A Million Things To Be Happy About– The Original List

Now…before you say, “Sheesh! This is a lonnng list.” I want you to remember that we would like to get to a million. Do you know how many a MILLION is? Well, it a lot, that’s how many.

So if you’d like add to our list—be brave and scroll down to the bottom. Yes, yes, it may take a while to get there but you’ll manage. And maybe you’ll even read something along the way that reminds you of all that is good in your life. When you add to the “list” your addition will appear on the side bar—that changes about every 10 seconds—titled, “What Makes You Happy?” If you’re patient enough–you’ll see your own words there eventually. So cool!

  1. The children
  2. These perfect grandbabies


  3. Missionary boy phone calls on Christmas daywith-elder-vehawn
  4. Fleece slippers
  5. A bag of Cheetoes–baked not fried       cheetoes
  6. Painted toenails
  7. The smell of real Christmas trees
  8. A well stocked bird feederblue-birds
  9. Picking raspberries
  10. Real Hot Chocolate with real whipped cream
  11. Wearing pigtails
  12. Striped socksclipboards-037
  13. Bright pink mittens
  14. A reading lamp
  15. Men with Scottish accents     scotland
  16. Baby kittens
  17. Stone cottages

    cottage2from “the Holiday

  18. Cherries from a roadside stand
  19. A backyard full of autumn leaves


  20. Thundery rainstorms
  21. Cheerios
  22. Snowed in with everyone home
  23. Gas prices right this second gas-prices
  24. The power of prayer
  25. Thatched roofs
  26. “Baby First Step”presents-020
  27. Indian corn
  28. Music boxes where you can see the insides
  29. Porch swings
  30. A sister   ward-campout-2008-9
  31. Baby kisses
  32. Pecan logs without cherries
  33. Pumpernickel bread with Swiss cheese    pumpernickel1
  34. The picture book, “The Relatives Came.”
  35. Old photos of total strangers
  36. Caramel apples
  37. Seabiscuit
  38. Metal crochet hooks with taped handlessnow-08-025
  39. Christmas lights in very tall trees
  40. Canopy beds with curtains
  41. PeeWee baby dollshoney-and-babies-020
  42. Football games
  43. Very old houses with very old trees
  44. Jack in the Box tacos
  45. Border’s gift cards
  46. Surfer hair

    sunshine Sunshine from “Remember the Titans”

  47. Crocheted dust ruffles
  48. Old buttons
  49. “Little Lost Baby”


  50. Lousia May Alcott books
  51. Beloved crazy people with New Year’s fireworks  new-years-eve-2009-015
  52. Being read to
  53. Flute music
  54. Beany my lovehoney-and-babies-030
  55. Vlasic Kosher Dill Spears

  56. Farm houses
  57. A Brother   lyndipictures2-122
  58. Embroidery scissors
  59. Rainbow Britehoney-and-babies-014
  60. The “Out of Africa” soundtrack
  61. Summerfest copy-of-summerfest-2008-101
  62. Peter Brinholt music
  63. Cable tights
  64. Light purple
  65. Cinnamon pinecones
  66. Mourning doves     dove-in-the-pine
  67. Creamers
  68. Rootbeer floats in grama’s backyard
  69. Christmas cards with photos inside
  70. Letters with foreign stamps


  71. Wind chimes
  72. Gift baskets with really cool stuff
  73. Jane Austen movies
  74. Wool Felt
  75. Kilts   andrew-j-237
  76. Pink malt balls
  77. Babies born gently
  78. Snapset pools
  79. Maxfield Parrish paintings
  80. Baby fingers and toes   honey-and-babies-035
  81. Cute boys with big feetdec-31-001
  82. Freeze dried ice cream
  83. Church steeples
  84. Old friends that come back
  85. Icicles  dec-24-2008-092
  86. Waterfalls
  87. Free range giraffeswild-giraffe
  88. Button up sweaters
  89. Goose Girl
  90. Twelfth Night
  91. Christmas Eve     christmas-eve
  92. Stuffing
  93. Kisses on the hand
  94. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  95. Pastry Blenders
  96. Little girls in dresses and tights


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  97. Pink and purple petunias
  98. Ballet Slippers
  99. My sweet Mom

  100. My cute daddy


From Tracy:

101.  Working Dishwasher

102.  More than 1 car

103.  First Kisses

104.  Baby Smiles

105.  Thick Curtains

From Susette:

