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  1. at the moment? My copy of the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables is what has me quite happy – I know happiness shouldn’t be in things – but Les Mis is my favorite musical and they really did a fantastic job with it…

  2. Moments that I experience between my husband son and I that I will forever smile about and cherish make me happy. That is when I feel I am truly the happiest person on earth. Moments fully lived with the three of us make the butterflies inside me flutter.

  3. My dad makes me happy. I haven’t had my mom for a long, long time and I really enjoy time with my dad. He is definitely one of the coolest guys ever!

  4. The number one thing that makes me happy is spending time with my husband and six year old daughter. Simple, imaginitive time, playing on the floor, running through the park, nature hikes, snuggling…anything we do as a family makes me smile!

  5. There are so many things that make me happy, but at the moment it’s seeing the accomplishment my daughter is feeling at learning how to read. Her moments of success bring me great joy!

  6. getting at least half of my to-do list crossed off for the day, as well as being able to squeeze something fun into a busy day

  7. Getting lost in a good book, music that makes me want to move, watching the waves, walking in the sunshine – I do so much better when I remember to work those things into my days.

  8. What makes me happy is watching my son play soccer, watching my daughter cheer, listening to my toddler tell a story, hearing the door open when my husband gets home from work, reading a good book, listening to a good song, hearing my kiddos say I love you!!

  9. Hearing my son giggle uncontrollably. Making my baby girl laugh. Enjoying a cup of coffee during the rare mornings that my house is quiet. A good glass of wine. Finding a morel mushroom in the forest. A brand new magazine in the mail. An email from an old friend. A nap.

  10. CREATING makes me happy – be it sewing, baking, knitting, crafting, even (sometimes) cooking.
    I love Gretchen’s blog and have been wanting to read her book. Thanks!

  11. What makes me happy? Singing songs along with the CD with my daughter – even though it drives my husband nuts.

    Listening to my husband read books to my 9 year old daughter at bedtime – books that we grew up with and are thrilled that they still hold the same interest to our daughter.

    Catching a bit of breeze in the sails of our boat, finding an empty mooring buoy at our favorite anchorage and watching the sun set.

  12. I just started reading Gretchen’s blog last week. I’d love to read her book!

    I am beginning to suspect that a fine balance of mindful daily living and concentrated pursuit of passion may be what makes me happy.

    music! writing! my family! friends! creative projects! challenges! sewing! laundry, dishes, mopping the floor? maybe. . .

  13. Knitting and watching a movie with my hubby, waking up to my three year old curled into my back, listening to my boys play pretend, and laughing with girlfriends over some sort of chocolate – surefire happiness moments.

  14. What makes me happy? Honestly, the same thing that makes me feel like I’m going insane – my family. My husband and my two children.

    I’ve actually really been struggling lately with being happy being a mom and taking care of my kids.

    I would really enjoy reading this book, I think, and may have to find a way to get my hands on it if I don’t win a copy :)

  15. The one thing that makes me MOST happy, is the hugs, kisses and smiles I get from my three boys, no matter how bad I am feeling, those three items are always available on cue.

  16. Great insights! What makes me happy – how my baby kicks his legs when he’s excited, my preschooler’s sense of humor, a hot shower, movie night on the couch with the husband, and sunny winter mornings.

  17. my daughter saying: “I ‘wub’ you, my dog curling up next to me during a nap, my husband bringing me a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, the feeling after cleaning the house, all the little things that are so easy to overlook

  18. Watching my youngest son toddle toward me looking all proud and happy about learning how to walk…listening to my oldest son tell me stories that start with, “You’re pretending you’re a ______ and you’re walking and walking….”, coffee with lots of cream and sugar in the morning, and pictures and memories of my first two dogs. :)

  19. Watching how my 3-year-old son can get completely and utterly absorbed in a book, getting an idea for something creative to do with my kids and then DOING it, taking the time to sit on the floor in the middle of what ever my kids are doing and just absorb it all.

  20. White snow on bare winter branches, snuggling with my kids, collapsing into bed at night after a busy day!

  21. Spending time as a family doing wholesome recreational activities make me happy-though i know I could benefit a lot from this book!

  22. What makes me happy: here are a few things, working in my garden, playing Scrabble with my husband, reading to my girls.

  23. Lazy Saturday mornings, sipping coffee with my husband while watching our son play makes me out-of-this-world happy.

  24. What makes me happy nowadays?
    My son’s singing and 3-year-old talking
    Cleaning my house
    Cooking something new
    Going for a coffee with my friend and some deco magazines
    Saving money for a trip to Italy

  25. Reading aloud at bedtime to my boys is one of my favorite and happiest times of the day. For myself, wandering around the house or the neighborhood or a foreign land taking photographs is my idea of heaven. :-)

  26. With 4 girls–one age 11 and triplets age 8–I am still anxiously exploring “what makes me happy.” My hubby is a police officer and works long hours. I work PT at my local church. I feel silly saying this but right now in this moment in time so far I have discovered, what makes me happy is my hubby and my girls being home at the same time, BBQing in the back yard, jumping in the pool together, and family game time. Beyond that, everything is stressful! How do I BREATHE?…slow down enough to enjoy the moment whatever that moment is? Help?

  27. It makes me happy when my boys and I have a really good fun-filled day together, with me being the mom I should be and want to be instead of “tired grumpy demanding mommy”.

  28. oh wow, that’s so true – happiness built on the foundation of my own nature – that actually really sums up what I’ve been experiencing these past two years, but wasn’t able to put into words. I’ve finally let go of who I thought I ‘should be’, instead embracing who I am, and because of that, I am finally starting to like myself.
    and that makes me happy.

    I would love to win a copy of this book, thanks for the chance.

  29. Right now, cooking makes me happy. I love puttering around in my kitchen, my 19 month-old daughter babbling and bouncing around my feet, good smells coming from the stovetop, and something delicious and sustaining to enjoy together at the end of it all. It’s one of the more pleasurable parts of our family’s rhythm and yummy to boot!

  30. WOW–this is hard to put into just a few words (and not go on for a paragraph or two!). My husband and our three girls. Being bundled up and cozy. Listening to my gut level feeling. Figuring something out while I am crafting that previously had escaped me. Color. Food. Feeling good.

  31. being able to homeschool my three boys…my electric blanket…a good sale on Legos…the library… 😉

  32. a baby that is a great eater is what is making me the most happy right now :)
    this book has been on my to read list for a while now (and to own list cause I’m sure I’ll read it over & over). thanks for the giveaway

  33. Happiness is my baby nursing, an hour to myself for yoga, a clean floor, my three yr old and my husband playing, flowering trees and a good night’s sleep.

  34. what makes me happy?
    watching my daughters play and giggle together
    joining in with them
    family dinners by candlelight
    getting a long weekend with my family
    enjoying a fun night out with my wife and friends
    cooking a good dinner for my kids
    watching a funny movie or reading a really good book
    and on and on…
    thanks for the giveaway!

  35. For me right now, it’s feeling the baby in my uterus moving around, listening to my kids play happily together, getting kisses from my almost 2 year old, the peacefulness of snowfall, and reading a good book…to name a few.

  36. Happiness to me is….
    sleeping with my kids – one on each arm
    seeing my husband play with my kids
    walking with my dog and a dear friend
    restful sleep
    being fully present
    a good yoga class
    winning a give away!

  37. Yesterday I was able to figure out what was making my son mysteriously misbehave out of character over a period of a week or so, talk with him about it, and see him change his attitude almost completely. He’s only three, so it felt like such a great moment. In the big picture, I love having my son in my life. We waited a long long time to have a baby and I’m so happy we have him in our family now.

  38. Early morning playtime with my baby boy(he gets up at 6.30)…..watching a late night movie with my husband once our baby is asleep…..juggling work and motherhood(some days I am dead tired at the end but there is a sense of fulfillment that comes with it)

  39. Listening to my two children sharing a joke and laughing together fills my heart with joy. Otherwise making things – a cake, crocheting a scarf, makes me happy.

  40. what makes me happy? in no particular order of greatness…
    Having good friends
    A calm home
    Plenty of fresh air
    Positive parenting
    Yellow sunshine!

  41. I’d be happy indeed to win this book! But also baking/dressing up/going on adventures etc. with the kids, time with my hubby, mom’s nights, musicals, running, oh I could go on and on…

  42. I’m honestly still discovering what truly makes me happy, surprisingly it’s not 100% obvious even tho I feel like i know myself fairly well! Not surprising = 99% of what makes me smile somehow involves my amazing daughter :)

  43. Laying on the warm grass in the front yard on a summer afternoon, watching the clouds form, change and melt away, with my favorite little girls beside me.

  44. So many things make me happy these days – spending time with my children, watching my son sleep, playing games with my daughter, the days getting longer as we get closer to spring, getting a good night’s sleep. I heard an interview with Gretchen on Q (a programme on CBC Radio here in Canada) and I thought I HAD to read her book. I’m on the waiting list at the library for it…

  45. There are so many blessings in life we’ve started a running list here. Some from yesterday include:
    Coffee ready in the morning when I wake up
    Husband working from home because of bad weather
    Happy noise of kids having a NERF battle
    a warm, fuzzy cat sleeping on my lap

    Honestly – every day that God chooses to give me is a gift and makes me happy!

    Thanks for an awesome give-away!

  46. I’ve started taking ballet classes again, something I loved when I was younger. A good class is relaxing, and I can check off my exercise for the day.

  47. I read this book and couldn’t put it down! So inspiring! Being productive makes me happy! Completing tasks!

  48. Snow days when the family is trapped at home together. No one out and no one else in. Games, movies, real family time.

  49. The little things: the clean kitchen counters this morning, and an uncluttered view of the sunrise and feeding birds as I washed the dishes.

  50. A good cup of hot coffee and early morning snuggles with my son make me happy. It’s the quiet moments that are really the most special!

  51. Singing, performing in local clubs with great bands (even just sitting in), working in the garden, time with girlfriends, dressing to please myself and nobody else (color!! Crazy styles! Big jewelry!).

  52. Spending time outside, when I remember to do it, and doing something creative, like knitting or sewing.

  53. when my 7 month old smiles up at me from her crib in the morning. when my husband writes a love note on the chalkboard in the kitchen before work. long phone chats with good friends that don’t happen nearly enough. completing creative projects. making a delicious dinner and sharing it with friends. new clothes that fit properly. so many things make me happy now that I think about it!

  54. Things that make me happy . . .my 10 month old’s toothy grin . . .thoughts of our new little one on the way . . .(decaf) coffee . . .girl-time . . .back-scratches from my hubby . . .getting enough sleep!

