I’m welcomed by the worlds happiest dog. She wags her tail, nay.. she wags her entire 55 pound body. It doesn’t matter if I’ve been gone for five minutes, or five days, I get the same welcome. It makes me smile, it makes me happy, it makes me feel like I’m the luckiest person in the entire world.

  • Devra Says:

    Babysitters make me happy

  • Fiona Allen Says:

    Mr Big telling me that I am the most beautiful thing in the world and kissing me EVEN when it’s first thing in the morning and I have bedhead and dragon breath

  • Sarah M. Says:

    A clean kitchen!

  • Ariel Says:

    Cutting open a perfectly ripe avocado! Despite years of trying to perfect the squeeze and press method of selecting a perfect avocado at the market I always hold my breath when I cut into it because sometimes it has mushy brown spots and sometimes it’s still too hard. A perfectly ripe avocado is a thing of delicious wonder and worth the risk!

  • LizB Says:

    a pint of sorbet and a stack of magazines.

  • Caitlin Says:

    the fact that it is October 11th today and outside it’s 28 degrees (that’s celsius, folks)

  • Cary Says:

    my kids’ smiles. always.

  • Courtney Says:

    My weekly potluck with friends.

  • aly Says:

    my daughter’s smile and my husband’s hugs! also, pumpkin pie. :)

  • Amanda Says:

    A late night shower followed by clean sheets and a beloved book.

  • Jen M. Says:

    Rainy (or snowy) days with nothing more important to do than watch a movie and drink hot chocolate always make me happy.

  • Sarah Says:

    When my oh-so-teeny godson (seriously, he’s just barely 2) gives me the BIGGEST hug he can (I don’t see him often) … which totally results in his-face-squished-against-my-neck-because-his-arms-are-two-short goodness. Ah, the love!

  • Leslie Says:

    Big bear hugs from my boyfriend always make me happy. We’re doing the long-distance bit right now so every hug is doubly special! :)

  • Liz Says:

    Catching up with old friends.

  • wendy Says:

    certain shades of the color green make me very happy.

  • Camille Says:

    My niece always makes me happy. Her smile when she sees me almost brings me to tears. She’s amazing.

  • Sunny Says:

    My son saying mommy, always.

  • wendy h Says:

    a hike, seeing either of kids curled up with a book, hearing my husband loving the dogs as he comes in the door from work, cooking pasta sauce with a big glass of red wine in my hand.
    Oh… and winning cool stuff! That makes me happy too.

  • Pnut Says:

    My dog. A golden retriever named Wilson who is an old soul. Always willing to sing with you, walk with you and eat crunchy snacks with you.

  • Laura Says:

    Winning things makes me happy!

    Beyond that, chocolate *always* makes me happy.

  • Funnelcloud Rachel Says:

    My dogs make me happy. Sounds cheesy, but they live each day to the fullest and don’t hold a grudge about the fact that their lives were miserable before they were rescued and adopted.

  • latenac Says:

    My daughter running towards me saying, “mommy!” well that and her purposely bad chicken impression.

  • christine Says:

    Tea parties and picnic dinner parties with my 3 year old make me happy. But really, and and all special time with my girl is happiness.

    And great fitting jeans!

  • Emily Says:

    A cup of hot coffee/tea always makes me happy and content. Which might explain why I try to mainline the stuff during my workday….

  • Missy Says:

    I live in MN, and my happy moment is when I am bundled up outside in the wintry tundra, it is so cold that the snow is squeaky under my boots and my nostrils stick together when I breathe in deep the freezing fresh air.

  • Meg Says:

    Campfires. Even better if s’mores are included!

  • Stacey Says:

    A long walk on the trails!

  • Katie Says:

    Walking downtown on a chilly Fall day with a good cup of coffee! Happy!

  • Andrea Says:

    Honeycrisp apples always make me happy!

  • Katie Says:

    Crisp, fall weather.

  • Sarah Says:

    I am always, always melty happy when my daughter puts her arms around me right when she wakes up in that sweet voice she uses only right then, saying “momma.” always.

  • Alison Says:

    Now that I live in Seattle, and most of my dear friends are still at “home” in SF, I would have to say what makes me happy are trips home & catching up with my girlfriends. The ones who knew me when I was a Girl Scout & bleached my hair…those friendships are much different than the ones with the ladies I have befriended post-kids.

  • Liz Says:

    Margaritas on a porch in lovely weather.

  • Michelle Says:

    The man who says “what’s wrong?” – when I occasionally answer “I’m alright” to the daily question of “how are you?” after all these years. He gets me *and* is still patient with me.

    That, and lighting candles on a Saturday morning in the dark of winter instead of turning on the lights as I make coffee.

  • rach Says:

    Dancing to live music with my boyfriend. We’re pretty terrible but he never fails to ask me to dance. I love that about him.

  • Zeynep Says:

    That feeling immediately after yoga or any exercise.

    Just thinking about my niece and nephew…they are truly my happy place when I am stuck in an MRI, traffic, or a stalled subway.

    Today: Green tea mochi.

  • Sara Says:

    Reading a good book outide on a beautiful night always makes me happy.

  • Alyssa Jones Says:

    My daughter Lucy laughing. It makes me happy every time I hear it. She is 9 months old and every day gets better and better.

  • Courtney Says:

    I’ve still never won anything on a blog, wouldn’t this be fun for me? Come on proverbial dice!

  • Emily Says:

    My kids, of course!

  • Ally Says:

    Crispy Belgian French fries and sleeping in on Sundays.

  • RK Says:

    My family. Because they are rad. Also, rocky road ice cream.

  • Addie Says:

    My mom’s dog Moses. he is a happy making machine.

  • Maggie Says:

    skype brainstorming sessions on rainy days with my creative friends

  • abby Says:

    New episodes of my favorite TV shows. Don’t judge me!

  • emily Says:

    Clean sheets make me very, very happy. Freshly ironed sheets, now that is the way directly to my heart.

  • Charlene Says:

    Trader Joes’ Chai – made for me by my husband… today is our anniversary as well (we are celebrating our 2nd)! What a wonderful gift for a girl who isn’t a morning person!

  • lois Says:

    perfect sweater wearing weather and the word “piglet” i am so happy even typing it!

  • Kelly Says:

    When a person laughs at my jokes. Makes me happy every time.

  • Katie Says:

    The smell of library books, hot coffee, and clean sheets…all warm and wonderful!

  • Candice Says:

    One thing that makes me happy is watching the birds eat at the bird feeders outside our big window by our dining table. I love knowing that I am feeding these tiny little creatures and helping them fill up on goodness before the winter months, even if their bird poop is killing my huge rhododendron.

  • Nancy Streicher Says:

    Hearing “C’mon Eileen” or “Walking on Sunshine” on the radio!

  • Emily Says:

    Oddly enough, giving something away that is truly appreciated by the recipient always makes me happy.

  • Chiara Ogan Says:

    Snuggling with my cat when he purrs unto my ear.

  • Meagan Says:

    “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” What can I say? And if I’m allowed to indulge in a second – and much bigger happy-maker – baby laughter.

  • Joelle Says:

    OCD, yes, but getting to the end of the month and being under budget makes me practically giddy. Because while a lot of things and activities make me happy, being under budget makes me happy, relieves my anxiety about finances and lets me go spend that little bit of extra money (to meet budget) in any number of ways that make me happy. Like a latte with my mom, fresh flowers, the next fix-up for the house or a new toy or treat for the dog.

  • Jessi Says:

    Watching my hubby wrestle with our little boy. They both love it so much!

  • SeattleSchmitt Says:

    Since I live in Seattle where we recently received two inches of rain in 24 hours, nothing says happiness better than sunshine streaming through the windows in the morning.

  • Kathleen Says:

    There is nothing quite so lovely as a white fluffy bleachy-clean bath towel!

  • Julie B. Says:

    Seeing my boys smile.

  • Courtney Says:

    My dog! He has been there for me for 6 years now and he gives me utter joy every single day.

  • Linda Says:

    A windy day always makes me happy!!

  • Amber F Says:

    A good book with a glass of wine!

  • Jennifer Says:

    When the Japanese Maples in the yard start to change color in the Fall.

  • amelia Says:

    playing with my niece, especially when i try to make her giggle!

  • wen Says:

    my cat. he’s a vintage model who purrs more than any other cat i’ve met.

  • Nancy R Says:

    Spring air after rain.

  • Christine G. Says:

    Watching a baseball game at the stadium.

  • Franca Bollo Says:

    Falling asleep with my beloved yellow tom, Frank, snuggled in the nook of my arm. Bliss.

  • Melissa Says:

    Making soup always makes me happy. It is my favorite category of food, I only cook it when the mood strikes (which is actually quite often) and it can make a very complex meal with very little effort.

  • Caitlin Says:

    Remembering when my husband said these magical words: “I wish I had a business to give you so that you could run it.” This makes me smile every time.

  • Kendra Says:

    Waking up on a sunny day and feeling completely refreshed.

  • Liz Says:

    Baaaby animals! Always good for those warm fuzzies.

  • Jackie Says:

    It always makes me happy to sit back at the end of a long day with a large glass of red wine and a DVR full of Real Housewives.

  • Min Says:

    MY daughter sleeping makes me happy.

  • Erin Keller Says:

    Going to San Francisco makes me happy. I love everything about it from Alcatraz to the BART. I need to plan a trip there soon…

  • Andree Close Says:

    My doggie Ralphy (Malti-Yorki) always makes me happy! He is always so excited to see me, and he always makes me laugh.

  • Emily T. Says:

    My dog has an amazing ability to make me laugh!

  • Michelle Says:

    My three year old son Ethan always makes me happy.

  • Becky Says:

    Even though I am far too old for it, thumping house music (especially on a Friday night) always makes me happy!

  • Sarah Says:

    i have a labradoodle that would most certainly not fit – but i am sure that i could find oodles of other things to carry around!

  • Sarah Says:

    2nd comment oops!
    My children make me laugh :)

  • Stephanie Says:

    my goddaughter’s toothy toddler grin.

  • sueteg Says:

    It makes me so happy when my 9 month old and 3 year old take afternoon naps at the same time!

  • Kate Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is when my students make things for me. Usually it’s pictures of things I like or things in history (I’m a middle school history teacher), but I did have one that made me a “man-eating sheep” (you’d have to be in my class) out of cotton balls, a plastic egg, and a toilet paper tube.

  • souphead Says:

    Our kitten, Lucy. We have 2 cats and I love them both with all of my heart. There’s just something about Lucy that always always brings a smile to my face.

  • Meg Says:

    truly? when AZ starts cooling down and I can throw open my windows (this usually happens around Halloween. sigh)
    But today? What would make me truly happy is for my current thousands of ants in residence would just disappear. And also for my laundry to do itself.

    These are AMAZING giveaways!

  • Jenny K Says:

    hmmmm….if I won I’d keep the tote and some of the books and the lands end card. BUT, THE BEST PART IS: CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!!! You would save me so much money! :)

  • Trish T. Says:

    Birthdays make me happy – anyone’s birthday…not just my own. I love to celebrate and see other people get honored and receive gifts!

  • Kelly Says:

    The way my dogs greet me when I’ve been away for any amount of time — 5 minutes or 5 days. Now that’s love!

  • Emily W Says:

    When I sit down on my couch and my cat, who is sitting in his favorite spot, soaking in a sun beam, and snoozing, gets up and sits next to me looking for snuggles. Because, I mean, he just picked me over his little kitty-heaven. I’m better than a sunbeam.

  • Abbie Says:

    What always makes me happy–turning into my driveway and seeing my dog turn and from the front window so he can meet me at the door.

  • ricer Says:

    my 2 month old smiling… can’t get enough.

  • Cecilia Says:

    A big smile from my sweet two year old boy!

  • Stacee Says:

    It’s simple, and maybe silly, but a cup of tea every morning always, always makes me feel content and happy.

  • Carrie Says:

    The fact that I’m hanging with my mom this weekend

  • Tricia Says:

    I don’t know about always, but pretty reliably: My husband. I still love that feeling of “Ooh! He’s about to walk through that door! And there he is.”

  • Katherine Says:

    My dog, Ruby, never fails to make me happy

  • Flannery Says:

    Autumn leaves against a bright blue sky. Never fails.

  • Amy Says:

    my kids…and white wine :)

  • Melanie H Says:

    Watching people get picked up in the airport. I don’t get to witness it very often but I can’t help but grin ear to ear when I see that first hug!

  • Marisa Says:

    Walking in the woods (our backyard, technically) makes me happy!

  • Laura Says:

    yellow and red leaves during the fall in Minnesota

  • Mental Momma Says:

    Mad Men episodes waiting on the DVR! Oh, and free stuff…

  • Alicey Says:

    Christmas carols sung outdoors. Preferably with hot mulled wine. Mmmm.

