What are the small things in life that make you happy?

Often we’re so busy doing our work, cleaning our house, taking care of the children or visiting friends. We tend to forget to spend time on things that make us happy. The most simple things, the basics of life. What are those things that make us remember the beauty of our life?

First of all: The most beautiful things in life are for free! This means that materialism doesn’t add up to our lives. At least, not forever. Maybe, a few hours.. Nothing more.

Giddy Laughter’s Circle of Happiness

The truth is: Nobody else can make you happy. You need to do this yourself. I always think about things I like doing in life. Every day I try to plan my day with must-do’s and next to that I plan me-time with things I like. This way I can make sure I get the most out of every day. But, what are those things? I created a Circle of Happiness – 5 free things in life that add up to your happily ever after:

#1: Love

When you’ve found true love in life it’s important to spend as much time as possible together. Sharing your stories with the one you love is very important. This way you stay connected to each other. When I’m talking about spending time with your spouse, it can be the simplest things, e.g.: having breakfast, lunch or dinner together, watching a movie, go for a walk or a run together, drinking wine or going out for a dance. It doesn’t matter if you don’t spend money or just a little, spending time together is the key here. Being connected, communicating, respecting and especially listening to each other.

#2: Family

You can’t choose your family but yet you need them. Whether it is to help each other out or to celebrate someone’s birthday. Family is important and it’s for free! Visit your family once a week to catch up and help each other out. Doing things together is easier to achieve things.
When you’re living far away from each other, nowadays there’s FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp and Messenger to be able to talk and see each other. Spend some time a week on calling your family. Tell them what’s going on and listen to their stories. This way you feel connected and appreciated.

Spend some time on your parents. We often tend to forget that they’re also growing old.

#3: Friends

Friends are the family members you choose yourself. You don’t need many friends, you need the right friend. While being a teenager many youngsters think they need everybody as a friend. Having 1000+ connections on Facebook makes them feel like being popular. Of course it’s extremely nice to have so many likes on your pictures, but this is not a satisfaction for a lifetime. Real friends are. The ones you want to spend your time on, the ones you want to listen to, the ones you miss when you haven’t seen them for a while, the ones who know every detail of your life and the ones you can cry with.
Maybe you have three good friends, maybe you have one good friend. Take the time to appreciate your friendship and show this to them. By texting them, sending them a card, visiting them unexpectedly. It doesn’t have to cost much but it’s worth a lot. Real friends deserve your attention.

#4: Workout

After a workout people feel satisfied, proud, stronger. These emotions make you happier. It doesn’t mean you need to play football, run marathons or spend 5 times a week at the gym. Even walking a few miles/km’s a day can make your life much better. I’ve learned that 10.000 steps a day are sufficient for a healthy lifestyle.

#5: Nature

Get outside! Explore the world! Enjoy the views! Don’t look for buying stuff but try to enjoy nature. In every city or village there’s a lake, river, park, mountain or sea to go to. If you do have enough money to spend, try to take a few weeks off a year to explore different countries. There’s so much to see and to learn from every different culture. I’m sure traveling will make you happier!


Did you like reading about Giddy Laughter’s circle of happiness? Feel free to share it with your friends & family via Facebook or LinkedIn.

Wishing you all a lovely Mother’s Day!


Xo Malu


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