  55. What makes me happy? When my boys (10 and 15) get along with each other. They both have strong personalities and it’s SO NICE to have them interact with each other without nasty words or mean-looking facial gestures! They are great kids, don’t get me wrong. But…it’s true: boys will be boys! :-)

  56. A lazy Saturday morning spent drinking good coffee while cuddling on the couch with my kids makes me very happy (and is how I’m spending this morning).

  57. Taking a day off from responsibility and pursuing some fun makes me happy! Whether it be a day at the park, lunch with a friend I haven’t seen in a while, going to a concert with my husband, or following my daughers lead and just seeing where play takes us!

  58. Spending a little bit of time each day with my rescued ex-battery chickens makes me happy. They live entirely in the current moment. There’s no re-living their horrible first year in life or worrying about what might be coming next. Whether they’re scratching up my flower bulbs, eating corn or dust bathing, for all five of my lovely girls it’s all about the here and now. Watching them never fails to bring a smile to my face!

  59. My little girls make me happy! Long walks with our whole family.

    And winning this book would make me happy too. :-) Great interview. Especially about the sleep!

  60. quiet time, freshly fallen snow, first 60 degree days of spring, seeing my children and husband happy, reading a good book, playing a friendly game of soccer, spending time in the sunshine….

  61. …quiet days at home with my family, family dinner’s together, hanging out with my girlfriend’s, sitting on the beach!

  62. my daughter’s rock star greetings when I come home, whether I’ve been gone 10 minutes or 10 hours she races to greet me yelling “Mommy you came back!”, throwing her little arms around me and saying “I missed you much”.

  63. Lazy Saturday mornings that start out with just me and my hubby waiting for the pitter-patter of my don’s feet or my daughter’s good morning coos. Then feeding my baby girl while our son comes in to cuddle! I wouldn’t trade this time for anything…not even another hour of sleep!

  64. Early morning cuddles with my son, when he’s still sleepy and not itching to get down and scoot around all over the place and of course, evening cuddles with my hubby after bed time!

  65. Sunshine makes me happy. On a morning when I wake up and the sun is shining brightly, my day feels full of infinite possibility.

  66. exploring with my kids, reading, learning, yoga, creating, fixing things I can see, eating, coffee, kid jokes, teaching…

  67. Standing in the kitchen, concocting a delicious, original dinner while my son plays nearby – occasionally including me in his play but not demanding my constant attention – when my husband walks in from work at the end of the day. It doesn’t happen very often, but I cherish those moments when the day ends so pleasantly.

  68. Being at home, seeing my 3 wee boys (5, 3, 1) playing together happily (it happens occasionally!), folding up clean clothes in peace and quiet or hanging out washing to dry in the sun, picking something that we have managed to grow in the garden, a good meal, time on my own (very precious and rare these days)

  69. Reading books to my son at night with my husband. We have been trying for over two years to get a solid bedtime routine down and we finally got it!!! I’m so proud of our little family. Not to mention, bedtime is a lot less stressful!! :)

  70. The best part of my week day is picking my 5-year old up from pre-K. We always have big hugs and kisses for each other!

  71. Talking and listening and creating with others. I am a stay-at-home mother of two young boys but also run camps for other children. I just finished up a week of camp during the February break from school and am feeling full of happiness from the work that the adults and children did together there.

  72. There are so many things that make me happy, but to list a few: spending time with my family, gardening, preparing healthy nourishing meals for my family, yoga, spending time in nature, reading a good book, and watching a favorite movie.

  73. I used to think that being in control – getting things accomplished and checking them off the list made me happy. But then I had kids and I realized that slowing down and enjoying the moments with them and my husband is what makes me the most happy. Nothing needs to “get done”; just living and enjoying is enough. Although it is hard to do that sometimes, it is always rewarding! With two kids in preschool and three pets, I am definitedly not in control or getting as much done, but I am a lot happier!

  74. A few things that make me happy: being surrounded by family and friends, a clean house, a long run outside, seeing my 2 children playing with each other, and making someone laugh.

  75. What a great idea for a book! An excellent question, also.

    Peace in our hearts and our home make for happiness in my world. My daughter who is on my lap shared that playing outside makes her happy!

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    Heather and Hannah

  76. Happy people bring happiness to your life. Having good friends and having good time makes a happy life! :-)

  77. Catching up with an old friend, the change of seasons, being outside, reading a good book, my family and friends.

  78. Moments when our whole family is laughing. I look around and realize that life really is beautiful. That and seeing a flock of birds fly by – they look so peaceful!

  79. Reading for pleasure. I’ve had this book from the library and would love my own copy– thanks!

  80. My daughter and my faith. Those are basically the only two things in my life that I have that are important. Nothing else matters without them. My daughter changed my world and every day our relationship grows and our bond deepens. She’s only 4 but I’d rather be around her than many adults! She is a wonderful little girl, so perceptive and understanding. She blesses my life even when she misbehaves :) because she teaches me more about myself and pushes me to be the best parent possible. Because of something that had happened to me before I had her, I was in a really dark horrible place. If I hadn’t had her I would be dead by now. God brought her into my life at the perfect time in His plan, even though I felt it was the worst timing possible because I was so unprepared! But I wouldn’t change a thing, she has been worth it all. She’s helped me re-learn true happiness, not just with her, but with myself and my life in general, as well as in my faith. :)

    Thank you for having this giveaway! I would love to read this book!

  81. Time with the boys and my husband. Especially anytime that we are relaxed enough to live in the moment and fully enjoy the experience. These times are when our happiest memories are made.

  82. We are trying to become more holy, and the byproduct of that is increased joy and fulfillment. It is humbling to surrender to God and accept that His plan for my life is a better plan than any that I come up with on my own.

  83. Sitting inside a clean house with a fire going while the snow falls outside, rocking my daughter to sleep, my son learning new things, God personally teaching and talking to me :)

  84. 1. making art with my daughter
    2. cheering on our two boys when they wrestle with their dad
    3. writing and reading true strories
    4. anticipating another overseas move. . . anticipating any adventure, really!

  85. Peace in my home ( and that can be hard with 6 kids)
    moments of quiet ( also rare with 6 kids)
    time to create
    yoga
    connecting with like minded people that can re-inspire, re motivate and remind you of your goals.

  86. my husband’s commitment to me and our family, my sons’ laughter, surprise visits, delicious foods, the anticipation of family visits, a good movie, when both boys nap at the same time…these are a few of my favorite things! :)

  87. What makes me happy is seeing the pure joy and happiness of my child and my two dogs. Making yummy healthy food from scatch (and it actually taste good). Spending time with some friends at brunch. And making a list and being able to cross things off for a sense of accomplishment.

  88. I think the thing that makes me happiest is the feeling that I get when I’m completely balanced. My body doesn’t ache, my mind isn’t racing, and all I’m noticing is the patience when I’m breathing. I stress most of my day, so I treasure the moments when I’m not. (Of course, my boyfriend makes me ecstatically happy all the time, but that’s a given!)

  89. What makes me happy is spending time outside (hiking, kayaking, etc.) with my family and dog. Nothing beats that!

  90. Watching my kids grow in little ways each day and seeing their pride at their accomplishments.

    Also getting ‘me’ time helps keep the balance so w e aren’t just about the kids.

  91. A long book that you wish wouldn’t end (Ian Frazier’s recent “Travels in Siberia is a good example!)

  92. Clean sheets! And clean pajamas … and a hot shower before bedtime. An early bedtime, when I can lie in bed with my husband and snuggle and talk or read before sleeping.

  93. A clean house. Happy children. Walking to the park. A great workout. Connecting to God. Not necessarily in that order. :)

  94. I’m happiest when my son forces me to forget about all the things I “needed” to get done that day and just play on the floor with him instead.

  95. What makes me happy…getting paid to do work that I love, outdoor activities with the whole family, and little bits of time to myself!

  96. Spending time with my family is my number one source of happiness.
    Thanks for the interview! Actually, I’m reading the book these days (am currently about to start May) and noticed I can’t put it down unless I’ve finished a whole month! I’m been telling my friend about it, calling her up whenever to say ‘listen to that: …’. I’d love to win this and send it to her!
    Thanks for the chance!

  97. Right now, happiness is the sound of laughter in my house.
    I also find joy in starting znd completing projects!
    Just finished making tea towel curtains!

  98. I get such joy watching the birds at the feeders with all their antics and in the Winter the deer come and knock out seed for themselves.They are so beautiful and have their own personalities,too.The same families have been coming for years.

  99. What a fantastic giveaway…

    OK, what makes me happy…is my family and my home; my good fortune at having these children to parent and this home to make comfortable and lovely for them, and at having the opportunity to make that my job, full time, instead of having to try to squeeze it in around other obligations. I’m not always successful in doing this mama thing the way I want to—in fact, I think I’m unsuccessful more often than I am successful at this point—but when I look at my children across a room strewn with the flotsam and jetsam of the day I know I wouldn’t want to have my life any other way. And I guess that’s what happiness is, at it’s core, right?

  100. Using my too little amount of free time to read things that inspire me to make the most of my life makes me happy. I have two amazing little ones, a 1 year old girl and a 3 year old boy, a wonderful husband and two crazy jobs. I love to read books and blogs that give me great ideas on how to make the most of my life. I actually gave my mom a copy of “The Happiness Project” for Christmas. She loves it and I am dying for a copy of my own. Thanks for the great post and fun offer!

  101. hot cocoa and peanut butter toast, snuggling my girls while reading a book or watching a show, and lazy Saturday mornings in bed catching up with my husband

  102. While the word “happy” always makes me cringe (I always say “happiness is overrated…give me JOY in spite of my circumstances!), music makes me happy. I think and dream to a soundtrack. I am most satisfied and at peace when their is music!

  103. Making beautiful things for others and myself. Having a clean floor (a very rare occurence). Snuggling my toddler and having her smile up at me. Reading books to my children. Actually getting to have a deep conversation with my husband. Emails and letters and visits from friends I haven’t heard from or seen for a long time.

  104. Sleeping in on a Saturday morning, slow days with no pressing commitments, listening to my husband read aloud to all of us, a beautiful blanket of snow covering the ground, music, etc. I could go on about all the things that make me happy, but I think you get the idea. :-)

  105. I so agree with her about the sleep issue! It’s difficult during the busy week (I work full time) but on Friday night, it’s a luxury to go to bed at 9:30 and get 9 hours of sleep. I have a whole different outlook on life after I’m rested!

