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Aug 7 2012

Mighty Happy Giveaway

Gretchen Rubin at the Go Mighty launch for Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin | Mighty Girl

This is Gretchen, and I’m always thrilled to see her because her brain sponges up such satisfying facts. For example:

Were you aware that some studies have shown that when women are looking to reproduce, they’re attracted to men who smell biologically disparate? However, when they get pregnant, they’re attracted to men who smell like family, ostensibly because family will be more likely to protect the offspring. BUT! The pill mimics pregnancy. Which could mean that some types of pill cause you to fall in love with a man who is biologically similar, reproduce with him, and then find his smell unattractive when you’ve gone off the pill, sometimes leading you to break things off with him. What the what?

Gretchen is good for a few dozen of those life-altering facts over an evening, which is why I always pull her down next to me at dinner.

Happier at Home, by Gretchen Rubin at the Go Mighty launch for Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin | Mighty Girl

Gretchen also happens to be the author of the bestselling Happiness Project, and the soon-to-be-released Happier at Home (which will hit shelves September 4 and is now available for pre-order), both of which document Gretchen’s curiosity about ways to improve her life — she also has a site dedicated to the process that has some useful suggestions. The Go Mighty team and the gracious Isabel Kallman hosted a book release party for Happier at Home in New York last week, and some of our favorite women gathered to celebrate happiness.

The Go Mighty launch for Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin | Mighty Girl

The Go Mighty launch for Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

Laura documented all the details over here. There was champagne, and donuts (Donuts 2012!), and lots of women laughing, which is the best.

There were also gift bags. Want one?

Gift bags at the Go Mighty launch for Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin | Mighty Girl

Bliss supplied a generous helping of good-smelling body and bath products, and Anthropologie gave us pretty wall calendars.

Happier at Home, by Gretchen Rubin | Mighty Girl

We also have five copies of Happier at Home to give away. To enter, just tell us what makes you happy in comments. In fact, will you please tell us three things? I like to read them. Fingers crossed for you.

Top and bottom images by Mighty Girl. Other images by Sheri Silver from www.sherisilver.com.

UPDATE: Comments close Monday, August 13. Until then, keep ’em coming:

Mighty Happy Giveaway | mightygirl.com/2012/08/07/mighty-happy-giveaway |Mighty Girl

779 Responses to “Mighty Happy Giveaway”

  • Alana Says:

    I am happiest when sitting at home with a cup of coffee and a book.

  • Emma Says:

    #1: the smell of my toddler’s hair
    #2: sunlight streaming through clouds
    #3: easting ripe raspberries off the bush

  • Wendy Says:

    My children make me the happiest. Although really close to the top a sunset walks on the beach and spending time with friends and family. I think my list could go on and on because so many things make me happy. Life is to short to not be happy so I just fill myself with happy things!

  • Alaina Says:

    Things that make me happy: the beach, miniature longhaired dachshunds (especially mine), flip flops, tapas, and swimming. I’m happier just having typed that.

  • Sabrina Says:

    #1- the sound of my children making each other laugh
    #2- hugs
    #3.- the quiet time alone with my husband once the kids are in bed

  • Lisa Says:

    The emotional climax in a song. Sailing on lake Ontario. Drinking coffee in the morning with my sweetheart.

  • Catherine Says:

    #1 – When my daughter laughs so hard she snorts.
    #2 – When I make my husband laugh so hard the little vein in his forehead pops out.
    #3 – Being the first person to wake up on a weekend and sitting on the couch reading, waiting for the day to start.

  • Kristina Says:

    I am happiest when…

    …I get to buy a big, fat wrap sandwich from the little deli next door (ok, it’s a Blimpie. You caught me!)
    …I’m laying in bed with my boyfriend after a really long day, just shooting the shit and squeezing him tight
    …I find the perfect song to listen to while driving through a summer night with the windows rolled down (“A Real Hero” from the “Drive” soundtrack is a current favorite)

  • Tracy Says:

    Things that make me happy: hugs & kisses from my nephews; snuggles with my kitty; strong coffee; good friends; my hubby.

  • Jasmine Says:

    #1 – Sharing a perfect meal with my husband
    #2 – Seeing the beautiful sights of Rome by night
    #3 – Long conversations with my sister

  • Lee Says:

    Right now?
    1. Summer fruit
    2. Coconut water
    3. Super-short shorts!

  • Shannon Says:

    What makes me happy ~

    1) Consciously realizing when I’m happy. We get caught up in the daily/weekly blur so much that it’s sort of amazing when you can stop and actively feel the moment.

    2)Photobooths! Squishing up with a friend and seeing how your strip of funny-face pictures comes out is hilarious and gives a feeling of silly fun that adults don’t always permit themselves. Maybe it’s because it’s hidden behind that curtain so we feel safe. But no one can keep from laughing and goofing off when they’re in one :)

    3)Lilacs. Lilac season is so brief, but I love them so much, and I LOVE living in a place again where we have them, after two decades in a lilac-less place. A wonderful park near me has several hundred varieties, and it’s awesome to go from one bush to the next, sniffing each and comparing: this one more subtle, this one more cloying, this one intensely fragrant. They make Spring so wonderful.

    (I must add that I am excited to see this info about this new book! A friend just told me about The Happiness Project and I can’t wait to read that one. I will pass this post along to him.)

  • Jen W. Says:

    1. My two kids with their heads together, playing a funny little make-believe game.
    2. Sitting around the table with my parents, brothers, sisters, nieces nephews. Even better if the table is in a vacation home!
    3. Family game night.
    Basically, I am a sucker for happy family time.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Suppose it depends on the mood but I’m always happy if I’m reading in my reading chair :)

  • kristin Says:

    1 – Sitting on my front stoop, drinking a beer, with my bestie.
    2 – When someone likes something I’m wearing.
    3 – A crazy sweaty Bikram class.

  • Winter Says:

    1) Not caring how I look when I am at Zumba
    2) When my husband makes me laugh
    3) When I finally perfect a recipe

  • Gia Says:

    1) listening to my son sing
    2) sipping cocktails in mason jars on the porch
    3) night swimming

  • ris Says:

    Great giveaway! Three things that make me happy:
    1. Snuggling in the morning before I have to get out of bed
    2. Receiving paper mail
    3. Coffee or hot tea on a cold morning
    It’s the small things, you know?

  • Lavinia Says:

    1. My kids.
    2. My dog.
    3. A shady spot on the beach and a good book.

  • Cass Says:

    #1 – Hugs from a wet from the pool 4 year old.
    #2 – Tears – sometimes the other side of them bring the best kind of happy
    #3 – Blueberries the size of grapes…it can’t be natural but damn if it isn’t delicious!

  • Corri C Says:

    1. The sound of a sail the moment it catches the wind.
    2. The sparkle in my son’s eye when he’s telling a funny story.
    3. Early morning if I wake up on my own and have no obligations.

  • jackie Says:

    -Singing “Call Me Maybe” with my 3 year old.
    -A cup of coffee on a Saturday morning while the rest of the house sleeps.
    -Fresh sweet corn.

  • Janet B Says:

    Late-summer dips in the river
    The smell of my baby’s hair
    Fresh Farmers Market goods

  • Ashley Says:

    Driving in my Jeep on an open road.

  • eve Says:

    1. boxing class
    2. taking the time to do my makeup
    3. my mom’s cooking

  • Bridget Says:

    1. Seeing my niece discover “new” things (stuff I’ve been doing for so long, I forgot that I had to learn it!)
    2. Turning bits of my favorite songs into ringtones so I can hear them unexpectedly throughout the day.
    3. The intelligent, funny family and friends who I have in my life.

  • Cristi Whiddon Says:

    Thing #1: The sound of my husband laughing

    Thing #2: The smell of my kids’ heads (is that bizarre?)

    Thing #3: Seeing the look on someone’s face when I hand them a quilt I made for them.

  • Erin Says:

    1. My 3yo telling stories
    2. My man under the covers
    3. Upward dog

  • Miss K Says:

    1. Laughing with my friends
    2. Swimming in the Bahamas
    3. Tanning by the pool with a YA novel (don’t hate!)

  • Lisa Says:

    when my 3yo sings
    naps on weekends
    walking to get ice cream in the summer

  • Peach Says:

    ~a strong cup of coffee on a rainy morning
    ~the rush I get from a tough CrossFit workout
    ~finally knowing who I am and what I want

  • Tara Says:

    1. Morning sunshine streaming in through my living room windows
    2. Sipping a mocha as I listen to my baby go down for his morning nap
    3. Reading blogs written by women who share a similar world-view to my own

  • Meg Says:

    – laughing really hard with friends
    – waking up when I’m ready (no alarm)
    – sitting by a lake under the stars

  • Missy Says:

    1 – The high pitched giggles of my son when my husband tickles him while he low laughs.
    2 – The calm quiet minutes I take for myself at the end of the night once the baby goes to sleep.
    3 – The euphoria after achieving something I thought impossible.

  • helmetnona Says:

    -Getting up on a surfboard
    -Clean bed sheets
    -Phone catch ups with girlfriends

  • kami Says:

    1- The smell and feel of old books as I’m browsing my local book store (betterworldbooks.com)
    2- The look on my students faces when I tell them we’re putting learning aside for a day of games instead (usually Disney Scene It)!
    3- The feeling of waking up in the morning, squished between one of my doggies and my snoring husband.

  • Joanne Says:

    – Dog kisses always make me happy.
    – Reuniting with old friends, and laughing over stupid inside jokes/stories that happened when you were 12 that (in your mind) are still hysterically funny.
    – The feeling you get when in the ocean, just bouncing along with gentle waves.

  • Megan Says:

    1. Any sort of water, lakes, rivers, oceans, even pools.
    2. Being incredibly lazy on a Sunday afternoon.
    3. Freshly painted nails (by me)

  • Angie L Says:

    1. Facetime with my 1 year old niece. She is so close to saying my name even though we are so far apart.
    2. The moment right when I wake up and I stretch real big before I think about what I have to do for the day.
    3. Swimming.

  • Angeerah Says:

    In no particular order:

    *Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
    *My son’s laugh
    *My husband’s goofy sense of humor

  • Elizabeth Says:

    1. Watching my son and my husband play
    2. The movie theater in town that plays independent films and serves beer. And getting to go there all by myself.
    3. Sleep, uninterrupted sleep.

  • Alison Says:

    1. Waking up on my day off and lingering in bed. Lately, thi has sometimes involved playing a game or reading blogs on my phone. Yes, it’s my day off today, and I’m typing this curled up in bed.

    2. The unintentionally hilarious subject transitions that take place in texts from my boyfriend. A text from yesterday: “I think I’m gonna email [Manager] tomorrow about [work issue]. I want to grab your ass.”

    3. The way my body feels in water. I need to make more friends with pools, but they’re scarce here in NYC.

  • Jana Says:

    1. Coming home from a trip. Even if it was a wonderful trip, I just really love the homecoming…
    2. Christmas tree lights and snow falling outside with a candle burning on my kitchen counter.
    3. The feeling in the air in autumn when school is just back in session and the leaves are changing and falling. Putting on those first warm sweaters of the season.

  • Eileen Says:

    1. Hearing my children laugh and giggle
    2. working on and accomplishing a tough project
    3. listening to the waves crash at the beach while reading a good book (hopefully Happier at Home)

    All of these things are guaranteed to make me happy.

  • Arlene Says:

    My boyfriend, my pet hamster, negronis and tacos. And pizza.

  • Sarah Says:

    1. squeezes from my son
    2. finishing a knitting project
    3. Governor’s island

  • Sarah Says:

    Books, friends, and wine. (not necessarily in that order)

  • Amanda S. Says:

    a_ The smell of the earth when it first starts to rain.
    b_ Freshly-roasted New Mexico green chiles.
    c_ Driving down a country road with the windows down, singing loudly (and poorly, I should add) along with the music playing on the stereo.

  • Morgan Says:

    Being a traveler totally anonymous in a foreign country. Overripe stonefruit. Those conversations with strangers in which the walls seem to fall away.

  • abby Says:

    -the smooth, near-hairless patch of skin behind my dogs ears.
    -checking tiny sunflower seedlings for growth each morning.
    -the feel of very old, somewhat transparent vintage t-shirts.

  • Christine Says:

    that moment that is, after checking in on my sleeping children, knowing that everything is all right in my home and world

  • Heather Says:

    1. Kneading bread dough 2. Swimming outdoors 3. Spending quality time with my husband

  • Allisone Says:

    1. Music playing in the background.
    2. Sunny beaches
    3. Fancy beverages
    (bonus #4. Flowers)

  • Ginny Says:

    I am happiest:
    1) When smelling my baby girl’s head
    2) Being barefoot in the kitchen, sipping wine, and cooking dinner
    3)In the moment when you realize an inside joke has been created

  • Samantha Says:

    1. My niece’s funny laugh: silly, squeaky, snorty, showing all of her new teeth.
    2. Getting into a made bed at night.
    3. Completing challenging tasks. That makes me feel bullet-proof!

  • Jessi Says:

    1.) When my kids, who share a room, wake up at the same time and I can hear them giggling in the baby monitor.

    2.) The sound of chopped veggies as they saute in the pan.

    3.) The yummy scent in the air during a load of wash. I make my own detergent and it smells so good.

  • kate lu Says:

    a good night’s sleep, nectarines, and the sound of the ocean.

  • Heidi A. Seely Says:

    i am happiest when:
    1. I am cooking in the late afternoon
    2. I am outside
    3. I am reading with my babes, pointing out little details in the picture books.

  • Colleen Says:

    1.) Meadowlarks in the morning
    2.) A homegrown, home-cooked meal
    3.) Reading on a rainy day

  • Sara Says:

    -when I pick up my son from daycare at the end of the day, the moment when he sees me in the doorway
    -swimming long lengths underwater
    -starting a new book

  • Ellen Says:

    1. I am happy to say I’ve never been on Birth control. (!!)
    2. I am happy when I’m outside on a sunny fall day.
    3. I am happy when I’m hanging out with family or friends and a good gin cocktail.

  • Hanna Says:

    Floating in Lake Michigan with my husband after a long day apart, a summer night driving on a country road with the windows rolled down, eating the first cookie, slice of bread, etc. that I pull out of the oven, the funny things our cats do, spending time with my two sisters.

  • Karen Says:

    1. songs that tell a story
    2. my girlfriends
    3. adventures with my family

  • Sarah Cokes Says:

    Seeing my two dogs play together makes me happy. I love that they love each other. (And me!)

  • Aarika Says:

    My nephews and niece hanging out with me and making me laugh.

    The imminent arrival of autumn!

    Pepperoni and green pepper pizza.

  • Penny Says:

    Watching an Oklahoma sunset
    Listening to amazing music
    Hanging out at the lake with my husband and our friends
    Homegrown tomatoes

  • Laney Says:

    #1 Spontaneous “I love yous” from my kids
    #2 Listening to a really good song in the car, windows rolled down, volume up
    #3 Drinking hot coffee outside on a cool morning

  • Molly Says:

    1. When my newborn son stretches right after he wakes up- he looks just like his dad does in the morning!
    2. When my husband gets home from work and says “hi Family”
    3. A long hot bath and a fantastic new book

  • elaine Says:

    1-my daughters
    2-cooking and baking
    3-the prospect of getting a new puppy!

  • Beth Says:

    being at the beach
    drinking my morning latte
    the cute dogs outside the coffee shop that wait patiently for their owners

  • Amy Says:

    1. Books, books, books.
    2. Passport, travel documents, and a neatly packed bag–ready to head out the door.
    3. My two lovely rescue dogs.

  • Krysta Says:

    Drinking my morning coffee on the back porch with my husband. Kisses from my two pups. Finding a pair of jeans that fits perfectly.

  • Kristen Says:

    1. Long drives in the country with the windows down.
    2. My kids making each other laugh.
    3. Unexpected down-time.

  • sarah Says:

    my toddler son’s voice (and hair, and laugh, and everything else) | the smell of fall | that time with my husband after my son has gone to bed, when we share some wine (and hopefully something chocolate) and watch DVR’d TV shows.

  • Tracey Says:

    What made me so happy this weekend and continues to make me smile all day long every time I think about it is the sight of my 3-yr old running around the house (literally) in nothing but a batman mask and cape. Seriously awesome. I need to bottle that.

  • Robin (noteverstill) Says:

    1) how I feel after a good night’s sleep
    2) how I feel after a cup of coffee after a good night’s sleep (even better!)
    3) optimism
    ooh, and
    4) pulling the plastic film off of screens of new electronics

  • Natalie Says:

    1. summer morning “calm” when it’s just a few birds.
    2. really hearty and from the gut laughter.
    3. real letters in the mail.

  • Kizz Says:

    1. My goofball dog. http://www.flickr.com/photos/31403417@N00/4982556745/in/set-72157603969964422

    2. The super polite kids in my neighborhood who hold the door for me and ask my dog to do tricks.

    3. This woman, who saved my butt twice at a wedding this weekend. She’s my new favorite. http://www.flickr.com/photos/31403417@N00/7730109180/in/photostream

  • Kate Says:

    1. I was lucky enough to say goodbye to my godmother this last Friday, the day before she passed away. http://katespov.blogspot.com/2012/08/incurable.html

    2. Falling asleep outdoors with the sun on my face.

    3. Having one of my cats curled up in my lap while I read a good book.

  • Rachel Says:

    1. bonding with my husband
    2. hiking
    3. leaving the library with a stack of books (this makes me deliriously happy, each and every time)

  • BellaBrunette Says:

    #1 – Going to concerts. Really good live music gives me a warm feeling down to my soul.
    #2 – Seeing my best friends (who currently live far away) and realizing that we can pick up where we left off without missing a beat.
    #3 – Being on a date with a guy I really like (there is one in particular at the moment…) and accidentally brushing against each other. Oh, the butterflies!!

  • pseudostoops Says:

    1. My kid saying “dizzy!” and spinning herself in a circle.
    2. A slightly cool breeze coming off the river that hints at fall ahead (like I felt this morning on the walk to work)
    3. Summer sun glinting off Lake Tahoe

  • shokufeh Says:

    Things that make me happy include an exquisite view of the moon in the night sky, waking up and feeling content and refreshed, and sitting down with my family to eat dinner before 6:00. I should probably come up with a list of things that happen more often than these three.

  • alissa Says:

    I’m falling in love with Gretchen as we speak – I’ve been reading “The Happiness Project” – I’m only on April and I already feel more at peace. Three things that make me happy right now:

    1. Slowly getting my sleeping environment in order, new headboard a coat of paint etc…

    2. Watching my 2-year old daughter play – she has such an imagination!

    3. Seasonal vegetables – tomatoes! Oh the tomatoes.

  • Cris Says:

    1. Holding hands with my husband.
    2. Laying in my hammock looking at blue sky and white puffy clouds.
    3. Laughing with friends.

  • Lesley Says:

    A few things that make me happy are walking my dogs early in the morning before the neighborhood is awake, cooking a good meal for myself and others, and yoga.

  • Rochelle Says:

    1. Watching my 3 year old son’s personality develop and solidify.
    2. Seeing how confident and brave my 14 year old daughter is, completely opposite of what I was at that age.
    3. Spending time laughing, playing video games, whatever with the kids and husband!