  • Margaret Says:

    Sitting in the dirt underneath a tree on a sunny day and looking up through the branches.

  • sizzle Says:

    Seeing kids dance. They are just so carefree and unencumbered by hang ups.

  • Cyndi Says:

    Planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.

  • Chrissie Says:

    I love when it rains as the sun shines. Love it.

  • Mimi Says:

    Getting my little girl out of her crib after a long nap. She always is giggling and smiling when I pop in to find her playing with her little toy lambs!

  • M. Says:

    The knowledge that I’ll get to go home in 286 days!

  • zay Says:

    Is it sappy to say that my eight month old always makes me happy? :)

  • Kate Conner Says:

    Retail therapy: A party dress that is funky/classy/trendy AND flattering. It’s not a myth, I’ve seen it.

  • Skye Marie Says:

    Our waggy-tailed dog who is always excited to see me when I come home from a long day at work!

  • Jennifer Says:

    cooking with my children.

  • jen Says:

    This may sound lame, but spending time with my cats always makes me happy.

  • Rebecca T Says:

    Without fail, my daughter’s gap-toothed grin.

  • meg Says:

    Karaoke with the whole crew.

  • Tanya Says:

    Shopping always makes me happy :)

  • Tori Says:

    I love seeing people singing in their cars.

  • jenna Says:

    My bed – seriously, I love my bed. Especially when my husband is in it.

  • lindsAy Says:

    trips to my homestate of michigan!

  • Kasey Says:

    My husband, he makes me so happy every single day.

  • ruthie Says:

    a windy night with cricket sounds.

  • Missy Says:

    My son’s smile first thing in the morning

  • Allison Says:

    The unconditional love given to me by my cats always makes me happy. That and soft wet kisses on my eye from my manfriend. :)

  • naptowngirl Says:

    Puppies, especially the one trying to eat my laptop at the moment :)

  • naptowngirl Says:

    And I would like the Land’s End giftcard so I can get him something more appropriate to chew on :)

  • Amy M. Says:

    Just being with my hubby :)

  • Anna Says:

    It always, always makes me happy to wake up my daughter in the morning. Whether it’s a grump or a grin I get in return I love her transition from snuggly sleepy muffin face to stretchy gap-toothy sparkly-eyed wakefulness. She’s seven now, and I’m still loving it.


  • Melinda Says:

    Spending time with my best friend, Sarah. We don’t live near each other so every moment we can spend together makes me very happy!

  • Janice Says:

    Because I can never pick favourites, I’ll pick my top 3 things that make me happy:

    -Booking airplane tickets to see my family
    -When letters and packages arrive in the post (it’s like Christmas!)
    -My afterwork hug from my husband…. *sigh*

  • Melissa G Says:

    summer vacation!

  • Bealapine Says:

    Fresh air and movement, singing and dance.

  • Michelle Says:

    Girl Scout cookies! Such a treat when that time of year comes around and I get to indulge in all the thin mints, samoas, etc. that my little heart desires! :o)

  • Alexis Says:

    Tea and lit candles on a crisp autumn night.

  • Lesley Says:

    My nephew makes me happy. He’s almost 2 and 100% toddler boy. Running everywhere, exuberant, throwing things, investigating and all in that juicy, still-a-little-bit-baby package. I love his pudgy thighs and chubby arms, especially when they are wrapped around my neck. Very squoogy.

  • Katie Says:

    Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies!

  • Martha Says:

    YARN always makes me happy~

  • Janet Says:

    The fall colours outside my kitchen window right now.

  • Melanie Says:

    Driving in the car by myself…I get to listen to whatever I want for once!

  • leslie c Says:

    perfectly baked cookies right out of the oven.

  • Tracy Says:

    When the cat actually wants to snuggle. Rare but delightful.

  • Amanda Says:

    A visit to the yarn shop, just to touch, smell, and squeeze all the different colors and fibers. A treat for the senses!

  • Emily Says:

    A long road trip with good songs to listen to along the way.

  • Amy Says:

    Skipping rocks always makes me happy. Overhearing my Gramps tell other people I’m the best rock skipper makes me even happier.

  • Mercedes Says:

    a fresh pedicure ALWAYS makes me happy!

  • Emily Says:

    The way my dog follows me around the house like I’m a goddess he worships.

  • Laurie Says:

    The first non-humid day after the LONG hot Florida summer…and of course when my sweet daughter says she loves me – that’s a showstopper.

  • Lindsey Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is a new magazine. It’s like a little present in my mail box every month.

  • Darcy Says:

    Hugs from my daughter!

  • Erin Says:

    Watching my dog sitting, looking out the window. Especially when she sees a cat, and sort of quietly wimpers, but doesn’t bark, because it’s not allowed in the house.

  • Erin Says:

    my fluffy cat’s belly

  • Courtney Says:

    When little kids can’t pronounce my name and call me Cor-tee or Corky.

  • DLG in Mich Says:

    Looking at photos of my kids when they were little never fails to make me happy.

  • Lee Says:

    A nice walk outside on a beautiful fall day — like today!

  • Beth Says:

    Petting purring kitties and listening to Pinback!

  • Susan Says:

    BEER! Beer always makes me happy.

  • AnEmily Says:

    My kids laughing. It’s cheesy but…they fight a lot and it makes me happy when they get along!

  • Anne-Katherine S Says:

    cooking and baking for people and seeing them enjoy the food I prepared for them. there’s nothing like it!

  • Sarah Says:

    7-ll Slurpees and big, fat, slow moving snowflakes

  • Cara Says:

    dandelions… I know most people see them as weeds to get rid of, but my 2 year old always picks them and brings them to me. For him, he still sees the beauty in things we have been conditioned not to… I hope he stays that way!

  • Elli Says:

    Good music always makes me happy!

  • Dy Says:

    Our family dinners. We laugh, we tell stories, we argue, and we laugh some more.

  • Sarah Says:

    Ice cream in the park.

  • Maggie Says:

    Babies of any kind! Especially when they’re enraptured with the universe.

  • amy Says:

    You know what, books make me happy. My husband & my best friend are my two favorite bookstore companions. I love to flip & smell the pages, admire nice covers and reread the really good parts. Currently, I am immersed in textbooks so my fun reading is on a hiatus. But, I colorcoded (I know, nerd) our only bookshelf for behind my desk so I can at least look at them sitting pretty everyday!

  • minx Says:

    crunching through the fall leaves on my bike!

  • Alaina Says:

    Swimming. Swimming always makes me happy. Even when I’m in the middle of a miserably difficult set, I know I’ll be happier when I’m done.

  • Katie M Says:

    Coming home to my smiling dogies at the end of a long day!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Really good desserts. I just had an ice cream sandwich with lunch, which was a good way to make me happy on a Monday.

  • Sassafras Mama Says:

    Something that always makes me happy: my son’s laughter. That’s a never-fail smile inducer.

    Not to kiss up or anything, but it was also pretty happy to read what made other folks happy. That’s happy as well.

  • Laurie Says:

    Champagne always makes me happy!

  • emma Says:

    I love this question, and try to remind myself to ask it every day because no matter how crappy a day can be, there’s ALWAYS something that is guaranteed to make me smile and breathe.

    The sunset. Particularly when viewed from the beach, the hilltop or the palm tree-lined avenue – all three of which are accessible to me on any given day.

  • whosywhatsit Says:

    I am always, always happy if I get a good night’s sleep.

  • Tami A Says:

    Creating new memories with my family. Every weekend we plan something fun to do. Also, ice cream.

  • Heather Says:

    Watching people sneeze. As long as I’m outside the splash zone. It’s one of the most hilarious sites you can stumble upon.

  • Heather O'Neill Says:

    My girlfriends make me happy.

    I went through a spell where I didn’t have solid women in my life, outside of my family members.

    Since moving to San Francisco I have made friends with the most wonderful women, women who stand up and show up for each other. Last night they threw me a surprise party and looking around that table at all of the amazing women, I knew for sure that I am a very, very lucky person.

  • Sandra P. Says:

    Lame I know, but listening to Teenage Dream by Katy Perry!!!!!!!

  • Crafty Dayeseye Says:

    a very sharp pencil…oh how I loathe dull graphite!

  • Portia Says:

    Spending time with my boyfriend and my mom.

  • Clarissa Says:

    Thanks again for these awesome giveaways!! Happiness is free time! A bath, a massage, crafting and date nights during said free time equals more happiness! Also, there is no rush like that when you find the perfect vintage clothing/sale item.

  • Sarah G Says:

    The Mamma Mia Original London Cast soundtrack….there is NOTHING that can’t be cured (at least for a little bit) when you listen to it.

  • Lauren Says:

    Waking up with the windows open and a soft kitty on my bed. Fresh air makes their fur smell so good!

  • Lisa-Marie Says:

    Fresh flowers in my apartment!

  • Keri Says:

    Holding a baby and Jan Karon’s Mitford Series.

  • Katie Kruger Says:

    Good weather and friends always make me happy. Oh and pastry. Pastry makes me very happy.

  • Gillian James Says:

    when my twin babies hug each other and go “Aaahhh”

  • Amanda Says:

    Clean sheets on the bed.

  • Amber H. Says:

    Seeing any small child happy makes me happy. Also, puppies.

  • liz Says:

    Nothing makes me happier than picking my kid up at the end of the day.

  • Olivia Says:

    Finishing a task I’ve been putting off for too long!

  • Jill E. Says:

    Watching it rain while the sun is shining. Makes me smile every time.

  • Brandy Says:

    The smell of my little boy’s head always makes me happy. Even when he’s sweaty.

  • Tera Stephens Says:

    When in the dark, early morning my husband grunts, “Cuddle.”

  • Marilyn Says:

    bright fall sun shining through clean windows

  • Natalie Says:

    This cooler fall weather, and all 3 animals (2 cats and a dog) on my lap.

  • Dena Says:

    Weather cool enough so I can wear pj pants.

  • Lydia Says:

    Thinking about my childhood cat JJ. She was darling and easily the best cat ever.

  • dgm Says:

    Watching a kid stand up on a surfboard for the first time. Their exhilaration=good stuff!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    One thing that makes me happy – watching my puppy run in the backyard of my parents house. She is a city dog and the backyard is a nice vacation for her.

  • Megan Says:

    Old people holding hands. Period.

  • Peeps Says:

    Something that always makes me happy and giggly is when my boyfriend grabs me for a slow dance in an unexpected place, like the dairy aisle of the grocery store.

  • Sherri Says:

    Cooking for my friends and family. If you’d told me that would be my answer 5 years ago, I would have laughed at you!

  • Deb Says:

    Picking my daughter up from school!

  • Jen Says:

    Affection from my kids – especially the teenage boy.

  • Lindsey @ I Run in Heels Says:

    90’s era hip hop music. Old. School.

    Flag football and soccer.

    Long, laughter-filled phone chats with faraway friends.

    Family…turning-cartwheels-down-a-hall-happy or pull-my-hair-out-at-the-root crazy depending on the day. ;)

  • Judy R Says:

    Cuddling with my 3 year old!

  • Heather Says:

    As we descended our first Catskill peak (Hunter Mountain), the sun set over the ridge west of us. It had been a long, moderately strenuous but overall successful hike – a wonderful way to spend our anniversary. When we signed out in the log at the trail head, we realized we’d been the only ones to register that day and, somehow, that made it even more special. Memories like that make me happy.

  • AmyB Says:

    My candidate winning

  • Rachel Says:

    Standing ovations.

    Only once have I been a recipient of one but have participated in many. The effect is always the same–a rush of joy that fills me to the core.

  • a. Says:

    The smell of warm, fabric softenered laundry always makes me happy.

  • Katie Says:

    The changing leaves and colder weather always make me happy.

  • heather Says:

    my camera

  • Karen Says:

    I’m sure someone has already said this, but what always makes me happy is that wonderful smell of burning leaves that fills the air in upstate New York during the fall. It just makes me feel cozy.

  • Helen Says:

    Baby giggles!

  • Jill P. Says:

    seeing my best friend, mary :)

  • Katherine Says:

    Making my family laugh. And cooking for for people I love.

  • Beth Says:

    My kids laughing together. Best sound in the world.

  • Jackie Says:

    Watching my little boys laugh and play together when they don’t know I’m looking.

  • Jess Says:

    A beautiful fall afternoon that smells of the coming winter. That is what makes me happy right now.

  • Neena Says:

    Cookbooks… and workouts after they’re done. :)

  • isahrai Says:

    Finding a way to live and work full time in a sarong has made me incredibly happy… I own more sarongs than I do any other article of clothing!