  106. When I wake up early, my house is clean, laundry done, bills payed, groceries bought, etc. and I can just enjoy quiet time without the thoughts of all the things that need to be done.

  107. Right now, being a mom makes my happy. My daughter is 3.5 and taking the time to see and explore the world through her eyes and the simple joy she takes in the everyday has truly been a life-changer for me.

  108. Hmmm…
    Summertime – a sunny afternoon on my back porch, leisurely looking through a design magazine with a snack of potato chips and a coke.
    Wintertime – curling up on my big puffy couch with a stack of seed catalogs, my garden journal, and a big mug of creamy coffee.

  109. I’m finding what makes me happy, too, learning to make space for it in my life. I’ve recently discovered gardening, chickens and bee hives. Those three things (enjoyed along with my kidlets) are a HUGE source of happiness for me. And although we are now moving (from NM to MO), I am chomping at the bit to get to our new space and begin the garden, chickens and bee hives.

    The greatest joy I find is that my kids (5 and 2) and I learn together and have “Ah-ha’s” together…which is such an amazing feeling. There is no ego – one teaching the other. Instead, we’re all at the same level of understanding and learning together!

    Just yesterday, the bulbs we planted in the fall began poking through the soil and my daughter discovered it. She came running it to tell me and our preschool kids the great news. (I also teach preschool out of my home). We all went running out to count the number of “little ones” that were popping out. Each of us, regardless of age, was truly surprised and squealing with joy! I thought, “This is so cool…cherish this feeling!” It’s those moments that I want to create the space and time for, yet when your life is cluttered (either mentally or physically), you steal from yourself of those simple yet amazingly satisfying moments.

    So amongst all the boxes, piles of paper, and “to-do” lists, I am going on the offensive to plan for – make time for – those learning moments where the kids and I explore and have “ah-ha’s” together. And once we land in MO – the garden, chickens and bee hives will be up and going in no time!!

  110. Spending time with my family makes me happy. Snuggling up on the couch with my kids while I read a book to them, going places together. I love to see my kids laugh and enjoy new things and it brings me happiness.

  111. Happiness is to me enjoying the moment – but also anticipating the next and reflecting on the last! Spending time with family and friends, but also time alone. It seems it would be about balance – peace, love, and joy or attaining these by resolving issues or working through issues creates happiness. Deciding to seek happiness is what creates it.

  112. I always feel happy when I get a little bit of alone time with my husband. It helps remind me that I’m not just a mom, I’m a person who existed before my daughter was born, and my husband loves me in both roles.

  113. My kids climbing into our bed on weekend mornings and we all do family story-telling time. So precious!

  114. Watching my 4 year old son sleep makes me happy! He’s so quiet and peaceful…and it’s the only time that happens, so I REALLY enjoy it!! :)

  115. I guess it’s a good way to look at it. Happiness as the aim rather than as a ‘side-effect’ or consequence of ticking all the boxes…
    hmmm

  116. oops. As for what makes me happy… feeling like I’ve managed to cover the main bases in a day, prep for the week ahead, and had some fun too. So… I guess having a ‘good day’ is what makes me happy.

    Seeing the kids grin, kindness to each other, reach their next ‘step’ in life…
    that too.

  117. I’d love to say that it’s up to me to choose to be happy no matter what is going on. But I’m just not that talented. What gives me the biggest boost into happiness is a glimpse of one of my children laughing, playing, or just concentrating happily on an interest of theirs. A distant second to that would be a little bit of dark chocolate with a cup of tea.

  118. For us it has been going to church and forming a community for our children. There are no guarantees on happiness in this life so we try and love well every day and enjoy the little things.

  119. Being bombarded at the door when I get home from work – hubby, kiddo, & smelly Beagle too! It’s chaotic, but it’s the happiest part of my day!

  120. oooo i hope i win. i saw this book a little while back and i’ve had my eye on it!
    hmmm…what makes me happy??
    a number of things but one thing i do when i am feeling a little gloomy is work out. it really does boost my spirits and pushes me through the day.

  121. Although we are all terribly sick with the flu right now, it makes me happy that I can snuggle with my family on the couch and be sick together, knowing that “this too shall pass.”

  122. Oh yay! I started reading this book but didn’t get to finish it before it was due back to the library! Would love to win a copy! :) Something that makes me happy is a good cup of coffee in a pretty mug!

  123. Wow I would so love to win this.
    What makes me happy? lovely conversations with friends, good food and being with my family..

  124. Amen, to the sleep. It’s something that I’m not always disciplined about but man, it makes a difference. So I’d have to say sleep makes me happy. And a nice balance between being home and chilling out with my family and having social outings every now and then. :)

  125. It is hard to choose! Early in the morning…..with a book and coffee when the house is dark. It is always major fun to surprise a friend at the door with a cup of coffee! Or when the kids and I can help someone who needs it…..

  126. Feeling my baby hiccup inside me. Experiencing an incredible moment in music or hilarity and catching my husband’s eye. Music at a concert that makes my jaw drop, it’s so powerful. Relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book. Trips to the library. Experimenting with recipes.

  127. What makes me happy? Seeing my 6 months old daugher playing and laughing by herself. Seeing her confident independence makes me smile!

  128. I borrowed this book from the library last month and LOVED it… would love to have a copy to read again and share with family and friends. I realized the importance of considering my own happiness. Reading and writing make me happy! Carving out time for me to do these things on my own has been a challenge with a toddler and a newborn at home, and I’m still working on it.

  129. connecting with my son, reading books with him, a good book, yoga, swimming and being around water, writing

  130. It makes me happy to explore a new store, especially ethnic specialty stores
    It makes me happy to make time to enjoy a little adult time with my girlfriends over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. or a date night with my husband.
    It makes me happy to play and discover with my children. I get so happy seeing the excitement they experience with new discoveries!

  131. Good times of fellowship with close friends and family – especially when those times include conversation about significant spiritual things. I see those times as a little taste of the joys of heaven.

  132. The fact that there are so many good people out there sharing what they come to understand about happiness, gratitude and wellbeing at inspirational sites at internet makes me truly happy. That’s giving me a chance as well to grow and also fully appreciate what’s been given to me. Jessica/Sweden

  133. My family makes me the most happy. Simply being together and enjoying each other’s company – playing games, reading aloud or just being in the same room Working on our own projects and chatting.

  134. plain and simple – my kids (2boys) and appreciating creativity in any forum!! Thanks for this offer – I have had my eye on this book for some time!!

  135. Lately? Knitting, a good cup of coffee and my beautiful 3 week old baby. (not neccesarily in that order).

  136. I’m slowly making progress with my husband subscribing with me to the benefits of creating the life you want to live NOW, instead of always waiting for the future of what if’s. This makes me very happy!

  137. So many ways to answer this. Happy kids make me happy but so does a clean and organized house, a good book, a hot bath…

  138. My two year old daughter makes me thoroughly happy. I am ever cognizant that each moment is a gift and that time flies.

  139. Not meaning to sound like a typical hippie/enviro girl, but every time I get on my bike to ride to class, my head clears and my heart sings.

  140. Sneaking in sewing time makes me happy, whether it is embroidery or quilting. I love taking that time to push colors together and draw with the thread. I’ve enjoyed some of Gretchen’s posts on her blog and really like her twelve personal commandments. It is so important to know ourselves and how we want to grow and I love that she has outlined it like that.

  141. My daughter’s giggle, my son’s enthusiasm, my husband (just in general), and the knowledge that the little one inside of me will stop attempting to crack my ribs sometime within the next few weeks!

  142. Often the only thing I need to do to be happy is stop long enough to think about how I feel; I have been so blessed and it doesn’t take long to remember all the reasons why I am thankful for life.

  143. My happiest moments are the quiet ones with my kids and my husband. Either we are wrestling on the floor or walking to the park or enjoying a nice meal at our favorite chaat place, these are the moments I want to cherish.

  144. My husband’s grin when he walks in the door after work, the way my son laughs loudly while sleeping, our two quirky dogs and their funny habits, helping others, new babies, seeing my 94-yr-old grandmother, time with my best friend and a great first cup of coffee in the AM – these are a few of my happiest things (sung in Julie Andrews voice!)

  145. A few at the top of my list at the moment: watching my son play in the snow, feeling my baby squirm around (only three more weeks until his due date!), and our new mattress (I can finally sleep!).

  146. Ooh, looks like a good read! What makes me happy? Snuggles! I love snuggling with my hubby and kiddos.

  147. I was sure that quitting my job and staying home with my daughter was all I needed to make me happy. It does make me very happy but I’m still trying to figure out what other challenge I need to complete my picture.

  148. At this stage of my life what makes me happy are some of the things Gretchen mentions – spending time with my daughter and doing child-like activities that make us laugh and feel content. These moments are precious. Thanks!

  149. Coffee. A clean kitchen. My boys’ smiles and hugs. Books. Worship. Holding hands with my husband. A day spent together as a family. Being with my extended family. Babies.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  150. Lots of things make me happy in the moment. But true inner happiness and a sense of contentment and that the world is alright is when everything is in its place – my family is home or in a safe place, my house is clean (or clean enough), and I relax and go with whatever happens next.

  151. Reading a good book, having a good belly laugh with my kids, having a bath, getting into bed with clean sheets and a new magazine, making something that someone really appreciates, hearing my husband’s car pull in…

  152. Ooooh… I hope I win! I love Gretchen Rubin. I first heard of The Happiness Project from a Real Simple article about two years ago–the book had not even come out yet!– and I clipped the article: Ten Ways to be Happier, and have been a fan since.
    Anyway, on a deeper level, having my family close makes me happy. Loving them and Feeling their love is the best! Reading and learning new things makes me extremely happy.

  153. My family makes me happy – my husband, kids, parents, sisters, and extended family. I love being able to spend time with them – and I am especially happy when we are on vacation together to enjoy some stress-free time!

  154. my son, my parents, my bff, a good book with a nice glass of red wine, a cup of coffee outdoors before everyone wakes up, a walk with my dog, spring, enjoying the amazing creations of God

  155. laughing with my family. sometimes that comes by tickle/snuggle fights, sometimes by whitty remarks (even from the 3 yr old), and sometimes it comes by FORCED at first then transitions into the REAL thing… for example we practice (wildly) our “creepy laugh” or “animal laughs” or “silent laughs” to name a few.