  • Becky Says:

    A clean house (note: NOT the cleaning of the house!), waking up on my own schedule instead of the kids’, chocolate.

  • rachel Says:

    Cool! This is the first I’ve heard that Gretchen has a new book coming out.

    OK, three things that make me happy… how ’bout fresh peaches, fresh tomatoes, and corn on the cob. Must be summer!

  • wendy Says:

    I’m super happy to be starting a new job and moving to a new state!

  • MJ Says:

    1. Sweet tea in the morning.
    2. The look on my kid’s face when she gets to spend a dollar at the arcade.
    3. Knitting.

  • brie Says:

    3. Singing loudly while driving

    2. Making my niece laugh with my horrible Kermit the Frog impression

    1. Sending and receiving text messages with my husband about cute dogs

  • Laura Says:

    An evening walk with my husband and my dog;
    honeydew melon on a hot day; and
    a perfect huck to a cutter in stride.

  • jobonga Says:

    1. Being rousted awake by my dog’s wet nose.
    2. Sharing a bed with my sister when we’re together.
    3. Scoring rhubarb from my bus driver’s garden.

  • Rachel Says:

    #1 – Sitting on the front steps of my house in Capitol Hill, reading a book, drinking a glass of wine and watching the neighborhood go by.

    #2 – Waking up to forwarded flight confirmations from my friends and family letting me know they’re coming to visit.

    #3- Turning the corner and seeing the US Capitol at night. When that sight doesn’t take my breath away, it’s time to leave this city.

  • Jill Says:

    The way my kids’ heads feel against my face. Playing dominoes with a glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed. Downton Abbey.

  • Angy Says:

    I’m happiest when I get to spend a whole day with my mum.

  • Jen Says:

    A good, long hug from my boyfriend, wine outside with friends and traveling to new places near and far.

  • Jacinta Says:

    Hi Maggie! Thanks for the giveaway! Things making me happy right now: 1) That I set out to get a B.A. and that on Thursday I’ll be done my last class. 2) Cooking with fresh summer produce… especially corn, and new recipes in particular. 3) A successfully hosted visit with my husband’s family.

  • Emily Says:

    Watching my toddler’s uncontrollable giggle, drinking a tasty IPA with my husband, and wearing a fun, flattering, girly dress all make me happy!

  • Anne Says:

    I am happy when my 8 week old daughter poops. She’s an infrequent pooper and I’m a crazy, worry-wart first time mom.

    I am/will be happy when I have to brush my teeth with bottled water because it means I’m back in my home in Africa with my amazing husband after a 5 month separation as I came back to the states to have our baby.

    I am happy with an xl fountain diet coke in my hand. Just because it’s delicious.

  • Roseanna Says:

    Fresh fruit

  • Stephanie Says:

    Things that make me happy:

    My older son, who is hilarious and brilliant and joyful.
    My younger son, who has the best baby babbling sounds and I don’t know what we did without him.
    Diet coke.

  • abbiejoy Says:

    I loved the happiness project and look forward to reading happier at home! Things that make me happy: laying in bed reading, my crazy dog, watermelon

  • Miranda Says:

    My dad’s laugh makes me happy. It’s one of those deep, hearty belly laughs. Even thinking about it makes me smile.

  • Marti Says:

    #1 – watching my daughter carry around a Patty O’Green doll from the 1980’s like it’s the hottest toy ever
    #2 – sitting and watching the busy bee’s collecting pollen on my purple salvia in my front yard
    #3 – crisp what clouds against a bright blue sky

  • Cynthia Says:

    Warm coffee on cool mornings.
    The sound and smell of good things bubbling on the stove.
    Being able to spend an entire day reading favorite books.

  • Ayse Says:

    1. Making things
    2. Learning something new
    3. Helping other people

    If only it hadn’t taken me so long to figure that out when I was struggling with unhappiness in my 20’s.

  • famousamy Says:

    1) Seeing my husband read to my girls. (He loves it and does it all the time.)

    2) Getting dirty with the kids!

    3) My sisters! I love them (3, and two SILs) and how much fun we have together).

  • Gena@BakeAllTheThings! Says:

    1. When my husband hits snooze for an extra 10 minutes of half-sleepy snuggling in the morning.

    2. Scarfing down drippy bites of the perfect summer watermelon

    3. Getting lost in a good book.

  • margie s Says:

    Beachboys music. Hanging plants. Love stories.

  • Gretchen Alice Says:

    1. Kissing my new boyfriend
    2. Reading, reading, reading
    3. Being in the kitchen

  • Leah Says:

    – Surprises from my husband
    – Lovely smelling soaps
    – Discovering an excellent book

  • Emily Says:

    1. My little puppy
    2. The ocean
    3. Cupcakes

  • Nicole Says:

    1. Sunflowers
    2. When my dog gets so hyper he runs & skids down the hallway on hardwood floors
    3. Weekends

  • Cheryl Says:

    1. Reading a good book.
    2. Sitting by the water contemplating my belly button.
    3. A glass of wine and good conversation with family and friends.

  • Sarah Lena Says:

    1. My lawn the day after it’s been cut/edged/blown.
    2. Getting a captcha right on the first try.
    3. The way my four year old’s weight on my lap is an instant mood relaxer.

  • Emily Lewis Says:

    1. Slow mornings on my back porch
    2. Devouring a good book
    3. New paints, clean brushes, and an empty canvas

  • Carin Says:

    1. Experiencing something new
    2. Pillow Mountain
    3. The spot on a cat’s nose where the fur stops going one way and starts going another – they like to be scritched there, and I like to scritch them there.

  • Rachel Says:

    Family, rocky road ice cream, new shoes, creating something that makes people laugh, late-night book club, acting silly and others joining in, meeting new people, large shiny earrings, putting my pajamas on in the afternoon, having to wake up early and being rewarded with a beautiful sunrise, sharing a really great story, Slurpees.

    I’m the worst at narrowing things down. But so many things make me happy.

    Sidenote: I once read an article by Gretchen and emailed her a question and she responded almost immediately. Ever since I’ve considered her a class act.

  • Melissa Says:

    1. Missouri, which surprised me. I had to move away from in to realize how much.
    2. My $5 pool chair. Best summer investment, ever.
    3. My super charming 9 year old buddy.

  • Meadow Says:

    My family, books, fresh berries. Not always in that order.

  • Rachel Says:

    Oh what a lovely giveaway! My first thought was that it makes me happy that it’s hard to pick just three things that make me happy, but here goes:

    1) Waking up every day with a job that gives me a sense of purpose. It makes me happy even on the rough days to know that what I do is necessary and important.
    2) Watching my house come together as a space for love and joy and sanctuary for me and family and friends – a true home. I’ve only had it since last October (Life List yay!), and its a work in progress, but every little thing – like the recent painting of the living room – fills me with happiness. All I have to do is walk through my home and it makes me smile.
    3)Summer and all that goes with it makes me happy! Which for me means evenings on patios filled with friends, laughter, and slushy margaritas or other summer concoctions, cute dresses, flip flops, beach days with dogs, fun summer books, kickball tournaments, running to the ice cream truck…you get the idea…smiles all around.

    Thanks for this – a very fun way to start the day!

  • MDJ Says:

    1. Deep roasted black coffee
    2. Being awoken by some cuddles by my sweet little girl who is always “hungry for breakfast”
    3. 2 hours on a bike to help melt away the cares of the day

  • Aura Parks-Wise Says:

    in no specific order:
    the perfect rosey-pink lipstick shade that lasts and lasts.

    emails from the NYPL, informing me that my reserved books are waiting for pick up.

    napping on the beach, dozing lazily as the waves crash and sun keeps me warm.

  • Sara Says:

    (1) A good night’s sleep
    (2) Exercise on my own terms
    (3) A delicious lunch of cheese, fruit salad, and iced tea, followed by something chocolate for dessert

  • Sarah Says:

    1) Any body of water
    2) Remembering to buy myself flowers
    3) Cooking for friends

  • Mekesy Says:

    1. A peaceful house.

    2. New shirts that flatter and also cover my fat roll.

    3. Buying a new car for the firs time EVER in my life.

  • Amy Says:

    Spending time with the people I love makes me happy.

  • Megan Says:

    Movie previews, a new lip gloss and singing ridiculous songs entirely out of key. Happy.

  • Beverly Says:

    I am happiest when:

    1. I am cooking with my boyfriend.
    2. Sharing a wonderfully huge red wine with friends.
    3. Listening to Wilco on repeat all day.

  • Erin Says:

    1. Strawberry season
    2. Reading books
    3. New purses

  • Mis Says:


  • Jen @ Midwestern Modern Momma Says:

    If you are limiting me to three things, I will do my best:)

    1. The way my husband wraps me completely up in his arms when he hugs me.
    2. The scent of my son in the morning when he climbs into bed for snuggles and lovins-of sweat and little boy morning breath.
    3. My beautiful drive to and from work through rural NW Ohio. I get to see the sunrise each day over beautiful farms and countryside.

  • Kelly Says:

    Glitter, mango, my babes, the possibility of projects and my right hand man.

  • Lisa Says:

    3 things that make me happy:

    1. The husband waking me up with a steaming mug of coffee for me to drink in bed. It happens almost every morning, so I start the day off happy! Bonus points for waking up to find cats and dog sleeping on the bed with me.
    2. Learning a new skill–right now I’m working on my first ever pair of knitted socks.
    3. Meandering conversations with my 13yo son.

  • Laura Says:

    Ever since my cancer diagnosis I find that what makes me happy has changed…

    1. Watching my husband play with our 7 month old daughter and eliciting a deep belly laugh from her.

    2. Getting together with dear friends and creating magical moments like backyard camp outs and silly sing alongs.

    3. Snuggling with my husband and him telling me everything will be ok

  • amy beth Says:

    1. clean sheets and pillowcases
    2. night time play dates-kids in the yard, adults on the deck
    3. picking through the clearance racks

  • Violeta Says:

    3 random things that make me happy:
    – laughter
    – lasagna
    – listening to my husband play the guitar

  • jen Says:

    my morning espresso
    working from home and being able to see my husband anytime i want
    “quickies” in the afternoon :)

  • courtney Says:

    Things that make me happy:

    1. coffee and sunday morning crossword
    2. playing the banjo
    3. watching my 6-month-old son learn to crawl

  • Anne At Large Says:

    1. making a big mess in my garden.
    2. a long soaky bath with a book.
    3. finishing an entire book in said bath.

    There are more, for sure, but these have been at the top of my list lately.

  • Melissa Says:

    1. hugging my son when I pick him up from school
    2. drinking coffee on my front porch
    3. spending time with old friends

  • Elly Says:

    The ability to proactive in making life happier and having it come to fruition, peanut butter gelato, a fun night out with friends. Loved the happiness project, finished it a week ago and am still mulling over all the thoughts it’s given me! :)

  • katie Says:

    Really good peaches, listening to music outdoors, and the beach late in the afternoon.

  • Rebecca Says:

    ~ When my daughter sleeps until 7 a.m.
    ~ Seeing deer on walks.
    ~ Jewelry.

  • Grace Says:

    1. running
    2. hugs from my partner
    3. touching my cats’ bellies

  • Adina Says:

    1. noodles
    2. when my dog Rudy lays his head on my lap and lets me pet him
    3. watching a storm roll in

  • Erin Says:

    1. Reading a really great memoir.
    2. A long chat with an old friend.
    3. Having a cup of Earl Grey on a chilly, misty morning.

  • Susan H. Says:

    1. a weekend at the coast with friends and a walk on the beach
    2. sitting in the backyard on a pleasant evening with my husband, a glass of wine, and some music
    3. my annual girls’ weekend trip with my high school friends

  • Elizabeth Says:

    1. Coffee in bed
    2. Cold nights, warm socks
    3. Hearing a song lyric that makes my insides dance

  • Alissa Says:

    Three things that make me happy: Waking up to my fiancee cuddled up behind me, when my previously semi-feral cat seeks attention from me, sitting outside at our student union at night drinking beer with friends.

  • Amy Says:

    1. Paris. Just everything about being there, from the Eiffel Tower to the food.
    2. My first sip of coffee in the morning.
    3. The last moments of the day, in bed with my boyfriend and cat.

  • Janna Says:

    Things that make me happy: Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. Rainy days. My family.

  • Linny Says:

    1. Sunday morning quiet, first cup of rich coffee and the Sunday New York Times
    2. A nice, long dark & early Saturday 7-mile’r with my favorite runner girls
    3. Sitting on my 11-year-old daughter’s bed, next to her, as she chatters on about the her most important things

    Can you say BLISS…. Ahhhhhh….

  • Jenny Says:

    1. Hanging out with my husband and daughter, having new experiences together.
    2. Brunch. Sweet mother of pearl, I love brunch.
    3. Reading a good book in lamplight, wine glass in hand.

  • Patsy Says:

    1. My newborn’s huge smile.
    2. Watching my husband become an amazing father.
    3. Sitting at long table filled with great food and fantastic friends, and you suddenly realize just how lucky you are.

  • Janelle Says:

    In no particular order:
    a. The crunch of granola in my morning yogurt.
    b. The colors and smells of autumn.
    c. When my boyfriend anchors my feet with his feet, wraps his arms tight around me, and kisses the top of my head, with my face buried in his chest.

  • raych Says:

    1. I learned to make nougat and it is not hard. Now I can just…fucking…make a pan of nougat and then EAT it.

    2. My baby is 7 months old and pleasant, neither a shrewish newborn nor a willful and mobile toddler.

    3. She is sleeping right now and I have a pan of nougat.

  • Sara Says:

    1. Good coffee in the morning.
    2. Sunset on the beach.
    3. Sound of niece/nephew’s belly laughs.

  • Cheyenne Says:

    1. gummy worms
    2. 3 uninterrupted hours of reading
    3. overhearing my son’s imaginary play

  • Casey Says:

    – stupid jokes (what did the fish say when it hit a concrete wall? DAM!)

    – a good reuben sandwich and french fries

    – figuring out the twist in law & order before it happens!

  • Amy Says:

    1. Raspberry pie for breakfast
    2. Realizing that the book I just started is going to be AMAZING
    3. Making my husband laugh

  • Dutch Says:

    1.) the smell of my husband’s neck
    2.) the feel of our first(soon-to-be)born kicking my fingers through my belly
    3.) coming downstairs in the morning to a clean house
    4.) everything autumn-related (drinks, smells, weather, pumpkin donuts, football, leaves changing, everything…)

  • guinevere Says:

    Deer trimming my blackberries for me, so I won’t have to.
    Hymns of my childhood
    Tomato season

  • Debra Says:

    1. Laughing hysterically with my best girlfriend from college
    2. Hiking, running, biking – anything that gets me outside
    3. Losing myself in a great book

  • Ines Says:

    1. Dancing without music (or *with* music)
    2. Long summer meals with my family
    3. Swimming in the ocean

  • Meg B Says:

    1. Taking my bra off at the end of a long day
    2. A bowl of steaming hot cream of broccolli soup
    3. Starting a book I’ve been super happy to read. (Finishing said book usually makes me sad)

  • Sara Says:

    1. my kids’ laughter. (I know it sounds cliche, but really, there’s nothing better than my daughter’s silliness or my son’s belly laughs.)
    2. a really really good night’s sleep.
    3. sailing on a nice sunny day with my husband.
    3. skiing with my husband and dad on a powder day.

  • Shannon Says:

    Things that make me happy:

    1. Travel: stepping out of the airport in a new destination, ready to set out and start exploring. (bonus: this is the time you will be the furthest from having to get back on an airplane the whole trip)
    2. Puppies: my dog Riley, all of the dogs I’ve had in my life, all of the dogs to come, and all the dogs I see on the street. They’re the best.
    3. Surprises: planning little things like surprise presents, taking someone to something you know they’ll love, and sending unexpected packages. I love surprising people with unexpected treats, and all of the planning and build up that goes along with it (perhaps more than the gift or event itself!)

  • Candice Says:

    1. Waking up to my son’s face.
    2. Being in the middle of really good book and being excited about how much there still is to go.
    3. Trying a new recipe and having it come out perfectly.

  • samantha Says:

    1. The moments when I realize there’s nowhere I’d rather be than where I am right then.
    2. Laughing in bars with my favorite people.
    3. Dad jokes.

  • Macaroni Says:

    1. Bobsled run at Lake Placid (trying new things)
    2. Staying up late–just because I can!
    3. Cheese–life without cheese isn’t worth living.

  • Journie Says:

    1. Hearing my 2 year old nephew try to repeat every big word I use around him, like persnickety and apocalypse.
    2. Looking at my dog’s one gold eye, one blue eye in bright sunlight when you can really see the difference.
    3. Halloween costumes

  • LauraM Says:

    1. The way my husband wraps his arms around me when we go to bed at night.
    2. The moment I finish and send away a big project.
    3. Seeing my little sister (who lives far away from me)

  • Payal Says:

    1. Watching my girls make each other laugh with a sparkle in their eye.
    2. Eating, laughing, conversing with friends around a big table.
    3. Sunshine.

  • Alicia Says:

    my 4-month-old’s shrieky laugh, an early morning walk, and being in bed reading by 10pm.

  • Nora Says:

    The sky at sunset, on the water.
    The moon.

  • Mrs. Bachelor Girl Says:

    1. My eight-month-old daughter, Harper, and her cackling little laugh.

    2. My sweet husband, Blake, and how he puts everything into perspective for me.

    3. When I think I only have a sip or two of diet soda left and I pick it up and realize I have, like, half a can.

  • Fanny Priest Says:

    My toddler’s sloppy kisses. Iced coffee. Lying on the grass.

  • Robin Says:

    Making me happy lately:
    -the Olympics
    -my baby’s first smiles
    -my bilingual toddler’s first full sentences

  • Carly Says:

    1. Doing something silly
    2. Making lists
    3. Getting a perfect beer buzz with friends who are at the same buzziness level (although this sometimes collapses into #1)
    Bonus: purring cat snuggled in my lap on a weekend morning

  • Danielle Says:

    1. Mimosas and a good brunch with friends
    2. My cat’s cheeks in all of their plump and wonderful glory
    3. Baking for people I love while listening to old music.

  • Sandwich Says:

    1. Clean sheets, and that crisp smell when you first get into bed

    2. My sister’s little dog, who, among other things, gave me the stink eye until I realized she wanted to sleep next to me, snuggled between the pillow and the sheets, not at the end of the bed. Adorable.

    3. The smell of garlic when you get close to Gilroy

  • Katie Says:

    1- When I show up for happy hour early and can have some alone time with my book and a beer.
    2- The smell of pine and dirt blowing in the mountains.
    3- Fresh clean sheets.

  • rebecca Says:

    OMG- I read Happiness Project last year….dog eared the pages and passed it around!

    #1- someone else washing my hair.
    #2- making cookies. Whenever, wherever, whatever kind. Baking makes me happy.
    #3- snuggling between my kids.

  • Meaghan Says:

    Peach juice running down my chin, riding a bike downhill, sweater weather, mountain air, books and coffee on porches, planning surprises, eating cake.