  • Lorrie Says:

    Knowing that it’s going to get better.

  • Rachel B Says:

    Watching Family Feud. I always shout out the answers, and feel like a legend when I guess correctly.

  • Amy Says:

    Big belly-laughs from my daughters. That’s the obvious one.

    The smell of warm night air through a screened window. That’s the one that always surprises me.

  • Kerry Says:

    Beyond my very-soon-to-be husband during all seasons, which is true but borders on too cheesy, I’d say nothing makes me happier than a cup of tea, my grandmother’s armchair and a roaring fire on a late fall day.

  • Katherine Says:

    Smelling the spine of a book.

  • Kerry Says:

    Oh, and whatever book I’m currently devouring. How could I have left that off my happy scenario!?

  • Becky Says:

    A pedicure. So original!

  • Lisa Says:

    Chocolate makes me happy!

  • Kristi Says:

    seeing my husband’s car coming up the drive

  • hilahil Says:

    getting squirt-your-own frozen yogurt with my daughter on a hot day.

  • Beth K. Says:

    A baby’s belly laugh. Whether a relative or a stranger…impossible not to smile.

  • Tiffany Says:

    My 13 year old stepson and my husband creating a new inside joke so corny that you’d have to be related to us to laugh

  • Betsey Says:

    Laying down, face forward in the bow of our boat as my fiwnce drives the boat. The sensation of flying over the water knowing my love is with me is such a feeling of joy & freedom!

  • Lisa Says:

    Those perfectly clear days when the Golden Gate Bridge looks red all the way from Berkeley.

  • Emily D. Says:

    My puppy, Chomsky.

  • Sarah Says:

    Hot coffee on a cold morning. Simple, but oh so awesome.

  • Liza Says:

    eating a raspberry picked from our garden.

  • Jennifer Says:

    My daughter’s kisses and hugs always fill me with happiness!

  • lucy Says:

    A hot bath and a good book.

  • Hannah Says:

    Brunch, out or in and definitely involving eggs and good friends!

  • rebecca Says:

    Lunch dates with my mom!

  • sara Says:

    the smell of leaf piles burning in the fall

  • Erika Says:

    A pair of good fitting jeans!

  • Rena Gray Says:

    My dog bouncing around trying to tell me she’s hungry. I laugh every time.

  • sarah Says:

    my daughter calling Bob Marley “the father”

  • Maureen Says:

    After a day of work, I drive home thinking about how I can’t wait to see my husband and my son. I always, always feel happy to be going home to them.

  • Layla Says:

    My husband, he is pretty incredible.

  • Sara C Says:

    People watching at the airport. Yes, there are a lot of angry, grumpy people but there are also a lot of people so excited and happy. When I’m stuck somewhere I always like to watch different people and imagine where they might be off to or what is going on with them.

  • Linda Says:

    Sunday brunch with delicious food and good friends

  • Joy Says:

    surprise sunbeams on cloudy days

  • elsie Says:

    new shoes

  • littlemissellie Says:

    lazy weekends

  • Jennifer Says:

    When my dog sleeps on her back with her belly showing. That makes me happy! She’s so cute!

  • Sarah Says:

    the downy-soft fur on the top of my dog’s head right between her hears

  • Meg Says:

    hearing my 4yo boy flush the toilet. He was almost 4 years before he finally peed on the potty. Every flush I hear I give myself a pat on the back!

  • Madison Says:

    My puppy!

  • Amy Jo Says:

    On our early morning walks, my dog always runs so fast on her way to the next tree/bush/fire hidrant. That’s not her normal gait, and it makes me laugh.

  • guinevere Says:

    the sound of baby palms slapping together when they clap

  • Bre Says:

    Curling up on the sofa with the blanket my Gran crocheted, closing my eyes, and enjoying a quite 5 minutes!

  • Erica Says:

    Independent bookstores.

  • Amanda Lee Says:

    Getting a beer and a burger with friends and then heading to a concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.!

    Also: reruns of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

  • monica Says:

    the scent of creosote in the air after a desert monsoon. sunshine after days of gray. long phone conversations with distant friends. my husband’s sparkly eyes.

  • Tiffany R Says:

    Rainy day that’s cold enough to have a blanket a friend made for me over my feet/lap, and a stack of books to read!

  • kim b. Says:

    Black tea, British-style with milk and sugar, to be precise. It warms me up and reminds me of when I lived in the U.K. I don’t drink it as often as coffee, but when I do, it reminds me of adventures past.

  • Hillbilly Betty Says:

    Watching my kids playing together. (They’re still small and haven’t learned to fight yet…)

  • melissa Says:

    A day off, even with children. ooooh or maybe my best friend being due any minute with her first baby! ya, that one.

  • Rachel Biggs Says:

    ALWAYS makes me happy – all of the laundry clean, folded and put away.

  • Beth D. Says:

    Walking past laundromats makes my pep peppier.

  • Katie Says:

    always makes me happy: the feel of a brisk autumn breeze

  • shinwha Says:

    Ice cream! Always.

  • Elizabeth Louros Says:

    Snuggling with my boyfriend always makes me happy. Even is he is annoying me. Also, give my baby Luke a bath.

  • Krista Says:

    Anything that makes me think of summer. Getting into a warm car, a big spreading leaves, the smell of creosote, the sound of skateboards on the sidewalks, garden-fresh vegetables, and on and on.

  • jen Says:

    my scottish terrier pup maisie!

  • Janelle Says:

    my fav memory of eating watermelon outside my best friend’s apartment and dreaming of marrying him. which i did 4 years later!

  • Sara Says:

    Sleeping in always makes me happy!

  • Krystyn Says:

    Blowing on my little guy’s tummy making “belly farts”.

  • Charity Says:

    coffee, summer and the ocean

  • Kelly Dyer Says:

    My son’s bulldog-underbite grin never fails to get a reaction.

  • Carrie Says:

    My dog — one of those cute, white, slippers of a pet.

  • Jamie Says:

    pale pink always makes me happy. and three-day weekends!

  • Ashley B. Says:

    The smell of lilacs like the ones that used to grow in my grandmother’s garden.

  • Margarita Says:

    The part during Catholic mass where people turn to each other to say “peace be with you.”

  • Lisa Says:

    Rhubarb crumble with custard makes me happy all the time any time.

  • Gloria Chen Says:

    Uninhabited, until tears comes out, uncontrollable laughter with friends.

  • Manders Says:

    Live choral music always makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up in gladness, whether I’m part of making it or not.

  • dia Says:

    smiles and hugs from the kiddos at the end of a long day

  • karin Says:

    Coming home from work and finding that my husband has made cookies for me!

  • K. Bell Says:

    Reading a book when there are no pressing deadlines … just me and the words. That always makes me happy!

  • Rebecca Says:

    Seeing people being kind to one another

  • Summer Says:

    My baby’s non-toothy grin!

  • Christa Says:

    Love it when my husband walks in the door!

  • harmony Says:

    cuddling with my two-year-old.

  • Kerianne Says:

    the ocean.

    thanks for all the giveaways!

  • Meghan Says:

    Every single night, as soon as I get in bed, my cat rushes in to the room, curls up at my feet, and starts purring. I end every day smiling.

  • Jill Says:

    Oh my gosh, I was going to say exactly what Rebecca 559 said! There’s some commercial (I think for insurance) that shows people seeing other kindnesses and passing it on. LOVE that commercial. Makes me smile like an idiot every time.

  • Gin Says:

    Seeing people singing along to the radio while stuck in traffic. Rock on, sistergirl.

  • Shannon W. Says:

    The smell of fresh lemons, without fail.

  • Samantha Says:

    Sunshine on my face!

  • Rebecca Says:

    The sun coming up over the Organ Mts. Sunrise makes me wish I was a morning person.

  • Kristen Says:

    The vase of pinwheels on my desk.

  • Krista J Says:

    Any time my fiance and I can get away for a little while. No matter where it is.

  • Abby Says:

    the golden hour of light in the evening

  • Laura Jane Says:

    My pup wagging his little butt (not just tail, his whole BUTT) when I walk in the room.

  • Talya Says:

    sunny October days in New England! Just spent the weekend in the park with two kids and the dog jumping in piles of leaves. Yay!

  • Andrea Says:

    An unexpected text or call from someone you were just thinking about :-)

  • julie Says:

    Cuddling with my three little boys.

  • Leslie Says:

    A little (rare) quiet, alone time!! (And why do I feel guilty typing that out!?)

  • Maggie Says:

    My daughters big, toothless, smile

  • Laura Says:

    Eating crabs. Its close to dinner time, so I’m not surprised that my answer revolves around food. I love crabs though, king, snow, or maryland blue. And everytime I eat them, I am so happy!

  • Elly Says:

    The combination of sunny skies, a song that makes you tap your fingers to the beat, and driving a long straight road. It just works. :)

  • Miss K Says:

    Cooking dinner with my friends always makes me happy!

  • Kim Says:

    A chocolate chip cookie!

  • Grace Says:

    Hrm…in honor of being on vacation in London right now, I’ll say that travel always makes me happy!

  • Lauren Says:

    Mac and Cheese.

  • Holly Says:

    The smell of cinnamon!

  • Anita Says:

    Vacation, even a one-day vacation.

  • ame Says:

    Swimming in the ocean on a gentle day when the waves are big and swelling… I could be rocked to sleep by that ocean over and over again!

  • Kristi Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is the first big rain storm after a long, dry summer.

  • Thea Says:

    Recipe for the one thing that always makes me happy:

    Wake up early: 6 am on a late spring morning, just as the sun is rising.

    Put on pants and hoodie. Go outside and smile at the mist rising over the grass on the playing fields.

    Run 5k over the bridges, over the water which looks like glass. Watch for herons. Watch the crew team come rowing below the bridges, shooting out like a huge waterstrider.

    Come back grinning because I am utterly amazed at what my body can do. 3 miles?! for fun?! Are you kidding me?! Stretch.

    Make two cups of hot chocolate. Two slices of toast. Slowly, slowly.

    Go downstairs and knock on the Boy’s door. Leave the toast and hot chocolate on his desk. Sit with him until he’s woken all the way up. It helps to rub his neck. It’s okay if breakfast gets cold.

    Eat breakfast. Grin at each other like silly people. Know that today is going to be a *good* day.

  • Michelle B. Says:

    My boys making each other laugh – the best, happiest sound in the world!

  • Amy Says:

    The smell of an approaching rainstorm.

  • Judi Says:

    Husband snuggles.

  • Syd Says:

    The sound of my son laughing.

  • Pauline Roy Says:

    Watching my kids sleep. Nothing better than peaceful sleeping children.

  • Sarah Says:

    My puppy at the door always makes me happy!

  • Meredith U. Says:

    Gray hairs popping out and the sudden realization that I am now old enough to be the “cool mom”, and that I am.

  • erin Says:

    The look on my girlies faces when they hear their favorite song. Pure excitement and loveliness.

  • Sam Says:

    dinner plate sized dahlias and pats on the derriere from my husband!

  • Toni Says:

    Big trees, small birds, and an ice cream cone :)

  • eclaire Says:

    a nice cup of tea

  • Alaina Says:

    My puppy picking up a toy to show me whenever I come home.

  • Lora Says:

    One of my best friends, that I met on the internet, and have never met in “real” life, makes me happy!

  • elif Says:

    When my baby smiles that gummy smile at me.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    going out to brunch by myself with the Sunday New York Times or a good book. It’s an hour of total decadence.

  • Karly Says:

    My husband and kids often make me happy. But when they fail, high point beer never lets me down. ;)

  • Sarah O Says:

    Hitting snooze and cuddling for ten extra minutes every morning

  • Becky Says:

    Sunshine. Never fails.

  • Naomi Says:

    kittens. kittens are happiness, incarnate.

  • Gemma Says:

    Waking up, filling up the teapot and lighting the stove.

  • Anne Says:

    Summer evenings when my husband takes the kids to the park and I can go on a long bike ride.
    I love today’s giveaway. Can I withdraw my entries in the previous giveaways and enter my name four times in today’s?

  • Jennifluff Says:

    A warm cup of coffee in my hands. SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOD.

  • Amber Says:

    The sound of the ocean…

  • regiemino Says:

    A warm evening makes me happy – we get only a few in my climate. I like the ones in Hawaii.

  • Sarah Songer Says:

    Sunrises and Sunsets never fail to make me happy. Its the little things. A promise of what is to come, and a reassurance that there is something much much bigger than the little things I have to take care of each day and its all very beautiful.

  • Maria Says:

    The one thing that always makes me happy is this perfect little baby of mine. I didn’t expect to be quite so filled with joy over the roundness of his little head, his sweet smile and the way he taps my neck when he nurses. He’s our 6th baby and I was just sure that he would be lovely but was taken off guard by just how happy I am with him around.