  156. What makes me happy? Lots of things. But one thing I absolutely adore that cheers me up daily is the way my cat is obsessed with cuddling with me. He knows my routine and panics if I switch it up. He is sitting with me right now, head on my foot, purring. He’s become my buddy as I’ve been in grad school for the past two years and spend much of my time on the sofa completing my homework on my laptop. My husband is terribly jealous :)

  157. My family and my church family make me happy. My husband makes me the happiest! He is such a wonderful, Godly man! I homeschool my 4 children, and I value the relationships I’ve been blessed to grow with them, which also makes me happy! Blessings!

  158. Spending quality time with my husband, family, and/or friends makes me happy. I am happiest when I can be creative, cooking, gardening, knitting,etc.

  159. What makes me happy is getting up early on a Saturday morning with my husband. We either spend time together at home in the quiet of the morning, or (like this morning) go cross-country skiing before everyone else has the same idea.

  160. What really makes me happy is when I’m walking with the Lord and trusting Him for my every need and ever breath. Then, I have no worries!! Makes me happy!

  161. A sense of accomplishment always makes me happy. Even something as small as successfully taking both my kids to the zoo or outing without any issues by myself. Also, my husband and kids.

  162. So many things, large and small… eating supper with my family, sunshine, hot flavored coffee, hugs, my children playing nicely together, good books and good music, going for walks on beautiful days, Hershey’s kisses, writing in my journal, holding hands with my husband, answered prayer, and the list goes on…

  163. What makes me happy? A long shower without worrying the kids are tearing the house apart…unsolicited hugs from my son…baking bread…cards and emails from old friends…the way my daughter nestles her head into the crook of my neck when she’s tired…really good Chinese takeout…thinking about all the things that make me happy!

  164. When I lower my expectations of others, I tend to be happier. I think that expectations lead to disappoint 99% of the time. Enjoying others and my circumstances for what they are rather than what I “think” they should be makes me happier. Not that I don’t set goals for myself and encourage my family to do the same. But when we don’t reach those goals, realizing that it’s not the end of the world and that tomorrow is another day is key. Enjoy today….you’ll never get it back!

  165. Being with my family and just “hanging out” makes me the happiest. I only wish we found the time to do it more often.

  166. So very many things make me happy…..standing before a sunny window on a crisp winter’s day and feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, knowing that Jesus lived and died for us all, feeling the embrace of my husband and kisses from my children, phone calls from my parents each morning to say “I love you”, an amaryllis blooming on my table…well, these are a few of my favorite things! Happy Saturday to you all!

  167. Snuggling with my babies…purging the toy room (sending it all to Goodwill between birthdays and holidays)…walking in the evening…talking with my husband…hot chocolate. :)

  168. This morning, it was letting myself be fully in the moment–happily constructing a “truck parade” with my 3-year-old son.

  169. what makes me happy? reading your blog and realizing to look for how good my life already is! that, and hearing my #3 baby cooing in his crib right now and knowing the gummy smile I will get upon walking in there soon!

  170. My kids! They wake each morning excited to begin a new day, their happiness keeps me happy! Thank you!

  171. Reading a cozy British mystery in bed while waiting for my husband to get ready for bed.

    A cup of tea when it’s not morning and I’m not trying to wake up.

    Reading to my kids.

  172. Hearing my kids laugh…the other night we put my 16 mo. old to bed and for about 30 min. he was just cracking up in his crib…I have no idea what was so funny, but it was great to listen to!

  173. Stop. Breath. Look around around you. Remind yourself of all that brings you joy in your life. A spring breeze. The smell of my daughter’s hair. My husband’s smile…find what brings you joy.

  174. oh man…that is a wide open question! these days i’m really enjoying re-awakening my creativity, through my blog and scrapbooking. seeing my daughter mature into a wonderful young woman is making me very happy! walking a path to a fuller spiritual life makes me happy.

  175. It makes me happy to see my children (ages 20-12) care for one another. When one son puts his arm around his sister because her team lost their game, when my oldest daughter hugs her brother because he needs it, or when my second born son encourages his sister when he’s teaching her to ride his longboard, my heart swells with happiness. To know they love and care for one another (not that they don’t have their squabbles and irritations with one another) makes this mother’s heart full, content, and happy.

  176. Nature/outdoors, animals, people, smiles, home and self improvement, the exciting and unknown possibilities of my future, my sweet boyfriend and his accomplishments and his hugs/kisses, good sleep, good food, a fairly clean home.

  177. I get very happy when I know that my and I are going on a trip…I love planning it from top-to-bottom and then all of us enjoying the fruits of my labor…it’s pure bliss!

  178. What makes me happy right now is making time for the art. I feel so overwhelmed as a working mom of three with a husband to share life with sometimes. I often let “the tyranny of the urgent” take over, and any time I needed for myself was just gone by trying to be everything to everyone.

    I finally realized that I have to be me before I can can be useful at all. Now I make time to craft, usually for charity, which is just one of my favorite things to do. Knitting, quilting, whatever…that’s where I find my happy :-)

  179. Here are mine: A phone call from my Mama, laughter shared among friends, a meaningful conversation with my kids, remembering that I am a daughter of God, my hubbie washing the dishes, my kids reading to me, visiting with friends and family, a good book, hot cocoa, a clean house…

    Really, the list could go on and …

  180. Reading a good book, finding time to go to a yoga class, getting to sit down and have a actual conversation with my husband, playing with my kids when I have nothing else on my mind.

  181. Lazy weekend mornings with the family. Stay in pjs as long as possible, eat yummy food and hang out together. I also love my yoga time during the week. Both energize me and make me very happy.

  182. For as often as I forget it, you wouldn’t think it was true, but I find a lot of happiness in serving others! (Particularly my family.)

  183. My darling husband!, sunny days, exercise, healthy yummy food, beautiful things and the baby girl that I’m carrying inside of me!

  184. My children make me happy, albeit stressed and tiered sometimes, but our children are the source of the greatest happiness to my husband and I!

  185. Lots of things can make you happy. What I want from life is Joy, that sense of peace and gratitude that exists in spite of any circumstance. This year as I approach the birth of my first baby I have decided to discover how to have joy, keep joy, and create joy because I want our kids to remember our family and home as a joyful place.

  186. Being with the kids on a leisurely outing…. at the zoo, park, or wherever. Being together without an agenda makes me happy.

  187. Hubby’s Love
    God’s Love
    Watching my daughter learn ballet
    Getting a phone call “just because” from my college kids
    Our Golden Retriever puppy
    My ole terrier mix/pound puppy curled in a ball at the foot of my bed

    oh my goodness … lots to be happy about! :)

  188. The days that I have it together. I’m starting my day organized and focused, which means I’m happy and my family is happy. 

  189. Dancing around with my girlies this morning & getting to be *Prince Charming* — which is really funny because my girls haven’t ever even heard the story! :)

  190. what makes me happy? definitely my family – my favorite thing is when we have a “camp out” in the living room with a good movie, and just enjoy each other’s company :)

  191. It’s the simple things in life that make me happy i.e. my baby’s laughter, my daughter’s smile, breathing fresh air. :)

  192. Getting an open-mouth kiss from my baby girl, curling up with a good book, a long conversation with a close friend. The breeze on a spring day.

  193. Sunrises at the beach and searching for shells, watching our children blossom into young adults and a cup of hot chocolate in my jammies on a cold day. :)

  194. Things that make me happy include: over-hearing my 7 year old girls playing together, making my husband laugh out loud, seeing a rainbow, enjoying a great cup of coffee, having a Saturday with nothing on the calendar (hasn’t happened in a long time), having a long talk with my best girlfriend.

  195. I love spending time with family; and broadening that to include friends. It’s a huge bonus to celebrate life by being and doing things together. ;0)

  196. I’m with Gretchen–sleep makes me happy. Really good food that someone else cooked for me makes me happy. Snuggling or traveling with my family makes me happy. Holding hands with my husband. Thanks for the thinking time…off to go do things that make me happy!

  197. Right now the happiest moment of my day is when my three month old wakes up next to me and just opens her eyes and smiles when she sees me. We then spend endless time just staring at each other. It’s a great way to start the day!

  198. Sitting at the beach listening to waves crash and my son jump them, scrapbooking, a hot cup of green tea, Bon Jovi

  199. I’ve enjoyed reading the blog and the comments.
    what makes me happy? currently it’s our 2 1/2 yr old grandson’s funny antics and his thrilled scream when “Pa” (grandpa) comes home from work. It’s watching my son as a single-dad read a story to his little boy.
    It’s enjoying nature walks with that grandson as he calls out to the birds to ‘come get this’ (as he outstretches his little hand filled with berries).
    It’s a phone call from my siblings who live long distances away, yet are “right here” when we are on the phone.

  200. Having quality time in relationships makes me happy. It maybe a quick phone call, an email or just sitting with my husband or children. It fills my emotional bucket and makes me content. Would love a copy of “The Happiness Project”.
    Thank you!

  201. I love listening to my husband and two year old son play, my son’s laugh is the most refreshing sound ever. I also love crocheting, and trying to make a business out of it on Etsy.

  202. Today, it’s getting well. Today I get to be quiet and cozy. No more running around sick but resting and getting well.

  203. Watching my children play together, good food, a book I can’t put down, the uncontrollable laughter of my children, the sun, coffee with a friend.

  204. What makes me happy is to look back over my week, and realize that I was able to get time in for me, my husband, my son, and our family. That means that the balance worked out for that week.

  205. A lot of things make me happy but the thing that makes me happiest is spending time with my daughter and my husband. I love joking around with them and laughing, tickling each other and just hanging out as a family:)

  206. Reading, praying over and then singing to my son before bedtime. He’s two now and likes to join in on the singing saying “I sing”. He often requests The Lord’s Prayer as our final song and I’m hoping to always remember how he belts out the words “Kingdom”, “Power”, “Glory”, “Forever” and “Amen”. I really just need to hide the video camera in the room! =)

  207. A belly laugh from my toddler, a drooly lick from a dog, and a kiss hello from my hubby all make my heart swoon.

  208. Lots of experiences make me happy, but since I’m drinking tea and the kids are happily playing on my own, I’ll stick with that. :)

  209. I have this book and I loved it. It really makes you think and realize you are not alone looking for happiness. A must read!

  210. Slowing down enough to enjoy the simple things in life – nature walks, tea parties, favorite stories read together, etc. All of the treasured memories of my childhood bring new pleasure as I share these times with my twelve children.