  • mia Says:

    1st three things that came to mind:
    -2yr olds (the INTENSE! EMOTIONS!)
    -having the house all to myself

  • Juliann Says:

    I love all this talk of happiness! So often we focus on the tragedies + pitfalls of life. I love me some optimism. What makes me happy, you ask?

    *Coming home after vacation. I love to travel + my family lives 3,000 miles away so I’m away frequently. But oh how I love crawling into my own bed + getting back into my routine.

    *Walking my dog in the morning with other neighbors. The dogs make me laugh + my neighbors give me a sense of community in this large, sprawling city in which I reside.

    *A good book. I’m a librarian, there’s no way I could leave this one off the list.

  • Melissa Says:

    1. morning coffee on the porch
    2. knowing that my broken heart is finally healed
    3. freshly painted toenails

  • Genesis Says:

    1. The sound of my two boys laughing together.
    2. A bubble bath and a great book.
    3. Gabbing with my girlfriends over a glass (or two, or three) of wine.

  • Sheri Says:

    The Head & The Heart

    The belly laughs of my children

    The smell of coffee brewing

  • Jolene Says:

    Good music, good coffee, and time with great friends.

  • Amanda Says:

    1. sunshine and the ocean (okay it was two in one).

    2. really great food.

    3. waking up in a tangle of arms and legs next to the one I love most in this world.

  • Cassie Says:

    1. My two-year-old’s laugh.
    2. A really good book.
    3. Sleeping (I’m pregnant, and not getting much. I suspect it will be roughly another 10 years before I get a good night’s sleep).

  • Ashley, the Accidental Olympian Says:


    1. Sitting on my porch in the sun reading a book.
    2. Walking the dogs on a perfect day, snooping at my neighbors front yards, hmmmm I like those flowers they planted!
    3. Reading a good book in bed as the night winds down.

  • Rhiannon Says:

    Things that make me happy:

    1. Realising truths that you have ignored for far too long
    2. The amazing woman in my life who catch me when I fall
    3. Wine.

  • kate Says:

    Happiness these days looks like:
    1. My little family of three.
    2. Having a job I believe in.
    3. Dear friends who spend time talking about ideas and then inspire me to change and grow and do.

  • CP Says:

    #1: Sifting through family photos
    #2: Buying my new planner in January and filling it in with birthdays and special events for the year ahead
    #3: Videos of babies eating lemons for the first time (seriously…do a search for that on Youtube. BEST!)

  • Christine Feenstra Says:

    1. the smell of my 4 year old little man’s neck while he sleeps.
    2. Homemade waffles on a saturday morning at 11 am
    3. Not dreading going into work each day – that makes me super happy

  • Mary Says:

    This is easy! Napping with my dog, watching Breaking Bad with my husband and going on vacation by myself.

  • Maggie Says:

    1. The kittens, asleep, and not trying to murder each other.
    2. Putting on fake eyebrows and then pretending I haven’t.
    3. Good news on weigh-in day.

  • Joanne Says:

    1. Eating breakfast alone in the cool morning before a hot summer’s day.
    2. Tying up loose ends.
    3. Wearing dresses.

  • kristen Says:

    Three things that make me happy:
    1. The way my boyfriend and I can look at each other and know the other is thinking, “ice cream.”
    2. The smell of little babies’ heads
    3. Waking up in the morning to the perfect bedhead, eliminating the need for the whole wash, dry, & style debacle.

  • Kristen Says:

    What makes me happy:
    1. Spotting bunnies in my neighborhood. I live in Chicago and love seeing them to remind me nature is indeed all around. I may or may not have named the bunny who frequently appears in my courtyard “Mr. Whiskertails.”
    2. A well-made bed. Didn’t Gretchen talk about this in her first book?!
    3. Lifting someone up. Whether from complimenting them on their awesomeness or empowering them to try something new…this is why I work in higher education.

  • Amy P Says:

    Easy as pie (or chocolate mousse, since that makes me way happier):

    1) my daughter’s naptime – oh, the potential!
    2) good cappuccino foam and a spoon to eat it with
    3) lately, fabric stores and sewing

  • Fiona Says:

    drinking a mug of coffee whilst sitting inside watching the rain pour down

  • Nicole Freire Says:

    1) An email from the public library, telling me my requested books have arrived and are ready for me to pick up.

    2) The post-divorce Sunday morning routine my daughters and I have established. We have become ‘regulars’ at our local bagel shop. Every Sunday, without fail.

    3)Knowing that my cat sleeps next to the front door so she will be right there when I come home.

    Oh, I am liking this so much, I need to write a much longer list for myself!

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful bounty with us.

  • Kate LS Says:

    1) Hot coffee in the coffee pot when I wake up in the morning
    2) Cool, crisp weather
    3) Rearranging furniture successfully

  • Sassafras Mama Says:

    Each month, I make it a point to make a list of things that make me happy. Then I consult it when I’m feeling blue. Among other things on the list for August: fresh-cut zinnias from my garden. That’s happy!

  • Debbie Says:

    1. Listening to kids playing in a pool (while I lounge)
    2. Perfect iced tea (condensation on tall glass required)
    3. Getting even one thing checked off my list per day.

  • Bess Says:

    blood orange-flavored Chobani yogurt with fresh berries on top, finding *just* the right words, road trips

  • Karen Says:

    1. A breakfast burrito from the farmer’s market.
    2. Star Trek: The Next Generation
    3. Hearing nightly music from the dance studio across the street.

  • Stacee Says:

    At this moment?

    1. The smell of baking granola.

    2. My son teaching my daughter all about baseball on the “field” they’ve constructed in the living room.

    3. The freshly painted bathroom just waiting for me to reassemble and prettify.

  • elsiroomom Says:

    1) A really good peach.
    2) Fishing (this is new! I just learned to fish!)
    3) Making my husband laugh.

  • Erin Says:

    I am happiest when I feel like I’ve accomplished something OR when I have the ability to be leisurely and sit around doing nothing.

  • meg b Says:

    Crossfit classes make me happy. Or…I guess they make me sick to my stomach with nerves before, miserable during, but strong, energized and very happy after!

  • Sarah Says:

    1. I am happy when my one and a half year old lays her head on my chest and closes her eyes in total contentment while we swing together.
    2. Walking in the woods makes me happy. Always.
    3. If I am outside during first light or last light, its a good day.

  • Raven Says:

    1. Driving with the top down on a warm summer afternoon
    2. Finding an OBSCENE deal on something I’d never be able to have otherwise
    3. Fri. PM watching BAD TV after everyone else has gone to bed

  • Stephanie Says:

    The three things that make me happiest are:

    1) Seeing my kids play together
    2) Laughing so hard with my family that I cry
    3) Being in Yosemite and seeing the valley from Tunnel View, which reminds me just how small my life is in comparison to the world, and gives me instant perspective

  • Beth C Says:

    1. Listening to my sons laugh together makes me happy.
    2. Making my husband laugh makes me happy.
    3. Seeing my best friend accomplish something she thought she couldn’t makes me happy.

  • Rhonda Says:

    Watching my wife dance.

    The whirring sound of my smarty pants 9 year old son’s brain.

    My daughter’s wild imagination.

  • CoraD Says:

    Thank you! Love Gretchen! And Mighty Girl (of course).

    Three things that make me happy right now:
    1) Project Runway (I’m late to the party but oh so happy to have made it)
    2) Sweet Tea flavored vodka
    3) Watching my girls play together

  • Cindy Says:

    Three things that make me happy (and this is very important at this time in my life)
    1. Riding my Vespa
    2. My dog Hooper
    3. My internet family

  • Lucyfur Says:

    1. My daughter’s laughter after one of her dad’s jokes
    2. A perfectly ripe avocado
    3. A crisp fall day

  • Torri Says:

    – How easy it is to make the toddlers giggle that I nanny.
    – Sriracha on McDonalds breakfast burritos make me happy (on the rare occassion that I wake up early enough to get one!)
    – a good boat ride on the lake with my family.

  • susie. Says:

    1. reading in my garden
    2. with cold wine and olives
    3. while the sun is setting

  • Samantha Says:

    1. My family
    2. Early morning on the beach
    3. The music on my little pink iPod

  • Eevin Says:

    1. Cookies.
    2. My husband.
    3. A day when I’ve crossed off most of my to-do’s and I have a sense, more broadly, that I’ve done what I was supposed to do that day – a day I feel like I’ve succeeded more than I’ve failed.

  • Lauren Says:

    1. long walks in the arboretum
    2. my best friends visiting/being near by
    3. sleeping late/laying in bed late with my buddy (ahem, partner? significant other?)

  • Lesley Says:

    Three things that make me aware of my happiness:

    1. cocktails al fresco with peaceful friends
    2. time – moving slowly, savoring moments
    3. my cousin Ann

  • Stacey Ball Says:

    1. Listening to my little guy sing songs, especially when he makes up lyrics.
    2. Swimming laps in a quiet pool.
    3. A recipe that comes out perfect.

  • Heidi Says:

    1. Impromptu talks with my teenage daughters make me happy. They’re a riot.
    2. Petting our critters makes me happy. I think it makes me happy too.
    3. Imagining myself as the Zombie Overlord of the Upper Midwest Region (and Canada) makes me happy too. Who wouldn’t want to be that?!

  • Heidi Says:

    Oops! I meant petting makes my critters happy too. Or…it makes me doubly happy. Whatever rates me the book (which would make me ecstatic. You want to stay on the Zombie Overlord’s good side, right?

  • Amy M. Says:

    lazy weekends, a good book and my family make me happy

  • Amber Says:

    1. Singing loud and off key in the car with my pre-teen son.
    2. Bubbles
    3. Laughing at the dinner table with my family.

  • Katie Says:

    1. My gray bermuda shorts that fit PERFECTLY.
    2. Finding the love of my life after going to hell and back.
    3. The laughter of women in a group.

  • elizabeth Says:

    These things gave me a rush of happiness and gratitude this week:
    1. Listening to my girls harmonize by the campfire.
    2. Seeing my son off to work with Dad at his first ‘real’ job.
    3. Sitting with my friend’s husband at the hospice and then getting a text from her that my being there helped her get through the day.

  • Emily Says:

    1) The coffee my husband brings to my bedside every morning.
    2) The goofy grins of my children.
    3) Naps!

  • Lora Says:

    1) my cats greeting me at the door
    2) having my coffee after a long run, before the rest of world has woken up
    3) Chipotle burrito bowl + cabernet sauvignon

  • Heather Says:

    1. Going to museums, alone.

    2. Being in the woods, with the perfect combination of friends.

    3. Planning my move to Portland next year, with my boyfriend.

  • Addie Says:

    1. My boys
    2. My husband
    3. The view out the windows of our new cottage

  • Cass Says:

    1. My son getting off the plane when he comes home from university. (Also his younger brother’s happy face when he sees his older brother).
    2. My dogs being so excited when they see me put on my bikini because that means swimming!
    3. Enjoying dinner and wine on our deck on a hot summer’s night.

  • Kate Says:

    1. Smelling my son’s head. He’s four and a half and I still can’t get enough. If they bottled that smell I would buy it in bulk.
    2. Sitting around a table with my friends after they’ve happily eaten a meal I cooked.
    3. The rush of adrenaline at that moment on a run when a good song comes on my iPod and I kick it into a gear I didn’t think I had in me.

  • Jenn T. Says:

    1. The things toddlers say. Like my daughter saying jumpoline instead of trampoline.
    2. Friends who are not only interested in what I’m doing, but who I also find interesting.
    3. Farmer’s markets. Because winter in Utah can be hard (no fresh local produce), I have to take advantage of summer’s bounty.

  • Elis Says:

    1. An amazing album.
    2. Spending a whole day enjoying brunch, walks, movies, cookies, and snuggles.
    3. A good friend.

  • Lydia Says:

    1. Watching my kids wrestle before bed. At least right up until the inevitable eye injury.
    2. Running with my new friends. They push me in a good way, and I always feel so happy at the end of a run.
    3. Finally having a job I love. It’s really the people (isn’t it always really the people).

  • monica Says:

    a) spooning with my husband after a long, hard day
    b) tropical island vacations
    c) hunkering down with a good novel
    d) sunshine

  • Liesel Says:

    1. Baby smiles
    2. A full night’s sleep
    3. An excellent meal

  • Jen Says:

    Live music makes me happy. Also…checking things off my to do list!

  • this confetti life Says:

    1. warm summer nights
    2. vodka basil gimlets
    3. confetti, of course

  • kirsten Says:

    #1 Family
    #2 Fresh laid eggs
    #3 Naps

  • Sylvia Says:

    1. Clean Sheets/Cold Pillows
    2. Staying Up Until Sunrise Talking and Laughing
    3. Trying Something New

  • Leah Says:

    1. Sitting around with family after dinner on the deck outside, talking and laughing, with no one wanting to pack up and go home.

    2. Stealing snoozes in the morning, snuggled up with my sweetheart. Somehow snuggling in the morning seems far more decadent and precious than at night.

    3. Planning my life to where I feel like I’m living with purpose and meaning.

  • Kate Says:

    the feeling that comes with my morning coffee, when everything seems interesting

    finishing something challenging and relaxing afterwards

    the feel + smell + look of autumn in new england

  • Alicey Says:

    1. My gorgeous Estrela Mountain Dog, without whom my life would be so much worse. I never knew you could love a pet so much.
    2. The beach on an unusually warm winter morning, preferably followed by good coffee and Danish pastries.
    3. Anything that involves an adrenaline rush – this year I’ve been busy crossing things off my life list – but nothing beats canyoning in Wanaka. Possibly the most fun I’ve ever had, I can spend a happy ten minutes re-watching the videos and remembering how spectacularly awesome it was.

  • Alyssa Says:

    Watching mass group hugs, like when a team wins the world series.

    Finding it’s earlier than expected when I check the time.

    Snuggles with my kids in the morning.

  • Liz Says:

    1. hosting my friends and family for dinner
    2. taking my dog to the beach
    3. traveling

  • Jenn KD Says:

    1. Experimenting with ideas like The Happiness Project.
    2. Waving my arm at the tv to push the Olympic swimmers to the finish in front of the world record line.
    3. Reading my favorite books with my 8 year old
    And much much more…

  • Maren Says:

    Getting a seat all to myself on the train ride home from work, especially on the western side so I can watch the sun glint off San Francisco Bay

    When my husband remembers where we know an actor from, and then I remember their name, because that’s our couple superpower

    Weezer’s “Island in the Sun”

  • Shari Says:

    Blue Foam Restaurant fish sandwiches.
    Seeing my children help others.
    Swimming underwater.

  • krissy Says:

    1. Getting tons puppy hugs and kisses the INSTANT I walk in the door.
    2. Quiet mornings outside with a cup of coffee and some time to just sit.
    3. Clean sheets!

  • Cheryl Says:

    #1 Watching the hummingbirds enjoy the patio garden I worked on all spring/summer.

    #2 Thinking about the vacation I just took to the Oregon Coast with my favorite person in the world, my mom.

    #3 Sushi. Good food always makes me happy.

  • Kate Says:

    1. Laughing at dumb inside jokes with my husband.
    2. When my newborn son makes little snorting noises.
    3. My four-year-old gesticulating wildly.

  • Calypso Says:

    Things that make me happy:
    my home.
    my pajamas.
    banana caramel pie!

  • Daiva Says:

    My kids caring for each other
    Smell of coffee in the morning
    My husband’s laugh

  • Kelly Says:

    What makes me do the happypants dance:
    1. late summer peaches. licking the juice of my wrist as I eat them in the sunshine.
    2. Kimbra’s new album. in a world of autotune, girl’s got soul.
    3. the cool late summer mornings, with just a hint of autumn around the corner.

  • annie Says:

    Lots of things make me happy…off the top of my head:
    1. sunsets
    2. a clean kitchen
    3. eating strawberries.

  • jenG Says:

    #1: The way a ferry ride dries my hair in the morning

    #2: The way I feel after a run (endorphins FTFW)

    #3: Grown-up picnics–fewer cookies, more stinky cheese

  • Anne Marie Says:

    ~ the sound of my nephew laughing
    ~ the sound of my cat purring
    ~ my mother’s hugs

  • Karin Says:

    1. The smell of brand new crayons. I got to open 24 boxes this week for my new class!
    2. My cats purring me to sleep for a summer nap.
    3. Driving home from a show with the sunroof open, stars twinkling, music blasting.

  • Sharp Says:

    Getting ready to go out on a Friday night while listening to a Janis Joplin record, mixing a cocktail, and planning my outfit, while thinking about how much I love being 28 and single.

  • Wendell Says:

    #1: Swimming in a lake on a hot day. Even better if there’s a post-swim iced tea with lemon involved.
    #2: A spur-of-the-moment movie date. Even better if there’s cherry coke involved.
    #3: Sleeping in, and then slowly waking up and deciding to not get up just yet, then grabbing Entertainment Weekly or some such and whiling away the morning. Even better if there’s a sun spot and a cat involved. Off-the-charts better if someone brings you a cup of Earl Grey tea during this lazy spell.

  • Jeni G Says:

    -When I make someone laugh so hard they tilt their head back and full on guffaw.
    -Booty dancing alone in my house to really bad pop music
    -Getting sucked into a great book

  • Natalie Says:

    What a great idea!

    Things that make me happy:
    1) Birds chirping in the morning
    2) Smelling the ocean (living in Chicago makes it all the more sweet)
    3) Knowing that when I get home from work, I have a good book to read.

  • Liz S. Says:

    1. Knitting things with a plan to give them away
    2. Macaroni and cheese – at all times, in all weather, no matter what
    3. Making my husband REALLY laugh – the distinctive laugh that only comes around when something is extra funny

  • Sue Says:

    1. In the middle of my 5 year old’s crazy bday party — he found me to say “Thanks for giving me this party”.
    2. Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzel twists
    3. The 15 minutes right after my children go to bed and my body adjusts to the quiet.

  • KarinGal Says:

    Being in the ocean
    Japanese food
    The sound of my kids getting along

  • Christine Says:

    1. Our two boxers – clowns of the dog world & always good for a laugh.
    2. Friday evenings on the deck with a beer.
    3. Cooking or baking something new that comes out just right.

  • Jen Says:

    My baby boy’s laugh
    A cold glass of wine after a long day of making that laugh happen
    a good fairy tale retelling

  • Pearl Says:

    The moment a warm summer day turns into a cool summer night.
    New Friends.

  • Rebecca Says:

    1. Family adventures
    2. Welcome home from the fur kids ( my two dogs)
    3. Sunday morning church with coffee in hand

  • Sarah Says:

    Nothing makes me happier than my cat being excited to see me every time I come home ^_^

  • Rachel Hansen Says:

    1. Cuddling with my soon-to-be husband :)
    2. Coffee and a good book
    3. Hiking or being outdoors

  • sara Says:

    1. Seeing friends succeed.
    2. Waking up refreshed – before the alarm goes off.
    3. Road trips.

  • Ellen Says:

    Three things that make me the happiest:
    Spending time with my husband and three sons,
    Spending time reading
    Spending time at the beach
    Best day ever: reading at the beach with my husband and three sons!

