Friday, September 14, 2012

Happiness Is...

Today’s task is simple.  (Don’t you just love simplicity?)  This idea is from the book The Right to Write by Julia Cameron, a helpful tool for any writer.  One of the exercises in her book instructs writers to take a period of time and do nothing but list 50 things that make you happy.  Can you do that?  Think of 50?  You’ll be amazed to see what happens to your mood.  Cameron writes:
Happiness is not only a mood.  It is a decision.  Writing our list of fifty happinesses causes us to see how simple some forms of joy are, how we can make ourselves happy in simple ways…When the blues set in, the simple act of listing joys can help elicit some.

Write your list, add an image, and then comment on at least two other posts.  Do your lists have any similarities?

P.S.  So your post doesn’t take up an entire page, you might want to separate items with commas rather than making a new line each time.  Just a suggestion.  I don’t know.  That might look weird.  Okay, do whatever you think looks best.  :)  C’mon now.  Let’s get happy!

when a great song plays on Pandora, Emily Dickinson poetry, the first snow, going to concerts, simplicity, sweatpants, the first sip of coffee in the morning, youth group, discovering a new author I like, Central Park, diversity, great bands that make me think and dance (Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, the Head and the Heart, Regina Spektor), teaching students to be writers, my nieces and nephews, hanging clothes on the line, pumpkins on my front step, clear nights where you can see millions of stars, real letters in the mail, letters from my sponsored children, Modern Family, God’s love, growing up and liking who I am, speech contest days, mittens, rain boots, the bike trail, Taco House nachos, anything baked with real butter, the rolling hills of Missouri, taking classes, writing, eating sushi, wandering around a big city, Paris, the French language, an indescribably beautiful sunset or sunrise, spending time with my sister, the color orange, art museums, informative adoption blogs, Heartline Ministries in Haiti, people who genuinely want to make the world a better place, puppies and kittens, moose, anything by the Beatles, playing cribbage with Chris, Chris, our sons, memories of my college days, going to Iowa State athletic events, crunchy autumn leaves, Charlie Brown

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