  • Kinsey Says:

    A really good cup of coffee always make me happy!

  • Janet Says:

    Those soft, round peppermint candy.

  • Annika Says:

    Easy! My baby, especially when she falls asleep on me.

  • Andi Says:

    Baby giggles!

  • nic @mybottlesup Says:

    my husband’s smile… like the real, rockin the crows feet because his eyes get squinty when he REALLY MEANS IT smile. that’s the best.

  • Karen Says:

    Playing Rock Band 2 with my friends who are half a world away.

  • Katia Says:

    Sometimes my kids laugh in their sleep. It’s divine.

  • Jen Says:

    That first moment when I climb into bed at the end of the day. Delicious. Always makes me happy!

  • Devan Says:

    Falling leaves :)

  • Amanda Brown Says:

    Watching my two year-old bust a move to “I Like To Move It” in our living room.

  • Amy Beth Says:

    two way tie…
    1. packing for a trip, even just an overnight and
    2.a BLT on wheat very light mayo.

  • jennie Says:

    aretha franklin on the turntable. can’t be beat.

  • Alicia Brown Says:

    Cupcakes. Just the right amount of happy.

  • Kate Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy: time outside on a beautiful day!

  • Jessica Says:

    When my husband reaches out to touch me in the morning, even before he’s fully awake.

  • Anna Says:

    My dog. No matter what kind of day I had or how long she was left alone, she’s always so happy to see me. Like I’m a present she wasn’t expecting. It’s hard not to be warmed by that kind of greeting.

  • Niki Says:

    When my 1 1/2 year old does the robot dance and says, “vobot! vobot!”

  • Jeanette Says:

    climbing into a freshly (?) made bed after a bath (and shaved legs)!

  • Fiona Says:

    a sloppy kiss from my toddler boy

  • Ella AD Says:

    I’ll go there… great sex. Oh yes.

  • Sarah Says:

    My job makes me happy, and I feel so unbelievably lucky to be able to say that.

  • Elaina Says:

    A breeze coming through my windows while I think and contemplate about the next step in my life.

  • vanessa Says:

    Bernese Mountain Dogs

  • Alissa Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is when my cats cuddle with me in bed (which rarely happens).

  • Beth Says:

    The sound of my kids making each other laugh so hard they almost throw up.

  • CB Says:

    Pumpkin spice lattes!

  • Tiffany Says:

    Dramatic weather (thunder! lightning! hail! torrential downpour!) on a day when I know I don’t have to leave the house.

  • Cj Says:

    Eating pizza with my 13 year old boy!

  • Heather Says:

    Catching up with old and good friends

  • Aylin Says:

    Being snowed in on a weekend with my husband, dog and cat!

  • Gennie Says:

    Taking my fashion inspiration from a 14 year old (Tavi!) and finally being brave enough to wear “clashing” prints. Silly, but true. (One of many many things that make me happy, to be sure).

  • coryell Says:

    When my 2 year old says Kisses!

  • Susan Says:

    always makes me happy to read chapter books in bed with my 6 year old daughter, then kiss her goodnight.

  • Ami Says:

    Oh, one thing that always makes me happy is the sight of bright orange leaves on a previously green-leafed tree against the backdrop of a crisp blue sky. Ahhhh, autumn.

  • Heidi Says:

    A really good cup of coffee.

  • Kirsten Keane Says:

    Grilled cheese is never-fail to make me happy! It’s so constant and comforting. Not to mention cheesy–one of the best adjectives in the world!

  • Vanessa Says:

    Oh man, I cannot be angry while walking outdoors through aisles of fresh produce and baked goods: aka the farmer’s market. It would probably be included on great ideas for the perfect date.

  • Lisa Says:

    A long, hot, uninterrupted shower always makes me happy.

  • Kelly B Says:

    (oh these are great, love the read through!) When I spend time outside, that makes me happy. Either in my Kayak on a tidal river, with my kids on a trail hike, lunch time walk or running down a soccer ball on a proper turf field with cleats on.. the movement with the fresh air is something that always perks me up and I think “Right now, this is happy.” 36 suddenly becomes 14 again.

  • yotko Says:

    Fresh flowers/vegetables from my garden….and having my 3 year-old daughter garden with me!

  • Kat Says:

    A day of uninterrupted reading!

  • A.M. Says:

    learning new things

  • janie Says:

    The one thing that always makes me happy in general and also happy that I have had kids is kissing them when they are asleep. Let’s face it some days withe little darlings are rough but all is right with the world when you can peak in on a little person sleeping.

  • Sara Says:

    My goofy dog with a grin on his face…it always makes me happy!

  • Holly Says:

    The first look I get of my son every morning. I swear he is so much sweeter when he’s just woken up, and I’ve been thinking that for almost 10 years.

  • Gabrielle Charles Says:

    This baby in my belly.

  • michaela Says:

    One thing that always make me happy: Hearing my daughter shout, “Mommy!” and come running when she sees me round the corner on the red boardwalk at preschool pickup.

  • Michelle Says:

    My daughter’s smile when she sees me first thing in the morning :)

  • amanda Says:

    Bi-Rite Salted Caramel ice cream!

  • Jen Says:

    Giant strawberry milkshakes make me grin automatically. Especially in cheery cups.

  • LaurenL Says:

    Feeling my baby girl move – 10 weeks (give or take) until we get to meet her!

  • Chelsea Says:

    Vanilla Ceylon tea from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

  • Kristin Steiner Says:

    my bathroom being sparkling clean.

  • Shannon Says:

    Looking through old missions trip photos.

  • Stacy Says:

    The reaction of my dogs when I get home from work. They are so excited to see me every time. It’s the best.

  • sara Says:

    the 30 minutes of after-shower but before the really-have-to-get-up-now-and-get-ready cuddle time with my husband each day.

  • Katie Says:

    Nothing is more perfect than the moment that you press the shutter and know that you just took an amazing picture. Pure happiness.

  • Brittany Says:

    My dog, Sunday, because she is so full of joy and she makes me spend so much more time than I ever would at the park.

  • Liz Says:

    “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine, which is getting totally played out but still makes me giddy and dance-y.

  • maki Says:

    Corn chowder. Memories to back it up and tasty, to boot!

  • Stephanie Says:

    A loaf of bread fresh out of the oven, mmmmmm.

  • Alicia W. Says:

    Crawling into bed at the end of the day.

  • Maureen Says:

    Napping with the windows open.

  • Courtney Says:

    Kids/babies laughing.

  • Jenn Bo Says:

    Visiting newborns.

  • Tara Says:

    Talking to my dog in a high pitched voice, watching her get so excited she runs in circles never fails to make me smile.

  • Pictou Says:

    Red headed cub scouts in uniform. Makes me wish I had a little boy.

  • Zanna Says:

    My 16 year old son always makes me happy. He and I share the same brain.. it’s scary sometimes how much we think alike. He is my heart.

  • Heather Says:

    Coming home always makes me happy. Even if my people/animals aren’t here to great me, even if the house is a mess, even if there’s a million things to be done, the walls scream of comfort and love.

  • Sarah Berry Says:

    Cinnamon coffee, every time.

  • Jenna Says:

    One thing that makes me happy… The way I catch my husband looking at me sometimes when I’m completely absorbed in something…and how he then smiles to himself before getting back to work.

  • Bertha Says:

    Olives. Olives never don’t make me happy.

  • Alissa Says:

    Birthdays! Even though they mean I’m old!

  • Amy M Says:

    a hug from my husband ALWAYS makes me happy. it’s calm, peaceful and safe in there.

  • mar Says:

    A new notebook.
    Really good chocolate.
    Surprising my kids with something fun.
    The way the air smells on a sunny fall day.

    All of these things I experienced this weekend – a very happy weekend indeed!

  • Kim Says:

    The smell of something delicious baking in the oven. That, or tonic with limes.

  • Mary Says:

    The one thing that always makes me happy is endless time in a used bookstore. There’s one in the Bay Area, in Menlo Park near downtown. It has an actual wooden BRIDGE to cross from the main building to the paperbacks section. A nook for the kids’ books where I can ferret out all the Madeleine L’Engle and L.M. Montgomery books I mistakenly shed during my younger years. A huge, austere room for history books. Tall stacks, tight corners. It’s my actual happy place, and my #1 source of Agatha Christies and Virginia Woolfs. :)

  • Mandy Says:

    The smell of trees and grass after a good rain. Never fails.

  • Jenna Says:

    Climbing into fresh bed linens after a shower.

  • Amy D. Says:

    Waking up next to my boy on lazy Sundays.

  • Rebecca Says:

    When my usually evil and crazy cat wants to cuddle.

  • Becky Says:

    The smell of fresh mown hay. It makes me smile, even when I’m running. And I hate running!

  • Niamh Says:

    It makes me happy when someone asks me to tell a story, when we’re in a social setting and they ask it as though only I can tell it right, and it will be wildly entertaining for all. That makes me feel super glowy.

  • Victoria Sum Says:

    Benjamin Shurley.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Having time to make something or take a class to learn something new….always makes me happy.

  • Annie Hall Says:

    Eating dessert first makes me very, very happy.

  • Nicole Says:

    No matter what is going on, my sweet little Lola makes me so happy. Her smiling face and outstretched arms and little tail… Oh, didn’t I mention that she’s a dog?

  • Ursula Says:

    A leisurely walk on a cool, crisp morning.

  • AnnGeeDee Says:

    Warm, gooey, homemade chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. They make me very happy.

  • Cassidy Says:

    My chihuahua, Pocket.

  • Meghan Says:

    Ice cream sundaes with salted caramel sauce and homemade hot fudge.

  • lindsaywillman Says:

    Ellie running up to me and hugging/kissing my baby belly!

  • Maggie E. Says:

    That moment when you get the popcorn hull unstuck from between your teeth. It is so triumphant!

  • Katie Says:

    Riding my bike – coasting down the hill home after work always puts a smile on my face!

  • Jemia Says:

    Painting always makes me happy!

  • Meegan Says:

    Well, my children laughing together always makes me happy. But so does that memory of my husband ordering a double quarter-pounder with cheese by mistake when we were feeding our hangovers at McDonald’s that one time. In fact, that one makes me laugh maniacally. I mean, who in their right mind wants half a pound of McDonald’s MEAT? Ew.

  • Katie Cook Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is sharing an impromptu picnic with friends up on the blue ridge parkway, we managed quite a few this past summer and it always put me in a great mood for days.

  • Janice Says:

    The laughter of my children.

  • Tamara Says:

    Laughter always makes me smile. Always. Also, curled up on the couch with my family watching a classic makes me smile too!

  • Mary Sia in TX Says:

    The first day of summer. It’s freedom :)

  • Shenne Says:

    New books from old bookstores. Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies fresh out of the oven. Being told my 2-year-old daughter is extraordinarily sweet, bright, funny or well-mannered. Spontaneous hugs and kisses from said daughter. A cool breeze on a sunny day. Sharing good food and good wine with good friends. Spooning with my husband on a freshly-made bed. The smell of bacon frying. High heels. Crossing something off my life list. Winning!

  • Emma Says:

    Playing with my two adorable nephews makes me happy, no matter what mood I’m in when they show up!

  • rebecca Says:

    happiness = weekends away. apple crisp and fires and fall colors.

  • Meredith Says:

    A cup of strong black tea with milk in it always makes me happy.

  • Ashley Says:

    A good, warm apple pie ALWAYS makes me happy :)

  • Cathy Says:

    Movies where the underdog wins make me happy.

  • nic Says:

    sleeping late under warm blankets on a cold day

  • Jenn Says:

    Lounging in bed on lazy Sunday mornings with my husband and daughter always makes me happy :)

  • Patty Says:

    My boys. My hilarious, intuitive, sensitive, cool and crazy 4-year old. And my husband, who makes me smile every time I think about him.

  • Lisa Says:

    A nap!

  • theubrancowgirl Says:

    A good glass of red wine. Always.

  • Kelsey Says:

    There are many things that make me happy but I just can’t pass up my 2 year old grabbing my hand and saying, “I lub you Mama!”

  • Liz Says:

    Seeing my little girl respond to my voice. Something I thought might never happen

  • Cabogirl Says:

    Listening to my daughters laugh.

  • juliloquy Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is having a drink with a friend.

  • Amy Says:

    Sunsets in the fall.

  • Lise Says:

    Cuddling my granddaughter.

  • Kustom Kissers Says:

    Polka dots always make me happy :o)

  • Michelle Says:

    Turtles. Turtles always make me happy.

  • Leah Says:

    playing with my new humane society cat. she’s crazy, in a good way.