  • Rebecca Says:

    I love the Happiness Project and can’t wait to read Gretchen’s new book!

    1. My wiggly corgi when I wish him “Good morning”;
    2. My husband’s silly sense of humor; and
    3. Weekend mornings with my robe and a cup of coffee:

    …make me happy

  • laura Says:

    Happy happy!

    1. My dog @LucilleThree :)
    2. Live music
    3. Laughing with loved ones

  • Cj Coppola Says:

    Baking. Baking makes me happy.

  • Tiffany Says:

    Besides the obvious kids/husband:

    1. Super clean, super soft sheets
    2. A completely scrubbed and organized kitchen
    3. An awesome cheesecake

  • Megan Says:

    _This weekend, I saw a guy bound into the water of Lake Michigan alongside his golden retriever. They were both chasing the same toy.

    _I slug up melons on a trellis using pantyhose.

    _Riding my bike along the lake last night on my way home from the garden, I was hit in the face with 1,000 bugs. I was smiling, and I thought they might get stuck in my teeth.

  • Julie Says:

    1. My 3 1/2 year old’s face when I pick her up at school.
    2. Making my tightly-wound husband laugh till he snorts through his nose and can’t breathe.
    3. The initial smell of something before I indulge – coffee, a book, curry, etc.

  • Megan Says:

    *slung melons. I slung them.

  • Anne Phillips Says:

    When the whole family gets the giggles.

  • Tara Says:

    Love this!

    1. a sugar cone of chocolate peanut butter ice cream with pink jimmies
    2. beating my husband in a game of Othello
    3. seeing my toddler double over in a fit of giggles

  • Nicole Meyer Says:

    1. The first sip of coffee in the morning.
    2. The smell of bedding fresh off the line.
    3. A day that is 78, calm and sunny.

    I just felt my shoulders relax after I typed those. Thanks!

  • amanda Says:

    Three things that are making me happy right now, in this very moment:

    my iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts
    The sunny summer day with blessedly little humidity
    The fact that I am feeling helpful to a friend who is texting me with troubles today

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Alicia Says:

    1.Hearing my kids playing happily together.
    2.When my toddler runs and gives me a hug on the leg periodically throughout the day.
    3.A good book (and quiet to read it).

  • Jamie Says:

    1. crossing something off my to-do list
    2. unexpectedly running into a friend while out on a mundane errand
    3. an afternoon nap

  • Miss Emily Says:

    My dog, seeing my friends succeed, and working towards my goals!

  • aioetnego Says:

    What makes me happy?

    1. The way my little boy says, “orange….” “Ahhnj.”
    2. Snapping a green bean (or twenty) off the vine. It’s like bubble wrap.
    3. Listening to my dog “sing” with the harmonica.

  • Jen Beyt Coffin Says:

    1. The funny things my 7 year old says daily.
    2. My yoga practice and yoga students.
    3. Having freedom in my work schedule to be at home with my family when I need to.

  • Karen Says:

    1.) Always being able to find things to be thankful for and for knowing the glass half-full.
    2.) The Olympics.
    3.) Hearing the people I love laugh.

  • Lena Says:

    hugs :)
    making others laugh :D
    cake =)

  • Jenny Says:

    1. Making my husband and son laugh.
    2. Hitting the 5 minute mark in a half hour run.
    3. Beach days!

  • Denise A. Says:

    I ADORE “The happiness project” – I think I’ve read it 3 times over the past 2 years or so.

    Here are three of my current happy things:
    1. The way my son says “all done” at the end of his meal: “din none”
    2. That my cat, henry, has taken to sleeping with me every night…right in the crook of my arm.
    3. Food. Especially soup and caramel. Although not together.

  • Katie Says:

    – picking up the check
    – stories told by my daughter, projects built by my son
    – seeing a constellation I know

  • Abby Says:

    1. the arrival of summer to Seattle (finally!)
    2. how blueberries, strawberries and cherries are all ripe this month and amazingly delicious
    3. slower days at the office

  • dgm Says:

    1. The first step in making peanut butter & cabbage soup, to wit, sauteeing garlic and ginger in olive oil for five minutes.

    2. My Saturday morning obstacle course workout with a bunch of guy friends, which involves things like jumping on progressively higher stumps, doing handstands, bear crawling backwards up hills, and generally getting dirty and sweaty.

    3. Watching kids learn to surf.

  • Trish T. Says:

    Taking the time to find out the many things that make me happy is ultimately making me very happy! At 30 and newly single, I am loving the freedom.

  • denise Says:

    a long bike ride followed by hottubbin’ makes me very happy!

  • Sharon Marks Says:

    1 – When my husband, son and I are all relaxed and joking together.

    2 – A great book.

    3 – The sound of my son talking to my parents. Gets me every time!

  • Rebecca Says:

    Watching my tall and elegant english pointer place his entire head in a small hole in the ground, just to see what’s in there.

    Feeling our baby girl kick really hard when my husband talks to my 8 month belly.

    Sitting on the rocking bench in my backyard in the evenings, eating fresh raspberries. While my pointer points at squirrels. And my husband tells me about his day.

  • Heather Says:

    Three things that make me happy:

    1. when my boyfriend delivers tea to my bedside table in the morning

    2. leaving Bikram (Not going to Bikram. I hate going. I like leaving.)

    3. the thrill of seeing a pod of dolphin.

  • Flora Says:

    Happiness is:

    1. Kids hugging babies.
    2. Sunsets on Cape Cod.
    3. Eating something new and fantastic.

  • Alesia Says:

    1. being well rested
    2. having exercised
    3. happy children

  • Katie B. Says:

    1. Finding a square of dark chocolate in my purse that I’ve hidden from myself “in case of emergency.”

    2. Good hugs.

    3. Making someone laugh.

  • Melanie Says:

    1. Watching and listening to my son laugh
    2. Coffee, especially the first cup of the day
    3. Discovering a new artist or photographer that I instantly fall in love with

  • houpley Says:

    Friday nights when suddenly you have all the time in the world.
    Saturday mornings when I can sleep in with my 9 month old tucked in the crook of my arm.
    Days in between when I can see how in love the five year old is with the 9 month old.

  • Liane Says:

    It’s hard to narrow down to three!

    -Watching the garden I planted months ago grow and bloom and produce real live fruits and veggies
    -Planning little surprises and activities that I know will make my kids go crazy with delight
    -Deciding what my next book to read will be, finding about 20 other books in the process that I want to read “next” (and next, and next, and next)
    I did all of these today! yay!

  • Lori Says:

    * The sound of the garage door going up when my husband comes home.

    * A cup of coffee and uninterrupted reading time.

    * Belly laughs.

  • jenny Says:

    This is fun!

    1) Seeing my husband achieve something I know he’s worked hard for
    2) Public libraries
    3) Sharing meals with people I love

  • monika Says:

    good coffee; weekly ladies only “meetings” at our local hole in the wall bar; hearing the kid sing the abc’s for the first time; our dog’s velvet soft ears; date night (planning and having); standing room only rock shows that can make you young again; finding the perfect old lady dress at a thrift store…
    i’m going to continue this list just for myself! what a great exercise. Thanks!

  • Tamara Says:

    – Napping with my 14 yr old kitty snuggled into my hip
    – The ride home from a great party when my husband and I relive all the best laughs/moments
    – Completing one of my “make 1,000 lovely things” projects- thanks for that one Maggie!

  • Christina Says:

    1. Knitting makes me incredibly happy – both because I find it creative, calming and satisfying, and because I can make lovely gifts for my friends.

    2. Spending time with my nearest and dearest, no matter what we’re doing. Time with my husband, girlfriends and family always makes me smile.

    3. Sunny days in Seattle. We get more of them than people realize, but the rain and grey makes me appreciate them so much more than I did when I lived in So. Cal.

  • Katie Says:

    1. donuts
    2. my daughter
    3. tivo :)

  • Melissa Says:

    1) cute, friendly dogs
    2) margaritas
    3) diy projects

    thanks for the giveaway!

  • gunter Says:

    Super happy about my newly purchased (hello bank loan!) 1st home is: A. Big enough my husband’s contractor’s tools are in the Garage instead of my Bedroom closet, YAY! B. In my new awesome neighborhood that does NOT include a next-door drug dealer with super noisy chickens, YAY! C. The walk to my mum’s house is only 10 minutes, YAY!

  • Hilary Says:

    #1: Fresh tomatos from the garden
    #2: A brand new manicure
    #3: A rainy day

    Good luck everyone!
    <3 Hil

  • Elise Says:

    How fun, here are my three:

    The smell of the ocean
    Finding free parking
    Making things

  • Melanie Says:

    Cooking for friends and family,having three day weekends every week, and late night strolls with my boyfriend.

  • liz kaczmarek Says:

    1. getting off work early
    2. having a good run
    3. giant marshmallows

  • Kristin Says:

    1. My son
    2. Belting out showtunes at the top of my lungs while driving
    3. any versions of smores
    4. My husband’s goofy and endearing personality

  • Juliet Says:

    1. Feeling of having clean teeth
    2. Sitting on a porch watching the rain
    3. Heartfelt moments in the Olympics

  • Heidi C. Says:

    Barracuda by Heart…. blasted at top volume!
    My sons giggle.
    The smell of homemade bread baking.

  • Lisa Says:

    My boys laughing; some time to read a good book; and ice cream.

  • Knighton Says:

    The sound of my kitty cat snoring in her sleep.
    Cooking in my kitchen.
    Cocktails on the patio at dusk, watching the hummingbirds perform aerial gymnastics.

  • Renee P Says:

    I battle depression. Happy is an interesting concept for me, and many others who deal with mental illness. But I can tell you some things that brighten my days.

    Long (or short) hikes through the Ocala forest.
    Staring at displays of a particular nail polish brand (rhymes with Bessie), sometimes even springing the $8 to get a fresh bottle.
    On the best days, baking something from scratch, last week I made banana cream pie..

  • Sarah Berry Says:

    1. When my husband finds me hysterical
    2. When my 3 year old hugs me for no reason
    3. When a conversation gives me a burst of genuine laughter

  • nicole Says:

    01 the scent of my mother on my clothes after i hug her. it is light and lovely and lingers after she visits.

    02 hearing the deep belly laugh of my darlin’ daughter. she has a great nerdy laugh. it cracks me up.

    03 waking up early and puttering around the house while everyone is peacefully slumbering. ah…. alone time.

  • meg Says:

    1. Outdoor cocktail parties at dusk, when our kids are occupying themselves.

    2. Moon bounces.

    3. Running on a dirt path in the dark.

  • Dawn Says:

    1) The sound of my daughter sneaking into our bed at 6 am every morning as she snuggles up next to me
    2)Getting lost in my dance class and just feeling the movement and letting my body communicate what it needs to
    3) Sitting on the beach with a good book and listening to the waves crash

  • Anne Says:

    Hugs. Mudslides. Novels.

  • Sarah Says:

    Eating and going out in NYC, notebooks, my husband: his laugh, smell, touch and taste.

  • Darci Says:

    Oh just 3? Ok…in no particular order.

    1. A wonderfully prepared meal
    2. My daughters’ laughter
    3. The look on my husband’s face when he has done something special for the family.

  • Mary H. Says:

    1. My almost 1-year old daughter
    2. My husband
    3. Salt & vinegar potato chips

  • Absquatulate Says:

    Things that make me happy:
    -Cooking for others: despite the fact that while I’m cooking I can be a right pain-in-the-rear (I’d like to think it’s because genius doesn’t have to be polite *all* the time :), I do love serving amazing food to people I like to be around.
    -Cycling: you can go far distances with a lot of wind in your face. That always equals happy (if I lived near the ocean again, replace cycling with sailing.)
    -Studying: I actually told my boyfriend (whose family wants to come to our house for a party the week of my comprehensive exams): “You and I may part ways, but I can’t part ways from my education, so I’ll be studying while your family invites itself over to the house.” I was amazed by how okay I was by this statement, and how much I love what I’m doing. (FWIW: we are still together, and he laughed and agreed :)
    -Bonus fourth thing: books. Don’t have to say anything beyond that, I think.

  • Hippittee Says:

    First, I would have to say that I don’t think anything/anyone can ‘make’ you happy…but i do believe people and things can bring happiness by their very nature, and therefore submit my list in no particular order:

    1. laughter
    2. taking photos
    3. discovering possibilities that perfect weather brings

  • Sara Says:

    3 things that make me happy:

    1. A sunday afternoon nap with a purring kitty.
    2. The sound of the wind blowing through cedars.
    3. Clean sheet day!

  • Megan Says:

    Today, I’m focused on sounds. So, sounds that make me happy:

    1. The pop of a champagne cork.
    2. The sound of someone you love saying your name.
    3. The sound of someone jumping into a pool when you’re absorbed in something else.

    (Bonus: seriously…your blog, your writing makes me happy! You’re an inspiration to me in both mindset and writing-style.)

  • Hayley Says:

    Dirt in my Skirt while I barefoot garden in the hot steamy earth makes me happier than I ever expect, every single time!

    Harvesting, Drying, and Jarring my own fresh herbs to use all winter makes me happy as mint julep!

    Melody Gardot on pandora while I watch my kids do the Full Moon @ Midnight Dance out in the yard every month, their laughter and imagining the future Thanksgiving Day conversations about “Remember When…” makes Smile Bigger than the Man in the Moon!

  • Reid Says:

    3 Happy Things:

    * Reading to my sons on our porch couch, ideally from one of the Disney storybooks (for example Peter Pan) of my childhood
    * Leaving a sleeping household for a morning slow-jog in 60-degree weather (like today, not the previous beastly heat and humidity in Upstate NY)
    * Naptime, my 4-year-old’s and mine, simultaneously

  • Shannon Says:

    1. Making the first friend after moving to a new place
    2. Free samples in stores
    3. When I go home and my mom makes the coffee before I get up.

  • Amy MacIver Says:

    Masterpiece Mystery! (exclamation required) with a pot of tea. Pants optional.

    A day alone in a new city with my camera. Coffee required.

    Waking up with a happy dog nose in my face.

  • Nestra Says:

    1. A nap with my baby boy.
    2. Seeing my husband’s face light up just as much as the baby’s when they see each other
    3. The twenty minute walk I take each night with just my dog.

  • Erin Says:

    Planning a trip somewhere I’ve never been. Cocktails with my best girl. Crawling into bed each night beside my best guy.

  • meghann Says:

    1. Watching someone, anyone!, dance like there isn’t a soul in the world but themelves.

    2. knowing that my move away from DC means I have reps in congress that can actaully, you know, represent me.

    3. after so many years, finding the best smelling neck to snuggle my head in every night. and I’m not on the pill so it smells good for reals :)

  • stephanie Says:

    i am happiest when i am:
    -reading books for pleasure (books!)
    -playing ultimate frisbee (frisbee flinging!)
    -giggling with friends (friends!)

  • Katrina Says:

    Getting in a productive day. Reading a wonderful book. Going out for brunch.

  • JenUsreyMClain Says:

    #1) Connecting with people
    #2) Helping others
    #3) Knowing I’ve made a difference

    And I love me some Bikram Yoga — because I connect and help there at my home studio; it’s kept me sane through 22 weeks of unemployment.

  • Beth Says:

    1) My cat – how can an animal be so. damn. cute? Everyday. All the time.
    2) My boyfriend who, even when I’m at my most obnoxious, somehow manages to say the exact right thing to bring me to my senses.
    3) Taking pictures with my SLR camera that I’ve had for 13 years. Knowing I got the shot after the shutter clicks followed by the sound and feel of advancing the film is one of my highest forms of therapy.

  • Kelly Dyer Says:

    Snuggling with a fresh-from-the-bath baby is my idea of bliss. Points if they’re doing that cute baby snore.

  • Becky Fuller Says:

    1. People doing things they don’t have to do in order to impress, entertain, please, or bring joy to others. Flash mobs singing/dancing definitely falls under this definition.

    2. The smell of my boys as babies. I recently bought a new container of the Johnson and Johnson lavender lotion I put on them as babies and put it back on them, and was so happy.

    3. Getting stuck into a good book. The kind where you should have gone to bed hours ago and you just keep flying through the pages.

    4. The light at “magic hour”.

    5. Those moments in life, occasionally, where everything just seems right and crystallizes into a memory right as you watch. This often happens to me with “magic hour” lighting, and sometimes a cocktail on a patio with beloved friends is also involved.

  • michelle K Says:

    1. Traveling with my son. It’s so fleeting, these moments, and then he’s grown and gone. We went to London, Paris, Munich this summer and then we’re headed to Mexico for Christmas this year alone…I love to see his eyes light up at all the “new, old stuff”.

    2. Kayaking – something about being on the water, early in the morning, in Sausalito, with nothing but the wildlife is just liberating.

    3. Being single. I’ve hit that point where I feel happy and free with no mans in my life. It’s become a conscious choice and I’m loving every minute of it. See #1, it’s temporary and finite. I will fall in love again someday, but for right now I’m super in love with me.

  • Karen Says:

    What makes me happiest:

    1) Love is always and forever more powerful than hate, rage, pain, fear, intolerance and ignorance.

    2) Peace and joy are never any farther away from me than my breath, no matter what else is happening.

    3) This world, as broken as it is, is the most marvelously beautiful and perfect miracle that has ever existed and I am SO GRATEFUL to be in it!

    There are lots of specifics but in the end I think they all fall into one or more of those three. :-) Thanks for doing this, reading these comments is an ENORMOUS high! Never too much gratitude, appreciation, happiness and joy in the world.

  • Becky Says:

    1. Watching my kids laugh at each other.
    2. Working in my gardens.
    3. A hot cup of green tea to start my day.

  • L Says:

    Little bits of hedonism. Particularly good coffee and dessert out.

  • M Says:

    Three happy things:

    1. Riding my bike down the tree-lined streets of my neighborhood, seeing how long I can balance at stop lights.
    2. Fish tacos and really great beer (especially hefeweizens!).
    3. Spontaneous dance parties with my (brand! new!) husband.

  • Heather Mead Kim Says:

    1. Swimming in my lake
    2. Seeing my little boy smile and laugh
    3. Visiting a new place (local or abroad!)

    …the list goes on and on… :)

  • Manders Says:

    Inspired by that little book 14000 things to be happy about (or something like that, I’ve been keeping a Word document list of stuff that makes me happy. It comes in handy on days when I’m particularly glum or ungrateful-feeling.

    I’m gonna pick three with a random number generator, because that’s how I roll:

    *giving my coworkers crap in an affectionate way (and getting it right back from them)
    *those 99 cent watercolor trays
    *good stories

  • Jocelyn Says:

    Key changes.
    My mother’s laughter.

  • m Says:

    Any of my preferred forms of exercise: dance/yoga/rock-climbing/running.

