I’ve had this post in the notes on my phone for a while now, adding things to it as soon as I experience something new that makes me happy that I’d like to add in the post. I keep all my blog post ideas in the notes on my phone, so it’s an easy way to just delete them once they’ve been written. I also categorize them into months but that’s for another post altogether (categorizing… that’s one thing that clearly makes me happy!) Then I saw in March, one of my favourite bloggers Hello Bexa actually did a post more or less the same. Great minds think alike, I say. She’s cool with me doing a similar type of post so here we are, my usually miserable self about to share 50 little things that make me happy!

  1. Staying in a hotel
  2. Meeting other dogs on a dog walk
  3. Tea and cake
  4. The perfect bath temperature
  5. Cheap chocolate
  6. A Yoga sequence that feels awesome
  7. Freshly washed bed sheets
  8. Ticking that last thing off my to-do list
  9. Listening to an old band I haven’t heard in years
  10. Cuddling my dog
  11. Deep-cleaning / sorting out my bedroom
  12. Reading a book I can’t stop thinking about
  13. Fairy lights
  14. Heartfelt blog comments
  15. Hot water bottles
  16. Hitting a blogging goal
  17. The Sims
  18. Spyro the Dragon
  19. Exciting emails
  20. Amazing book to film adaptations
  21. Small victories which usually make me anxious as heck
  22. Formula 1 (it’s baaaaack!)
  23. Baking a cake from scratch
  24. Banana milkshake
  25. Being organised and on top of things
  26. Making lists (clearly!)
  27. Watching a documentary
  28. Weekends away
  29. Stand up comedy
  30. TV / Netflix series
  31. Disney songs
  32. My Teddy (called Brown Teddy – how original a child I was!)
  33. Knowing someone loves your blog!
  34. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  35. Service stations
  36. Breakfast food
  37. Bean burgers
  38. Being inspired with blog post ideas
  39. Re-reading an old favourite book
  40. Winning a giveaway
  41. Treating myself to something – even something small!
  42. Light evenings
  43. Getting up early and getting loads done
  44. Doing something for someone else
  45. Water (lakes, rivers, the sea, a bath, a glass of it)
  46. Blogging
  47. Hoovering and seeing the dirt and dust come up
  48. Watching movies
  49. Strictly Come Dancing
  50. Knowing how far I’ve come

I also just want to add that a month or so ago, I read the book How To Be Happy by Eva Woods, which is what inspired this post idea in the first place. You can find my review of the book here. It taught me an awful lot about happiness so I wanted to expand on that by writing this post!

List 5 little things that make you happy in the comments below!


  1. This is such a cute lil post… for quite a few of these, I was like “yup, me too”! Thanks for sharing what makes you happy xx

  2. Oh I love this post Jenny! Such a lovely idea that I may have to give it a go! I also LOVE staying in a hotel as well as rereading an old favourite book!

    Tabitha xx | whattabithaloves.co.uk

  3. Awh I love this list of little joys! I especially love the one about the right bath temperature – for me it’s always either scalding hot or very cold and it’s only on a rare occasion that I get into the bath at the right temperature. Ticking off to-do lists is another thing that makes me ridiculously happy!

  4. I love that you’ve included water, I feel the complete same! Being by the water is my happy place – and obviously, drinking it is pretty good too. Also, the staying in a hotel thing is so relatable, even if it’s not far away I bloody love it! Feels so luxurious haha!
    Beth x

  5. Love this post! It’s such a great idea to write down all the things that make you happy. Five things that make me happy are 1. A milky cup of tea 2. Getting lost in a good book. 3. Sunsets 4. Having a laugh with my friends and feeling content in the moment. 5. Cake
    I definitely relate to some of the things on your list too!

  6. This is a fabulous list youโ€™ve got going on here, yay to the sims and freshly washed bed sheets! Also book>film adaptions – isnโ€™t it great when they bring the characters you envisaged in your head to life? This was such a feel good post. Loved it!!