106.  Letters from Missionary sons

107.  Music

108.  Flowers growing in the yard

109.  Fruit trees to pick from

110.  Eating sweet juicy fruit

111.  Having a quiet afternoon to myself

112.  Playing board games with friends or family

113.  Listening to people sing who have beautiful voices (something I’ll have in the next life)

114.  Reading friends blogs!!

From Sue:

115.  Webcam so I can see and talk to my loved ones that are far away

116.  Phone calls from a 3 year old grandbaby to say “I love you Grams!”

117.  Text messages from my kids that say they love me and to have a blessed day!

From Kathy:

118.  Mornings where your husband gets up and feeds the kids and dresses them without waking you up.

119.  Having money to pay for what you need and can do without the want.

120.  Soon to be 3 beautiful girls that love each other more than I did with my own siblings.

From Jodi:

121. My beautiful baby Avery and her heart melting smile122. A new cell phone – gotta love modern technology

123. A car that does well in the snow

124. A mother who I talk to daily

125. My wonderful calling in YW and the amazing girls I get to associate with.

From Tracy

126.  Healthy kids

127.  Fine tipped pens

128.  Working out

129.  Sees chocolates

130.  Time out

From Susette

131.  ♥Sleeping in till 10:00 makes me happy. (cuz I don’t get to very often-in fact rarely)

132.  ♥Leaving the Christmas tree up till way past the New Year

133.  ♥Flying on airplanes makes me giggle

134.  ♥Hot wassail on a cold Winter’s night with a good book

135.  ♥Having about 4 hours to myself so I can scrapbook

136.  ♥Scented Body Lotions


137. The snow coming down as I type. Our state always needs more water. So it’s a big deal to get all this new stuff. I just want to be snowed in at least once in my life.


138. Pink lights on a canopy bed. It’s very exotic and makes me feel particularly fancy somehow. Even if I’m just wearing a sweatshirt and jeans.


139. A baby girl who loves her monkey.


140. A baby boy who loves to laugh.


141. A baby “chomp” who could show up any day now. Maybe we’ll wake up one of these mornings and Lyndi will have a sweet, warm bundle all cuddled up with her. I suppose, in real life we’ll know when she decides that she’s truly coming. But since Lyndi is having a home birth–it could be a surprise for us–any time now.


142. A well attended puzzle on a wintery day.


143. Dear friends in a beautiful place.


144. A beautiful place


145. A pristine kitty


145. A letter from a happy boy in a very cold, faraway land.

From Lyndi

146. *sunshine that makes the snow sparkle

147. *rings

148. *hot chocolate or chocolate milk

149. *a camera full of happy memories

150. *sleeping baby all curled up like a snail

151. *The greenWinkle Etsy shop.

152. *My laptop that I thought might just be on its deathbed is out of rehab and working fabulously!

153. *Awesome brother-in-laws

154. *Rearranging my room in a way that just motivates me to do amazing things

155. *Graduating from college

156. *Getting an email that says my diploma is in the mail

157. *Knowing that there is another package coming for me from a friend in England

158. *Starting a new job

159. *Being in the Hill Cumorah Pageant cast

160. *Thinking about staying in New York for three weeks!

161. *Good friends

162. *Awesome music of sweetness on my iPod
*Pink iPod speakers

163. *A pink folding chair that holds my pink water bottle

164. *Okay, the color pink ;)

165. *Watching others live their dreams

166. *Living my own dreams

167. *Snow that covers everything rather than just the grass

168. *JIF Peanut Butter (*sigh* we’ll meet again after the recall!)

169. *Reading good books

170. *Watching movies with my family

171. *Getting comments from good friends

172. *My nieces and nephew

dsc02613173.  Baby secrets


174.  Bags to cut up to make more…ahhh…bags.


175.  Random things popping out of the ground


176.  A box of new bows


177.  Shiney hubcaps!


178.  An evening cloud burst


179.  Huge, strong, gentle hands


180.  A cute new book to read


181.  Our mountains


182.  A new daddy

Kathy says:

183. Seeing a new daddy with their new baby always makes me smile and laugh.

LyndiLou says:

184.  milk

185.  nilla wafers

186.  shoes

187. birds chirping in the morning

188. real letters in the mail

189.  thinking of walks when it’s warmer

190.  getting organized

191.  patterned paper

192.  frosted mini wheats

193.  50 cent pieces

Shannon says:

194.  The smile that spreads on your kids faces in the morning

195. The funny things that come out of kids mouths

196.  Being happy with my life as is

197.  Splurging on something you never thought you would get

198. Watching the moon rise.

Maddie says:

199. Viva paper towels

Beverly says:

200. PitaPat the Tabby Cat

Sheri says:

201. Pursuing your passion

Jodi says:

202. My little Squishy’s squishy squishies!

mia says:

203. The secret clubhouse my friends and i are building in a dried up old river, and even though we’re too old for it, imagination is the best thing ever!