  211. Cuddles from my kids!

    Love that quote! (DAYS ARE LONG BUT THE YEARS ARE SHORT) Did Gretchen write that?
    Thanks for the giveaway

  212. Balance makes me happy. Having both family time, time with my husband and time alone. Finding the right amount of each so no one feels cheated is the hard part.

    njfoley at sbcglobal dot net

  213. Date night with my husband, one-on-one time with my teen-agers, and speaking up for and living my values every day.

  214. A weekend with my two kids and hubby with nothing to do! No running around to activities or other commitments. Sigh…….

  215. Happiness is walking alone in a PEI woods on a sunny October morning all by yourself…I got to live my dream last fall on a personal retreat – the perfect day!

  216. Happiness=hearing “I love you,” unprompted and out of the blue, from my 4 year old–followed by a kiss.

  217. The balance I’ve struck between being a stay at home mom & working on the play I produce with a great friend. Makes me feel fulfilled.

  218. Figuring out a new way to find balance and feeling like I’ve done a good job. Challenge and accomplishment are happy things!

  219. Watching my kids play well together and just laugh and laugh. They fight terribly but more and more lately we are seeing them get along. They are so sweet to watch and they love each other so much.

  220. honestly, getting some time outdoors–whether it be a walk with my children or SCUBA diving–does wonders for my happiness levels.

  221. What makes me happy? Spending time with my kids, hugs, a yummy meal, spring flowers, cuddling with my cat, doggy kisses… I could go on and on!

  222. Being with my husband makes me happy…knowing he loves me even when I’m unlovable at times. Hanging out with my munchkins, and watching their delight in learning new things. My cat snuggling up…

  223. reading a book when I fully allow myself no time limit, crunching leaves on a fall walk or watching the buds come up in the spring, real fires in the fireplace, laughter with my husband and friends, playing games wih my little boy, great conversation with my college age kids and time alone with God when I really connect.

  224. The list is long & varied…

    Spending time with my 2 sons
    Family dinners cooked by my boyfriend
    Our dog & cats
    My garden
    Flowers
    Warm sunny days
    Hot tea in the morning
    Walking the beach with Mike
    Our pizza date night every Friday
    Time spent with friends
    Clean, clear spaces in our house
    and reading an inspiring book like The Happiness Project! I’d love to actually own it…

  225. I absolutely love our friday family nights. We snuggle on the couch under cozy blankets, I make popcorn and we watch a movie the kids picked out. I let the dishes pile in the sink from dinner, the toys stay on the floor, and it’s a time where we are all just together. It’s a lot of fun and we all enjoy it! Although, there are many, many other things that make me happy as well!

  226. Music and friends make me happy! There’s something refreshing to the soul about spending time with people that care about you, and music always makes a bad day better for me :)

  227. What makes me happy? Reading your blog about living simply makes me happy. Everyday, I learn something new about being happy, living simply, & simply living…& that makes me very happy!

  228. Keeping house makes me happy: doing dishes, folding laundry, cleaning, creating a nice centerpiece, etc.

    • Having a clean house makes me happy but cleaning doesn’t. Come on over! We can both be happy! Lol!

  229. There are a lot of things that make me happy, but lately I have found the moments I am happiest involve one or both of my children- being a mom is the most fulfilling thing in my life!

  230. Watching my 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter explore the world around them. And the times they hold hands and share kisses.

  231. What makes me happy…honestly…is finding new ways to feed my kids better food and watching them eat more. I get this proud feeling that I am helping their bodies grow and avoiding the trash companies put in their food. But I’m just beginning <3

  232. Having fun with my children. Getting on the floor with them and playing games.
    Skiing and hiking with them. And after all that, a good run by myself.

  233. My son and my husband; seeing my son when he first wakes up in the morning or from a nap; seeing my husband and son playing together; warm sunshine on a cool day; joy on someone’s face; gratitude; so many things!

  234. Somedays what makes me happy is as simple as playing a game with my kids, baking cookies or disappearing into a good book. Other days it’s something more concrete like money in the bank.

  235. I feel happiest when I know I am doing what I should be doing at the right time, in the right place, and for the right reason.

  236. My children and husband have such an easy time at happiness. It comes so naturally and effortlessly to them. Bearing wittness to that joy is infectious and I’ve been searching for my own sources of joy. My kids and husband make me incredibly happy. So does spending time in nature, either hiking or at the beach. I love traveling to new places and dancing (although I’m not great at it!). Runnin and yoga make me happy too! Thanks for this opportunity. This books sounds like a great addition to my journey!

  237. When I completely surrender my trials to God & allow His peace to fill me knowing He is in control! When I look to God for happiness & not myself :)

  238. My miracle baby boy, Jackson. After years of infertility and 5 miscarriages his life along makes me happy!!! All the praise, honor and glory go to my heavenly father who walked with me through the difficult times and never left my side and who is with me now to share in the joy.

  239. I’m in Paris right now with my children, and I will say showing them this magnificent city makes me very happy.

  240. I love to schedule down time with my kids. It is so easy to get bogged down by schedules, activities and chores around the house. I have now decided that at least one hour of every day will be spent outside with nothing that HAS to be done. We build “cakes” in the sandbox, run through the backyard together or ride bikes in the driveway. Scheduling this free time ensurses that we have this quality time together everyday, regardless of how busy the day.

  241. Small things: sunshine streaming through the windows, a good brownie, a snow angel on the front deck, my son’s sleepy smile when he wakes. (Those are just the things from this morning. They change daily.)

  242. My health, husband, and overall life make me happy. I’m very blessed and concentrate on that every day. Oh, and beach volleyball too!

  243. Completing a project (whether it’s at work or home) makes me happy, especially if it was something challenging. That feeling of satisfaction at succeeding.

  244. Always makes me happy, when I get random hugs from my kiddos, and loving glances from my husband…it’s the little things that make me happy the most!!!!

  245. I quit my job because it was draining my happiness. Now I am creating my happiness every day by caring for my husband and getting reacquainted with myself! Oh and making cookies makes me happy too.

  246. Completing a project that improves the way we live…just put a laundry closet in and now we have a tower behind closed doors to work from instead of a maze of baskets to navigate through on our way out the door…Yeah!

  247. Playing outside with my kids, watching them belly laugh together, cooking and enjoying great food and time with my husband.

  248. Spending Sundays as a family. We often go swimming together at the pool at my parents’ condo complex before having dinner with them all together as a family. My parents only moved nearby recently so I cherish all the time I get to spend with them now.

  249. Quality time with my family makes me happy. No phones, no computers, no tv. Last night we played a board game for hours and loved every minute of it!

  250. Time spent with my grandkids! I now realize how quickly the time goes and enjoy being with them so very much.

  251. What a great question! I’m happy when my first family is all around me. I love when my brother, sister and I are all able to hang out at my parent’s house. It happens so rarely now that we’ve all spread to the corners of the US, but I guess that’s why it’s so special.

  252. Watching my kids’ relationship grow and mature-it’s so amazing and it is truly the thing that brings on those happy tears for me more than anything else! I love that these two wonderful kids that I love soo much love eachother so much, too!
    I’ve been meaning to take this book out of the library for a while now!

  253. I’m happy from some beautiful flowers a friend surprised me with as they have an incredible smell and I appreciate her thoughtfulness.

  254. Sunshine, taking care of my home and family, Ben and Jerry, my dog curled up on my lap, reading.

  255. Hearing my children laugh … the crocuses that have popped up through the winter soil … an annual retreat with dear sisterfriends … the sounds & smells of the ocean … the marriage journey with my partner … grace and peace that passes understanding.

  256. Peace.

    P.S. Something that I realized very recently is how much I need to work on my own happiness. This interview came at the perfect time for me. Thank you, Tsh.

  257. I have been dying to read this book. What makes me most happy? The comforts of home, family, and dear friends.

  258. The love of my incredible friends, who share fun times with me and care for me when times are rough

  259. When our local grocery store has bunches of daffodils 2/$3 sometime in March, I buy two bunches as tightly closed as possible. Watching them unfold over the next week makes me happy. I know I’ll never be a gardener, but this beginning rite of spring always cheers me.

    *Just had to return this book to the library because someone else had a hold on it and I’m eager to finish reading it.

  260. What is making me happy right now is the anticipation of my almost 3 year old son for his new sibling due in a few weeks. He’s been happily folding baby laundry, singing and reading his doll to sleep, using my belly as a pillow so he can “lay closer to our baby”, and excitedly telling people how he’ll go visit it at the hospital. Looking forward to how this relationship will develop!

  261. I am the most happy with a cup of coffee, a good book, and the sun shining on my face. That and on a date with my hubby of 12 years! :)

  262. I am delighted when I feel embraced by the sunshine. With two little ones and a very full schedule, I long for a sunlit place to curl up and read. A book that is eidfying and meaningful. Ah, that’s a happy moment to me right now.

  263. My children (5 and 1) and my husband make me happy every single second of my life! I don’t need anything else.. well maybe a cup of coffee.

  264. Right now — I am happiest when I can achieve the delicate balance between work, kid time, husband time, and me time (which includes my training for a half marathon) :)

  265. The sun on my face and wind in my hair. The sea. A new creative idea. A new book. Watching my children grow!

  266. Uninterrupted quiet times make me feel happy (I’m sure most moms could say this). But, I think, that true happiness is in knowing my family is waiting for me when the moment is over. :-)

  267. Sitting with my thoughts on my porch in the early morning with a cup of green tea or watching my roomate dance the walz to “Through the Fire”, by Chaka Khan. Both equally fill me with bliss.

  268. I was feeling so spontaneous yesterday and called a friend to see if she could meet early this morning for a walk and coffee. She was up for it too. It was so happy to do something so simple yet so special and invigorating. This friend always inspires me to “simplicity”. Happy weekend to you:)

  269. Simplicity makes me happy. My one little word this year is {simple} and though my life is pretty much never simple, I try to appreciate and cherish the simple moments. I also look for the simple way to do things, and always trying to simplify life around me.

  270. I could easily come up with a number of things in my life worth worrying about at any given time, but in general I try to keep up with the day-to-day tasks and accomplish something useful every day, plus leave time for some reading and knitting, and that gives me a satisfied, happy attitude. I am very conscious of setting a good example for my two daughters, in an effort to help them manage their time and feel in control of themselves and their lives.

  271. Sunshine! I really notice it this time of year. I am much happier when the sun is shining! And I agree with Gretchen, sleep makes me a lot happier… And its hard to come by right now!