  • Melis Says:

    Gardening, both indoor and outdoor, makes me happy. I guess I like to watch things grow. :)

  • Sarah Says:

    My kids giggling always cheers me up!

  • Kate in the Shade Says:

    The first time I look up to realize that the trees are changing colours.

  • Lesley S. Says:

    Sitting on our porch, watching the sunset, nice glass of wine and some yummy dinner in the oven.

  • Karen H Says:

    shopping at a bookstore always makes me happy!

  • Laura Says:

    Falling asleep without setting the alarm clock.

  • bene Says:


  • Candie Says:

    Unrequested and unexpected hugs from my children. Oh, and ducks. Few things are more amusing than ducks.

  • Carina Says:


  • Alexis Says:

    Good coffee and pastries.

  • Kate Says:

    Coming home from a trip and climbing into my own bed.

  • shoba Says:

    seeing the SF skyline, especially at night!

  • Emily Says:


  • elizabeth Says:

    babies wearing sunglasses–never fails to make me smile!

  • Su Says:

    Sleeping in, then staying in bed long after I’ve awoken with a cup of coffee and a good book. Haven’t done that in forever, because we have a 20 mo. old, but the sweet memory sustains me….

  • Gina Says:

    Another child reference … but my kids always have and I’m pretty sure they always will. So, I guess that would be two things, but please don’t disqualify me!

  • LAM Says:

    Hearing the song ‘Georgia on my mind’ since I’m a Georgian in exile.

  • Sarah Says:

    Lipgloss or an organized bathroom drawer; either one always make me feel like the world is ok.

  • Jenni Says:

    Watching my vegetables grow makes me happy.

  • monica Says:

    Perfectly flakey and browned pie crusts. mmm.

  • Stacy Says:

    bundled up in bed,with the window cracked open, reading a book on a cold day

  • katherine Says:

    the library.

  • saraspunza Says:

    I am happiest when drinking that first cup of joe in the morning. Strong, dark, with a little half and half. Second to that is watching my oldest daughter play roller derby. She is amazing! Her derby name is Honey Hellfire and she makes me proud…

  • Gabi Says:

    UB40’s cover of “Red Red Wine.”

  • Amy Ferguson Says:

    a snuggle with my husband. Yes really.

  • Greta Says:

    my daughter makes me happy. she’s only 3, and some days we want to strangle each other, but the good moments are really really good and make all the annoying 3-year-old stuff totally worthwhile.

  • Jenny Says:

    My dog Louie makes me happy!

  • Ginny Says:

    Cuddling with my pups on my lunch break makes me super happy.

  • Lara K-W Says:

    Going to see live music always makes me happy. And walking my dog. And good beer.

  • Sarah Says:

    waking up in the morning and messaging my boyfriend on the computer. i haven’t seen him in 3 months and there’s a 6 hour time difference, so computer time is important.

  • Christina Says:

    taking a warm towel from a basket of freshly dried laundry and draping it over my shoulders while i fold the rest of the basket makes me feel like a happy, cozy laundry superhero.

  • Jemima Says:

    Gin and tonics with lots of ice, especially after work. Also, my kitten sleeping with her head on her paw. So cute!

  • christine Says:

    Watching my husband and son play and laugh together. It’s the best.

  • Cat Says:

    the sound of my youngest daughter’s full-on giggle . . . it’s infectious and joyful and the essence of what childhood should be . . .

  • Jordan Says:

    Britney Spears always makes me happy, like always.

  • Cynthia Says:

    Mojito Mondays. No, seriously. Mondays suck, and the superstrong mojitos served by hot bartenders never fail to make my life a better place!

  • Cass Says:

    Going for a hike with my honey, my son and my 2 dogs today to the top of a mountain:)

  • Laura Brown Says:

    A chick flick!

  • Ashley Says:

    Hanging out with my husband (no, seriously!). He’s my best friend and our busy schedules rarely accommodate “just us” time.

  • Paula Says:

    feeling my baby move around inside my belly!

  • Amanda Lauren Says:

    A hot steaming mug of tea.

  • Sara Antone Says:

    A good book, a thunderstorm, a nap…any of these alone make me happy, but a day that includes all three = pure bliss.

  • Sophia Says:

    Something that always makes me happy is the sounds of the accordion!

  • leslie Says:

    Just one? Oh man. The ocean. And Lily, my blind pup sidekick. Yeah, I cheated, just had to say two.

  • Adrianna Says:

    Listening to my wedding processional music never fails. It just happens to be the end credits to Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker, but it’s beautiful.

  • Leah Says:

    The recordings we have of our kids’ baby laughs. Oh my, there is nothing better. Not just the sound, but also that memory of realizing that they really could respond to us, and oh man what a great trip it’s gonna be.

  • Alex Says:

    Working in the garden, even if it’s just pulling a few weeds after I get home from the office.

  • Christine Says:

    well of course there are the obvious things about my kids and husband but today what really made me happy was finding a $10 bill in the washing machine! I love suprise washer money!! I took my kids out for a Slurpee afterschool treat with it! YAY!

  • Virginia C~ Says:

    When one of my nieces or nephews says, “I love you,” it’s so sweet!

  • Joyce R. Says:

    Espresso drunk in bed first thing in the a.m. Extra happy…when my husband brings it to me in a preheated cup…ahhhh.

  • rebecca Says:

    winning makes me happy! c’mon, lucky #787!

  • Kate Says:

    My dog makes me happy. He’s a beagle-basset mix, and he’s just the silliest, squishiest, sweetest dog in the world.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Warm sheets, a new book and a bear hug from my guy.

  • Amy Says:

    When my oldest friends tell me how seeing me again, no matter how long it has been, feels like we’ve only been apart for a few weeks. Smiiiiiiile!

  • Alyssa Says:

    Reading (blogs, books, magazines), Pretty images, Family, and Friends!
    This giveaway looks AMAZING! :)

  • Deadra Says:

    drooly openmouthed kisses from my baby. makes me smile every time.

  • Leanne Says:

    Taking the dog for a walk. Her tail wags the entire time. Never fails to lighten my mood.

  • Nephele Says:

    My four-year-old niece makes me happier than nearly anything. She is smart and funny and adorable, and even on those occasions when she is also tired and cranky (because being four is hard work), she still makes me smile.

  • Kat C Says:

    Warming my cold hands and legs up on my husband when we get into bed. He is long suffering.

  • Sue Stu Says:

    Sunshine and laughter

  • Ms. Bunny Says:


  • Sarah Says:

    Wine. My dog’s little paws when I get home. Armenian Pilaf.

  • Hilary Says:

    Swimming in warm seas.

  • Chi Says:

    Watching my kid singing in school’s show.

  • Annie Says:

    Smile = when my 2 year old says “not yet. soon” and holds his palm out to me in response to something I’ve asked of him.

  • megan Says:

    Forehead kisses before I drift off to sleep.

  • Julie S. Says:

    Cotton candy. I’ve never eaten a sad piece.

  • Adrienne Says:

    One thing that makes me happy: When my 4 yr old nephew looks up at me and says, “Adrienne, you’re my best girl. I love you.” Then he smashes his Hero Factory men. His love is one of the happiest things in my life.

  • Jamie Says:

    Puppet shows, magic shows, and Hide n Seek via Skype with a 4 year old who lives 3000 miles away. Pure Joy!

    And also- Holy crap, #799.

  • Amy Says:

    Rain. Yep, rain ALWAYS makes me happy. Particularly the sound of it splashing outside.

  • Heather Says:

    Used book stores and quiet coffee shops where I can write.

  • Rebekah Says:

    Taking naps with my cat.

  • KK Says:

    The smell of earl grey tea brewing in the morning before I’m really completely awake.

  • Jenny Says:

    A nice long run.

  • Liz S. Says:

    My husband has a distinctive face he makes when he laughs really hard – not polite laughing, or ironic chuckling, but really, really laughing because something was funny enough to deserve it. That face always makes me happy.

  • Angie M. Says:

    Listening to my 16 year old daughter tell me about her day … she still trusts me and doesn’t think I’m totally foolish!

  • Heather Says:

    My daughter’s giggle :)

  • Jess Says:

    a blue sky always cheers me up

  • Penelopeinparis Says:

    Watching Audrey Hepburn sing “I Could Have Danced All Night” in “My Fair Lady”.

  • natasha Says:

    long chats with friends

  • Katrin Says:

    My one-year-old daugher running towards me, arms stretched out for a hug, when I pick her up from her day care.

  • Lucia Says:

    Being serenaded by my 4-year old son!

  • Mauryn Says:

    A beautifully sunny day and kissing my cat.

  • MomVee Says:

    Reading a Chalet School book.

  • Marianne Says:

    The look on my daughter’s face when I pick her up at the end of the day.

  • kish pisani Says:

    when I wake up before my kids and have a few moments of calm.

  • Aarika Says:

    What makes me happy is when I get my mother to laugh really hard at a joke or a story I’m telling.

  • viaKendra Says:

    Driving with the windows down on a mild sunny day. Spending the whole day in my pajamas reading a book.

  • Anne Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is “selfish Saturdays” that means doing things I really want to do on Saturdays. Not thinking about work, not cleaning the house (unless I want to). I start with pilates and go from there. This week my sister and I have massages and pedicures scheduled, just because we needed it.

  • Erin B Says:

    Seeing my husband after work!

  • SarahStone Says:

    the accordian!

  • Alison Says:

    Simply, the rising sun.

  • KC Says:

    A spontaneous hug from my daughter

  • Jenna E. Says:

    My kids always make me happy. Cliche, but as true as the sun rising in the East.

  • Michelle Says:

    Hot, gooey chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven!

  • Cara Says:

    Riding my bike, feeling the wind in my face and just being out in the quiet.

  • Erika Says:

    Tea with milk and honey always makes me happy.

  • Caitlin Says:


  • Kari Says:

    Shiny jewelry!

  • Sherry Says:

    Reading by the fire with the family.

  • Jo Says:

    Cinnamon Apple Spice tea!

  • Elise Says:

    Hot tea and my knitting on a rainy day.

  • Lesley Says:

    Snuggles with my little boy!

  • Kimberly Says:

    A sunny breezy day, dressed in a flouncy-skirted dress clasping an ice cream cone in one hand and my Love’s hand in the other!

  • Jessica Says:

    Warm sunny days at the beach!!!

  • Meredith Says:

    I love to organize things in rainbow order. Clothes, M&M’s.

    Also my almost one year old said her first word yesterday, and I’ve been smiling ever since.

    And daydreaming about art I’d like to make someday in the future.

  • Kristin Says:

    A short, light bout of rain makes me happy. It’s like hitting a refresh button.

  • Dawn Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is hearing my daughters giggle together. It makes me happy because usually they are usually fighting.

  • Becky K Says:

    My children’s laughter

  • Diana Says:

    Dancing ALWAYS makes me happy. Especially when I’m in ballet class and my whole world melts away from me for a couple of hours. Bliss.

  • GT Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy … is having a nice pile of clean folded laundry (especially when I didn’t have to fold it)!

  • Joni Hart Says:

    Coffee outside in the morning – never fails. :)

  • Jen C Says:

    Watching my husband and son play! Never fails!

  • Celeste Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy: kissing the top of my son’s head and feeling his soft, fluffy hair.

  • Suz Says:

    Spending time with my daughter and husband :)

  • Danielle Says:

    Hearing my two daughters laugh with each other. It warms my heart to think of their friendship as they grow older.

  • elizabeth Says:


  • Laura Jennings Says:

    a trip to the zoo!

  • jenG Says:

    “Shambala,” as sung by Rockapella on their 1995 album, Primer. Every time.

  • vanessa neuman Says:

    what makes me happy dishes done dinner cooking kids playing hubby busy and me some book time :)

  • delia Says:

    animals. even the “gross” or inconvenient ones (like spiders and particularly slobbery dogs!)

  • Michelle Says:

    Sleeping in with the boyfriend on weekends with no plans (a real rarity)!

  • Sromeo Says:

    There’s a photo of my cousin’s baby holding a balloon while smiling at our aunt that always cheers me up.

  • Kristina Stonehill Says:

    Curling up on the couch with my hunky boyfriend and a big bowl of homemade popcorn to watch HBO shows!

  • eve Says:

    Using the cast iron frying pans that belonged to my late grandmother. She cooked thousands of meals for her family in those pans, and it makes me happy to follow in her footsteps.

  • Melinda Says:

    Sunshine! Living in Northern Michigan, you have to appreciate it; there are months and months when the sun just doesn’t come out at all!

  • Louise Says:

    Snuggling in bed on a cold morning! Why yes, I happened to do that *this* morning :)

  • Tammie Says:

    A beautiful sunny clear sky, which we don’t get very often in northern England, so we have to treasure them.