Susette says:

204.  A testimony of eternal families

205. Listening to the sounds of people enjoying themselves in the park

206. Staying connected with loved ones through facebook

207. Hearing a bass guitar being played

208. Hugs from people who love you when you’re having a hard day

209. Dreams about loved ones you wish were here

210. The strength of a spouse

211. The scriptures

212. A 13 year old Sunday School class who makes me smile

213. Playing in the dirt so that someday a garden will grow

Cynthia says:

214. Sunshine after days of rain

215. Tall cedar trees

216.  A cozy fire on a cold day

217. Loving eyes

218. Constancy

219. The word YES

220. Laughing children

221. The purr of a cat

222. A loving man who keeps gas in my car

223. A sweet, funny chocolate lab

224. Friends who are far away and close iin heart

225. A Dad who never stops caring

226. Kindness

Morgana says:

227. Western Massachusetts (the Pioneer Valley and Hampshire College specifically)

228. Circus friends

229. My hat collection

230. Tea

231. Huge, long-lasting hugs

232. Stripes and polka-dots

233. Art supplies

234. Silent comedies

235. My good health

236. Giving the perfect gift

237. My very, very best friend

238. Endless possibilities

Natalie says:

239. Living in Rhode Island

240. Colts Park at sunset

241. Del’s Lemonaide on a hot day

242. Fireworks on a hot summers night

243. Meeting new friends

244. Thunderstorms

245. Candle light

Bruce says:

246. Nature

247. Food

248. Family

249. Books

250. Meditating

Dane says:

251. America

252. Freedom

253. Nieces and nephews

Michele B. says:

254. Meeting a good friend unexpectedly at church, and a husband who is kind enough to ignore us sitting and giggling like schoolgirls through the meeting (except through her wonderful son’s wonderful talk, of course!)

255. A temporarily empty house, and knowing that all my family is where they are supposed to be, doing what they are supposed to be doing.

256. A great outdoor pool within walking distance

257. Children who are old enough to allow me to swim laps in said pool unencumbered

258. Children who aren’t embarrassed- or at least hide it well- to go to the pool with their mom

259. The ability to swim, and the calming effect that it has.

260. Dinner waiting in the slow cooker

261. A food storage room with the food to fill the slow cooker, as well as the wonderful family members

262. That will gather around my table to enjoy the meal.

263. A family that likes, for the most part, my cooking

264. A daughter that takes all her siblings, one at a time, to visit her in California, because she values them and wants to build eternal relationships

265. A husband who loves me, appreciates me, and calls me “sexy” as a nickname

266. Friends and family who don’t faint when my husband of 20 years calls me “sexy” in front of them

267. A chance to ponder my blessings

Mary says:

268. Our “Drive Free Cars” account (I found the idea on Dave Ramsey’s website.)

269. Fall gardens…

Lori says:

270. Receiving a postcard

Lisa says:

271. Email jokes from my best friend from far away

272. A husband who loves me so much he finds it hard to say no to me!

273. A beautiful granddaughter to wake with hugs and kisses each morning, and a wonderful grandson to look forward to

274. Wonderful children who don’t mind lots of hugs

275. Our gorgeous, sunny Okanagan valley

276. A good, hot cup of tea at the end of a hard night at work

277. Sunsets and sunrises (I can never decide which I like best!)

278. A frozen storm rolling in from the north

279. Hot chocolate and grilled cheese sandwiches when the wind is howling outside

280. Having my whole family together for holiday meals

Emily says:

281. A baby who sleeps through the night!

282. Children who are old enough to clean up after themselves.

283. A husband who puts his family first.

Nikki says:

284. A Texas sunset

284. Giggles from my grandchildren

285. Letters or emails from my Marine

286. Sonic ice

287. The smell of babies out of the bath

288. Texts from my girls

289. Being blessed with 2 precious daughter-in-laws

290. Trout fishing with my husband on the river

Jessica says:

291.  My decision to not sign the “Do Not Resuscitate” order 10 years ago.

292. The 10-year-old, 12-inch-long scar on my Sternum; which declares: “SHE SURVIVED”.

293. Every moment with my only Son, every day since then, for the last 10 years.

Kathy says:

294. New jobs

295. Laughter

296. Quiet mornings

Shannon says:

297. The sweet words of “mama”. There are no better words in the English language.

298. The sweet smell of dew that lets you know that pretty soon, little bulbs will be poking their head out of the ground.