  7. JENNY! I knew we had some things in common like Disney but now that I know you’re a Strictly fan I’ll be your best friend, I am OBSESSED with it! Last series I did a post every Monday on the dances of that past Saturday. It’s such an uplifting show! I love Kevin the best <3

      1. I didn’t enjoy last season as much as I usually do, I don’t know what it was! I loved Susan and Kevin but I knew they wouldn’t win. I predicted Joe would win about week 3 or 4, he was incredible, loved him!

  8. I loved this post! It really brings me to start thinking about all the things that make me happy๐Ÿ’ž

  9. I love this list!! Seeing other dogs when I’m out always makes me happy ๐Ÿ™‚ I just wish it was socially acceptable to go up and hug/pet them haha xx

    Jade | jademarie.co.uk

  10. What a great post!! :)x These may seem like small, little things… but added up they’re really significant ๐Ÿ™‚ Your list even made me realize that these small things happened to me as well, and I smiled reading it! x

  11. Lovely post! I love blogging, sweet deserts, makeup especially lipsticks, reading on my kindle, watching Netflix with my husband. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Via | http;//glossnglitters.com

  12. I love the fact that tea and cake is number 3.

    My top 5 are:
    1. Going to the beach with my husband, kids and dog
    2. Coffee and cake
    3. Going out on the standup paddle board (SUP)
    4. Watching a good film
    5. Having time to really get into a good book.

    Great post ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. 5 things that make me happy… hmmm…
    1. My cat snuggling up to me
    2. A really good, creamy chicken tikka
    3. The banter at work (it’s amazing, trust me and I miss it SO MUCH as I’m off sick atm)
    4. Getting love on my blog/Instagram/youtube, even if it’s just a like
    5. Freshly washed linen

    Great post by the way!!! Needed to remind myself what makes me happy today.

    Melanie || http://www.melaniewithanie.com

  14. Yesss, tea and cake at the end of the day is actually the best! I’ve got to say though, I’m really not a fan of banana milkshakes. Banana bread, milkshakes, pancakes, icecream… the whole lot.. i’m just not a fan!
    Aleeha xXx

  15. I could listen to disney songs all day, they make me so happy too. And meeting dogs on a walk and spending time with my dog! I love the idea for this post, spending time to reflect of the things that make you happy.

  16. Yes to the breakfast foods and staying in hotels! I agree with so many of these but there’s too many to list. My top 5 off the top of my head are 1. My dog 2. When a recipe turns out better than expected 3. Travelling somewhere new 4. Beating a personal best (at anything) 5. The smell of fresh coffee when I wake up on a morning. I loved reading this! x


  17. Jenny this is such a good idea for a post! Iโ€™d love to do one myself. Iโ€™ve already started making notes on my notes app lol. 5 things that make me happy though off the top of my head are:
    1. Filling bags for charity (I LOVE a clear out!)
    2. Mac n cheese burgers
    3. When I watch a film from my childhood and thankfully itโ€™s still as good as I remembered (e.g He-Man Masters of the Universe lol love that movie & Dolph Laundran)
    4. When I know the words to a rap song (Nikki Minage Starships & any Will Smith hit lol)
    5. A ice cold glass of Irn-Bru!


  18. I love this little post. It’s such a great way to reflect on the things that make you happy! I should definitely consider doing this ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒบ

  19. I love posts like this!
    My 5 things would be:

    1 – Cuddling my cats
    2 – BBQ’s in Summer
    3 – Shopping/Finding great deals in Charity Shops
    4 – Singing really loudly to my favourite songs
    5 – Mcdonald’s Lattes

    Louisa | http://www.loubeeloublogs.co.uk

  20. Absolutely adore this post Jenny! Sims is up there on my list too but I haven’t had any time to play it recently. Feeling inspired to make one of these of my own now. Xx

  21. Great post, Jenny. I agree with so many of these – staying in a hotel, hot water bottles, tea and cake, cuddling my dog. I always get nervous meeting other dogs on dog walks as I can never tell how my dog or the other one will react! I think my 5 things would be :

    1. Finishing all the chores I set myself in a day.
    2. My little dog wanting snuggles.
    3. A nice cup of tea.
    4. Finding a bargain in a store, especially if it’s something you’ve been wanting for while.
    5. Reading a book I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.