  • BethS Says:

    The smell of freshly cut grass (reminds me of my days playing soccer…sigh). And kisses from my girls (ages 3 and 1). I better throw in kisses from my hubby as well. :)

  • Alison Says:

    Hearing my kids laugh and joke together. Or hearing one of them help the other with homework.

  • Tammom Says:

    Spontaneous laughter.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Spending time with my 79 year old grandmother never fails to put a smile on my face. She is such a treasure to me!

  • JoAnna Says:

    Something that always makes me happy? That sound of purring every morning when we let the foster kittens out of their bedroom. There’s nothing more genuine than a kitten purring.

  • Patricia Says:

    Books make me happy. People keep trying to sell me on e-readers and while I understand the convience that comes from being able to carry around a hundred books in one thin, manageable gadget, my collection of books brings me comfort. They’re my security blanket and no place can be called home until I have my books around me.

  • Sarah Says:

    Snuggling a sleeping baby always makes me happy, whether I know the kid or not. It is just so calming and peaceful

  • r8chel Says:

    Eggs. Eggs are pretty consistent in their ability to make me happy.

  • Sarah Says:

    Going for a walk on a beautiful day always does the trick.

  • Katrina Says:

    A good cuddle :).

  • tami Says:

    school holidays always make me happy. libraries make me happy. hugs from my honey.

  • Heidi Devereaux Says:

    Fall leaves on the ground.

  • E Says:

    Exercise! No matter how bad my attitude going in, if I force myself to break a sweat I always end up feeling better.

  • Natalie Says:

    Being outside in autumn

  • Milissa Says:

    While there are a variety of things that make me happy, in the food category is: Potatoes. I love them mashed, hashed, baked, scalloped, fried or any other way you could think of. I could eat potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, everyday(I just don’t think my thighs would like all the carbs…).

  • Beverly Says:

    A nice California bottle of red wine makes me very happy.

  • Trasherati Says:

    A well-stocked, comfortable bookstore that serves good latte.

  • Nicole Says:

    Love the fashion tips!

  • Constance Says:

    I love to hear the feral cats I care for banging on the back door if I’m late with breakfast. It’s nice to have someone always looking forward to seeing you.

  • Lindsay Says:

    New pens and paperclips always always always make me happy.

  • GB Says:

    Pick me pick me!! Would love to win the well stocked tote!

  • Sif Says:

    The smell of crisp autumn air makes me happy. My daughters’ laughter makes me happy, too. And, sweet baby plum tomatoes — happiness in food form.

  • Cait Says:

    Naps! Naps make me happy. I lay down for twenty minutes (with my handy nap timing alarm clock) and I wake up with a grin on my face.

  • Saoirse Says:

    A soft breeze on a warm day.

  • Shelley Says:

    Love the tote! Sunny fall days make me happy – I love the light this time of year, and coupled with the changing leaves – it’s perfection!

  • Julia T. Says:

    A hug from my husband

  • Michele W Says:

    A big gulp of fresh air, on a sunny day of course!! So restorative to the soul!! Love your blog Maggie!!

  • Sarah Collins Says:

    Being inside on a drizzly day with a warm beverage and a thick blanket.

  • laura N. Says:

    Sleeping in makes me happy! Why is the pillow so much more comfortable in the morning?

  • Sarah Says:

    wine and cheese make me very happy… especially when my best friend is involved in the eating and drinking process.

  • Tawny Says:

    Sitting on my husband’s lap after a long day at work always makes me feel at ease and truly happy. I can almost smell his cologne if I think hard enough.

  • sarah Says:

    riding in the car, sunroof open & singing along ALWAYS makes me happy. Doubly so if there’s someone singing with me.

  • Michelle Says:

    Playing the music really loud and dancing around the house.

  • another sue Says:

    Wild critters wandering through my yard. They bring me a sense of contentment that passes for happiness.

  • Kristine Says:

    Nothing is more fun than going to the dog park. It never fails to cheer me up on the gloomiest of days.

  • Jolana Says:

    Chocolate makes me happy. Oh and smelling my son’s baby skin; he is just so delicious. :)

  • Kris Says:

    Rolling over and shutting off the alarm because it’s the weekend and it’s time to sleep in late.

  • Megan Says:

    A lazy Sunday morning with the New York Times and GOOD coffee…

  • ~Heather Says:

    Giving myself a chunk of time, away from everyone and everything, to reflect and be thoughtful. And blueberries in my oatmeal.

  • Jackie Says:

    Feeling this little baby kick in my belly! :)

  • sarawr Says:

    Books always make me happy! No, really. It’s like this post can see into my soul.

  • Karen Says:

    The smell of my baby’s neck. Even when it smells faintly of barfed-up breastmilk, it still smells like home.

  • Michelle Says:

    Going to my Great Grams house and going through the “junk jewelry” box. She passed a year ago, but luckily, her stuff is all still in it’s place and I can go over and relish in fake pearls and rinestone broaches. At 26, I think it’s important to indulge in childhood pleasures like this.

  • Jaime Says:

    That moment in the movie theater when the lights dim.

  • Hillary Says:

    A book and coffee.

  • Clare Says:

    Getting home early from work!

  • Corin Boyko Says:

    My morning commute. I know that’s really weird, but I find taking the subway to work really relaxing–it makes me feel like a good version of myself.

  • Momo Says:

    The way my husband’s eyes crinkle in the corners when he smiles…

  • Nicole Says:

    Ice Cream. Always.

  • elizabeth anderson Says:

    without fail the unbridled affection of my dog makes me happy.

  • Erin Says:

    The way my dog greets me first thing in the morning as if he hasn’t seen me in YEARS.

  • Val Says:

    leaning against the kitchen counter; drinking that first cup of coffee of the day.

  • Anne Says:

    My kids always make me happy!

  • Rachel Says:

    My son yelling to me from his bed asking for me to rub his back. Even though he’s supposed to have been asleep for an hour. Hope that doesn’t stop anytime soon…

  • Bridget Says:

    Live music always makes me happy…it’s my reason for livin’.

  • Rebecca Says:

    sprinkles..specifically but, baking in general…oh how it makes me smile just to think about home made goodness!

  • Kizz Says:

    I want to say my lovely dog but you said ALWAYS makes me happy. He’s close. But not quite an ALWAYS thing just yet. He’s super cute and I would actually carry him around in that tote bag, because I could zip it part way closed to discourage him trying to squirm out of the bag and across the subway car chasing a stray grape dropped by a homeless man….erm….hypothetically.

    A good book, though, that always makes me happy. I love to nap on the subway during my commute if I haven’t gotten enough sleep but if I’ve got a good book, it makes me too happy to read the book instead. Good books are a balm for the soul.

  • erin Says:

    chai latte with a shot of espresso. never disappoints. :)

  • Liz Paton Says:

    It’s cheesy and cliched, but I’m always happy when my husband comes home from work. We really are best friends, so every minute we spend together is fun and fantastic!

  • Kayemgi Says:

    Oh lots of things! Kiss by Prince, the smell of a campfire, Bob Marley, a Big Squeeze from my bf, game night, boardwalk food, Meet Me in St. Louis…the list goes on!

  • Meredith Says:

    pretty dresses, cloche hats, and my husband!

  • Erin Says:

    The antics of the two year old (as long as it doesn’t involve injury) always makes me happy. :)

  • Susan H. Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is a 3-day weekend.

  • Shaunda Cunningham Says:

    I’m always happy after a shot of tequila, a backrub from my husband or a long talk with my best friend. <3

  • andi Says:

    the Fall chill in the air – just enough so I can break out a scarf, without breaking a sweat – and no need for a heavy coat and layers.

  • kimbellyt Says:

    Watching my Basset Hound chase his cat sister (and never even get close). My husband calls it low rolling thunder.

  • Jen Says:

    My brother getting engaged to a girl he loves – that we love too!

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  • Sara Says:

    Dinner and movie night with my family….we’re all just tuned into being together.

  • Kim Says:

    My 2 beautiful girls!!!

  • Christine F. Says:

    My son always makes me happy. Even when he’s being “that” kid – by the time he’s asleep like a little angel, I am always so thankful and happy that he’s mine!

  • Kristen Says:

    having dough between my fingers

  • Janell Says:

    Babies is large sunglasses or hats. Dogs itching their backs in the grass. A rare sunny, warm day in March. Advice columns.

  • kelley Says:

    nutella on anything.

  • Bridie Says:

    Thoughtful letters (or emails) from people I love.

  • Shannon Says:

    Watching my son building sand castles in the sand.

  • laura.q Says:

    cuddling with my baby

  • debbie Says:

    the laughter of my children.

  • Amy Says:

    Watching my guy’s face when something cute comes on television. Lately it’s been that tiny giraffe on the Direct TV commercial. I spent almost as much time watching his face during Despicable Me than I did watching the screen because the adorable expression he gets makes me so happy.

  • pam Says:

    A sunny day at the beach with my wave-loving six-year-old son!

  • Sara Says:

    Now that I live far away from San Francisco, the first sniff of California air after I emerge from SFO always makes me indescribably happy. Some deep part of my animal brain knows that I’m home.

  • Sherri Says:

    The pure joy on my nephew’s face when he smiles. It comes straight from his wee heart! <3

  • Jeannine Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is Ginger Essence body wash by Origins. It reminds me of my honeymoon :)

  • Tara Says:

    Mornings with my baby. That’s when he’s at his smiliest.

  • Miriam Says:

    Seeing someone’s face light up and knowing that I’m the cause…and that the same happiness is reflected in my own expression.

  • Ali Says:

    My husband. :)

  • Patsy Says:

    Puppies. So silly and goofy, no matter what they love you and all they want is to be loved back.

  • Rachel Says:

    After a week of a lot of exams and quizzes, I have fall break coming up! THAT makes me most happy right now!

  • Abby S. Says:

    the sun!

  • Nicole Says:

    A long morning bike ride on an unusually warm fall weekend in northern Michigan.

  • Diana Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is cooking a good meal for a table full of friends and family

  • Jennifer Ruggles Says:

    Alone time! I am with my children 24×7 so to get alone time once a month really helps me to gather my self before the insanity of it all sets in.

  • Candice Says:

    I just moved this weekend and my bedroom finally has room for nightstands. I have lived the past two years with no nightstands, which has made me feel like I wasn’t a real grown-up. For some reason, it’s that one item that I feel incomplete without – and so my new nightstands (assembled last night) are making me very happy.

  • JoAnn Says:

    Making a photo book out of one silly weekend in our lives is making me happy this week! Just ordinary stuff with the kids, but that’s the good life.

  • Lacey Says:

    In honor of fall: Sweatshirts and stadium nachos.

  • MomofDavid Says:

    A hug from my son.

  • Sarah N. Says:

    Sleeping with the windows open. Also: coffee!

  • JennyM Says:

    Weekend afternoon naps in the fall with the windows open and the fan on and football on TV in the next room.

  • Brook Says:

    Eating a snack while reading a good book!

  • Meagan Says:

    Kittens and a really well made grilled cheese. God I love grilled cheese. And kittens.

  • Michelle Says:

    Happiness is chocolate. Coors Light. And my family.

  • amy a. Says:

    Outdoor lunch by the water

  • Tabatha Says:

    The library… and wine.

  • sarah Says:


  • Emily Says:

    Sipping warm chai on my porch swing on a crisp fall morning

  • Lynn Says:

    Going for a hike with my sweetie.

  • Cat Says:

    Looking out the window as the plane tears down the runway right before take off. I fly a few times per year and have traveled abroad, but it still gets me every time.

  • Shannon Says:


  • Nina Says:

    Getting postcards from cool places.

  • The Small Gal Says:

    Thick hot coffee, and playing with my dogs.

  • sugarleg Says:

    when Linda, the hostess at Tia Sophia’s in my hometown of Santa Fe NM, calls me by name no matter how many years have gone by since my last visit (or transformation from kid to teen to adult)

  • brittney Says:

    One thing that makes me happy is snugging with my sweetie.

  • Julie Says:

    Kayaking on the lake with my husband.

  • Jennifer Says:

    Thanksgiving day at my aunt’s warm and cozy house, stuffed to the gills with so much good food, laughing with my cousins, and relaxing after all the cooking and dishes are done. Favorite day of the year!

  • Claire Says:

    Movies, even if they’re bad. Or godawful.

  • val Says:

    Ice cream. I’m pretty easy to please.

  • Alison Says:

    Petting a happy dog.

  • Tiffany D Says:

    suprise date with my hubbie

  • margie stroman Says:

    Beachboys music.

  • rebecca Says:

    When my dog snuggles up and lets out a little dog sigh.

