TO ME, HAPPINESS IS...

  1. Spending time with loved ones.
  2. When someone makes an effort to understand you.
  3. Dogs.
  4. Laughing so hard you can't breathe.
  5. Waking up excited for the day.
  6. Getting in bed after a tiring day.
  7. When someone loves something you introduce to them.
  8. Cheering up people who are hurting.
  9. Being absorbed in a book.
  10. Hot coffee on rainy days.
  11. The chills you get from beautiful music.
  12. Looking at the stars or the sea and feeling small.
  13. Being in awe of the sunrise/sunset.
  14. Exploring a new city.
  15. Discovering new and fascinating things in familiar places.
  16. Hiking and taking in the view.
  17. Putting on clothes straight out of the dryer.
  18. When it seems like an author is writing from your perspective.
  19. Making others, especially kids, laugh.
  20. Smelling honeysuckle.
  21. Making cookies that achieve the perfect balance between soft and crispy.
  22. Sleeping in after a long week.
  23. The exhilaration just before you go on an adventure.
  24. Finishing a test, especially a final.
  25. Being satisfied with a performance.
  26. Feeling the audience's energy during a performance.
  27. Getting out of your own head and bringing the notes on the page to life.
  28. Meeting someone who fills in your blind spots.
  29. Realizing that you can still have wonderful moments in difficult times.
  30. Overcoming a challenge.
  31. Feeling connected to our vast world.