  272. I was never an athlete growing up. I’ve dabbled in running, because my husband was training for marathons, but the longest I ran was a 10K. No matter how much I tried to “make” myself love to run, I loathed it.
    Still not learning the lesson, I signed on to do a sprint triathlon, while my husband was doing the half-iron man distance up in Tawas Bay, MI last September 2010. Long story short, the only part of the training I truly enjoyed was the swimming. I finished the tri, but it was crystal clear to me as I was finishing the run that I was going to leave these events to my husband and cheer him on from the sidelines.
    Since then, I’ve pursued the swimming and have been swimming with my YMCA’s master’s team since October of 2010 and nothing (expect yoga) makes me happier. I like it when the coach pushes me. I’ve pushed myself farther than I ever thought possible. I’ve gone from not knowing how to swim freestyle, to being able to swim free 2,500 yards in a 90 minute practice! Obviously a quiet dinner with my husband, my children’s laughter and cuddles, are a source of great joy as well. But swimming is something just for me, and I’m always happier for it when practice is over. And it’s something that I only learned and started to pursue at age 37!!!

  273. My daughter just learned to hold hands and there is nothing that makes me happier than to hear her say, “Hold hands” as we are going for a walk.

  274. The time I get to spend alone with my husband! And my kid’s smiles, especially my 8mo old’s two-toothed grin, I have to smile back.

  275. God makes me happy. He has gave me this amazing family to love. I have a husband of 7 1/2 yrs who thinks the world of me and I of him. 3 beautiful girls who at times have told me they love me more than Jesus, LOL! My parents who have supported me every step of way through life. All of accomplishments are because of God and that makes me happy. Thank you.

  276. Giving and receiving personal gifts and cards/notes/letters, being a friend, having a friend, browsing people’s or shops’ bookshelves, Etsy, sunlight, scones, coffee, snuggling with my son …
    I discovered the Happiness Project two years ago while visiting my parents for Christmas; there was an article about Gretchen and her book and blog in the San Diego Tribune. I would love to receive a copy of her book!

  277. Great giveaway, I also read Gretchen’s blog, and I’ve been seeing her pop up in a lot of my other feeds, too!

    Experiencing a state of flow and engagement in my work makes me happy, and the feeling of achievement from having completed a task or project at home.

    From this you’d think that I get a lot done, but I have a problem with spending too much time procrastinating from the things that make me happy!

  278. sitting here with puppies, baby, napping husband, eating leftovers, relaxing. just a happy day.

  279. What makes me happy is the little things in life…. A shared smile between my girls and I, snuggle time after naps, treating my kids to ice cream, spending time without kids with my dh. That and a morning when everyone is still in bed, it’s rainy or snowing and I have my bible and a great cup of coffee :)

  280. Scones and coffee, being a friend, having a friend, giving and receiving personal gifts and cards/notes/letters, browsing titles on bookshelves, snuggling with my son …
    I discovered Gretchen’s Happiness Project two Decembers ago when I was visiting my parents in San Diego; there was an article about her and her book and blog in the San Diego Tribune. I’d love to receive a copy of her book!

  281. My alone time in the morning before anyone else wakes up! I drink my tea and read quietly until my son wakes up, then we cuddle while watching one of his shows.

  282. A mocha made by my husband, hearing my husband laugh, good time reading the bible, when my boys feel that they have been dangerous, the excitement of my children when they learn something new, summer evenings, a personal email or snail mail, fitting into smaller pants, a clean car . . .

  283. I love overhearing my husband sing songs to our 6 month old son. It makes me so happy to catch glimpses of them together and to know that they’re forging a bond that will be with them both forever. I love them each more than I can say, but there’s something extra special about seeing them together that makes my heart burst!

  284. Winks from my husband, the way my children smile, sunshine, fresh air, all the many gifts from God!

  285. Many things make me happy, but these days walking outside in the warmer weather with my dog brings my spirits up.

  286. What make me happy? Today: a long-awaited replacement part for my favorite vacuum, which made it “like-new” again. Really, I was so thrilled to be vacuuming with it, it’s a wonder I didn’t go next door and offer to vacuum my neighbors’ living rooms.

    But on a much larger scale: little things like my husband’s silly way of greeting me each evening, the way he asks me what he should eat for lunch, a clean house, and the silly things my dogs do to make me laugh.

  287. Taking a nice long jog outside on a beautiful day makes me so happy and relaxed, even better when it’s with a jog with a friend.

  288. Getting something– anything!– done makes me happy! I am a finish-what-I-start, anything-worth-doing-is-worth-doing-well kind of person, and that kind of person can easily be made miserable by parenting.

  289. baby kisses…scrapbooking…Bible study…watching my kids play…time with friends…long phone conversations with my sisters…cute shoes…

  290. Enjoying what God has made! From my family to the sunset, there is beauty all around us if we just will slow down enough to look.

  291. A clean house, a drawyer full of clean socks and underwear, listening to books on my Itouch while I do things, Masterpiece Classic period shows w/popcorn, going to a movie with my husband (a rare treat), the smell of coffee, making cookies with my kids, after school “tea” with my daughter, crawling into bed when the bedding is freshly washed (a laundry theme here?), the smell of lavendar, spring & fall, drinking coffee on a chilly fall day, having the windows open in the spring and fall, Christmas decorations-music and movies, snuggling with my kids and getting/giving hugs and kisses, hearing my kids giggle, seeing my kids faces when they’re proud of something they’ve done, my kids faces when they show empathy for someone, making my husband laugh, touches of all kinds. The Simple Mom website!!!!

  292. Happy kiddos, an uncluttered house, time for making some dolls, and chocolate… all are things that bring me happiness.

  293. I must say that in this moment learning to let God love me is a tremendous source of happiness and learning to put Him first in my life is an absolutely amazing source of happiness and has brought so many blessings and the ability to take the time to actually realize how many, many blessings we are given each day. His grace and mercy are allowing me to love those in my life with such joy and compassion.

  294. What makes me happy? Hanging out in the garden with my cats and chickens, or sitting next to the koi pond watching the fish (and watching the cats watch the fish). Reading, writing, gardening. This is what makes me happy about my little peaceable kingdom.

  295. What makes me happy! My first grader getting off the bus, running and jumping into my arms every day after school… and my fourth grader telling me that he will make my coffee for me any time I want! :)

  296. What makes me happy is waking up an hour before my boys do, going for a short walk, having breakfast and coffee and some quiet prayer and reading. Bonus if I get to actually think about the upcoming day before it’s upon me :-)

  297. Clean sheets, my little boys laugh, when the sun hits the prisms in the kitchen and the walls are covered in rainbows!

  298. Lately, I am happy and surprised when my 3yo son says or does something sweet to his little sister. It’s a subtle reminder that all the challenges of parenting a little boy are worth it.

  299. one thing of late that makes me happy, (and sad too, lol), as I’ve had 2 of my 3 kids leave then nest this year, is to see what wonderful adults they have become, that they still keep ties to home, and each other, that they are so appreciative of mom and dad, that they “love” healthily. Seeing them thrive in their new ‘normal” makes it so much easier as a mom to “let” them go, and not worry (too much) about them. My family, not matter where they are, or how often I might see them, (so glad to still have a 14 y/o DS at home), make me happy, and I’m so thankful for a loving, supportive husband who helps this mom through the hard days of letting them grow up.

  300. I’d love a copy of the book – what an interesting concept about change creating happiness!

    Hmmmm. What makes me happy? Right now it’s my marriage. We’ve been in marriage counseling for three months and just had a major breakthrough this week! The spark is back. :)

  301. What makes me happy is when my chaotic household with four children manages to run by itself for a while so I can steal away to my attic bedroom for five minutes of time to think in my own head. It’s amazing how much better I feel afterward.

  302. springtime makes me happy… and being able to go on walks when I am well enough. I have RA (rheumatoid arthritis) so when I can wake up in the morning and my hands are not to swollen to dress myself and comb my hair… well that makes me very happy too. And family makes me happy; I adore my nieces and nephews.

  303. Time with my family now that we are spread across the country, and the many, many ways my husband shows me everyday how much he loves me.

  304. A perfect cup of home-brewed coffee makes me happy. It’s just for me, and it’s one of the few things that I do for myself almost every day.

  305. Learning makes me happy. At age 40, I’m learning what is important in life and how simplicity opens my mind and that of my children for learning.

  306. Being outside on a beautiful day. Listening to or making music. Exercise. Watching my children learn.

  307. being able to come “home” to visit my mother in the hospital as she recovers from a stem cell transplant to cure her leukemia, and to know that just by being here I am helping my family rebuild and repair itself from this trying time – there is light at the end of this tunnel, and we can get through anything as long as we are in it together.

  308. Spending the day with my family…and when the kids go to bed, curling up with my husband and good book.

  309. What makes me happy is finding time between all of my classes, studying, and obligations to just sit back and relax with a book or some knitting. Also, when my roommates leave and the apartment is quiet :)

  310. What makes me happy today? Winter greens from the garden, new books from the library, the sound of my 4 year old boy singing with GUSTO, fat robins all fluffed up and perched in our apple trees, and a little old quiet minute on the computer. :)

  311. Hmmm. when I live in the moment and enjoy my family. Laughing with family or friends. Having a great conversation.

  312. I heard someone say once that “happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable!”. Being busy makes me happy. Of course, my chidren and my husband are my world and THEY make me happy. But I have learned to find happiness in little things: clean sheets on my bed, a clean house, the sound of my children’s laughters, the sound of rain, coffee breaks with my dearest friends, the thought that Eddie is in Heaven, reading a good book, sleeping an extra hour on a Saturday morning..

  313. I love reading. I just recently started reading for fun again. I loved it as a kid but after years of being in school and being told what to read I simply lost intrest. Now I take a weekly trip to the library with my daughter and she loves picking out her own books and then coming home to have me read them to her.

  314. Souls connecting…I am at my most joyous when my souls connects with another in peace and love. Whether it is with my family, friends or strangers on a blog or the street. I live for these moments of soul support.

  315. What makes me happy…..
    Morning cuddles with my boys. Getting out in nature and watching them discover everything it has to offer.

  316. there are so many things that make me happy. the biggest things: my family, friends, good music, a good book, a good cuddle, great food, a good date with my husband, and many more things.

  317. Now that spring is on the way, sitting on my front porch swing enjoying the warmer weather & sunshine makes me quite happy.

  318. What makes me happy and what I wish made me happy are two totally different things. The thing that really makes me happiest is having some quiet time at the end of the night after putting my four children down to bed. What I wish made me most happy is spending time with my children.