  • Carrie Says:

    Crossing things off of a to-do list
    Sending handwritten notes
    The smell of old books and the gloss of new ones

  • dorrie Says:

    Having my 17-year old daughter read me her college essays on Walt Whitman. I am so incredibly proud of her and that makes me happy. Yay!

  • meg Says:

    Coffee. Coffee always wins.

  • Anna Says:

    Waking late on a Saturday afternoon–rolling over–cool side of the pillow and a snuggle which digs me deeper into the bed.

  • Jet Harrington Says:

    kids jumping in rain puddles
    helping a stranger with something random

  • cynder Says:

    I think I am going to re-read this post the next time I get down.

    My fav thing is to hear my family laugh.

  • Catie Says:

    heated blanket on a cold night
    hot cocoa with mini marshmallows
    watching football on the couch with my fiance

  • madeleine Says:

    reading while curled under a blanket, listening to rain makes me deliriously happy.

  • Jaclyn Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy: Getting to that point in a book where you realize you like it, you really really like it.

  • Heather Says:

    Completing a sewing or knitting project – that moment of wrapping it up for another or folding it for use in our own house.

  • Kelley Says:

    The smell of fresh-cut grass in the spring.

  • Erika Says:

    Hearing my children say “mommie” even when I have had a crappy day, ALWAYS makes me happy!

  • Quin Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy: the moment when your sailboat tacks right up against the wind and the mainsheet flaps and pulls tight and you feel the boat take the wind and heel under it and zoom forward — that power and speed.

  • heather Says:

    cracking open a new book, taking a good photograph, kissing my baby when he wakes from a nap

  • Katie Wheeler Says:

    Wearing my boots and scarves. Hello Fall, I have missed you and so has my closet.

  • Jamie Says:

    The ocean.

  • Jen Says:

    When my husband reaches over to rub my neck while on a long car trip.

  • La Banane Says:

    15 minutes on the swingset at the park. Nothing improves my mood faster.

  • Sharon Allen Says:

    My dogs ALWAYS make me happy!

  • Jen P Says:

    My morning coffee – and I get to experience it once each day!

  • Erika Says:

    no matter how I feel when I begin, a nice long walk in nature ALWAYS makes me happy. oh! And finding one of my favorite lip balms when I really really need it. ( I hope I can still win, even though that is technically 2 things that make me happy!)

  • Andrea Says:

    Reading a fantastic book with a great glass of wine!

  • Pam Says:

    A good yoga class really takes away the blues for me.

  • Michelle G. Says:

    when I realize one of my prayers has been answered.

  • Christina Dugan Says:

    When my kitten jumps up and snuggles on my lap as I knit/crochet :]

  • Margaret M Says:

    Today my boyfriend made me breakfast tacos, which always makes me happy.

  • Laura Says:

    Climbing into bed in the middle of the day, with my kitty and a good book = instant happiness

  • amelia Says:

    Late night catch-up sessions with my girlfriends. There’s always wine and all of our souls come out from their tucked in places.

  • Dorice Says:

    Watching my son sleep always brings a smile to my face no matter what kind of a day I’ve had..

  • nicole case Says:

    the one thing that ALWAYS makes me happy—seeing my brother happy. he sometimes struggles, as we all do…and when he is sincerely happy, he shines.

  • Kayte Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is unpacking the felt stocking my mother made for me when I was a little girl each Christmas. Even though she is no longer with me, each year when I unpack it – it brings back so many happy memories of the Christmases we shared together.

  • Nicole Says:

    The chickens in my backyard!

  • Kristie Says:

    Hugs from my kids…that makes me the happiest of all.

  • Katie Says:

    fresh pineapple ALWAYS makes me happy : )

  • Heather Says:

    Knitting makes me happy! The beginning of a project, the middle of a project and finishing a project! I love it all for different reasons! And I’m happiest (and calmest) with two needles or a loom and some sweet yarn!

  • Pickles & Dimes Says:

    When I come home from work and see my dog running up the stairs to greet me, tail wagging so hard he can barely keep his balance.

    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  • Bronwen Says:

    Waking up to the sound of my husband grinding coffee by hand makes me happy. So does being able to play an F chord that doesn’t buzz. Finally. Oh, and also Robin McKinley’s novel Sunshine.

  • Heather Says:

    Coming home to my daughter who is running down the sidewalk to greet me!

  • Kelly T. Says:

    A line-up of really bad reality TV shows on my DVR and a free morning.

  • tasha Says:

    Pie always makes me happy. Seriously–sweet pie, meat pie, any kind of pie–instant smile on my face!

  • Stephanie Says:

    The chickens have finally started laying eggs… and there is such joy from the seven year old when she goes out to “look for eggs”

  • Tambryn Says:

    Sitting on the back porch reading blogs and talking to family!

  • Jenn Says:

    My daughter’s scrunchy face. Always cracks me up!

  • Carolynpom Says:

    Pugs. Pugs make me insanely, irrationally, goofy-grin happy!

  • Anne Says:

    Weekend mornings in bed make me happy!

  • Lydia Says:

    Wet, sloppy kisses from my 3 year old.

  • Anne Says:

    Hot McDonald’s french fries with extra salt!

  • Dawn Says:

    Going out for long walks with my camera makes me happy!

  • Deidre Says:

    Puppies. Puppies ALWAYS make me happy.

  • Sharon Kim Says:

    Seeing my parents laugh together. One of my favorite things.

  • Kristen Says:

    Dogs. Dogs always make me happy. Also: squirrels.

  • Shalini Says:

    Always is tough. I’m going to go with Erasure. I hear them and als, my toes are tapping and I’m smiling.

  • Carrie Says:

    Clean sheet day! I’m always happy to crawl into my bed at the end of a day, but it’s even better on clean sheet day!

  • Becky Says:

    Trees, trees make me happiest. It doesn’t matter how bad of a mood I’m in or how upset I am, if I take a walk in the woods I always feel better.

  • Sarah Says:

    Listening to my geese chatting amongst themselves.

  • Sandra Says:

    When I click the leash onto my dog’s collar and give her a section of the leash in her mouth so she can “help lead” and we head out for a walk–rain or shine, all is good.

  • Cyn Says:

    Watching dogs that are really, really happy to be outside.

  • Rachel Says:

    One thing that makes me happy. Babies laughing.

  • Jennie Says:

    One thing that makes me happy: calling my husband, “my husband.” We’ve been married three weeks. :-)

  • marf Says:

    lots of things make me happy. in order to achieve a serious face splitting grin, i find that belting out “weekend in new england” at the top of my lungs does the trick every time.

  • Leigh Says:

    Teaching graduate seminars! I love mature learners and their excitement for great literature.

  • Lindsay Simmons Says:

    Just one thing? Crunchy leaves on the sidewalk in fall!

  • gunter Says:


  • Allison Says:

    Reading a book in my bed after the kids have finally gone to sleep. Bliss.

  • elainepill Says:

    listening to my daughters laugh…always picks me up and makes me happy.

  • Erika Says:

    Winning free stuff never fails to put a smile on my face.

  • annie Says:

    Seeing the sunset always makes me happy.

  • Sarah Says:

    The first snow of the year which reminds me ski season is just around the corner!

  • Cassie Says:

    Football. Football makes me happy, especially the New England Patriots.

  • Meg Says:

    Coming home from the library with a bag full of books. Which one do I read first?!?

  • houpley Says:

    my son.

  • Carrie Says:

    perfect fall weather – sunny and not too hot or too cold.

  • Danielle Says:

    Finding a new series of (good) books to read makes me so happy.

  • Tonya Says:

    chocolate, wine, and more chocolate.

  • Erin B Says:

    Long weekends camped in with my husband!

  • Donna Says:

    My boys.

  • mjb Says:

    The soft fur between my dog’s ears.

  • Megan G. Says:

    My cat.

  • meeyeehere Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is my son.I know that is corny and typical but it is really true.I have so far never been sad when I am around my Jack.These have been the happiest two years ever

  • Katie MM Says:

    Curling up in bed and reading a good book.

  • Samantha Says:

    giving really good gifts

  • LauraSt Says:

    Walking through fall trees with my love!

  • Courtney Says:

    Mint tea! It’s so basic, but that first sip of hot mint tea with honey just melts all my tension away. Also: the little curls on the back of my sons head, and my cat’s soft little foot pads (which he lets me rub).

  • Megan Says:

    Every time I see my older brother pick up my four year old nephew. He always planned to be an eternal bachelor and then love got in the way. I’m so glad my nephew has him as a dad.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Lots of things make me happy. It’s hard to pick one. I’ll go for the obvious … CHOCOLATE!

  • Jennifer Says:

    A thing that makes me happy is how at random moments-without warning-I hear my mother saying. “Hey, Jen” into my ear-she passed away a little over two years ago-and hearing her as she always answered the phone when taking a call from me-makes me indescribably happy-and blessed.

  • Heather C. Says:

    “The Pina Colada” song.

  • Ms. Huis Herself Says:

    The beautiful red/orange/yellow autumn leaves when the sun shines brightly on or through them. It’s just so very fall.

  • Katie Says:

    freshly baked desserts to share with friends

  • Elaine Says:

    The morning after a party, waking up and finding that I had tipsily cleaned the kitchen after all of the guests had gone. (Drunk cleaning is always a winner.)

  • Marianne Says:

    Crawling into a heated bed in a cold room under lots of blankets. A full body luxury.

  • Stephanie Says:

    A good party.

  • Jennifer Says:

    I’m terribly fond of John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things. No matter what, it makes me feel better.

  • Nancy M. Says:

    Opening the door to my house, after a day at work, and my two dogs are crazy-winy-wiggly-HAPPY to see me. The day melts away (almost) every time!

  • Martha Says:

    Sleeping with open windows. Always always always.

  • Ris Says:

    Warm, clean laundry never fails to cheer me up.

  • Margaret Says:

    A cup of coffee on a Sunday morning.

  • Joanna Says:

    The thump of the dog’s tail when I look her way…

  • Ainsley Says:

    I’m pregnant! So, yeah, I could use new clothes right now. And some light reading. And a new bag. For diapers.

  • Haley J. Says:

    Soemthing that makes me happy? Well, lots of things, but let’s go with something immediate: Ben and Jerry’s across from your gate during a five-hour layover at JFK. mmmm

  • Renee' Says:

    New slippers every fall make me and my feet very happy!

  • Deanna Says:


  • anne Says:

    someone laughing so hard, they snort.

  • Patty Says:

    Hanging out with friends and family.

  • Mary Says:

    my little boy. i never realized how amazing a smile from a crib at 6 am could be until him.

  • Jennifer June Says:

    …window seats on airplanes. So fun.

  • Kristen Says:

    In addition to the obvious (Mexican food and wine), I have to say seeing my youngest dog, Hollie, roll over on her back and just lay there, exposing her far-too-spotty belly, always puts a smile on my face. She just looks so happy — how can I not join her?

  • CS Says:

    Baking a loaf of bread makes me happy! Or hearing my youngest laugh uncontrollably. Many things, I guess, but we can go with either of those.

  • brandi Says:

    Sitting in the living room with the windows open, reading the Sunday paper and watching football with my husband.

  • Colleen Says:

    The smell of a new book.

  • Stephanie Says:

    When I wake up in the morning and my dog realises I’m awake – she scoots up to share my pillow, and sighs. :-)

  • Beverly Says:

    Seeing my family happy makes me happy!

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  • Kristina Says:

    Well we just got coupons for bottles of odwalla FREE with a purchase of anything. So, I will be drinking a lot of juice in the coming weeks.

  • Jenn Says:

    Smells make me happy :) My husbands cologne, fresh flowers in the house, cakes baking in the oven, and the smell of puppy kisses!

  • Jenn Says:

    dancing :)

  • Renee' Says:

    New slippers every fall make me and my feet very happy :)

  • Cora D Says:

    My baby’s laugh.

  • Lisa Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy is walking in the door after a long day at work and being greeted by my always-happy, tail-wagging little puppy :)

  • Caitlin Ferrell Says:

    Soma! new undies always make me feel sexy, confident and happy!

  • Kristy Says:

    A bowl full of warm mac & cheese, my couch, and Detctive Stabler.

  • kat Says:

    does the first day you can drive with your windows down count? Otherwise, knitting

  • Cris Richman Says:

    The Beatles music.Does the trick every time


  • Meghan Says:

    My puppy always makes me happy. My husband too.

  • Suse Says:

    A clear night sky. And especially a shiny bright moon – always puts things in my little life in perspective … and puts a smile on my face.

  • Flora Says:

    A young child hugging a baby. Does it for me every time!

  • Ashley Says:

    Clean feet slipping into clean sheets. What joy!

  • Sarah Says:

    Sleeping with the windows open.

