What Adds Happiness to Your Days?

these smiles make me happy
these smiles make me happy

[Quick note: One extra bit of happiness today, my article, Let’s Come Alongside Foster Families, is featured on Her View From Home today. Please read and share it. It’s my first time publishing on that site and I hope to be invited back!]

Last week I ran to the store. As I prepared to park, I realized that one small change is making a difference in my happiness.

I no longer try to get a good parking place.

Since the kids gave me a Fitbit for Christmas, getting a minimum of 10,000 steps each day has become a slight obsession. I’ll get my steps nearly any way I can, including parking at the far end of the parking lot.

I love to tease my kids about the great spot we’re going to find, and then park as far away from the door as possible.

They’re getting used to it.

Best of all, I’m not competing for the good spots; I’m glad for someone else to take them.

In fact, I hope that people with health problems, the elderly, and mamas with babies in car seats and wiggly toddlers, get the best spots. The rest of us – we need to walk a little farther anyhow.

Just like gratitude, it’s good to think of little things in life that add happiness.

Here are a few more of mine:

walking the dog each day (more steps!)

listening to podcasts while I walk (The Simple Show is one of my favorites)

maple trees in my front yard that are finally large enough to provide afternoon shade

reading the Bible each day with the She Reads Truth app on my phone

dinner cooked on the grill 

watching Ebenezer and Wogauyu play baseball

an amazing eye mask that helps me sleep past 4:30 am


long conversations with my teens and big kids

How about you? What’s making you happy today?

I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment here, or on our Thankful Moms Facebook page and tell us something that makes you happy. While you’re at it, would you please “Like” our page too?

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Thanks so much!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

1 Comment

  1. Heidi
    June 1, 2016

    Preparing to visit a friend out of state
    Random hugs from little people
    Remembering that I have soup in the freezer that I could have for dinner instead of making something!
    The story of Louis Braille
    A nap just ahead
    Clothes drying outside in the sun


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