    Oh, and love (in all forms). :)

  • Aimee F. Crisostomo Says:

    #1 Picking up my 3 year old from day care after a long day at work. He exclaims “Mama!” upon seeing me and runs to me excitedly with open arms.
    #2 Biting into a chocolate eclair
    #3 Arriving in a new place at the start of a long vacation

  • jen Says:

    1 – four part harmony
    2 – the smell of tomato plants in the sun
    3 – laughing without reservation

  • Rachel Says:

    1. Skinny dipping in Lake Michigan with old friends
    2. Too much wine at dinner with new friends
    3. Blueberry season

  • Anne Says:

    McDonald’s french fries.
    Hug from my Dad.
    Clean sheets.

  • JenAHM Says:

    Only three things?
    1. My toddler daughter’s giggle — it makes my heart sing whenever I hear it.
    2. The smell of my husband when he gets out of the shower. Shivers.
    3. The ritual of making coffee each morning.

  • Kathi Says:

    1. The smell of my kids’ heads, especially when they are sweaty and grossly dirty.
    2. The sound of their unabashed laughter.
    3. The way my husband smells when he gives me a hug after working in the garden. Fresh air + his b.o. = my heaven.

    Apparently I am a smells person!

  • Maxly Says:

    I am commenting before I read so not to be influenced.

    What makes me happy?

    1) belly laughs

    2) a well written sentence

    3) my cat snuggled next to me in the middle of a bad dream

    And so much more. I am reading The Happiness Project –almost finished and have realized I am pretty happy. And that is happiness :-)

  • Jessica Says:

    1- The smell of my new baby’s breath.
    2-Chocolove chocolate bars, especially the peppermint one.
    3- The way my almost 4 year old tells the baby “good morning sunshine!”

  • Jordan Says:

    1. clean sheets
    2. participating in pay it forward at a starbucks drive through
    3. 75 degree weather

  • Jamie Says:

    1. Waking up each morning , knowing that my pregnant belly (now healthy after a scary complication) is getting bigger and bigger, just as it should be.

    2. The wrinkles at the outside corners of my husband’s eyes.

    3. How soft my dog is in the morning when we snuggle.

  • Andrea Says:

    1. Snuggling up to read books with my super sweet boys.
    2. Snuggling up next to my big boy (husband) and reading a book.
    3. Swimming.

  • HenHouse Says:

    1. sequins
    2. glitter
    3. other shiny stuff!

  • Andi Says:

    In no particular order:
    1. Looking at pictures of my best friend’s new baby
    2. Hazelnut spread
    3. Painting

  • Sandy Says:

    1. being with my kids
    2. photographing a beautiful sunset
    3. ice cream

  • Celia Says:

    1. Laughing hysterically with my husband and our 18 month old son
    2. Playing the piano
    3. Laughing hysterically with my mom and my sister :)

  • jen Says:

    A clean kitchen

    When my son does art projects at school


  • kate Says:

    Happiness is being kneaded…that was a sign my mom had in my childhood kitchen. It makes me happy to see SO MANY commenters on your site. You go girl. Lastly, can we cheers a drunken cherry bomb the next time we meet up, or that lemonade you made…all sounds yum. And happy! Soon! XO!

  • Heather Cole Says:

    I’ll give you four: my four boys (ages 4, 4, 4 and 5). Currently running around the backyard and filling the neighborhood with the sounds of their laughter and screaming.

  • Nicole Says:

    3 Things that make me happy:
    1. Sunshine after weeks of rain (and then rain after weeks of sunshine)
    2. A few hours to myself with the sole purpose of exploring a new location and taking photographs
    3. When one of my children says something unexpected and unintentionally hilarious

  • beyond Says:

    my baby makes me happiest. i never would have thought that a baby would make me so happy.
    being in switzerland and eating fondue with my family.
    watching stupid tv with my husband.

  • Jodes Says:

    1. My kids having a moment together that I get to witness
    2. My husband and I communicating something to one another that no one else gets
    3. Laughing hard with good friends and family

  • MsHuisHerself Says:

    Finishing an excellent book that ends just the way it should.
    That first cup of coffee when it’s made just right.
    Sitting on the back porch with a book & a beverage in wonderful weather.

  • Amanda Says:

    1. Baths. I don’t take them very often but when I do, I always feel more relaxed – and happier!

    2. Dandelions. I don’t care that they’re weeds. Yellow makes me happy; therefore, dandelions make me happy. (Plus, it’s usually a kid who gives them to me and if that doesn’t make you smile, you’re a grinch. Or allergic.)

    3. Coffee. Good coffee.

  • MomVee Says:

    1. My morning coffee. Every day. 2. How much my kids love each other 3. A book that takes me to a whole new world. Recently both “Shadow And Bone” and “The Night Circus” did that, magnificently.

  • Andrea Says:

    1. The sound of rain on the roof above my attic bedroom.

    2. When my kids are happily playing together.

    3. The perfect lemon drop martini. Yum!

  • Sarah Says:

    My son! We had 2 years of heartache waiting for him and now we couldn’t be happier.

  • Tasha Says:

    My life feels a bit chaotic after the birth of my baby, even 6 months in. What makes me the most happy right now?
    * A big gummy grin from my daughter first thing in the morning.
    * Catching my husband look at me when he doesn’t think I’ll see him and recognizing love in his eyes.
    * A cat curled up in my lap.

  • EmilyM Says:

    1. Forests
    2. Looking at the ocean
    2. Fresh coffee brewing

  • Mina Says:

    1. Summer
    2. Reading a book at the beach
    3. Chocolate ice cream

  • Skye Says:

    Things that make me happy:
    1.) The sweaty satisfaction I feel after a good workout
    2.) The triumphant feeling of crossing EVERYTHING of my to-do list
    3.) Coming home after work to an expectant pup who desperately wants to give me a sloppy kiss

  • gabrielle Says:

    1. oysters in the shack at the end of the pier at Nick’s Cove.
    2. lots of lit candles on the patio after dark
    3. picking up my love at the airport after a long trip

  • Emily Says:

    1. The sight of my son sleeping peacefully.
    2. Running superfast “Phoebe Buffet” style.
    3. Impromptu Dance parties if any variety.

  • Sarah Says:

    1. That picture of a white shaggy dog wearing glasses in your last post

    2. Getting packages in the mail

    3. Painting my house

  • Vivian Says:

    1. Feeding my friends food that I’ve cooked
    2. The view from the cab window as I head towards Manhattan from La Guardia airport
    3. Hearing, watching, and smelling the sheep eat alfalfa at feeding time in the barn in the winter on my parents’ farm.

  • AnnetteKD Says:

    Picking just 3 was harder than I thought it would be, but here they are in no particular order:

    – The constant sound of simultaneous awe, love and contentment in my sister’s voice since the birth of my niece.
    – The feel of weightlessness when floating in a body of water, preferably an ocean, but I’ll settle for a pool.
    – Reading a book that is so good, it makes you forgot about time, space and everything around you.

  • Leah Says:

    This is a good exercise for me! Wooh, embracing happiness. My three things:

    – walking in the woods with a light breeze
    – snorkeling in the ocean (and those manta rays — great tip there, Maggie!)
    – a made bed with freshly washed sheets and fluff pillows

  • Laura in Milwaukee Says:

    In no particular order:

    — dream decorating my new apartment (we move Sept 8!) which is cheaper and NICER than our current place without downsizing in space (and has 10ft windows, squee!!)
    — celebrating the new moonlighting job I got as a Clinical Instructor at a major Midwest university (my alma mater) which will not feel like work but rather like going home
    — eating garlicky mushrooms on buttered toast with a cool glass of wine after a long day of work

  • Robyn Says:

    1. back massages
    2. hanging out in my house when it’s clean
    3. when my kids give me hugs

  • Jenny Says:

    #1 My dogs farts
    #2 Clean sheeets
    #3 Freshly mowed grass

  • Sarah Says:

    1. The infants whom I care for all day and then hand back to their parents.

    2. Margaritas on patios.

    3. Books on quiet Sunday mornings.

  • Casey Says:

    1. Rereading my favorite books again and again–and always finding something new to love.

    2. The first green points peeking through the dirt in spring, and the first turning leaves in the fall.

    3. Uncontrollable giggling in public–especially when it gets contagious.

  • Desiree Says:

    1. Dryer-fresh sheets and towels.
    2. Saturday driving with good music.
    3. A table-full of friends bursting into laughter.

  • Kate L. Says:

    1. Talking to my mom or mother-in law on the phone

    2. A long, good-smelling bath in a tub filled to the brim with bubbles

    3. Climbing in bed after doing a great day’s work, knowing that I can sign my name on my day because I was productive

  • Jennifluff Says:

    1. When that little drop of warm water FINALLY rolls out of my ear.

    2. Checking on my kids when they’re sleeping and seeing what wacko contortions they’ve gotten themselves into.

    3. Getting sucked into a book while drinking coffee.

  • K. Bell Says:

    1. My dog, the sweet Ms. Paisley
    2. Books
    3. My nieces, Livi & Hannah, and nephew, AJ

  • Sara Says:

    1. Listening to my 8-year-old daughter tell stories about her magical world.
    2. Tap dancing!
    3. Reading the perfect novel while drinking a dry martini (with extra olives).

  • Sarah Says:

    1. getting genuine feedback, expressions of gratitude, sincere compliments
    2. my toddler is learning to hug and kiss.
    3. making my husband laugh

  • Ali Says:

    1) Having conversations with my toddler
    2) Reading a really good novel
    3) Summer evening light

  • Tracy Says:

    1. Going up north (northern MI) with my family.
    2. Listening to my kids laugh.
    3. Margaritas with my husband.

  • Rebecca Says:

    1. Successfully waking up early
    2. Hiking in the woods
    3. Landing a trick in the flying trapeze!

  • Jeanette Says:

    Curling up with a book & my dog, Cookie.

  • Maureen Says:

    1. my garden
    2. afternoons at the beach, all year round
    3. maple syrup

  • ariel Says:

    1. swimming in a pond with my dog
    2. when i hand my husband a cup of coffee in the morning and he hands me a delicious cocktail at night
    3. blueberries and coconut milk

  • Kristy Says:

    1) White meat nectarines.
    2) When locusts get all shouty in the evening.
    3) A skirt with the proper amount of swish.

  • Louisa Says:

    My cat snuggling with me in the morning, a good book and cup of coffee on the porch, being held.

  • Mary Burk Says:

    Our new kitten, Judi Honda, playing with our dog made me laugh out loud with happy. Seeing my husband excel in his new job also makes me happy. I love seeing him excited to go to work, the way that I have been the last few years.

  • kim Says:

    Clean surfaces make me happy – a rare occurence, but it means that everything is where it should be.

    The smell of rain coming down after a long, hot, overcast day of summer.

    Seeing the hand of one of my big children reach for the hand of one of my little children as we walk along.

  • Becky Says:

    I love the way my 4 year old son’s hair smells after his bath.
    I love my husband’s accent.
    I love how music can make me cry and laugh and feel so deeply.

  • Robyn Says:

    Three things that make me happy:
    1. Winning contests
    2. Reading
    3. My 3 sons (even if they keep me on my toes!)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • SJ Says:

    Things that make me happy, in no particular order:
    1. Nature
    2. Music
    3. Wine
    4. My kids
    5. My dog
    6. Flowers

  • Heather D Says:

    1. my daughter / being a mom in general
    2. reading amazing books
    3. swimming

  • Mandy Says:

    Fresh baked goods
    A fantastic book
    Cuddling in any form

  • Amy Arikan Says:

    Discovering a beautiful thing in an unexpected place in an unexpected moment

    Being pleasantly surprised, because I often know what’s going to happen next thanks to my brain working in overdrive all the time

    Seeing old friends and realizing only after the rush of catching up that it’s like no time has passed and I love them just as much as ever

  • Courtney Says:

    1. Good coffee in the morning
    2. The sound of the ocean
    3. The stamps on my passport

  • Andrea Says:

    Happiness is:
    Embarking on a new project.
    Long walks on cool sunny days.

  • Kelli Says:

    1. my kids (3)
    2. my husband
    3. my dog — I just love the way his tail whips around in a circle when he’s really happy. I wish I could do that.

  • MacKensie Says:

    – riding on the scooter around town (New Orleans) with my husband
    – having one full day a week with no commitments
    – my new, red hair color

  • Becky Says:

    1 – Sharpening a crayon; watching the curls come off.
    2 – when I can hear my cat purring.
    3 – when my niece, Lily snuggles her head under my arm to read a book after her bath.

  • Rachael Says:

    1. My family, especially my little cousins and the letters they write me. And, of course, my husband.

    2. Audio books.

    3. Tomatoes and avocados on sourdough bread.

  • Jennifer King Says:

    1. Clean sheet day :)
    2. Brand new Crayola pencil crayons
    3. My mom’s rice pudding when I’m sick

  • Michelle Says:

    1. painting in my wonderful studio
    2. getting to drink my morning cup of tea before it gets cold
    3. thunderstorms

  • Joy Says:

    1. my kids
    2. good books to read
    3. my husband having a night off

  • Holly Says:

    1. Scharffen Berger extra milky chocolate bars

    2. The way my toddler says “cow”

    3. The smell of cinnamon

  • Amy Says:

    #1:Laying down on clean bedsheets
    #2:Taking an outdoor shower after a day at the beach
    #3:Surfing in the Pacific Ocean

  • curlystraight Says:

    -my son and daughter snoodling (verb of snoodle, a word I just made up, it means what it sounds like and they don’t do it enough.

    -feeling like I really worked out.

    -a good beer.

  • curlystraight Says:

    -my son and daughter snoodling (verb of snoodle, a word I just made up, it means what it sounds like and they don’t do it enough.)

    -feeling like I really worked out.

    -a good beer.

  • Claire Says:

    Happiness Right now = cuddling in a quilt and watching the Olympics with my hubby and pets, the fact I love my new job, I get to spend the weekend with my mom, and a bonus… I will be dancing Saturday night away in the beer tent of my home town community festival.

  • Donna Says:

    1. Brussels sprouts
    2. Sleepy time tea
    3. My family

  • melanie Says:

    Ice cream
    Big salty ocean waves
    Nice cold IPA in a big pilsner glass
    (What can I say, it’s summertime!!)

  • Melissa Says:

    watching my five year-old swim, drinking coffee in bed, clean sinks

  • Nancy M Says:

    1. The way my dogs are freak-out-happy to see me when I get home from work.

    2. Making cake for my mom. She loves cake as much as I do!

    3. Thinking of my future with my husband and maybe a baby!

  • beks Says:

    It makes me happy when I find a new author, when my daughter tells me her brother is her best friend and when sheets smell of sunshine.

  • Tracy Says:

    Singing in the car.
    A clean house and a well-stocked kitchen.
    Book stores.

  • Nikki Says:

    Three things that make me happy:
    1. Reading a good book
    2. Fishing with my husband
    3. My dog and two cats

  • Sarah Says:

    1. Iced coffee on a hot day
    2. Lazy days at the beach with my family
    3. Sloppy kisses from my kiddos

  • Laura Says:

    (in no particular order)
    1. reading a really really good book late at night when everyone else is asleep
    2. eating apricots straight off my tree
    3. going to the dog beach with my pit bull and my husband

  • Pansy Says:

    My happiness peaks when my three year old answers my question, “how much does mama love you,” with “forever and ever, no matter what!”

  • Mary Says:

    3 happy things right now:
    1. Watermelon!
    2. Going to the theater for less $$ than going to a movie
    3. Those NASA engineers when they announced the Mars rover had landed — talk about a happy, proud, tearful room. Really inspiring. Makes me want to go to SPACE (note to self: add to lifelist)

  • Sarah Says:

    Gabby Douglas!
    Watermelon, feta and mint salad

  • Amber H. Says:

    1) a clawfoot bathtub, a spare hour, and a good book
    2) hearing “Boys of Summer” by surprise on the car radio
    3) a perfect, in-season tomato salad
    4) how hard my boyfriend laughs at sports bloopers

  • Katie M. Says:

    1) my baby girl’s laugh ….smile….sweet noises….basically anything that has to do with her
    2) when my husband unloads the dishwasher…seriously, it does good things for my soul
    3) clean crisp sheets when I am so tired
    And an extra,
    4) how excited my dogs get when we get to take a nap…they are always up for a good sleep :)

  • Danielle Says:

    1) Giggling in the dark with my love
    2) Reading under a shady tree
    3) Real mail that comes in the mailbox from someone I love. Even more so if it’s random, unexpected and full of strange things!

  • Allegra Says:

    1. having conversations with my 3.5 year old
    2. being near the ocean (and then being able to smell it on my skin, clothes when i’m back home)
    3. finishing a really good book

  • Roxy Says:

    Three things that make me happy:

    1. Black tea – I mean really black – with cream and sugar. I know that sugar is poison. I know that cream is the devil. But tea without these things is just so depressing.

    2. The weekend brunch at Camino in Oakland. It’s like the coziest brunch at home, with way better cooks (and service). They also give you a teeny tiny spoon and teeny tiny glass of sugar for your tea. It’s like I’ve fallen into a vortex of happiness.

    3. When my husband talks in his robot voice. It makes me giggle maniacally. I especially like it when he tries to communicate with GPS systems this way.

    Bonus #4: When people pronounce ambulance, “am-bu-LANCE.” I love those people.

  • Amy Says:

    1. Having cocktails with a few close friends and laughing until we’re gasping for air and tears stream down our faces.
    2. Boating at dusk after a great day of tubing and waterskiing. Watching the sun go down while the wind whips through my hair and being so thankful for a joyful summer day.
    3. The way my daughter curls her arm up and places her hand on my cheek during her last bottle before bed. It makes my heart swell every time.

  • Sarah Says:

    What makes me happy:

    1. Taking both my dogs for a walk and looking and their totally present, totally blissful and excited faces. Seeing THEM happy makes me so happy.

    2. The feeling of my partner reaching for me to hold me in the middle of the night. That feeling of comfort and family is so lovely.

    3. Books. Books, books and more books. Total happy right there.

  • Melly Says:

    A good hug. A good compliment. A good piece of dessert.

  • Tiff R Says:

    Really good jam with really good crackers/bread and a really good book. I know I’m holding some great literature in my hands when all my meals become finger-food-based (or something I can stab with a fork without looking), so that I can hold my book and eat too.

    Hiking near wildflowers. California is beautiful, even if summer hikes mean I have to be alert for rattlesnakes. It’s just adorable to see Western Fence Lizards do their little “push-ups” when they see blue jeans.

    Walks with my best friend. We used to do this three times a week. Now that she’s moved a quarter-of-tank-of-gas away, it’s more like once every two months, and I cherish them even more now.

  • Crystal Says:

    1. A long soak in a hot bath. No matter how crappy my day at work or how crushing the stresses of everyday life feel, an hour in the tub helps make it bearable. I lay back, occasionally use my foot to turn on the hot water to keep it steamy, and let my mind wander to the places that bring me comfort.
    2. The wonderful four-legged family members, all 4 rescues, who complete our household. The most recent addition (currently asleep on my feet) a kitten miraculously plucked from a four-lane road in rush hour traffic. And the fact that our grown daughters learned our love of animals from childhood and now have four-legged family members
    3. The Internet that connects me to the wider world. Circumstances have me in the heart of the conservative deep-south with values that are completely out of sync with practically everyone around me. The Internet allows me to connect with a like-minded community and reminds me I’m not alone in the wilderness.