  • Addie Says:

    Memories of my Dad.

  • Brittany Says:

    When the dog comes up on the bed on a cold winter morning and snuggles my feet.

  • Cindy Says:

    Riding my Vespa always makes me happy. I love mornings when I zip past the donuts shop on the corner and can smell the fresh hot donuts. I love when I pass a big burly motorcycle dude and he gives me the motorcycle wave. Riding the scooter never fails to brighten my day.

  • Sarah Says:

    Definitely stepping on acorns and hearing the satisfying crunch as I stomp. I will walk all sorts of crazy along the sidewalks in the fall just to step on acorns.

  • Sam E. Says:

    The wonderful WHAM! song “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” is impossible to listen to without getting happy. I promise. Just try.

  • raych Says:

    The video for the DMB song ‘Everyday.’ Youtube that shit, it will delight you beyond all reason.

  • Katherine Dey Says:

    Daffodils! And the smell of tomato plants in the garden!

  • Tiffany Says:

    Wine tasting in Sonoma County with my husband- the beautiful weather, the amazing backdrop and the perfect company- it doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Jenn Says:

    Stepping on crunchy leaves in the fall.

  • mia Says:

    opportunistic children

  • Susanne Says:

    when my husband’s blue eyes crinkle

  • heather Says:

    ooh, making jam and canning applesauce make me happy. really.

  • Lauren M Says:

    Sitting on my couch with my boyfriend, dog and cat, with some Taco Bell and a glass of malbec. Never fails to make me happy.

  • KatieK Says:

    changing seasons and baseball in October!

  • Libby Says:

    Finding a note from my husband in the morning.

  • sara Says:

    I am always happy when I have a stack of new books from the library.

  • Ana Maria G. Says:

    The smile on my son’s face and the bright light in his eyes :)

  • Patricia Says:

    The smell of the New Mexico rain.

  • Angel Says:

    The immigration officer saying “Welcome to Trinidad” always makes me happy.

  • Zoe Says:

    Bread right out of the oven… with butter.

  • Martha Says:

    Catching a song I love on the radio. It’s such a lucky thing, that you just happened to be listening and they just happened to pick a great song! I don’t have satellite radio or an mp3 player, so it really is a joy to just stumble upon fabulous tunes.

  • Amy Says:


  • Devon Says:

    On thing that makes me happy:

    Pesto. I put it on everything. True statement.

  • ana-maria Says:

    first snowfall of the season

  • ViolaSaint Says:

    Riding my bike past the Texas Mountain Laurel trees on my way to work in the spring will ALWAYS make me happy. They smell like grape kool-aid!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Madelaines, cafe au lait and a sunny, but not hot, morning on the back porch.

  • Victoria Says:

    A sunny day with big white puffy clouds makes me happy.

  • Rebecca Says:

    One thing that makes me happy is being able to see the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.
    I have made the Bay Area my home, and it’s far from my original home in Australia. and I love when i can see both bridges from various vantage points, particularly when you pop out of the Caldecott Tunnel.
    Makes my spirit soar.

  • lisa Says:

    baby pictures and videos

  • Tony Says:

    Hearing my youngest yell “It’s Tony!” when I walk through the front door.

  • Denise Says:

    My puppies (age 6 and 16 weeks) and the smell of the fresh crisp morning air!

  • Dawn Says:

    Marvin Gaye singing “Let’s Get It On”, which was played as my husband and I walked back down the aisle together at our wedding. Perfection.

  • Sara Says:

    My two boys (one is 5 years old, the other 16 months) wrestling together a giggling like crazy.

  • Rochelle Says:

    My baby boys laughter. That kid has the biggest belly laugh and it inspires laughter every time.

  • Kelley Says:

    Seeing my baby girl’s toothless grin when I open the door to her nursery in the morning. There’s nothing better.

  • Rebecca K Says:

    That special look from my husband …you know… the one with the ‘luster dust’

  • Meg L Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy: the hugs, smiles and kisses that greet me every day when I get home from work and see my sons

  • Yanina Markova Says:

    Kittens. Gorgeous, warm, sweet kittens.

  • Rene Says:

    Halloween candy.

  • Stacey Says:

    the smell of a crisp fall morning always makes me happy.

    And sitting by a fire with a glass of wine and a friend I’m not afraid to fart in front of.

  • Christy Says:

    Hearing my friend, Gwynner, call me “Babycakes”. It will always get a smile out of me. ALWAYS.

  • Ann S Says:

    Putting on flip flops for the first time after winter is over…

  • kelli Says:

    The smell of the first rain on asphalt. Sweater weather! Walking the dog.

  • Amihan Says:

    No matter how grouchy I am or how horrible my day has been, cuddling with my “two old” and five-year old sons make me happy.

  • Melanie Says:

    Seeing my 5 year old neice play with my 17 month old daughter. She is the reason we decided to have children and they both adore each other.

  • MSimone Says:

    A hot cup of tea!

  • Alexa Says:

    Introducing my children to new and wonderful things. Like pomegranates! And the zoo! Look, glow in the dark stars! They are 2yr and 4yrs old, and they still marvel at everything. They bring me much joy.

  • Shannon Says:

    The smell of my daughter’s head.

  • Kate Says:

    So many things make me happy, but one thing that’s especially making me happy right now are freshly painted walls in my apartment. It’s so much work, but so worth it!

  • Kristin Says:

    Watching my daughter on the swings!

  • kirida Says:

    Listening to my son, who has trouble telling us about his day at school, filling in the blanks with songs about pirates and dinosaurs.

  • Roseanna Robles Says:

    snuggling my cat

  • Renee Says:

    Blowing bubbles. Before I was a mother I would go blow bubbles when school, boys or life in general was out of hand. I always had a bottle in my car for emergencies.

  • Eryn Says:

    Hiking with my children. I love being on a trail with my two boys and see the world from their eyes. I also love when the 3 year old gets tired and I get to carry him on my back. He rarely let’s me do this anymore and I cherish the moments he is in my arms.

  • Nicole Says:

    Baby smiles!

  • Natalie Says:

    The thing that makes me the happiest is seeing my husband doing something he absolutely loves. He has this incredibly boyish charm and he smiles while sticking his tongue out a little bit. This can happen while he’s gardening, checking the car’s fluids (for the 3rd time that week), or taking apart the computer HE BUILT to lovingly clean the dust out of the insides. A ridiculous thing to love, but so sweet!

  • leeshka Says:

    Listening to “My Way” as done by the Sex Pistols. Preferably whilst driving at a high (yet safe) rate of speed – wearing a white top with a black bra. Oddly specific, yes, but it makes me happy.

  • Donna Says:

    Going on a missions trip, which makes me step outside myself and be more grateful for all the blessings I have but really, when I go I just get blessed even more! Crazy but it’s a win win!

  • amanda a. Says:

    But, for realz, finishing things always makes me happy. Whether it’s the dishes, a batch of jam, or a paper for grad school, having accomplished something makes me feel like a real winner.

  • Laura W. Says:

    A glass of lemonade, a good book, sunshine, and time to enjoy it all!

  • Lisa Says:

    My new Kindle makes me happy. But what REALLY makes me happy is my amazing dog Daisy Mae. Especially when we return from walks. She is one happy dog after a nice, long, walk :-)

  • Peggy Says:

    When my little girl throws her arms around my neck, puts her head on my shoulder and quietly says “my mom.” Melts me everytime.

  • Jane in CA Says:

    Homemade mashed potatoes….and autumn.

  • Kairu Says:

    Buying flowers for myself always makes me happy.

  • Tracy Says:

    A cool fall day where the windows can be thrown open and I have a cup of hot tea and a new book to read!

  • Melissa Says:

    The instinctive reach towards my hand my husband does when we’re walking down the street. Gets me every time!

  • Corley Says:

    My new husband!

  • Sarah Says:

    Drinking juice through a straw.

  • Erica Lucci Says:

    My niece and nephew on Skype because we live in such faraway places.

  • Katie Says:

    Watching re-runs of the 1974 Brit-com, “Good Neighbors.” (Was “The Good Life” when it ran in England.) Hysterical and loving.

  • Sarah Says:

    I know this is going to sound weird, but one thing that always makes me happy is painting my apartment. I do different colors every year, right around October. This year, the bathroom is going Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn. LOVE.IT.

  • Laura Says:

    lying freshly showered, hair dry, between freshly laundered flannel sheets. hot cocoa on the side.

  • Becky Says:

    That little bit of alone time I only have once in a while. I tend to want to be continuously surrounded by people, but every so often a whole day with a book and a good cup of coffee at a beautiful shop in some bustling city is just what I need.

  • Stef Says:

    A strange thing that makes me happy is when we finish different foods at the same time, like running out of chips and salsa together, or last week when I managed to use up the rest of our bread, eggs, and milk at once with that batch of french toast. It’s the little things.

  • ShaKay Says:

    my son whispering “I love you mommy” in my ear as I tuck him in each night like it’s a secret

  • Jenna Says:

    Only one thing? I think hearing a child’s laugh can make anyone happy. The simple pure glee of it is one of the best sounds on earth!

  • jenny Says:


  • Heidi Says:

    A hug, kiss, and nose rub from my son when I leave in the morning.

  • Robyn Says:

    Every time I see stars I feel a sense of peaceful happiness. I LOVE to get away from the lights and stare at the stars. This past summer I spent hours with a friend watching a meteor shower. It was amazing!

  • Cara Says:

    Seeing the Hollywood sign in LA – or Parliament when I lived in London, or the Washington Monument when I lived in DC. Being able to see famous landmarks on a daily or weekly basis is something I never tire of!

  • Paige Says:

    Cooking something made up and new and having all four family members like it!

  • Jenn M Says:

    Creating something. Whenever I knit or sew or crochet or hammer together a project, I feel authentic and happy.

  • Samantha Says:

    The scent of eucalyptus trees on a misty morning.

  • Amy J Says:

    Sunshine! (I’m a California girl transplanted to New England. Just can’t get enough sunshine!)

  • Erica Says:

    Sitting on the back porch with a cup of coffee, watching the kids play… that never fails to make me feel like all is right with the world.

  • Rhea (Greek Feaster) Says:

    When my boyfriend wakes up in the middle of the night and kisses my cheek. Sapfest.

  • Laurski Says:

    Seeing my husband walk towards me through a crowd.

    Oh, and pug butts.

  • Brooke Says:

    capturing great moments with my camera.

  • Becca Says:

    One thing that always makes me happy? When my cat lets out an unexpected purr – kind of like when you let out an unexpected fart – and it surprises the heck right out of him. He always looks so surprised and disgusted with himself whenever it happens. It always makes me smile and laugh when it happens (about once a day).

  • Heather Says:

    Tucking into bed at night. I love it when my head hits the pillow and the duvet is tucked under my chin. My whole world comes to a peaceful place and I always go to bed happy.

  • DC Says:

    Recently? Talking to someone who’s just unexpectedly come back into my life. I get off the phone with him with this ridiculous grin on my face, and it stays there for hours.

  • natalie Says:

    Freshly laundered sheets.

  • Heather Woodland Says:

    bold coffee, quiet morning on a day off and sunshine = a small slice of perfect :)

  • bre Says:


  • Ashley U. Says:

    Seeing my Scottie and fine man when I walk in the door every night!

  • Jen Says:

    Watching my kids playing soccer is awesome – they love it and it puts a smile on my face to see them enjoy themselves so much!

  • Angela K. Says:

    Hearing either one of my nieces laugh!

  • Erin Says:

    Finishing a project, especially one I can use or if I’ve finished a good clean of the home. Both make me feel like anything can be done next.

  • Nadia Says:

    At this point with my baby, a full night’s sleep would make me happy.

  • wendy Says:

    ~~finishing a Great Book~~


  • Meg Says:

    Baking something amazing.

  • Laura Says:

    I’m a sucker for a nice sunny day

  • barb Says:

    Swimming in a nice lake

  • Zandri Says:

    The smell of my son’s blanket. That unmistakble smell of his little 10 month old body.That makes me happy

  • Carrie Says:

    When I awake to find my cat sleeping with his face next to my face. (Bonus points for not being those times when I awake to find his butt is next to my face)

  • Christine Says:

    The way my dog greets me when I arrive home, like I’m the only person on the planet that matters. (Sure, she does this to everyone else, too, but I like to believe that, with me, she really, really means it.)

  • Kari Says:

    Movies at the Castro Theatre always make me happy (the gorgeous ceiling! the Mighty Wurlizer! The eclectic assortment of San Franciscans!), but a foggy day matinee double-feature of something glamorous and full of cocktails like, say, The Thin Man and After the Thin Man, fills me with giddy delight.

  • Elis Says:

    Beer in the shower will always make me happy.

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