WeeKnit says:

299. Raspberry butter on fresh hot rolls.

300. The ability to recall the words to the Hokey Pokey (even after laying dormant in my brain for years) so that I can easily join in with the kindergarteners.

301. My 3-year old, who despite her speech delays, spontaneously blurts that she loves mom.

302. My 6-year old birthday girl who proclaims that she is going to take her mommy to Hawaii with her birthday money.

Jillian says:

303. A Mom who loves her children

Lyndi says:

304. A little girl who can talk a LOT!

305. Gift cards waiting to be used

306. Menus to help me stay on track

307. Having the means to get everything on the shopping list and then some

308. Coupon, Discount and Deal-a-Day sites that help me get great deals on places and things I love

309. Family that are Friends

310. Friends that are Family

311. A Husband who works hard, takes good care of us and never complains about it.

312. Movies coming to the theater to look forward to.

313. The Sun making an appearance after a really snowy day.

314. A bag of Sour Patch Kids making their way down the row to me at the theater.

315. Nachos

316. Facebook

317. Getting organized

318. Newly hung shelves

319. Scrapbook pages

320. Pirates

321. Redbox

322. Just Dance 2

323. Mario, Princess Peach, Koopas, Boo, Chomp and the whole gang!

Pattyann says:

324. For a husband who loves me, and lets me be myself

325. All my sweet children and for my beautiful grand-children.

April says:

326. 3-year-old learning to play hide-and seek

327. Letter-writing opportunities

328. Successful business

329. New art paper

330. Hard-working husbands

331. A great blog by my mom :)

19 Replies to “Gratitude”

  1. I love this! It’s especially nice because I’ve been feeling so down lately, and it’s time that I do try and focus on the positive things.

    I’m sure there are more things. I’d kind of like the challenge myself to make a list of everything that makes me happy. Thanks for helping me see the bright side!


  2. I am thankful for the heart attack my husband had. He has changed his eating habits, exercising and is enjoying the small things again. He will be with us a long long, long time now!

  3. Hi Launi,
    I love your site! I’m sorry we lost touch through the years. Keep up the wonderful work spreading happiness around the Web. Drop a line if you get a chance!



  4. I also meant to tell you that I’m thankful for people like you who help us look at the positive side of life!

  5. Happy Valentine’s Day, Launi! Thanks for your inspirational site–keep spreading joy!

  6. Launi, that is inspiring! It makes me happy just reading all these beautiful, peaceful and lovely thoughts! I think it’s one of the best pages I’ve read recently. I hope, I can mantain these things in my mind and face the everyday’s problems with a strenghened heart. Many greetings from Switzerland and be blessed ❗

  7. Thank you so much for your kind words–you have no idea how much they mean to me. This is one of my favorite pages on the blog as well. Reading what others are thankful for makes me so happy. How nice to hear that it works for others too. Thanks for sharing this with me. Sending my love all the way to Switzerland~

  8. When we thought we’d have to have surgery and were talking life flight–and then the test came back and things were okay–and we got to our new son home instead.

  9. I’m gonna do this on my blog! Thanks for the inspiration! I’ll leave a link back to your site since this is where I found the idea. Sooooo awesome!!!!! 😛

  10. I am happy because, #1 your spot had what I wanted when I needed was linked to the tutorial (10*)!BTW
    I made it perfectly, a first!
    And inspired me to do other things with the pattern ( soap holder)
    And then, I found all of this wonderful happy things on here. Thank you!
    You made me happy! 🙂 Grace Robin

  11. I’m happy to have a Mom that will let me borrow her car on short notice. 🙂

  12. THank you!

    I was feeling particularly down today, as I will be having to give up our dog to be adopted due to different family changes out of my control.

    Then I stumbled on your post and it made me cry, a good reminder that I have soooooo much to be grateful for.

    Be blessed

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