  • Kristen Biehl Says:

    1. Snow days (I’m a teacher.)
    2. My husband’s smile lines around his eyes
    3. My dog snuggling up to me on the couch (He’s 100+ lbs, so it’s pretty hilarious when he things he’s a lap dog.)

  • Erin Montgomery Says:

    I often think about this when asked at yoga. My three things: my husband, my daughter, and my son.

  • amanda Says:

    Frozen yogurt, chai tea lattes, Mexican cokes. Yes, I’m hungry.

  • Emily Says:

    1) the finish line of a marathon
    2) spooning with my cat
    3) voting

  • Elizabeth Harve Says:

    Finding the time to meditate. That makes me happy.

  • jen p Says:

    1. all the stormy skies
    2. pulling weeds in the garden with my 3 year old
    3. my family showing up in the kitchen window (at my work) when i wasn’t expecting them

    and, bonus!
    4. my 11 month old barking back at big friendly dogs (mmmmriumph!)
    5. my sweetheart’s eyes, just about always

  • Marissa Says:

    (1) My daughter’s giggle
    (2) A cup of coffee during nap time
    (3) A good sweaty run in non-humid 70-80 degree weather.
    (4) When my dog greets me when I come home.

  • jen p Says:

    … and thanks for asking about happiness. there are like 500 responses, and i don’t think they are for the prize. it’s nice to have a minute to be thankful. it’s a good sentence to complete. :)

  • laurie Says:

    -running jokes that get sillier and sillier

  • Sarah Says:

    a semi toothless grin
    nice pajamas
    sidestepping bad luck

  • Amy Says:

    1. My family
    2. Feeling my unborn baby kick
    3. Bacon!

  • Meg Says:

    Let’s see . . . taking a nap snuggling with my dog, eating dark chocolate, and smelling an old library book.

  • Stephanie A. Says:

    Happy Times:

    1) Looking in the rearview mirror to see my son and daughter conspiring or sharing a private joke.

    2) Soups in the fall!

    3) Men with crinkle eyes when they smile.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Watching reruns of The Office with my husband and secretly imagining us as Jim and Pam
    That feeling you get when sitting outside after swimming, when you’ve gotten dressed and your body is so cozy and warm, but your hair is still wet and a breeze brings, like, this epic sensation
    Finally getting through the endless summer line at a local deli and getting Nutella-flavored ice cream in a freshly-made waffle cone to enjoy while walking through town

  • Kim Says:

    Making me happy: morning snuggles with my son, swimming in the ocean and iced coffee.

  • Jodi Says:

    1. When it’s free to add bacon to your sandwich! (Bacon 2012!)
    2. Suntan lines on my feet.
    3. Sunday night card games.

  • Angela Says:

    1. spending time with my nieces
    2. making my nieces laugh (best sound in the world, and I do many silly things to hear it)
    3. having a Saturday to myself, with no obligations, and potential to do anything

  • Abbie Says:

    A. Playing my banjo on Sunday after church
    B. buying a bottle of Yoo-Hoo and drinking it in the car on the way home from the store
    C. When my best friend texts all the way from Utah just to say hi
    D. (sorry, I need to tell you four things) Monsoons, and the giant frog orgies that immediately follow monsoons in the empty lot in our neighborhood

  • Rebecca Says:

    1) Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. My happy place. Bliss.
    2) Curling up in bed with my dog at my feet
    3) A blissfully warm shower. My favorite shower products. All the time in the world.

  • Mara Says:

    Painted toenails, hearing my kids crack each other up, sleeping in.

  • Emilie Says:

    #1: having a walk on the beach
    #2: spend time with my husband – not doing anything particular, just spending time together
    #3: receiving an email from my closest friend – staying 10,000 kms away from me –

  • Kristy Says:

    What makes me happy….

    1. A night off in the middle of an insanely busy week
    2. Discovering new foods I like to eat because I grew them in the garden just because I could (mizuna!)
    3. Kicking my shoes off and sitting in the autumn sun every lunchtime and warming my toes!

  • Megan Says:

    I loved the Happiness Project- so excited about the author showing up on my fav blog!
    Three things:
    1. Remembering to look up: trees, sunset, stars, sky..
    2. Singing the Doxology (“praise God from whom all blessings flow..”) on Sunday mornings
    3. Nuzzling (or as I like to think of it, condensed snuggling)

  • Michelle Says:

    1. crossing things off
    2. the color yellow
    3. my little nephew calling to say hello

  • Barbara Says:

    1# An unexpected compliment
    2# Afternoons in the park spent just sitting, people watching, maybe sipping wine or reading a good book.
    3# Running. Yes I know this is a bit out there, but overall in life? Running has made me happier person.

  • Bridget Says:

    3 things that make me happy:
    clean white sheets
    seeing a favorite musician live (at the Fillmore)
    the 2nd half of a great book

  • Kriszti Says:

    no. 1. biking until I can’t anymore and then jogging up a hill
    no. 2. sinking into a good book and realizing it gets better and better
    no. 3. looking in the mirror and not seeing a fat/tired/bored/jaded girl, but ME!

  • Simone Says:

    Right this moment:
    1. The sun shining in my face after a gloomy summer
    2. The taste of my first cup of First Flush 2012 black tea – Fair Trade
    3. The thought of winning this book (o:

  • Marian Says:

    1. Sunshine! I live in Ireland and it’s a rarity – this summer has actually been a washout…

    2. Sunday mornings; coffee, brunch and the papers, the simple pleasures in life!

    3. Spending quality time w/ my husband, family and friends. :)

    I could go on… if you choose to have an attitude of gratitude there are so many reasons in life to be happy.

  • Juanita Says:

    -starting a new book from one of my favorite authors
    -getting an idea for a new project, trying it, and having it turn out the way I pictured it
    -leaving the bedroom in the morning with the bed made and everything in its place

  • Sue Says:

    Three things that make me happy….

    * Drinking a cup of chai tea on my deck in the morning!
    * Snuggling with my dog and cat!
    * Long walks through the woods in the fall!

  • Caitlin Says:

    Reading. The smell of rain. Coffee. Spending time with my husband, my family, my friends.

  • Rachel Says:

    The way my husband holds me at night
    The way the pages of a new book sound and feel
    Pushing myself past what I think are my limits

    Also, love the dress she is wearing in the pic. Any idea where it is from???

  • Tamara Says:

    Listening to my children laugh
    This joke my four year old made up: knock, knock? Who’s there? Love! Love who? Love you, Mama!
    Running – because I can!

  • Meredith Says:

    1 – watching my husband make my kids laugh
    2 – a meal with extended family
    3 – a sunny afternoon outside with a good book and a soft breeze

  • Angelica Says:

    staying up late; sleeping in the next morning

  • Melissa Says:

    Happy= Hanging out with my husby, with our greyhounds, at home or at the ocean.

  • Heather Says:

    1. My husband and kids.
    2. A hike in the forest.
    3. A healthy, delicious dinner made at home.

  • Susan Says:

    Spending time with my children, reading, naps, a cup of coffee, and family get togethers at my parents’ or inlaws. Oops, that’s five!

  • Jill Says:

    1. Hugs from my favorite people.
    2. The sound and smell of the sea.
    3. A book that’s so good I never want it to end.

  • Amy Says:

    Right now I’m pretty happy about a kid who is strangely sleeping in past 8:00.
    Also, days at the beach and perfect peaches.

  • Melissa W. Says:

    1. Playing pretend with my daughter – she never lets me be the princess, but I do make a pretty rockin’ witch.
    2. When someone else makes coffee in the morning. It’s like walking into the kitchen to a little miracle.
    3. A clean email inbox.

  • Sarah van Loon Says:

    1 – connecting with dear, old friends who fill up your heart and soul SO MUCH it aches because it feels so good and so full.
    2 – getting lost in the music. becoming the performer and the composer, and trying to share their intentions and beauty with an audience (even if the audience is my cat).
    3 – being intoxicated in love with my husband, and have it be mutually returned

  • ginger odom Says:

    1) seeing my finace’s big man hands cuddling our three-year old, while they are both asleep;
    2) my daughter’s proud face when she scores in volleyball;
    3) driving at night, windows open, and a great song comes on the radio; and
    4) yoga class in the middle of a workday…
    to name a few.
    thank you for reminding me to pay attention to happy!

  • Leslie Says:

    1. Learning to do stuff I didn’t think I could (I just learned to paddle-board! It rocked!)

    2. Morning snuggles with the Man and two cats

    3. Eating at froofy restaurants with my lady friends

  • JulieH Says:

    1. my morning cup of coffee
    2. the beach
    3. playing with my nieces and nephews

  • Eileen Lundquist Says:

    Clutter free spaces and a good nights sleep to start – thank you Gretchen Rubin for having those tips top of mind

    Getting help from anyone (kids, husband or a friend) without asking for it – that caring and consideration always touches me so deeply. I (wrongly) always think I can do it all, all, all by myself. I love it when anyone around notices I’ve obviously bitten of more than I can chew and helps with a smile on their face:). It can be as simple as helping pack the lunacies, fixing something around the house or a carpooling favor….

    I am an “artist” of sorts so music blaring, pounding, sawing or torching wire or sheet metal in my studio makes me feel like all is right with the world.

  • Erin Says:

    1. Being surrounded by books — it’s like my own little world of possibility and wonder!
    2. Uncontrollable laughing fits with my husband. It’s moments of grace like these when I’m reminded that the small joys are so much bigger than the small annoyances.
    3. Crawling into a freshly made bed. There’s something so peaceful and perfect about clean sheets at the end of a long day.

  • Erin Says:

    1. Eating blackberries, blueberries, and granola after a swim.
    2. Telling the people I love how I feel about them.
    3. Reading Jane Austen.

  • Jamie Says:

    1~ A good book

    2 ~ Receiving a letter

    3 ~ A beautiful day at the park.

  • Mrs. Kinne Says:

    Things that have been making me happy lately…

    … feeling my daughter wiggling around in my belly.
    … eating lobster rolls on Cape Cod.
    … playing skee-ball in an arcade.

  • Jenni Says:

    1. a good night’s sleep
    2. cooking and eating a delicious meal with fresh, local food
    3. a good book

  • April Says:

    Happiness is found within–If you focus on it you can find it everywhere.
    #1 When my husband is playing with my daughter and she giggles
    #2 a quiet moment in nature (the sun, the wind, a babbling brook.
    #3 Naps :)

  • Emily Says:

    1) the way my boyfriend looks at me
    2) successfully making a new recipe
    3) the feeling of warmth under my blankets when i first wake up in the morning

  • Anna N Says:

    1. The sky
    2. Biking
    3. Swimming in Cayuga Lake

  • Shari Says:

    I am happiest when I share time with friends. I’m part of the stitching group (knit/crochet) that meets every two weeks. We spend the time laughing more than knitting. I also enjoy going out for a meal or playing cards or doing anything with friends that gives us a chance to chat and laugh. It really lets off steam and gives lightness to my week.

  • Anne Says:

    Three things that make me happy:
    #1hearing my kids laugh
    #2 sitting on the dock at the cottage and hearing the loons
    #3getting lost in a good book

  • Mary-Margaret Says:

    Right now I am happiest because of summer vacation, the smell of suntan lotion, and kissing my daughters’ sun-kissed cheeks when they’re sound asleep after a busy day!

  • Debbi Says:

    I am happiest when I have a good chat with one of my most favorite people -my husband, one of my two sons, my sister, my mom, one of my friends. It’s the little moments that feel most precious!

  • Deirdre Says:

    1. Getting the shot (great photo of Gretchen above!)
    2. My kids cracking each other up.
    3. Discovering a new favorite song.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    1. my dog, Joe.
    2. looking at paintings (the older the better).
    3. hugging my husband.

  • Carmen Says:

    I am happiest when I am grateful, grateful to the opportunity to walk, hear the birds and be outside.

  • Susan Says:

    1. Flowers
    2. Clean mammo reports
    3. Family laughter

  • Lisa Says:

    I love reading through all of these happiness gems!
    1. Curling up on the couch to watch a movie with the man I love.
    2. Boating in the summer with my sweetie and our dog.
    3. Learning something new. Right now I’m learning taekwondo (it makes me feel strong & confident). Next on my list…learning español!

  • Caroline Says:

    Surprise phone calls from good friends make me very happy!

  • Brigitta Says:

    1. Late night swims
    2. A new school year
    3. Musicals

  • Alexandra Says:

    1. Hearing my kids beg me to read a chapter of a favorite book (right now it’s “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)
    2. Breakfast smoothies with frozen strawberries from our garden (plus almond milk, almond butter and blueberries)
    3. WTF podcast (Marc Maron) to get through my long workdays of spreadsheets and PowerPoints

  • Jen Says:

    Three things that make me happy:
    1. When my kids snuggle with me.
    2. Kissing my dogs on the bridge of their noses.
    3. Laying on the huge, still-warm rocks at the edge of the sea as the sun goes down on a cool summer evening.

  • Suzanne Says:

    Things that make me happy:
    1. My beautiful children. God has blessed me with two wonderful girls (14 and 12) and they are a joy to be around…except when they are fighting :)
    2. A wonderful book that I totally get lost in.
    3. Spending time with my husband…he’s still a heart-throb to me after almost 23 years together!!

  • Erin Says:

    1. Winning contests!
    2. Long, hot baths with essential oils, candles, and a great book. (Fave wintertime evening activity.)
    3. Homemade soup OMFG. LOVE. Can you tell I am ready for fall?

  • Becca Says:

    1. Pre-work early morning breakfasts with ladyfriends (preferably at Tartine)
    2. Doing the Sunday crossword puzzle in a park
    3. The first sip of red wine on date night

  • Hope Says:

    1. when my 3 year old calls my 6 month old honey & sweetie.

    2. when my husband gets into bed way later than me & inadvertently wakes me up by cuddling.

    3. a short list b/c I can’t resist: the color fuschia, the 1st half of a second glass of wine (perfectly tipsy) & coffee/french toast in bed.

  • Sarah Says:

    1) My friends. Everything about them.
    2) Spending a day in the kitchen cooking with all the windows open.
    3) Sunday morning on the couch with breakfast, coffee and my puppy.

  • LauraG Says:

    The lake, sunscreen that works(!), and curling up with a blanket and a book.

  • Brooke Says:

    1. Listening to my partner laugh when he *really* finds something funny.
    2. Any time spent with my best friend (we live half a world apart now)
    3. Sitting inside with a cup of tea while it’s tipping it down outside, and knowing I don’t have to leave the flat.

  • Tamar Says:

    1. the smell of fall in the air
    2. the best of summer produce – berries, peaches, corn, tomatoes!
    3. sunsets over a lake, with the sun shimmering and reflecting.

  • Britta Says:

    1. My husband
    2. My friends
    3. My Kindle ;-)

  • Moira Says:

    1) my son laughing uproariously

    2) getting things done, not procrastinating

    3) not having to bring work home

  • Crystal Says:

    1. The ocean
    2. Music. Music, music, music
    3. Books

  • Chris Says:

    1) Eating meals at the table with my family with the TV OFF
    2) Laughing with my kids
    3) Chocolate, the darker the better

  • Mai Says:

    Off the top of my head:

    * Biking in the sun
    * Tea with good friends
    * The third lap in the pool

  • Lindsay Says:

    Homemade whipped cream on top of a latte from my favorite coffee shop!

  • Sarah Says:

    Three things:
    1. my kids
    2. the perfect run – feeling tired but every cell is alive because the weather is perfect and people are all happy to be outside
    3. soy lattes

  • Nina Says:

    Rivers, lakes, and rain make me happy.

  • Gina Says:

    Animals, nature and water make me happy.

  • Alicia Says:

    *Sitting on the back porch watching the birds with my new husband. (Married 7-7 at 7p.m.after 24 years of being divorced)

    *My 5 year old grandson asking me why, if my husband can read directions, he can’t also cook dinner so that I can stay and play longer.

    *When my 27 year old son calls me once a week to tell me about his life,ask for my advice on the important things, and always says Thank You and I Love You.

  • Hannah Says:

    the three things that make my happy home:
    * clean sheets on my freshly-made bed
    * refrigerator full with tasty CSA share
    * sitting/ standing in the kitchen preparing food with friends

  • Kaye Lyssy Says:

    Only 3? Ok…here are 3 things that make me happy RIGHT NOW…
    1. Summer produce and farmer’s markets
    2. Family and friends
    3. Pilates

  • Sherry G. Says:

    So many, many things! Making a new postcard to share with others, taking a photo that pleases me, hugging my dogs, going on a road trip, sailing on Biscayne Bay, laughing with friends, my grandaughter’s “love you”s!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    That first of the morning nursing time- with a cup of coffee and the curtains open to watch the birds play. Clean sheets and shaved legs. Day trips with no plans or intentions.

  • Tom Owens Says:

    1. Taking a walk with my wife of 30 years.
    2. Having my 13-year-old cat plop beside me. He sighs and smiles, making me feel like a rock star.
    3. Hearing the goldfinch sing after getting a beakful of seeds from the giant sunflowers we’ve planted.

    Great questions make me happy, too. Thanks for asking.

  • Trish Says:

    Biting into a ripe homegrown tomato, nestling into one of my bear-like husband’s hugs, sunny or cloudy days at the beach

  • pathom Says:

    Floating in water
    Bruce Springsteen in concert

  • Eileen Says:

    Warm sunshine creating Vitamin D on my skin.
    The kindness of others.
    Star Trek

  • liz Says:

    1. curling up on the sofa watching tv with my best friend and love of my life
    2. dogs, all of them
    3. music, live concerts and records specifically

  • Kristen Says:

    1) Hugging anyone for no reason except to do it because it feels good to give and receive one.

    2) Holding hands and seeing others doing the same.

    3) Saying “Hello” and talking to anyone…my son tells everybody, “My Mom will talk to anyone, even the hobos!”

  • Laura Tenebruso Says:

    Happiness comes in threes: sounds, smells, and smiles. The sound of the mourning dove that calms me, and also the sound of my children, squealing or squabbling, which isn’t always calming. The smell of summer morning, and also of burnt toast on summer mornings. The smile that forces its way to the surface through tears, through anger, through sadness.

  • Wan Says:

    Happiness can come from anticipation and the joy that comes previous to getting what you want. 1. When you see the waiter/waitress coming to your table with your food. 2. When you get home right before the rain starts. 3. When you are about to be smooched by someone whose lips you’ve been admiring.

  • Theresa Says:

    Sharing with my kids all the things I love, and watching them appreciate and learn to love them too: steaming fresh bread slathered in butter, trying new foods in foreign countries, eating raspberries off the bush, watching thunderheards form, the view from a mountaintop after a challenging hike, and learning the song of a new bird.

  • Denise Says:

    1. good food w/
    2. good friends and
    3. swimming

  • Tara Sharp Says:

    1. A cup of coffee and letting the dog outside in the morning silence
    2. A Saturday at home with my partner
    3. A long walk with a girlfriend
    4. An afternoon with a good book

  • Heather Says:

    I just moved in with my true partner, and I am enjoying the recurring giddy thrill I get when I think of “our” home. Related, my basil plant sprouting on the kitchen windowsill is a current source of joy.
    Also, creamed honey.