  319. Making a goal and following through to see it done. Sometimes this means making my goal realistic (super simple).

  320. New books make me happy! Seriously, with my surname what else could I expect? It’s my gazinglepin weakness in the monthly budget :)

  321. Creating and Fridays… Fridays because that is when my husband gets to come home (he works 3 hours away leaving on Monday early am). So Fridays are my favorite time of the week, otherwisr I’m home with 3 kids on my own. Lately the creating is digital scrapbooking because all of my scrapbooking and quilting supplies are packed away from little fingers.

  322. my family, my friends, enjoying the little moments in life, enjoying the outdoors..enjoying just being alive…I lost my sister to cancer a few years ago, and that makes one appreciate all the little moments so much more!

  323. My 10 year old son’s conversations with me, basking in his accomplishments, or just watching him play with friends. I love to be with my grown children and the grandchildren, they are so sweet and funny. I love my friends, my dog, my garden, my crafts and sometimes just cleaning the house makes me happy.

  324. Making plans with my husbands, endless talking to him, watch the siblings playing with each other, recording our life with camera and paper, crafting, upcoming spring, week-end-breakfast with the whole family, reading for hours and seeing our children love it too, our children coming to our bed in the morning, the sunlit clean house…

  325. Taking a nap in in a clean house, sharing a goal/dream with my husband and working to see it come about, watching my daughter skip through the house, listening to my son tell me about all the work he has been doing with his Dad, solving a problem!

  326. The thing that makes me happy is my writing my blog, and recently start getting paid for my writing, it sure refresh my days as a mother to 3 kids 😉

  327. Right what makes me happy is introducing my kids to some of the things I loved as a kid. Swimming, The Chronicles of Narnia, cooking, fireworks, Girl Scouts, football and gymnastics. To see them try things and excel in them is so fun.

    With my husband it is finding joy in each other even during very difficult economic times. Laughing and loving together.

  328. My husband, daughter, and I having time together. It’s a time where I feel like nothing in life is better. I catch myself savoring these moments.

  329. Adding value to someone’s life — perhaps by improving their health, circumstances, outlook. Working up a good sweat during an early morning run while enjoying a beautiful sunrise. Spending a lazy day with my husband. Quiet summer evenings on the deck with close friends. Getting a text message from my 81-year-old father.

  330. what makes me happy?
    just *being* with my children
    hugging my husband
    kissing my baby’s fat cheek
    seeing my baby grin
    puttering around my house
    having time to do “unscheduled” things in my day
    not rushing
    cleaning out a drawer, closet, room, etc.
    good conversation with a friend
    (this list could go on and on–so i’ll stop!!) =)

  331. Accomplishing something I thought was really challenging! (like completing the Organized Simplicity chapter on my kitchen!!)

  332. Relaxing enough to capture a ton of moments and being present in my life makes me extremely happy!

  333. Pottering around in my veggie garden makes me calm and happy. The minute I enter the garden I am lost in a magical space where I am unaware of time passing, I can never spend too much time there. The sights, smells and sounds. I can hear myself humming away in contentment. I want to be in my garden all the time, but instead I land up spending about 5 mins a day in there most of the time as I am always needed to do something else for someone else. But in my garden I am in BLISS. I long for it and dream of it all the time.

  334. My children’s laughter, a bright and sunny morning, carmel lattes, and really good sushi make me happy. :)

  335. Happy? Seeing my kids smile, having my hubby give me a massage, reading a good book-all the simple things. :-) Thanks for the interview, Tsh!
    Amy

  336. Simply… Hugs. From my kids, from my husband, from a friend. They always bring a smile to my face. I think it’s because it gets at a larger thing that makes me happy – love and warmth of family.

  337. What makes me happy is my husband, children and grandchildren. A good book on my back porch on a sunny day. And a cup of coffee with a good friend.

  338. Happiness is a day of sunshine, smiles, and freedom from the under-18’s screaming at each other. =)

  339. The ability to laugh out loud with my husband and kids, especially about something that no-one else could appreciate in quite the same way!

  340. What makes me happy–the end of a good day, spent loving and laughing with my boys and husband, when I slip into bed and open a book.

  341. Balance makes me happy, and it’s a hard thing to find, between being a fully present mother, maintaining a healthy marriage, working a good job, finding time to take care of myself, and the million and one things that go into each and every one of those things!

  342. What makes me happy? Making time in a hectic schedule to spend time with the people I love!

  343. My husband, my 3 daughters, the smell of fresh bread, the sound of the ocean, and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm!

  344. What makes me happy?
    Watching our newly turned 1-year-old granddaughter charm the socks off her grandfather
    sunlight through the slatted blinds when I wake up in the morning
    the sound of the ocean
    the smell of rain in the air
    finishing a project
    slowing down enough to hear whispers of love as I go through my day
    remembering how blessed I am

  345. I’m happy when my little boy tells me something beautiful. Before bed tonight he said: Mama, when the summer comes let’s lay down on the grass and enjoy the sun together. How amazing is that?!

  346. Newly fallen snow, the smile on my 14-year-old’s face, and puttering in my kitchen while the sun streams in through the window.

  347. What makes me happy? Colors. My eyes see in color, not just black & white with shades of gray. Loving. Nothing like being able to give and receive it!

  348. What makes me happy is my life…this includes my husband, three kids, two dogs, my parents, my brothers, my friends, and my students…life is good.

  349. Warmer days after a long, cold winter, hanging out with my husband, and spontaneous hugs from my kiddos!

  350. What makes me happy is being grateful for every day that I am given in this world as a healthy person with my daughter and husband by my side.

  351. What makes me happy — knowing I’ve done the best I could do. Things might not always work out the way they should, but if I’ve done the best I can do, I am satisfied and happy with the outcome.

  352. Sitting on my (dirty, crumb-littered) kitchen floor just after lunch makes me happy. I choose to sit there at the time of day when the sun shines in through the window just right…and I listen to the sounds of my kids playing (or fighting) and SEIZE THE MOMENT, freeze time a little, if you will…and then I get up and do the dishes and sweep the floor. It makes me happy to just STOP and be thankful and chat with Jesus in the middle of these busy baby days and remember that they’ll be gone too soon.

  353. A lot of things make me happy – friends and family are maybe the standard answers – but I really enjoy house projects and the joy of completing them –> enjoying the fruits of my labor.

  354. My time with the dogs I volunteer with at the local shelter makes me happy. I love spending time with them and giving them a bit of love in their lonely day. So, I guess animals in general make me happy!

  355. Cuddling up in my hubby’s arms each night makes me happy! It’s one of the best parts of each day :-)

  356. Bedtime stories with my girls, watching them play when they don’t know I’m there, time with my sister, playing games…

  357. It’s taken me a long time to realize this, but balance is what makes me truly happy. If any part of my life is out of balance, it throws everything off and I cannot be happy. But if I’ve hit that sweet spot of time with family, time to myself, a peaceful space to be in, etc. — that’s like the definition of happiness for me.

  358. What makes me happy- enjoying life with my family… times when I don’t have to rush from place to place… being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature (especially this time of year as spring approaches)…sunshine!

  359. I literally just finished my library borrowed version of this book today. It is so inspiring and I’d love to own my own copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

    A few things that make me happy are hiking through yellow mustard fields during springtime in California, rocking my sweaty-headed one and a half year-old when she wakes up from her naps and Ben and Jerry’s icecream dates with my seven year-old daughter.

  360. De-cluttering has always made me happy along with spending time riding bikes with my husband and children.

  361. I would love to win a copy of this book. What makes me happy is a lazy Saturday with my family when we don’t have to be anywhere at any certain time but we can just enjoy being in each other’s company without the stress of a schedule.

  362. I’m happy when my family is happy. That generally means when we have slowed down and are doing less but enjoying it more.

  363. I love this interview and the whole idea of people thinking about their own “project happiness”. As I have aged (now 50) I know so many of the things I thought would make me happy are so very different than they are now. My happiness is in my family, the health of my family, and when the family has time to gather together and enjoy coming to the lake and spending time on the boat, wakeboarding, fixing breakfast together, packing lunches to eat on the boat and just spending nice warm summer days together – and then if I get any quiet time I love to read – books, magazines or blogs!

    Thanks for sharing this interview

    Melissa

  364. My family. I am most happy when I am with my three kids and husband. Simple but true. They complete me.

  365. My husband works a lot and each day my two girls look forward to their daddy coming home from work. In the evenings when he gets home early enough we have daddy-dance – we put the music on and all dance with daddy. My 9 month old bounces and jumps, my 2 year old spins and races around in circles, and I get to dance with my husband. It is such special family time and we all love it.

  366. My 2 year old. She’s the middle child, but she gets noticed! She is just a ball of energy and happiness and I love it. It makes me so happy to see her in all her glory

  367. A good night’s sleep! I thought that BEFORE I read this interview and smiled contentedly when I read that I’m not the first one with this particular epiphany!!

  368. what makes me happy….playing on the bed with my husband and 18-month old son. Our son has so much fun flopping around and crawling all over us and we laugh because he is just so cute! Such a simple and joyful pleasure! I

  369. A warm sunny day, a good run with great tunes, hugs, my family, my friends and cooking something yummy.

  370. Dancing with my family! After dinner, my husband and three children and I turn the music up and dance. This makes everyone happy!

  371. Adding value to my life and others make me happy. If it doesn’t add value – even its just an opportunity to laugh, I don’t do it.

  372. Spending time doing what I love makes me happy. I love to sew, quilt, spend time with my Mom (and spend time with my Mom sewing and quilting), craft, read, hang out with my kids, etc. I am lucky to be a stay at home Mom (though I just recently started working) and I have a lot of time to be happy. Clutter doesn’t make me happy so I try to have the kids help with clutter busting and then we can get to doing fun stuff. :)

  373. The smell of ocean air mixed with snow. I love sticking my head out the window on snowy days when the ocean breeze is up. Then add a cup of steaming coffee in my hand and I’m in heaven.

  374. What makes me happy right now is the rare occasion that my fiance , son and I are all home together and turn on the classic rock music channel while dancing and singing around the mess of a house that is most likely our backdrop. My fiance is a police officer and I am back in school full time so family time is few and far between, we soak up every minute deafening ourselves with laughter!

  375. It really depends on the day, the moment or my mood but a sense of accomplishment or of being worthy makes me me feel good.

  376. Coffee from my percolator. Baby Belly laughs. Sonic Drive-In Happy Hour. Pandora Radio. Freshly popped popcorn. Black Bic Flex Grip Ball Point Pens. Clean Countertops. Family Pizza Night.

  377. watching my boys and husband playing out in the snow this morning as i turned the corner to pull into the driveway……just made me smile thinking of them having so much fun together.

