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  1. M
    Mae Ann

    There’s a lot of factors that makes me happy but not genuinely happy. This is what I realized as I grow older that it doesn’t mean when you have all the stuffs you need you are genuinely happy. Luxuries does not make me genuinely happy and I discovered that I’m genuinely happy every time I talk to God. I was lost but God found me and he fill the emptiness inside of me. How do I know it ? God did it

    1 year ago
  2. SK

    My heart feels different.

    1 year ago
  3. Malag

    Out in the hills, out on the water, my dog, my family, Interesting new things, the beauty of nature, tea, somatic exercise, meditation, a pleasant surprise.

    I feel lighter, more expansive, more outgoing.

    1 year ago
  4. d
    dcdeb

    Good food. Connecting with good people. I love nature too. I also like to be the queen bee.
    How do i know it? Must be those chemicals that start to swim around in my head when these things happen.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      hahaha! 😀

      1 year ago
  5. sparrow

    . . . being creative . . .
    giving to the world
    whatever it is
    that sings within me . . .
    I know
    because I feel complete.

    1 year ago
  6. Antoinette

    Swimming makes me happy and I know it because I feel at easy and in awe every time I do it! Today I swam in the North Sea and the water was perfect ! The sky was blue and the mountains were lush! Heaven!
    I’m so grateful! I love you Mother Earth !

    1 year ago
    1. d
      dcdeb

      Can i come?

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Swimming party! Me too!

        1 year ago
  7. s
    sb

    It’s the little things that make me happy – walking out in nature, stroking my cat, when my husband treats me, when I achieve something, when “my” children (I’m a teacher) understand something or volunteer an amazing comment, helping someone, being helped….Nothing earth shattering but all either generate a feeling of deep contentment or a feeling of being really alive

    1 year ago
  8. Don Jones

    Creative expression with my hands. It is my Zen.

    1 year ago
  9. V
    Varsha

    A lot of things make me happy. But there is one random thing that just sets my day right a lot of times. It’s when I see people smiling for no reason. People in public transports or when I am just walking and someone just smiles at you. It makes be happy because I know there is no ulterior motive to it. They are just happy people trying to spread the smile.

    1 year ago
  10. Linda

    It makes me happy to help others. A deep sense of joy comes from it.

    1 year ago
  11. Mica

    Lots of things – seeing a maple tree with unusual leaves, looking at my guinea pig, and the 3 deep red flowers against all the green on my balcony, and the sky beyond it.

    1 year ago
  12. Neil

    Beauty makes me happy and I know it because it tickles my soul.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      “Tickles my soul”! – thanks, Neil –

      1 year ago
  13. Nelson

    Several business owners and I had some major setbacks last year. Some of us just wanted to give up. Last March, we decided to collaborate, share resources, and build a business model much larger than we could do individually. Since then, we gained the momentum we needed. We lifted our spirits, and opportunities are falling into our laps nowadays. I’m so thankful for my team. I’m so happy we’re doing what we’re doing. We show our gratitude for each other regularly. Knowing we got each other’s backs and we’re not giving up makes me happy. I feel alive. I feel purpose. I feel belonging.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      Wow – wonderful, Nelson!

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        I agree, Nelson! 🙂

        1 year ago
  14. Debra

    Diving underwater in a cool body of water. Watching the sunlight beneath the surface refract and shimmer. Quiet solitude at one with the Universe.

    1 year ago
  15. Howie Geib

    Basically any well executed piece of work, whether it be creative, or one involving effort or that demands a certain amount of self sacrifice or generosity, which can be either a result of mine or the result of others…(for example: Yesterday passing an incredible complex of sandcastles made by a few kids on our beach). Basically as a result of my giving of myself. In addition to that I am usually infected by the effusiveness of others’ happiness, especially children and even eager joyful animals. The indications (how do I know it?) is physical manifestations…outwardly an irrepressible smile or grin, inwardly a warming of the heart.

    1 year ago
  16. Mary Pat

    There are so many things that make me happy…a good memory, laughter of a child, baking cookies that my grandson loves(have to do that this week), going on a picnic with my husband and our dog in the canyon that leads to a lake where the eagles nest on the cliffs, making plans to have brunch with a good friend, hearing the birds sing at dawn, and finding ways to keep that connection open with my teenaged grandson. How to do that? With food!!!! I text him, he texts me, we pick a time and I treat him to brunch(he’s a teenager and needs his early morning sleep). I take him to a place he chooses, we eat and I learn all about his life in the past few weeks, then I let him drive our car. He has his learners permit and needs the experience. I share life with him. And then, this wonderful, filled-with-love-feeling wells up in me, and I am…ummm…happy! It starts just above my navel and grows, this feeling of something I can’t put into words, and it grows in my brain-this connection with all of me. My shoulders relax, and my breathing changes. And every part of my body-from my brain and my eyes to my toes, is smiling. And that is how I know I am happy. And that was this week.

    1 year ago
  17. Katrina

    I’m happy when I’m watching children play, when I’m with all my family, when my husband and I are on the back porch of our “Grace Place”, when I’m at the beach watching the waves and watching other people be happy. I’m happy when I’m preaching and I suddenly realized I’m in the Spirit Zone (it must be the same for an athlete, or musician, or baker or anyone who gets in a zone of being a part of the action itself, and yet apart from it.) I’m happy when I get an aha! moment, or when I see someone else have one. I’m happy when I am able to mediate and de-escalate a situation. I’m happy when I’m with my best friends and/or my sisters – laughing, eating, shopping or sitting at the beach or just having coffee. I’m happy thinking about what makes me happy. And I know it because I think some kind of happy hormone or internal chemical makes the corner of my mouth turn up a bit, my forehead quit furrowing, and some little miniature fireworks go off in my heart.