  • Kathy Says:

    1. Playing sports with my boys.
    2. Setting and reaching goals.
    3. A free weekend morning where I can sit outside, read a good book and drink an amazing cup of coffee.

  • Elaine Says:

    1. Sitting around a bonfire in someone’s backyard.
    2. Planning and preparing the food I’ll serve at a party.
    3. The smell of mulch.

  • Danyelle Says:

    A good night’s sleep, a good book, ice cream takeout and my kids’ laughing make me happy.

  • NicoleT Says:

    The rush of endorphins towards the end of kickboxing class. Morning cuddles with my kids. Listening to a good audio book during my commute.

  • Gina Says:

    1. A cool breeze on my sweaty face
    2. Hearing a huge laugh from anybody…my kid, family, strangers
    3. The quiet of my toddler’s naptime…aaaah

  • stella Says:

    1. my daughter’s laugh
    2. food
    3. new shoes

  • meagan Says:

    Kitten tummies
    Coffee on the porch

  • Shelly Says:

    1. The smell of the tent when we unfold it.
    2. Getting so dirty on a good trail run that I don’t even care.
    3. The powdery dirt taste on the top of my water bottle during a mountain bike ride.

  • Ella Says:

    Things that are making my happy today:

    1. The fact I am about to go swimming during my lunch break
    2. Telling friends I have completed the first draft of a new script
    3. Having sore muscles from finally trying wakeboarding (I was pretty awesome at it, actually.)

  • stella Says:

    1. my daughters laugh
    2. good food
    3. new shoes

  • Megan Says:

    Three things that make me happy at home?
    1) Opening the windows when i starts raining
    2) Using the china that was given to me on my wedding day by my mother, which was her mother’s, which was her mother’s.
    3)When I lay down to read and my cat comes to nap on my stomach.

  • Heather Says:

    1) Reading new books (particularly sequels/series!).

    2) Sitting quietly with my love, whether on a park bench, in a car while on an adventure, or on our couch on a rainy night, I am always happiest with him and a wee bit of quiet.

    3) Listening to my 88 year old grandmother telling me how my grandfather proposed (and other stories that I solicit with pointed questions).

  • Jill Says:

    1. The laughter of my niece and nephews
    2. The smell of fresh-cut grass
    3. Getting an A on an assignment as a 42 year old college student!

  • Jennifer Says:

    Being with family makes me happy, even after a 3 day road trip. ;) Beautiful sights, good food and awesome memories! Oh, and going home is great too– to reunite with my dog!

  • Meg Says:

    1. Zumba
    2. hot showers
    3. hugs from my sons

  • Louise Says:

    1. a shiny-clean kitchen floor
    2. an unexpected pleasant surprise
    3. planning an unexpected pleasant surprise

  • Katy M Says:

    Things that make me happy:

    1. Eating fresh herbs and veggies that I grew myself.
    2. Watching my dog run at full speed with that goofy grin on his face.
    3. Old pictures of my family from when I was growing up.

    Thanks for the super-fun giveaway and forcing me to write a little gratitude list today- I already feel better!

    katygmorris at gmail dot com

  • Lisa Says:

    Things that make me happy:

    1) The way my son’s and daughter’s faces light up when they see each other.

    2) Climbing into a bed made up with fresh sheets and lots of pillows at the end of the day.

    3) Making something pretty/nice/useful for someone.

  • Maileen Says:

    no. 1 – my daughter saying “i miss you” in her toddler voice when i come back from work
    no. 2 – libraries with shelves and shelves of books
    no. 3 – fireflies

  • Sonya Says:

    Things that make me happy:
    1. Pretty book covers
    2. Clean, fresh sheets
    3. Honey, mint iced tea

  • Molly Says:

    Dogs. Carbs. Trips.

  • amy Says:

    libraries! movie dates! thunderstorms!

  • ats Says:

    Christmas lights
    new books
    the moments leading up to a kiss


  • Nina Says:

    1. Making someone else happy. See: giving the perfect gift, and/or why I have the job that I do.

    2. My boyfriend’s smell. Dude, I could huff that man like spraypaint, spend all day walking around on a little hormone high.

    3. Anything beautiful. See: good writing, AB Chao Design Camp, the perfect Alameda Flea Market score, a shirt that makes me feel like a million bucks, a stunningly clear day across the Bay.

  • SAWK Says:

    #1 – The feeling of stepping off a plane or train in a new place or old place where friends are waiting.
    #2 – Coconut anything.
    #3 – Odd smiles, knowing looks, and general understanding with strangers whom you may or may not speak to and may or may not see again.

  • Cori Hintze Says:

    What makes me happy? 1- hearing my kids laugh, 2- being at the beach (specifically St. Augustine, FL) 3- chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. Yum!

  • Evany Says:

    1. Naps
    2. Hot baths (bonus: naps in hot baths!)
    3. That solid feeling of a tightly constructed hair-pile, the kind you know isn’t going anywhere all night, no matter how much tilt or shake your head (aka Dancing Hair)

  • Sarah Says:

    Taking a bath with the windows open during a rainstorm;
    Watching my husband’s sculptures dance in the wind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f69VkZFRIs4);
    Giving someone a truly perfect gift.

    (Also reading this website. Thanks Maggie!)

  • Courtney Says:

    Right now the number one thing that is making me happy is the fact that I just entered my third trimester of pregnancy in a pregnancy I never thought I would get to have (I suffered 4 losses prior). That’s pretty much supreme happiness! Other than that, baking always makes me happy, as does my husband! Happy. Happy. Happy.

    I can’t wait to check out her new book!

  • Vanessa Says:

    Three things that make me happy: riding bikes, making other people laugh and my new dog, Bruce.

  • Sarah O Says:

    1. The unfailing kindness of my fiance
    2. When my kitties want a cuddle
    3. Eating healthier and feeling better as a result

  • Rhonda Says:

    Three things that make my happy:

    1. Big, hearty belly laughs from my kids or hubs. Sincere belly laughs from anyone, really.

    2. The moment when you re-learn that you can figure things out on your own. It’s easy to depend on those around you, but when you build your own PC, navigate a new town, or start the lawn mower on your own, you get a certain satisfaction that puts an enormous smile on your face. It’s a non-arrogant sense of accomplishment (big or small) that stems from your own competency.

    3. Being alive. Our world is so vast and amazing, just being here is such an enormous gift. I’m happy to have two hands and two feet that work and to be capable of anything I can imagine, especially love for others.

  • Space Kitty Says:

    The three things currently making me the happiest?

    1) My grown daughter actively cultivates my friendship

    2) Creating a happy home with my beloved, even though we are very different people with very different lives – together we’re even better

    3) When the Best Cat Ever sleeps on my head.

    So, love and being loved.

  • Miranda Says:

    Unexpectedly spotting fireflies.
    A great, cry-inducing belly laugh.
    Sharing highs and lows of the day/weekend/vacation/you name it. (I like reflecting!) :)

  • Vicki Says:

    Three things:
    1. Practicing Yoga
    2. When people do unexpected, amazing things
    3. My son!

  • Larissa Says:

    I am a new mom, so what really makes me happy is sleep – oh glorious sleep!!

    Also – going for a run does wonders to shake off a funk.

    But, the best is baby smiles! Those big gummy smiles really are absolutely amazing!

  • Ann M. Says:

    1. time with family and friends
    2. a cup of coffee and a good book
    3. fresh veggies from the farmer’s market

  • Jen Says:

    A few things that make me happy:

    -holding my 3.5-yo son’s hand
    -leeks sauteeing in butter
    -the 10-minute drive home after a Zumba or spin class (endorphins!)
    -daily e-mails from my husband

    I loved The Happiness Project. Am very excited to read the follow-up!

  • JeanniePage Says:

    My sons make me happy – my two dogs make me happy – and reading makes me happy!

  • JoShee Says:

    1. Napping with my husband and our cat
    2. Skirts with pockets
    3. Caves waiting to be explored!

  • Carrie Says:

    1. The smell of fresh pine trees
    2. Twice-baked potatoes
    3. Warm, fluffy bedding in a cold bedroom

  • Laura Says:

    1. The smell of a chicken roasting in the oven.
    2. The sound of a busy bar.
    3. Fireplaces.

  • Sarah Says:

    1. When my son Beau wears his superhero cape to the grocery store.
    2. Making my dad proud.
    3. Wearing tall, strappy shoes at a dinner where I get to have wine!

  • Ashley Says:

    1. Snuggling with my cats Jolene and Digby.
    2. Sunset walks in crisp fall air.
    3. Cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.

  • Nanc Says:

    3 things that really make me happy:
    1. Waking up and my husband know my name (he has early-onset Alzheimer’s). Makes me jump for joy as I know its gonna be a great day.
    2. The sound of my grown children’s laughs. Makes my whole body and spirit fill with joy
    3. Having my black Lab, Miss Cali, snuggle with me on the sofa while I read blogs and emails. She’s the best.

  • erin Says:

    3 things that make me happy:

    1. My kids smiles after the first bite of a pancake slathered in syrup or cinnamon sugar or blueberries

    2. Pomegranate seeds covered in dark chocolate

    3. The feeling after I FINALLY figure out a pattern, or design problem. Finding the perfect solution.

  • maya Says:

    1. (tmi, but) that first real exhale after sex
    2. the sound of my kids’ laughter
    3. a cold, quiet shower, where i can gather my thoughts

  • Megan Says:

    My Three favorites:
    My 1 year old’s laugh
    Laughing so hard that my stomach hurts when my husband tells stories and jokes
    Being near the water

  • Lisa L. Says:

    1) bubble baths
    2) organized closets and cupboards
    3) coffee on cold fall mornings

  • Lauren Says:

    Playing with my sweet baby girl, Daphne. Friday night pizza, beer, movie and my hubby. Crisp Fall days!

  • Margaret Says:

    Singing opera, baking bread, snow days!

  • Sam Wedelich Says:

    1. Getting lost in a great story ( books preferred, but a great film is nice too!)
    2. Fresh cut flowers in the house
    3. Adventure! Traveling somewhere new, taking an unexpected turn on a familiar walk, etc.

  • Heather Says:

    #1: cool, fragrant Autumn days (and fall wardrobe).
    #2: delicious baked goods of any variety.
    #3: people being kind to animals.

  • lise Says:

    Traveling somewhere new makes me happy.

  • Suzi Says:

    picking blueberries
    enjoying morning coffee in solitude.
    Family backyard BBQs in the summer.

  • Dani Says:

    1. warm bed and a cool pillow.
    2. tea.
    3. warm hugs.

  • Jen C. Says:

    1. My son’s toothless grin (even though it’s slowly getting toothier).
    2. The feeling of shaved legs on clean sheets.
    3. The sound of doves in the Sonoran Desert.

  • Jennifer Says:

    A. Monarch butterflies.
    B. Morning coffee in Vegas while vacationing with dear lady friends.
    C. A really fantastic, non-greasy, precisely-scented hand lotion.

    And the scent attraction thing is going to drive me mad now. I’m going to start sniffing every male I know. Awkward….

  • Caroline Says:

    1) Hearing a car drivin up the street and being reminded of my Dad.
    2) My 2 year old falling asleep without drama
    3) Cookie dough.

  • Kim Says:

    1. Sex and the City reruns with a big bowl of popcorn with butter, salt and chipotle chile powder.

    2. Accomplishing anything and everything with my three children in tow.

    3. A strong cup of coffee and a really good book(weak coffee pisses me off).

  • Gay Says:

    1) A good book with a nice cup of coffee
    2) Great chocolate that my dear husband gives me
    3) Feeling like a kid at Walt Disney World

  • Ingrid Says:

    #1 – making my mother proud
    #2 – successfully preparing a dish I’ve always wanted to make
    #3 – having great conversations with my close friends

  • Nicole Says:

    #1. When a library book I have on hold arrives
    #2. Seeing the Ikea catalog in the mailbox
    #3. Drinking a mug of coffee outside

  • Connie Says:

    1. Having an entire pot of tea on a Saturday morning.
    2. Feeling both of my cats cuddle up to me when it’s bedtime.
    3. Getting tucked into bed every night by my husband.

  • AnnW Says:

    What makes me happy? Snoeshowing, hot water, and fresh raspberries or blueberries.

  • Carla Says:

    The Sunday paper. Being in love. Dreams coming true.

  • constance blizzard Says:

    I was not going to be one of those women who gushed about their kids, then I had a baby and got it. So: the smell of the top of my baby’s head. My baby’s gummy grin. My baby falling asleep with her head on my pillowy boob and her arm draped across my chest.

    That makes me happy. Now, to find what I ever did with my edge.

  • jill Says:

    the way my daughter demands “more!” when i sing to her.
    the smell of the wind just before a thunderstorm rolls in.
    crisp, clean sheets.

  • Catherine Says:

    1. When my family smiles
    2. Water: any kind – lake, pool, bath, shower
    3. Clean House – Even though there are seriptitious piles around “most” things are in their place and it smells clean

  • Kathy Says:

    1. Tea with a good book
    2. Rainy days
    3. Time with my family

  • Jill Says:

    1. Every morning, a great kiss from my husband. You know, when I’m extra pretty from just waking up.
    2. When my dog, the Queen of Crazytown, actually comes to me for a snuggle.
    3. The sounds of the neighbor kids playing outside. It’s like living in Mayberry.

  • Martha Says:

    In this digital, instant gratification era, catching a song I love on the car radio is sublime.

    Fresh sheets on the bed.

    When my son eats his dinner and likes it enough to say, “This one’s a keeper!”

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! I put Gretchen’s first book on hold at the library but only got through the first 2 chapters before I had to return it. It’s still on my Amazon wish list, so I do plan to get back to it one day. The part I read was great!

  • Lauren Says:

    Much of my life makes me happy (lucky me), but most saliently,
    1) My amazing wife, because she makes me laugh and smile and kicks my butt on a daily basis
    2) Belly laughs
    3) Living in NYC

  • Linda Greiss Says:

    1. Reading a great book!

    2. Working in my garden!

    3. Having silly fun with girlfriends!

  • Debbie Says:

    What makes me happy?
    1. Laughing and spending time with good friends
    2. Good chocolate
    3. Sitting on my porch with my cat and looking at how nice my garden looks

  • Leisa Says:

    1. Sex
    2. The Mountains
    3. Good art
    4. (Bonus) Good food
    5. (Can’t help myself) Sunshine. (And clouds,too.)

  • Danielle Says:

    1. Little kids when they’re learning to talk.
    2. Baked goods. All baked goods.
    3. Lying nose to nose with my guy.


  • Rose Says:

    A new book
    Clean sheets
    A blissfully quiet day at home with my husband

  • tami Says:

    1. When I come across something in my late father’s handwrititng.
    2. Picking my husband at the airport
    3. Sharing dessert

  • Heather Says:

    living in strange lands & navigating life from there

  • kathryn Says:

    1. stroking a cat, and having it purr and lean in to have you scratch *right there* behind its ears

    2. waking up to find my 3-year-old has crawled into my bed in the middle of the night, and is cuddling up to me

    3. making something, especially something to give to someone else. cooking, knitting, screenprints, web pages, all count.

  • Emma Says:

    Fresh veggies, my nephews, and clean sheets. :)

  • Janine Says:

    1. watching a grown man sit on a skate board going down the Manhattan bridge
    2. learning to ride my bike with no hands at 27
    3. making a killer cocktail and drinking it with killer friends

  • laura Says:

    1- my toddler
    2- seeing her with my husband or mother
    3- good food!

  • april Says:

    1. Snuggling with my little dog;
    2. The way I feel after exercise;
    3. Singing!

  • michelle Says:

    1. good company
    2. good food
    3. human nature – in all its awe + folly

  • Heather Says:

    Laughing with my fiance to a silly TV show, or just when we’re lying in bed talking about our days. Having coffee and a muffin for breakfast before I go to work. The first warm, exciting breezes of spring.

  • Alyce Says:

    The way my guy always moves me to the inside of a sidewalk whenever we’re strolling down the street.

    Fighting sleep so I can stay up reading a good book.

    Learning that I can get pregnant after years of thinking I couldn’t.

  • Hotly Spiced Says:

    That rooftop event celebrating the launch of Gretchen’s new book looked wonderful. Three things. Only three???

    1. A booked and paid for family holiday that comes with the feeling of knowing we will all be together and away from the usual distractions that come between husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters.

    2. A family home knowing my children have a place they can call their own that is a secure roof over their heads and a place to create memories.

    3. Faith to know that everything is going to be okay.

  • Sophie Says:

    1. playing duplo with my daughter
    2. riding my bike
    3. biscuits!

  • Laura Says:

    I love going on long walks around town, together with my boyfriend, I enjoy finding cheap thrills at thrift stores and it makes me feel good when I start my day off early and get stuff done.

  • sondie Says:

    1. Knowing what makes me happy
    2. Knowing who makes me happy
    3. Knowing when I’m happy

  • hilary Says:

    1. Reading a book that sucks you in so completely that you spend uninterrupted hours repositioning yourself on the chair/couch/bed
    2. The way my dog looks at me
    3. In bed with my boyfriend watching him discover Six Feet Under for the first time

  • Mette Says:

    #1 When my husband and I suddenly catch each others eyes – amidst laundry, tired children, mess and long lists of to dos – smile, and kiss.

    #2 Jumping with the children on the trampoline we’ve got in the garden. They can feel that this is more fun to me than playing with dolls or tractors – and they laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

    #3 Skyping with my parents. They live fairly far away, but the internet allows my children to see and talk to their grandparents on a regular basis. Some times we even ‘share’ our Sunday breakfast…

  • Anne Says:

    hugs, my hands on a potter’s wheel, a warm cup of coffee on a cool morning.

  • Kathleen Says:

    These things make me happy:
    – My weekly CSA box. All those beautiful fresh local vegetables and their inherent potential for yummy home-cooked meals.
    – Going to yoga. Pushing my body to its potential and taking the time to do something just for me.
    – Waking in the morning to find my littlest boy asleep next to me. Mind you he didn’t wake me during the night just crawled in all stealthy.

    Looking forward to Gretchen’s next book. Loved the first!

  • Cyn Says:

    1. My family

    2. My upcoming trip this weekend without my family

    3. Potatoes

  • Jill Says:

    So many things make me happy (and I had fun thinking about all of them when trying to decide which three to pick – so, thanks!)
    1. My family – husband, four year old stepson, and dog
    2. Being five months pregnant (first three months…notsomuch. Vomiting = unhappy)
    3. A really, really good book. And plenty of time to read it. And maybe a sunny spot to sit while reading. And perhaps a glass of lemonade. And a snack. Or five.

  • SarahK Says:

    1. learning
    2. smiles and laughs
    3. sunrise

  • Jae Says:

    1. My boy

    2. Going back to school

    3. Feeling at home

  • Kelly D Says:

    My children make me happy.
    Traveling with my family makes me happy.
    Chocolate makes me happy.

