Stephen Chapman

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Ways to achieve happiness

On my old blog, I began listing the simple things in life that make me happy and content (and due to some suggestions, things that other people like too).  It’s not about money, it’s all about the simple things.  This list will be enlarged and comments are appreciated:

  1. Really appreciate good health when you have it.
  2. Take a risk once in a while – you might surprise yourself.
  3. A  song or album that you love and no-one else you know has ever heard of  it.
  4. Perfectly fitting pants.
  5. Accept that you will make mistakes and learn from them.
  6. A  porn star that you can rely on.
  7. Truly local and fresh fruit and vegetables.
  8. At  least 3 meals you can cook brilliantly.
  9. A  readily available snack in the cupboard.
  10. Walk around without socks on for a whole day
  11. A  local place to buy freshly baked bread.
  12. BBC Radio 4.
  13. Comfort food that is eaten without guilt.
  14. An  easy interesting route that you can walk anytime to clear your  mind.
  15. Find your passion and follow it with enthusiasm.
  16. Show Your Appreciation.
  17. Three months salary saved for an emergency.
  18. Turning off the television and having a conversation.
  19. Turning off the television and reading.
  20. Find a job that satisfies you.
  21.  A  favourite restaurant and/or bar you can almost feel at home at.
  22. Quality shirts that fit well.
  23. Do  a regular clear out and give to charity.
  24. Ability to play one entertaining and impressive thing  on a musical instrument.
  25. Change your routine regularly, especially the route to work.
  26. A good coffee maker.
  27. A favourite joke to share.
  28. Stop Complaining.
  29. Write down 3 things at the end of every day that were simply good during that day.
  30. Be nice!
  31. ????? Over to you!

7 comments on “Ways to achieve happiness

  1. Raybeard
    April 22, 2013

    It’s not the ones I’d second that is interesting, but your others – but here they are anyway – #1,2,5,12,16,19.


    #3 Still not telling?
    #6 ditto – but I don’t think you’ve ever offered to reveal. Do it now!
    #8 Pre-requisite would be that you have to enjoy cooking. If not, no thanks!
    #10 Never forgotten the time I did it about 20 years ago. Stepping onto cold concrete one day, the chill travelled right up legs and made me practically lame for several days and limping for weeks afterwards. So do be careful.
    #12 yes – but I still maintain that it now displays a pale shadow of its former excellence. But maybe it’s a ‘generation thing’.
    #17 Very sensible, though it’s not something I ever did when working.
    #23 You make me feel guilty – I do do it, though not as frequently as I could.
    #26 Never owned a coffee maker. Too lazy. Only drink ‘instant’. Yeah, I know – “yuk!”
    #30 It’s more an aspiration for me than a regular practice. Put off by everyone else putting themselves first – so sometimes it’s easier to do the same.

    #31 Back to you…..Catch!

  2. sfchapman
    April 23, 2013

    If I told you number 3, the point would have to be removed!

    Do number 23 today – it will make you feel good.

  3. jumpforjoyphotoproject
    April 23, 2013

    Jumping photos always make me happy 🙂

  4. Raybeard
    April 23, 2013

    #23 – I’ve got a load of paperbacks here, Stephen, which I don’t want to read again – and I DO mean ‘load’. But it’s the problem of hauling them down to even the nearest charity shop, particularly now when I have a foot problem – and with no transport available. Still, when I can I’ll definitely act on your advice. They are not going to be simply chucked in the rubbish.

    Yes, I see your point re #3, but you make it so intriguing. I know what to do – email me with the title! 🙂

  5. You could take a few books each week when you go shopping – a couple here and there will make someone else’s day. And I know that some charities will pick loads up.

  6. Raybeard
    April 24, 2013

    Okay, you’ve pricked my conscience. Will do SOMEthing, at least.

  7. Carpe Diem Moments
    April 28, 2013

    I really like your list of happy little things, and especially the ones I didn’t think of in the first place like 4, 7, 11 and 29. Personally my favourite ones are: 1, 2, 5, 15, 16, 25 & 30.

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