33 Things That Make Me Happy

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

I strongly believe that “happiness is a state of mind” and since we can create our state of mind, then we can create our happiness, by focusing on the good stuff. You do not need everything to be perfect in order to be happy. you just need to set your mind on thinking positive and on enjoying the moment.

“Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you.” – Anonymous

Here’s a list of 33 random things that make me happy:

  1. Family walks
  2. Family bikes
  3. Waking up before everyone else
  4. Dystopian novels
  5. Loud music while biking.
  6. MorningsIMG_1341.JPG
  7. Rain
  8. Being busy.
  9. Mugs (The obsession runs in the family)
  10. Passionate people
  11. Bookshops
  12. The moonroof in mom’s car
  13. The majestic look of Arabic/Islamic books


    (photo not mine)

  14. Tea
  15. Knitting
  16. Breaking my own records
  17. Transparent umbrellas (although I don’t have one)
  18. Inspirational quotesa444e926efe30e5ae0a1b4fa3c6c9d49.jpg
  19. Browsing Pinterest
  20. When I wave/smile at kids and they wave/smile back
  21. Stroopwafles
  22. School projects
  23. Taking photos of kids while they’re taking photosIMG_8046.JPGimg_1261
  24. Full moons
  25. Old houses
  26. Arabic. I might even major in Arabic when I get to uni.
  27. School projects
  28. Random acts of kindness
  29. Swings
  30. Praying at the mosque
  31. Cameras
  32. Waking up to find out it has snowed overnight
  33. Presentations

What makes you happy? 🙂




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  2. justbluedutch · September 27, 2016

    Great list! It’s good that you know what makes you happy,that’s important.
    My husband is Dutch so we always had Stroopwafels too, I love it, especially when I put it on top of my tea and it gets soft & warm..Yummy!
    Have you tried Gevuldekoeken too?

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    • Leen · September 28, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by! Mmm stroopwafels 😋
      Hmm I haven’t tried Gevuldekoeken (how do they spell that 🤔) I’m guessing they’re just as good! Next time 😉😆


    • Leen · September 29, 2016

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      • justbluedutch · September 30, 2016

        Thank you so much for thinking of me for this award. I will do my best to do this challenge. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Marga Demmers · September 25, 2016

    Where did you learn to eat stroopwafels? I think they are delicious too. Every Friday and Saturday there is a bakery on the market baking them then and there. So fresh and so difficult to walk by without buying any!

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    • Leen · September 26, 2016

      Ah in Utrecht this summer (I’m craving some so much right now!)

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  4. Strictly Lighthearted · September 24, 2016

    Tea first thing in the morning definitely makes me happy!

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