  378. Simplifying our lives including having less stuff makes me happy. Also in a completely different direction…a trip to the beach makes me beyond happy- the sounds, surf, smells, sun and sand.

  379. Watching my 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter take obvious delight in each other’s company makes me very happy.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Gretchen Rubin’s book.

  380. My husband has been out of town this week and last night I did the crazy thing of taking the kids out for pizza. Alone. Not picking pizza up, but actually eating in the restaurant. The whole ordeal went really well and was so fun. That made me happy.

    I’ve read about half of Gretchen’s book before it was due back to the library – labeled a “high demand book” so you couldn’t renew it and the waitlist was a mile long so I’d love to win a copy.

  381. My family – when we’re all away from the busyness of life and just simply enjoying each other’s company! Those moments are precious and fleeting.

  382. Singing…especially when I can sing tight harmonies with people who sing really well.

    i really want to win this book!! I borrowed it from the library, and had to return it because of the waiting list. I only got through April…..

  383. Hugging my boys first thing after they wake up in the morning, a hot cup of coffee, talking to my best friend on the phone, cleaning the house and living clutter-free at least for that one day, reading books to my boys while curled up on the couch together, working on a joint project with my husband, seeing the first crocuses popping through the soil (I saw some today!)…

  384. Gardening makes me happy. So does spending time with my husband. I love the idea of a happiness project.

  385. Connecting with friends on a heart-level! Working out regularly also seems to plow the ground for happiness…

  386. It makes me happy to just be still and enjoy everyday moments with my daughter, son and husband. We live very busy lives and yet I am happiest when we are laughing ourselves silly or dancing in the kitchen or singing bedtime songs!

  387. new blooms in spring
    seeing my son and daughter play together and make each other laugh
    a successfully finished knitting or sewing project
    hearing my daughter (3 years old )correctly use a new vocabulary word
    pillow talk with my husband
    watching my son kiss his reflection in the mirror

  388. A night of great sleep. My kids. My hubby. My kitties. A good book. A great cup of tea. So so so many things right now.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  389. My two loving children make me happy (most of the time), that each day is another day closer to my husband returning from being delpoyed in iraq, but mostly the fact that God is greater then us and He sees the whole picture!

  390. Cooking dinner for my family on Sunday afternoons. I love when my son and his beautiful wife come to visit. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

  391. hmmm, what makes me happy? I am happy when I hear my children or my hubby laugh. I am happy when I am painting. I am happy when I am taking pictures. It would make me really happy to win this book. LOL

  392. Being with my husband and children. And what makes me even happier is to be with my family enjoying the great outdoors. Also the security and love my faith gives me. My faith in the Lord brings such joy and that reflects on my family time. We all are so happy enjoying God’s beautiful creations.

  393. Camping with my family makes me oh so happy. No laundry, no vacuuming, just fun : )

    Great giveaway! I love the idea of this and the interview was great. Thanks!

    Nicole

  394. Sitting in our big LaZ-boy recliner with a kid on each leg, snuggling in close and reading “The Going-to-Bed Book,” by Sandra Boynton–slowly rocking back and forth with my husband looking on in the doorway…well, that was my happiness moment today. I try to find them every day.

  395. Watching my daughter learn to walk is making me happy right now…the pure joy on her face as she is learning to stand up solo is priceless…I wish I could bottle it.

  396. After spending two days with my little 3 year old fighting to keep her body cool from her 100 degree and up fever. This afternoon her temperature finally cooled enough for her to come outside and snuggle on my lap. Together we sat in the Florida breeze watching daddy and big sis wash the car. Having worried and even cried about this relentless fever, having her in my lap eating a pb & j sandwich was joy. During those two days I only thought of her, no bills, work, clothes… just her. Feeling her cool face against my cheeks was all the happy I needed.

  397. I have to agree with one of Gretchen’s responses above – after getting my “stupid fibro” diagnosis, SLEEP makes me a happier parent! I have been reading Gretchen’s blog for quite a while now, I have been wanting to read the book. It’s been exciting “watching” the birth of the Happiness Project book. I never win the giveaway stuff, but I’ve requested that my library buys the book for circulation so I can read it :)

  398. Things that make me happy: my little boy’s laughter, a completed project (not dishes that will just need to be redone in a few hours, but a finished quilt or a painted headboard) and chocolate.

  399. Of course my family make me happy. But tonight my DH and I were coming up our driveway and he had to hit the brakes because a deer stepped in front of us. It was beautiful. It made me happy. : )

  400. Tuning out the world and really “being” with my kids: cuddling, reading or playing together, hearing their stories and perspectives, going on simple adventures, etc. They’re 5 and 8 and growing fast!

  401. When my one year old, who is all boy (and he likes to just go, go, go) will sit and snuggle with me for a while…that makes me truly happy.

  402. Happiness is watching my kids grow in God and learn everyday. BUT, today something that brought me happiness, was an email my brother sent me apologizing for how he treated me growing up and telling me that he really wanted to have a closer relationship with me and with my kids. I can’t tell you how happy that made me today! I’ve wanted this my whole life; to have a great relationship with my brother. What a blessing! :)

  403. Traveling the world, sunshine, and my family. Preferably traveling to somewhere sunny with my family. :o)

  404. Some days I’m sure working outside of our home would makes me happy, but seeing my twin daughters interact with each other in such loving and caring ways reminds me that that being part of their lives truly makes me happy.

  405. What makes me happy is making a difference in a real sincere manner, and at the moment this comes from my efforts with my kids in scouting as a leader.

  406. Snow days! Home warm and safe with time off work to read, study, peruse blogs, drink something warm & eventually take a loooong hottttt shower.

  407. My family is what makes me happy! As well as small things like a fresh pedicure, picnics, good music, etc.

  408. I’m excited to read this book whether I win a copy or not. My kids bring so much happiness to me. I love their silliness, laughter, hugs and kisses.

  409. It makes me happy when my son always finds me to give me a kiss in the morning….although I do need to work on a happiness project as many times I don’t always know what makes me truly happy;)

  410. Helping my family to be happy by simply living and living simply! And loving that I get to be present with my family even when it’s helping my 3 year old get back to sleep at 1am!

  411. Beginning to see more clearly that all things are connected. My boys. Clouds. Baking. Dancing and singing and LOVE. True, happy, silly love.

  412. I find happiness in the moments of the day that others may take for granted, such as a stranger holding a door open for me; or when I hold the door open for a stranger and their acknowledge of “thank you”; and a return smile from a stranger.

    I find happiness in my first cup of coffee each morning; telling my daughters I love them and our ‘hand shakes’ during drop off at school, then seeing their smiling faces when I pick them up from school at the end of the day.

    Happiness is also memories held so dear to my heart of my late husband and the times we shared alone and together with our then young daughters.

    Happiness is the ability to make any moment special in your life or in the lives of someone else.

  413. I discovered her blog when I was scouring the web for inspirational blogs. I loved her since then. I’m looking forward to buying her book. But if I could have it as prize, that’d be fabulous.

    Enter me, please. Thanks.

  414. My family gets together with two other families every Sunday night for shared food and fellowship. It makes me very happy to share our lives together through the years!

  415. Doing what I love makes me happy. I’m lucky enough to be able to stay at home with my daughter (which I love) and do some freelance writing on the side (which I could never seem to do while working 9-5). This makes me very happy!

  416. Going camping in a remote national park, by the beach with my five children and husband….no technology, no mobiles, no texting, no cleaning or dishes (!!!)…..lots of sunshine, games, laughter, campfires, stories and time just to be……

  417. Things that increase my happiness right now:
    a good run
    the start of our financial freedom
    the look of pride when my little boy makes it to the toilet
    the new vegetable garden that my family built together
    our first trip to the beach this year

  418. What makes me happy now: hearing a child’s pure laughter, learning how to knit, having someone to knit for, the promise of spring and the blue skies we can sometimes catch a glimpse of, baking,…the list could go on! Reading the comments cheered me quite a bit. Really, joy is around us everyday – the trick for me is to shed all the extra stuff that keeps me from seeing this. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!!

  419. Ahhh definitely waking up in the morning to my two gorgeous boys cuddling up with me after having had an early night! It helps when the sun is streaming through the windows too! :)

  420. What makes me truly happy is when I put all work aside and out of my mind, and I am fully present with my kids.

  421. Making my husband laugh, or the kids laugh. Or suddenly seeing my 3-year-old walk, completely naked, into the dining room where we’re holding our Bible Study (it’s happened twice now).

  422. The latest edition to our family, 4 week-old Jayce, in addition to my other three children and a great husband make my life complete.

  423. What makes me happy? fresh air, hearing birds sing in the morning, a good cup of coffee and hugs from my kids (and husband), not in that order :)

  424. The budding of spring like right now (I’m in the south), listening to the birdies singing and the sunshine pouring thru the windows. This all makes me very happy and my heart sing too!

    Happy day to you, Tsh!

  425. Nature makes me happy. I can be down and if I simply stop and look out the window or go outside for a walk I find that the beauty of nature perks me up and always teaches me to be grateful.

  426. What is making me happy right now is that my 4 year old seems to have turned the corner on the fever and upset stomach he dealt with yesterday and half the night. Now I’m heading out for a run to shake off the stress of having a sick child! Looks like a nice day.

  427. What makes me happy, among other things, is making sure that I am giving my family, as well as myself, the attention deserved – which is why I am keeping this comment short: there’s a Star Wars needing to be told by a 9-year-old birthday boy!

  428. Running with my daughter, reading a good book and my family. I am very lucky that everyone is happy and healthy.

  429. That is really a tough question for me right now…. I am starting to realize that I am in a cycle of doing things everyday that I think are important, but do not necessarily make me happy. Work, come home, make dinner, clean, get ready for the next day, repeat. I am currently starting to take a make time to think about the little things that really make me happy. As a busy working mom it is so eary to get caught up in what you need to do for everyone else except yourself, then before you know it the day, week, year is gone.

  430. My sons success this week with getting his poo in the potty and an over-the-top moment when he recruited his 6 year old sis to wipe him. I am completely overjoyed! In general, an organized space from which to manage a productive life, hearing my kids pretend play, my daughter reading to her brother, quality time with my husband, an uninterrupted nap, a good novel, coffee with a dear friend, and the calm within that says it is well with my soul.

  431. The sound of my 4 boys all getting along and laughing together makes me happy and puts a smile on my face!

  432. Being able to spend quality time at home with my family. It’s hard these days with work & all the activities everyone is involved with to find the time to listen & appreciate each other. Very rare occasions somedays.