    1 year ago
    1. Michele

      “some little miniature fireworks go off in my heart.” – love that!

      1 year ago
  18. GratefulOne

    I am happy when I am in a flow. Flow to me means an effortless, peaceful feeling. I have felt this most with family, friends, in nature, at church, at work, while meditating, while exercising, while doing nothing and when being grateful. 🙂

    1 year ago
  19. sunnypatti48317

    My husband and the open, honest, loving, fun relationship we share. Our cat and dog. Our home and land- we call it our little piece of serenity. Cooking, especially for others. I love to make delicious food and feed people. Surfing. Dancing in the ocean with my friends. Just being in or by any body of water makes me happy! Practicing yoga. Weeding the garden. Listening to music. Dancing. Laughing.

    And also, waking up every morning to a new day, new opportunities, and another chance to share my light and love with all those around me. Life makes me happy. I know it because I feel it 🙂

    1 year ago
  20. Patricia

    What made me happy yesterday was meeting a young man I knew several years ago who has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair and has difficulty speaking. He was so happy I remembered him and I was so happy he remembered me. It brought joy to my heart all day. How did I know I was happy? Well, everything looked different to me after that moment in my day.

    1 year ago
  21. DeVonna

    I have peace, joy, contentment, and hope for the future. This, I suppose, lets me know I am happy.

    1 year ago
  22. Holly in Ohio

    I have been observing what makes me happy. It is part of my endeavor for better self-care.
    I am definitely happier when I look after my health, fitness, water, and have a healthy diet, because then I have higher energy and fewer digestive issues.
    I am happier when I DO things that I feel count. For me, growing healthy food and making healthy soil count. This week I harvested some really large garlic bulbs out of the farm, and (ha) it gave me a thrill to have done it well!. I sent pictures out to a couple of farmer friends.
    Making things also gives me joy, whether it is craft or homemade food or bread I am sharing, or home renovation or designing… even repairing something.
    Learning makes me happy.
    Good books, good music, good art, and good film makes me happy… (thank you artists!)
    Good conversations make me happy, quality time with friends or family.
    Beautiful nature makes me happy almost every day, interacting with pets or animals also.
    Being of help to others is deeply satisfying, and their joy makes me happy.
    When people care about me, it makes me very happy, too.

    1 year ago
  23. Trish

    Finding beauty & pleasure in the simple things brings me happiness. I know it because I feel it deep within~ contentment & smiles throughout my being. That’s good stuff! I’m gonna go get me some of that today….

    1 year ago
    1. Malag

      Me too, Trish: simple things, simple pleasures.

      1 year ago
  24. devy

    The feeling of happiness I get when I help someone who is going through difficulties I can see that my assistance makes a difference. It makes me feel useful and appreciated.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I read your posts every day, Devy, and sometimes you help without even knowing it. 🙂

      1 year ago
  25. Carla

    Seeing young children playing with abandonment giggling; watching Nature whether a thunderstorm with rain, a sunset or a sliver of a new moon. Being of service to others. I know it when I don’t think less of myself, I think of myself less.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      wow… that is profound, Carla!

      1 year ago
  26. G
    Gregoire

    I have been blessed with musical ability. When I am singing, particularly when I’m singing God’s Praises but really anytime that I’m singing and other musicians are involved, that’s when I’m happiest.

    1 year ago
    1. Carol

      I can relate. Treasure your gift of song and continue to share it every chance you are given as your body is your instrument and age can alter your ability to deliver the song.

      1 year ago
  27. Michele

    my family, my cats, butch lesbians, nature, Halloween, castles, bats, random acts of kindness, certain places, heavy metal music. I know it because it makes me smile and fills me with joy. Happy Friday everyone:)

    1 year ago
    1. L
      Lauryn

      Heavy metal music makes me happy too 🙂

      1 year ago
  28. Kevin

    What makes me happy is what makes me feel alive…the same as my response yesterday. “Being out on the water with my rowing team, or being at the beach with my whole family, and responding to the needs of others as called, makes me feel both alive and complete as a person.” All this makes me happy, and I know it when I feel it.

    1 year ago
  29. EJP

    Spending time with those I love brings great joy, peace and a very full heart.

    1 year ago
  30. Christine

    I would like to share a happy moment I had a few days ago. I was allowed to play the piano again with elderly people with Alzheimer’s, this time with a singer. The singer wasn’t ready yet, and I started to improvise a bit on the piano. One of the patients responded beautifully. His face started to glow and he smiled so happily. A few minutes later he was visited by his sister. What made me happy was that his sister saw a very happy, radiant man when she entered the room. Not a sad man hanging in the chair. I was very glad for her. Seeing her brother smile. Then I think that these are divine cosmic interventions. When everything fits together so beautifully at just the right moment, it makes my soul dance.

    1 year ago
    1. Carla

      Abundant Blessings to you! May there continue to be opportunities to bring music to others, especially our Elders.🌻

      1 year ago

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