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Happiness Challenge

A friend of mine tagged me in the “Happiness Challenge” on Facebook where I was instructed to post 3 things that define my happiness for 6 days.  I’ve collected all the posts here.  In doing this challenge,  I found myself recognizing happy /  amusing / funny moments throughout each day.  That was the true reward.  Although, picking 3 and sharing them each day with my Facebook friends also made me happy.

Day 1
1. Happiness is being tagged for the happiness challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated Marcy’s posts and while I am more typically a voyeur than a participant, I am touched that she tagged me to do this.
2. Happiness is seeing my son growing up and settling into his new independent life.
3. Happiness is reading true life love stories in the NY Times In Memoriam section. One of my favorites is “I don’t need to visit you because you are with me every day.”

Happiness Challenge Day 2
1. Happiness is sleeping with the windows open.
2. Happiness is thinking of the next trip with my daughter. Barcelona? Milan? Paris? Florida?
3. Happiness is watching my daughter excel in and completely enjoy her college experience.

 Happiness Challenge Day 3
1. Happiness is transforming a ball of string.
2. Happiness is visiting my local library at 11 PM via my kindle.
3. Happiness is our weekly mah jongg game even if I don’t win and even if we have to miss a few weeks here and there.

An impromptu happiness post. Happiness is seeing Italian tourists at MY farmer’s market, glad to be able to share a nice American experience with them!

Happiness Challenge Day 4
1. Happiness is clearing out my garage and having a little extra cash in my pocket. (Thank you, Lois, for organizing the community garage sale, and thank you, Jill, for selling alongside me.)
2. Happiness is being able to go to bed early and sleep late after a long day.
3. Happiness is knowing what I need to do today, and fitting spending a long morning in bed (unfortunately by myself!) into the schedule.

Happiness challenge - a cleaner garage

A clean(er) garage!

 Happiness Challenge Day 5
1. Happiness is finally having the sense to turn my air conditioning back on and enjoying a good night’s sleep.
2. Happiness is knowing that I did not miss the canning season and will have fresh tomatoes in the winter. (I’m thinking creamy tomato soup on a cold winter day.)
3. Happiness is seeing my friends’ travel posts. Thank goodness for FB since getting together for slide shows like my grandparents used to do just would never happen these days.

Happiness Challenge

Ready for canning

Happiness Challenge Day 6, the final day of posts
1. Happiness is dragging myself out of bed, late, this morning, after having spent a wonderful evening catching up with an old friend.
2. Happiness is having the opportunity to review one’s life (while catching up) and being content with the decisions I’ve made in it.
3. Happiness is having a bright spot of color in an otherwise drab landscape (i.e. photo accompanying this post).
The tradition is for me to now tag other people to continue this practice of posting 3 points of happiness for 6 days. Only because it really isn’t painful, and it’s actually been nice to recognize points of happiness, I hereby nominate Christine, Gisela, Kathy (when you’re feeling better) and Linda. I look forward to reading your posts!

Happiness Challenge: a spot of color!

What are some of the things that make you happy?

A Good Trip

I recently went to the Columbus, Ohio area for a business trip.  The most wonderful and often surprising things kept happening.

  1. My flights were on time.
  2. I was able to keep my bags with me and was not forced to check them at the gate.
  3. The Gate Exit area at the hotel had a wonderful Lichtenstein sculpture (Brushstroke) waiting to greet me.
  4. The co-worker that I had arranged to meet at the airport to share a car was also on time, coming from an entirely different area of the country.
  5. I had a wonderful time connecting with a sorority sister whom I had not seen since college.
  6. I got to experience Graeter’s ice cream (black raspberry). Delicious! I am a fan!
  7. The hotel clerk did not gouge me the $4 for a bottle of Fiji water.
  8. I did not get disconnected from my call with Orbitz when I tried to change my flight to an earlier time and was on hold for 5 minutes.
  9. The US Airways person at the counter did not charge me the $75 to change my flight.
  10. Even though my flight was cancelled due to the rain storms in Ohio, I was able to get through to the US Airways emergency line right away and got to choose the flight back the next morning.  As I was getting my things together to leave the airport, I heard an announcement telling people to be patient about getting an attendant on the phone.  Go, me! I didn’t have any issues at all.
  11. I was able to get a hotel room through my company’s travel agency even though other people were told there were no rooms.
  12. I called the hotel shuttle to pick me up at the airport. They said that the shuttle would be there in 10 minutes…and it was!
  13. I asked the bartender/waiter in the hotel restaurant for a water with a lot of lemons, and he actually did it!  I told him I was happy to experience a man who listens.  He just smiled (praying for a good tip?).
  14. The 6:05 AM (ugh) shuttle to the airport was on time.
  15. I was in Zone 1 for boarding.
  16. For both flights!
  17. That made my heart go pitter patter.
  18. Both my return flights were on time.
  19. And then the icing on the cake.  The car service sent a limo instead of a sedan to take me home.  What a treat!

I told the driver about all the good things that had happened to me during the past few days and he advised me to play the lottery.  I reasoned that good things happened when I didn’t ask for them, so I wasn’t going to jinx it by playing the lottery. He urged me to buy a ticket anyway.

I haven’t bought one yet.

But I do have Mah Jongg tonight…big winnings in my future?

(for those who don’t play Mah Jongg, the hand values are under a dollar…)

Mah Jongg as Inspiration

How could I not think of patterns and colors each week during my Mah Jongg game? Especially when someone takes a long time for her turn, there is nothing to do but stare at the tiles.  But it’s not such a bad thing – keeps my mind whirring with design possibilities.

There are three suits – Craks (red), Bams (green) and Dots (circles).  Each number has its own unique design within each suit.

I love the 8 Dot tile.  It’s all black as opposed to the others like the 9 in the back. But look at the 1 dot. Pretty! I found it similar to the carpeting in a hotel, where I recently attended a meeting.

The flowers and the jokers are the most inspirational. The flower tiles in my set are really quite stylistic.

I use my grandmother’s set which I think was manufactured around the 1950’s but could be earlier.  I love playing with these tiles because she did too. Sometimes I can hear her fingernails clacking on the table as she considers the next move.

The 1 Bam is super stylized – almost Art Deco.  I could see this being a repetitive pattern or maybe 1 large design just on its own.

I couldn’t end without showing the Dragons.

Thank you, Oma.

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