  22. You have an incredible list here Jenny, I love water too there’s just something about it, I can just sit and watch it/be in it for hours. It’s always good to know what things make you happy so when you’re feeling a little ‘meh’ we can do something we love that’ll improve our mood and day. My 5 things would be everything water, sunrise/sunset’s, long drives/walks, performing (dancing, singing, acting) and makeup/skincare.

    Emma x

  23. amazing blog post idea! I loved reading this because it has gave me so many ideas of little things to do that will brighten my mood and make me feel better! Definitely coming back to this post in the future! x

  24. I’m not sure I can list things that make me happy that easily. I don’t have a go-to activity when I’m feeling down that I know will pick me back up again. There are many I’ll try (going for a walk, having a bath, eating chocolate) but they won’t always work. If nothing else works, I’ll try sleep. I find that if I’m low, even a short nap can help me reset. So I guess I’m going with a list of just 1: sleep!

  25. Such a great post, and I connect with so many of the things that you’ve listed. Lately, one of the things topping my list is being able to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air while working – one of the perks of working from home!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

      1. We just got through a REALLY bad run of pollen here – it’s not too bad the last couple days, but I hear ya! My ability to work outside is dependent on pollen levels each day

  26. Yes to pretty much all of these!!
    1) Walt Disney World (maybe a big thing)
    2) The Greatest Showman
    3) Writing a post Iโ€™m proud of
    4) Pancakes from Wetherspoons
    5) a trip to the cinema

    Sophie | sophierayne.com xx

  27. this is such a great list! I have a gratitude journal where I list 5 things everyday. here are todays 5 ๐Ÿ™‚
    audiobooks, time to write 2 book reviews, my cable coming back on, a nicely made bed, and Oreo being home to play with ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Freshly washed bedsheets are absolutely everything! I would add painting my nails and doing skincare to that list ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  29. A great list! Milkshakes, football (watching Neymar hit the back of the net is very satisfying), poetry, cuddles, and making people laugh are some of the things that make me happy.

  30. Fantastic!
    Seeing girlfriends. Gardening. A good cycle ride. Cuddling a dog, anyoneโ€™s dog. And finally seeing my husband laugh.
    Great post, lovely to really think about it! Katie xx

  31. 1) Believe in my vision, and seeing it happening in-front of my eyes.
    2) Uplifting vibes on my wordpress and my YouTube channel – motivational videos.
    3) Completing the task I want to..
    4) getting deep into topics
    5) feeling connected to people.

      1. I BET!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ id defo be that annoying person that doesnโ€™t leave the other persons dog alone when theyโ€™re in a rush ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿคญ xxx

  32. Going for date nights with my fiance, buying books, finding a gem of a book/receiving mail, getting pampered, watching my favourite shows(Chicago PD starts tonight)

  33. Enjoyed reading this ๐Ÿ™‚ Five things that make me happy, spending Saturdays with my mum, having “doing-days” at home with my fiance, going for long walks with my dogs, cuddles on the sofa with my dogs and buying gifts for people! xx

  34. love this post! Reading a new book also makes me happy, I also find having long relaxing baths with a lush product makes me happy too and sitting down in a quite room with a candle on ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Yay! I was looking forward to reading this post Jenny! ๐Ÿ’– I loveee your list ๐Ÿ˜. We are so similar in so many ways! I totally agree with you on the yoga sequence that makes you feel awesome, listening to an old band, tea and cake, hotels, Disney songs, breakfast food and so much more! Great post girl! ๐Ÿ˜˜ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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