10 Things That Make Me Happy (And Why I’m Spending More Time On Them)

We spend so much of our lives rushing from place to place, filling our diaries with unnecessary appointments and juggling commitments with loved ones that we seldom pause to reflect on what really makes us happy. You may assume it would be expensive holidays, a new pair of shoes or getting a pay rise, but more often than not it’s the small things that make a big difference on a day-to-day basis. Once we’re aware of those small things and the positive impact they have on us, it’s far easier to integrate more of those moments into our days; it’s far easier to understand how we can turn a rubbish day around, or what to do when we have a couple of hours to spare. So in the interests of feeling more positive and investing my time into the little things that make a difference, here are ten things that are guaranteed to put a smile on my face (figuratively or literally.)

It’s not just my morning cuppa that hits the spot and helps to wake me up from my slumber, but the smell of a freshly brewed cup and the sight of perfectly foamed milk. Coffee not only tastes great, but it’s become so closely associated with getting my work on or catching up with a mate that even the look of a cup puts a smile on my face. I adore the creamy texture and the slightly bitter taste, so sometimes a great cup is all I need to turn my day around.

Books allow you to be transported to another time, place and possibly world; they allow us to take a short time out from our incredibly connected world and just focus on one thing, and there’s few things I enjoy doing more. I have cupboards brimming with books and I’ve always got at least a couple on the go – there’s nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a book you can’t wait to devour.

So simple, yet when I spend so much time attached to my device it really does make a difference to have a case that makes me smile. I’ve got a huge collection of designs on rotation, including personalised cases, seasonal designs, cute animal prints, classically elegant staples and even 3D styles that make the phone case much more of a statement piece. An instant way to inject some happiness into your day, every single time you send a message.

Oh handbags, how I love thee. I’ve always been a little obsessed with having a bag to match every outfit, occasion or need – and I can’t see that ever waning. Why have a boring black tote when you could have a teal velvet number or a circular basket? Although it’s probably more practical to keep one bag and all the things that get thrown in it, I do change mine up pretty much every day. I love choosing the perfect accompaniment and filling it with what I need that day; it’s almost a little ritual that makes me feel in control and ready to boss what I need to get through.

There’s something about a bubble glass of Prosecco
that’s just glorious. I’m no longer a big drinker (I can go weeks
without touching a drop,) but I do love popping open a bottle with my
friends or enjoying a cheeky glass with dinner; the way it feels in my
mouth is like sunshine, so whenever I need a little pick me up I order a glass with my girlfriends and talk the night away. 

Something that my husband will never understand is my
growing obsession with cushions; we have them covering our two sofas, on
the arm chair and over our bed – and they make everything seem so much
more homely. I love snuggling down and getting comfy surrounded by
cushions (that provide support for my back and arms,) but they also look
pretty fab too. They’re a simple way off adding colour or style to a
room, and I’m always buying more or changing over the covers. There’s just something so comforting and incomparible to a great cushion!

as ‘watching dead people’ in our house, I just can’t get enough of
murder or serial killer documentaries. The psyche of a person that can
somehow commit such a crime fascinates me, as does the lead up to what
caused them to finally act on their desires; I love watching as the
story unravels and finding out how they finally caught them, and
learning all about the science that goes into cracking a case. I love to learn, and for me this is as educational and informative as it is stimulating after a long day.

We really
do feel so much better when the sun is shining; it has such a positive
impact on our moods, and everyone happily glides around from place to
place almost like they’re part of an invisible musical. I adore the sun
and there’s nothing better than sitting outside on a Saturday afternoon,
or having an impromptu picnic just because you can. When the sun is shining I open all the windows and breathe in the warm fresh air – there’s nothing like it.

A fabulous bloom can bring life to an otherwise dull room; it can inject some much needed colour or elegance and have a soothing effect on the ambiance. My favourite flowers include peonies, pale roses, hydrangeas and snapdragons – although I’m perfectly happy with some oversized daisies or a bunch picked up from the supermarket. Popping a few blooms into a vase makes me instantly smile and leaves the room full of life and colour.

One of my favourite films as a child was The Water Babies (we watched it on repeat for years,) and I think it rubbed off on me. I’m lucky enough to have grown up near to the River Thames so we’re only ever a short drive from finding a spot to overlook the water, and the seaside remains one of my favourite places to be. This love extends into swimming and hot tubs too – there’s just something about being in or near water that makes me incredibly content, so at any given opportunity I’ll be there splashing my feet with glee.

You don’t need to spend a fortune, find a new hobby or change your life in order to find happiness – sometimes it’s the small things that can lift your mood or help you feel like you’re living your best life. These are ten of the things that make a positive impact on me… But how about you?


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  1. Candice Petersen
    May 24, 2018 / 9:00 am

    I seriously need more phone cases tooCandice | Natalya Amour

    • Hayley Hall
      May 27, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      Such a simple pleasure!

  2. Pam Scalfi
    May 24, 2018 / 11:12 am

    yes to all the coffee and I agree, handbags are <3! I've added 5 to my collection this month alone (someone stop me!). And also sunglasses which sort of tie in with your "sunshine" item. I am LOVING these heart shaped sunglasses (even though the hubby and family hate them), they are fun and so summery :)Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Hayley Hall
      May 27, 2018 / 1:49 pm

      Ahhh yes! Sunglasses can be so much fun – I have a bazillion pairs!

  3. The Bare Minimum Mag
    May 24, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    I really need a new phone case but cant find any that fit my new phone which is so annoying! Definitely love that you're spending more time on what makes you happy.Abigail Alice x

    • Hayley Hall
      May 27, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks Abigail! If you're looking for fab cases eBay and Amazon are great for all models and super cheap most of the time.

  4. Danielle Alexa
    May 26, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    At the moment for me, nothing has trumped sitting out in the sun with a good book and a glass of nice wine. Blissful!Danielle xxhttps://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    • Hayley Hall
      May 27, 2018 / 1:52 pm

      I've literally spent the last two days doing the same! Enjoy 🙂

  5. Nital Shah
    June 1, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this. I also love reading a good book, audio books included too. There's nothing like getting hooked into a story, I eqully love non-fiction to as I love learning. I am slightly addicted to handbags too and regularly chnage them. I enjoy having phone cases that make me smile and regularly change them. I love summer the best, I love to be able to wear sandals and go out without all the thick coats, hats scarves etc. I feel so muhc happier in the sunshine. I also love fresh flowers and occasionally buy some. Ideally I would love to have fresh flowers every week. I also like drinking water, I usually put a few slice of lemon in.

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