After yesterday’s post in which I shared with you a few things that scare me rigid, I thought I’d lighten things up today with a little post about things that do the exact opposite, filling me with absolute joy.
I do strive to see the positive in everything and I’d say, for the most part, I’m a fairly happy person (ignoring the past couple of months, obvs). I like to try and open my eyes and see the good around me – appreciating the small things that happen during your day inevitably add together to create a larger sense of well-being and who doesn’t want to feel that little buzz of contentedness every day?
(I’ve been looking forward to this Blogtober post one because I know that once I’ve written about 5 things that bring me joy, I’m going to be feeling pretty chipper!)
Strangers helping each other
There is just something about seeing strangers helping each other that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Just yesterday morning I was in the queue to get off the train in London and at the doors ahead of me was a woman with a toddler and a push-chair. All suited and booted, a man asked her if he could help her lift the buggy off the train as she had her hands full. It’s such a small gesture, but seeing people do little things like that just reminds me that although we’re all different, we are all one species and an incredibly unique and special one that, for the most part, is good of heart and kind in nature.
I’ve also seen a lot of kindness from strangers in the fundraising for my friends daughter Amy who needs specialist Cancer treatment in America. The amount of people that have come forward to donate money, offer prizes for raffles, to spread the word, and give support has been staggering and it’s definitely restored some of my faith in humankind.
Old people in love
There’s just something about seeing two elderly people happy and in love that hits me right in the feels. I think, as a generation, we are fairly sceptical about love – I suppose we are the first wave of people for which divorce became something pretty run-of-the-mill. Aside from divorce statistics, there’s also the fact that people often have the habit of taking things they have around them every day for granted or becoming complacent; so to see two people, in their 80s, who are clearly still in love, still best friends and still having a great time together makes my heart absolutely sing.
Seeing people succeeding in their dreams
I seem to be surrounded by success stories and it makes me so happy. Seeing people fulfilling their dreams, whether that be having families, buying their own homes, starting their own businesses, etc – to see people getting the things they’ve held in their minds makes me so proud.
Sunshine on my face
Despite the fact I’m whiter than white and have never had a tan in my life, there’s few things that make me happier than sunshine. To be able to tip my head to the sky, close my eyes and feel the heat on my face is one of the most life-affirming things for me and perhaps a reason why I struggle to function so much during the colder months. I definitely need to move abroad!
my dad’s girlfriend takes her dog on a hike every day and HER DOG HAS DOG FRIENDS. LOOK AT THIS SQUAD pic.twitter.com/a62oy0YdKL
— spooky em (@halfmoonemma) December 30, 2015
Part of my commute to and from work every day is through a park. Apart from the fact it’s much more scenic than walking down busy main roads, a very big perk to this route is that I get to see a lot of dogs, and the best bit for me has to be when I see dog friends running about and playing together. Animals know no prejudice, so regardless of colour, breed or size, you see them lolloping about, rolling in the grass, and tearing around chasing each other. It’s such a lovely thing and I’m always left wishing humankind could be so open-hearted. (I’m also left wishing they’d come and play with me, but what’evs).
What everyday things bring you joy? Let me know in the comments or tweet me! (@apenny_for_them)
Read my other Blogtober posts here and be sure to pop back tomorrow for Blogtober #20: Thankful Thursday