Every year I take the August Happiness Challenge. Here's a brief explanation of the Challenge: "Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world."
1) The Puppy Rescue Mission. I discovered this wonderful group last year, thanks to an article in the Chicago Tribune. Their primary mission is "to help bring home the companions to our soldiers serving in a war zone." Our troops fall in love with the dogs and cats they live with on base in Afghanistan, and it breaks their hearts to leave them behind. Now they don't have to! The PRM doesn't just help dogs and cats. The soldiers who have benefited from the program -- from either keeping their animals with them or knowing the critters are safe -- suffer less PTSD. When you think of how much our troops sacrifice for us, giving $1 or two is a small way to say thank you, isn't it? And supporting the PRM makes me feel so good!
2) Ready-made pina coladas. "The rum is in it!"
3) Successful "decluttering." It looked good in here last August. It's gotten away from me again. Time for a refresher!
4) Blue skies. 'Nuff said.
5) Hot dog and fries, outdoors. I took myself on an impromptu picnic and it was gooooood.
6) My cat Joey. A lovely, gentle soul. I'm lucky to have him in my life.
7) My mom. Last summer, when I was having medical issues, took over taking care of me for a few days and I appreciated feeling so loved and nurtured.
8) I Love Lucy. I do. Ricky, Fred and Ethel, too.
9) Breakfast with Bookmama and her family. They're the only bloggers I have ever met, and it was delightful.
10) Something thoughtful my best friend did. 'Nuff said.
11) Peapod. I love having my groceries delivered.
12) Good insurance. Last year, during my health scare, I was grateful I was able to concentrate on getting better because I knew I'd be able to get the care I need.
13) Movies. I referred to them as "a reliable, cheap high," and it's so true.