  • Kate F Says:

    -My one-week old making ballet arm gestures while staring at nothing.
    -My toddler repeating back the funniest phrases. (We have to watch ourselves–recently he said “— big belly!” after a comment about someone gaining weight, ergh!)
    -CSA peaches! Fresh corn! Summer summer summer. Also watermelon.

  • Heather F. Says:

    Books, afgans, and rice krispy treats make me deliriously happy. All at the same time, please.

  • brandi Says:

    -peach tea
    -baby swimsuits
    -my never-dancing-no-seriously-never-at-all self getting super into zumba class

  • Alicia Says:

    #1 – The quiet after everyone else is asleep and I still have some wine in my glass.
    #2 – Being underwater. Ocean, lake, pool, bathtub. Doesn’t matter.
    #3 – That my daughter has to give the dog a kiss goodnight and the dog sleeps in front of her door.

  • Claire Says:

    Swimming in saltwater, California sunsets, and fresh lemonade always make me happy.

  • Alexis Says:

    Happiness is listening to my son laugh, drinking wine with my girlfriends and after a good workout. I would love a copy of her book, fingers crossed!!

  • annabanana Says:

    1. when friends from different circles of my life become friends with each other and we can all hang out together.
    2. getting emails from my brother with pictures of my brand new niece, born only four days ago.
    3. knowing that i will soon possess something that will always belong to me: a PhD!

  • Anne-Katherine S Says:

    1- Hosting good friends with good food, good wine, and using my best vintage flea market treasures
    2- Being offered a job at THE school I wanted to work at, weeks after graduation
    3- Spending time with my family and meeting my cousin’s daughter

  • Ashley L Says:

    (1) My babies laughing, especially when it is playing with each other or because I have done something funny.

    (2) Hiking on a lovely day to a look-out/vista or to a beautiful waterfall. Bonus if we get to jump on rocks in a creek.

    (3) Red Lavendar tea hemp lattes – and brownies (regular, Vegan, peanut butter). Bonus if they are dropped off at my door by a loving friend.

  • Liane W Says:

    1. My boys in a tickle fight.
    2. A brand new box of crayons.
    3. Waking up next to my love.

  • KCV Says:

    My two girls when they first wake up in the AM…and just before bedtime…and frankly any time in between.

  • Morgan Says:

    1. Sitting on the docks with my beautiful upland doggy Harley at sunset and watching him sniff and spy and observe everything.
    2. Sitting (more sitting?) down unhurried to a good book and a bowl of ripe cherries.
    3. Spending a day going to Mass and lunch and recreating with my friend Dan.

  • Gabi Says:

    Three things that make me happy:
    1) When light turns golden at the end of the day. 2) Sailing anywhere, but mostly on turquoise water.
    3) The writing on “Frasier.” That is my comfort TV.

  • Matilda Says:

    1. When I can provoke the giggles in any of my 3 kids.
    2. Swimming.
    3. Hanging out with good friends.

  • Karen N Says:

    RUNNING! Running makes me incredibly happy. :)

  • amelia Says:

    Hugs & kisses from my niece and nephew.
    Having a great meal with friends.
    Travelling and meeting up with old friends.

  • sallybeth Says:

    1. finally getting job interviews after being out of work (!!)
    2. a perfect cup of english tea
    3. really good hugs

  • mrs.charlemagne Says:

    Happy = new yarn and a project that doesn’t require me to make a swatch; being on or near water; visiting family

  • findingmagnolia Says:

    1. Watching my once-malnourished baby develop a double chin.
    2. The questions my five-year-old asks friendly strangers on the train.
    3. Making the first french press of coffee at home in the morning.

  • Helen Says:

    The smell of rain. A clean closet. Fresh baked french bread!

  • Jennifer Says:

    1) my husband
    2) live music
    3) my kittens

  • christine Says:

    1. going to art museums
    2. looking at my children sleeping
    3. making and then eating baked goods
    4.(can’t resist adding another) a cute outfit

  • Heather Says:

    Things that make me happy:
    My husband teaching me to cook.
    A great book. Taking the perfect picture of a person. Cold beer.
    Rainbow sprinkles. Blank notebooks. Amazing yarn. Crescent rolls. Paper punches. Baskets. Vintage tins. Cowboy hats. Tacky tshirts.

  • krista Says:

    what makes me happy?
    1) the way my puppy’s paws smell,
    2) biting into a perfectly ripe (seedless) black grape, and
    3) exercise, which is a total necessity for my mental health.

  • Christina M Says:

    – the use of Powerhouse by Raymond Scott in Looney Tunes cartoons,
    – when my favorite priest says my favorite prayer, “St. Teresa’s Bookmark,” at the end of mass, and
    – the deep-inhalation/squeal my four-year old daughter makes when she’s delighted+enthralled+excited about something.

  • Christy Says:

    Things that make me happy (as inspired by others lists above mine):
    1. Using treasured postcards as bookmarks
    2. The way my boyfriend’s nose flares when he has said something that he thinks is totally on point or hilarious (is screams, “Yeah. I’m awesome.”)
    3. Gwynne’s laugh when she tells a story about her brother

  • Hita Says:

    1. Coffee and a book, in the morning after camping out near a lake.
    2. Watching someone I love laugh (especially if it is for something I said).
    3. Being good at what I do.

  • Rachel @ the minimalist mom Says:

    The way my son reaches back for my hand when he gets too far ahead of me.
    Slow cooked scrambled eggs.
    Reading in bed in the morning after a little sleep in.

  • Serena Says:

    1. Hanging out with my husband
    2. Waking up and dreading going to work, only to realize that it is Saturday!
    3. An excellent happy hour with friends

  • Tanya Says:

    – seeing my husband smile
    – watching my beagles chase each other around our yard
    – reading a good book with a glass of sweet tea on a sunny morning

  • mk Says:

    being a librarian
    my kids when they first get out of bed, all sleepy and snugly with wild hair.
    kick ass shoes

  • Cassidy Says:

    ^my potential future as a librarian
    the smile of my partner
    lemon ice

  • April G. Says:

    Snuggling with my cat, or watching my husband snuggling with her.
    The first sight of the ocean.
    Fresh sheets.

  • Melissa Says:

    Three things that make me happy:

    #1. Fresh pajamas straight out of the dryer on a cold night.

    #2. Baby ducks.

    #3. Unexpected kisses.

  • Kathy Weeks Says:

    1) Cool fall days
    2) My family
    3) Piano music (playing or listening)

  • April Says:

    -the quiet sounds of august
    -being Southern
    -old things: buildings, books, people-I like it old!

  • Kris Says:

    A baby giggling in pure joy.

    Pretty painted toes.

    Big, slobbery, goofy dogs.

  • stephanie Says:

    So intriguing! Can’t wait to read!

  • Heather Says:

    I love Gretchen, her thoughts have changed my life. Things that make me happy: Happy Kids, the way I feel after a tough workout, a favorite beverage (Coffee, Tea or Dr Pepper), Weekends, when everyone likes dinner (I have four kids), Dirty Kids after playing outside, SUNSHINE, birds, butterflies, and I could go on and on.

  • C Says:

    – The sound of my nieces laughing
    – Taking off my bra at the end of a long day :)
    – Finishing a good book

  • Jen Says:

    The smell of tomato plants on your fingers
    Seeing a great movie by myself
    The sting of saltwater on your face from a big wave

  • Rina Says:

    Three things that make me happy: (1) Getting so engrossed in a book that I forget to do anything for *hours* ; (2) Receiving cards in the mail from far-flung friends; (3) Riding a bicycle, everywhere, anywhere.

  • Jan Says:

    1) listening to my baby girl’s uncontrollable (and infectious) peels of laughter as she watches her daddy attempt to juggle
    2) landing at Dublin airport
    3) receiving handwritten letters from my grandfather Pappy

  • Laura Says:

    1. When my one year old wraps her whole body around me to give me a hug.
    2. Having a cup of coffee in the morning before anyone else is awake.
    3. Trying on shoes with super high heels to cheer myself up after a long hard day.

  • Sarah Says:

    1. Orgasms
    2. Pushing off the wall of the pool, hard, when I do a flip-turn at the end of a lap
    3. Revenge

  • amybee Says:

    hanging out with my family doing nothing in particular, a good meal, getting lost in a book

  • Jessica R. Says:

    1. The sounds of my children playing, especially when they are telling “stories.”
    2. Taking my dog, Mendel, for a late night walk.
    3. My husband raking his hands through my hair when I lay my head down in his lap (sounds dirty but it’s not- I swear).

  • Susan B. Says:

    – friendly greetings (given and received)
    – beach sunsets
    – reading

  • KC Says:

    I am having a rough day with my son, so I will list several things to cheer myself up.
    1. Beautiful days spent outside
    2. Rainy, cold days spent inside with coffee and soup and fireplaces
    3. laughing till my stomach hurts with friends
    4. Perfect moments when my son is happy and well rested and full of joy.
    5. Snuggling with my baby daughter
    6. When my husband and I make each other laugh
    7. The beach
    8. Southwest Harbor, Maine
    9. Outings with my mom
    10. When my house is clean
    11. Outdoor showers after a day at the beach.
    I’ll stop now…

  • Rhonda Says:

    My daughter,
    The first cold front of the year,
    Having nothing to do and all day to do it.

  • Elise Says:

    Oooooh how to narrow it down??

    1. Wearing my (long distance) boyfriend’s clothes
    2. 30% off sale price at J.Crew
    3. Heavy, wagging labrador retriever tails

  • Emily Says:

    Listening to rain as you fall asleep
    The anticipation of vacation
    Finding the perfect present for someone

  • Krista Says:

    3 Things that make me happy:
    1: uncontrollable, uncontainable laughter
    2: spending time with an old friend and feeling like no time has passed at all
    3: vibrant colors when the sun comes out after a rainstorm

  • Lindsey @ I Run in Heels Says:

    1. Elevators: After a week-long visit at my sister’s 5th-floor walk-up in NYC, my love for this wonderful invention knows no bounds. (Cue Josh Groban singing, “You raise me up…”)
    2. Karaoke: It makes me fearless. All of a sudden I’m busting out moves I wouldn’t even try in front of a mirror by myself usually.
    3. Daisy the Pug: She curls up by my side, and all is suddenly right with the world.

  • Kelly Says:

    1) Making a sign for welcoming someone home from the airport
    2) The cheese dip at my favorite Mexican restaurant
    3) Cheese in general

  • corley Says:

    I am happy with ME. I recently quit my job, with no back-up plan, because it was having a very negative effect on my life. I am confident that things will be okay. I’m facing the unknown, smiling.

  • Katy Says:

    1. My family
    2. My cat :)
    3. Cupcakes!

  • Sarah Says:

    1. my family
    2. my 2 pugs
    3. wine!

  • Susan Says:

    The fact that I have to think and pick out only 3 things that makes me happy makes me happy and grateful :)
    1. Good data from an experiment (I’m a grad student).
    2. Catching a Wallace and Gromit episode dubbed in German.
    3. Warm sunny days spent with husband and dog.

  • Leigh Says:

    After dinner-conversation makes me happy. Hugs from my husband and son make me happy.

  • Erin Says:

    1. A sweeping crescendo
    2. The complete freedom of my toddler’s laugh
    3. Dancing at a wedding with old friends

  • Marla Says:

    My kid singing her heart out (to a thirty year old song.) My enormous hydrangeas. Feeding a baby squirrel with an eye dropper before taking it to the rescue.

  • Valerie Says:

    1. My kids’ laughs
    2. A good book
    3. Walking in the forest

  • Alison Says:

    1. The sight & smell of the beach;
    2. Looking forward to date night; and
    3. Experiencimg the wonder of urban & outdoor adventures through the eyes of my children.

  • Heather Says:

    Three things huh, lots of outer things make me happy, but as I get older I realise more (thankfully!) that it’s the inner realisation that really makes you happy… thus leading to outer happiness (jeezo!)
    1. Being grateful, it just makes me happy when I do a little list (in my head – whenever) of the things I am grateful for. When I appreciate all the things I am grateful for, I just feel better.
    2. Kindness, being kind/kinder/kindest. Watching someone smile because of it – it tickles my toes a bit more than anything else. That saying, ‘warms the cockles of your heart’ corny, but so true and that’s how showing kindness makes moi feel.
    3. Waking up in the morning with no blastard alarm (just naturally) and then, and then, and THEN realising that… you don’t have to get up if you don’t want to and race around like a headless chook – it’s sheer joy.
    That’s me done – sounds too good to be true, but I could possibly swap Point #3 for New Shoes of any type and that would make me sound less like Mother Theresa…. but shoes give me brief happiness, the three points above last and last and that’s why I love ’em.
    From Heather – just a little Aussie gal who loves your musings HX

  • Raina Larson Says:

    1. Coffee in my vegatable garden in the early morning while it’s still quiet.
    2. The smell of pine and campfires in the mountains.
    3. When those I love are happy!

  • Nje Says:

    The love of my life. Hot coffee with milk. Jeans that make my ass look amazing.

  • Courtney K Says:

    laying on the floor in my hubs arms talking about our days (or about nothing,) my black lab pressing her nose against me to wake me up in the morning, and the wind in my hair when biking down a hill.

  • Tess Says:

    1. French macarons
    2. Playing cards with my family.
    3. The feeling that I’ve accomplished something.
    4. Swimming in any body of water!

  • Meredith R. Says:

    1) Reading in the park
    2) Bright colors
    3) Great dinners with friends

  • deby Says:

    1. packing light ( 7 changes of clothes for each of us for two months)
    2. living some place new, learning a new language
    3. coming home!

  • elizabeth Says:

    1. the fact that I just moved across the country to the same city as my sister and 3 yr old niece. hello, seattle!
    2. runner’s high
    3. coffee, in any form

  • Kristen Says:

    1. Waking up to the sound of the ocean.
    2. coffee: morning, noon, and night
    3. perusing used book stores for hours upon hours

  • victoria Says:

    1. my four children
    2. my city (new york!)
    3. tropical scented anything (food, soap, candles)

  • Barb @ getupandplay Says:

    WItnessing my children’s personalities emerge. Back to school shopping. My bed.

  • meghan Says:

    a cool rain after the heat

    snuggling with my young sons

    taking a nap

  • Nicole Says:

    Things that make me happy:

    Lola, my almost-four-year-old rescue poodle
    Clean, crisp, white sheets on the bed
    All things lemon (flavored, scented, colored)

  • Genevieve Says:

    Morning coffee & Cinnamon toast

    Looking at a beautiful natural scene

    Laughing by a campfire with friends and family

  • Terri P Says:

    The three things that make me happiest:

    1. My daughters, Michelle and Morgan Rose
    2. My sweet husband, Mike, and his laughing blue eyes.
    3. The sheer joy of waking every morning

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  • Samantha wc Says:

    Encountering a favorite scent out in the world – eucalyptus, beach sage, expensive perfume from someone walking down the street.

    Sun-soaked vistas of any sort.

    Unexpected laughter – my own, or provoking it in others.

  • Malisa Says:

    My husband, coffee, and delicious food!

  • stephanie Says:

    my three year old singing in the bathtub
    blackberries straight from the bushes

  • Nuv Says:

    The things that make me happy coincide with the things I love :)

    1) I love teaching and am a lifelong learner. 
    2) I love loving and being loved by everyone, who doesn’t?  
    3) I love the small simple things: a note, a twirl in the middle of nowhere, a walk, a touch, a sweet smell, a wink, a blink, a moment that seals a moment, a baby’s smile or stare, hugs, husband’s booty dance, and so much more small everyday stuff. 

  • Vaughn Says:

    1) Laughing with old friends until I cry
    2) Chocolate
    3) Making someone laughn

  • Bettina Says:

    Sunshine, my husband’s sweet smile, hot chocolate

  • Judy Says:

    Hate to admit it, but nap time makes me happy.

  • AppleTree Says:

    a. My baby boy’s laugh.
    b. A reunion with a soul sister I hadn’t yet met.
    c. Sending a care package ahead of my niece’s arrival at university.
    d. Cucumbers from my favorite farmer (not a euphemism — they’re my favorite summer food).

  • amanda Says:

    playing with my kids makes me happy, riding horses with my family makes me happy, and waking up before everyone when its still and quiet in the house and getting to drink a cup of coffee by myself makes me happy as well.

  • Jenny Sims Says:

    1. My beautiful son!
    2. My family, including our tubby cat.
    3. My job, I love what I do and finally feel like I’ve found a place I want to work forever. :)

  • TraceyCK Says:

    Three things that make me happy:
    1. Finding a travelling carnival has set up in my neighborhood,
    2. Kids laughing,
    3. My awesome friends!

  • Amber Porter Says:

    My 4 kids.
    My husband.
    When my house is clean!

  • betsy Says:

    what makes me happy this weekend

    1. the family in bed watching the olympics.
    2. watching shooting stars.
    3. Sunflowers in alleys.

  • Kristin Says:

    1. Forehead kisses
    2. The transition from winter to spring
    3. Finding a quote that describes my current situation

  • ashley Says:

    1. Cupcakes
    2. Animals
    3. TV series marathons

  • Megan Says:

    1. Being in an airport
    2. Being twirled dancing salsa
    3. Sitting on a surfboard at sunset in the ocean

  • Ally Says:

    1. entering fun contests!
    2. reading
    3. cross country skiing at night with northern lights dancing overhead

  • ewhatley Says:

    1. sitting on the BEACH
    2. with my FRIENDS
    3. and a BOOK

  • Jessica Says:

    Things that make me happy:
    1. Music
    2. The smell of freshly cut grass
    3. The fact that today is my birthday, and it must be serendipity that I stumbled across this contest today, as I’ve been eagerly awaiting this release!

    PLEASE!!! :)

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • amy Says:

    french kissing
    a good cup of coffee
    eating tomatoes from the garden

  • Daffodil Campbell Says:

    The three things that make me very, very happy:

    Preparing Thanksgiving dinner for all of my family – only one of whom is biologically related to me. We have about 60 people each year, and it is a sea of warm, shining, loving faces – each of whom is choosing to be there, and celebrating for all the right reasons: We are thankful.

    Sitting on the beach on New Year’s Day, with my toes in the blue-green water, looking for whales and drinking champagne right out of the bottle.

    Eating cherry tomatoes fresh off the vine, still slightly fuzzy-skinned, warm from the sunshine, wet from the hose, while standing in my garden.

  • Kate Says:

    A glass of beer after putting the kiddos to bed.

    Real conversation.

    Smiles from my baby.

  • kir Says:

    3 things that make me happy:

    the way that my 16 month old girl says, “thank you”

    having a job that allows me to work whenever, wherever

    having a ridiculously cool and patient dude for a husband (bonus: he’s a teacher!)

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  • Lauren Says:

    Giggling through tears on hammocks
    Eating laffy taffy on hammocks
    Watching sun set through trees on hammocks

  • Kari Says:

    Makes me happy:

    PJs with funny things on them – sock monkeys, peanut butter jars, pink rhinos

    Discovering that I did not drink the last Diet Coke, and that there is one more in the fridge

    Planning a trip – color coding, making timelines, researching museums and shows (I don’t always stick to the plan, but I never feel like I leave a city missing something)