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7 Things That Make Me Happy

There is no feeling quite like happiness, is there? It’s the one feeling that makes all of the bad times, the negative stuff, the pain, totally worth it. And the beauty of happiness is that we all have different things that make us happy. Whether it’s a memory, a moment, a thing, a person, a sound, a picture – we all have something that lights us up.

Here are just 7 things that make me happy in life.

My Kids

Your own kids make you happy like nothing else in this world can or ever will.

I have 2 kids, and them just being around and not doing anything makes me feel completely happy and content, but then it’s the small things they do that make me really light up.

Little random actions and comments, like this past weekend my when daughter Poppy suddenly looked at me and said “Daddy, you are the best Daddy in the whole world!” That just melted my heart. And then you have random kisses and cuddles, stroking you and helping you.

You know what also makes me really happy? And proud? Seeing them being kind to others. Saying hello and goodbye to the postman, for example, please and thank you when they want something from me or in a shop, cleaning up after themselves and respecting property that isn’t theirs, and helping one-another with things. My son, Marty, always asks Poppy to help him. So cute!

I just want to squeeze them and never let go. I love them so much.

My Girlfriend

My girlfriend’s name is Laura, she also has her own blog which you can find over here.

Laura and I are currently in a long-distance relationship – I live in England, not far from where she’s from, and she’s living in Florida. It’s not ideal, but we’re going to make it work by seeing each other regularly, and she’s going to be moving back over to England to be with me.

She’s beautiful, kind and caring, and I love that she has her own Horses. She’s a brilliant Mum, and we have similar values in life and our relationship, which is great. She’s a good girl.

Rural Life

My idea of a complete nightmare is visiting or hanging out in a city, being around lots of people or visiting tourist-driven places. Quite frankly I’d rather claw my eyes out with a fork.

So I avoid those places like the plague and instead visit quiet places and spend time out in the countryside. I love mountainous regions like the Lake District in England, and the Alps in Switzerland, two of my favourite places in the world. The countryside offers peace and quiet, stunning views, fresh air, and lots of wildlife among other things. Just a great life.

In November, for example, Laura and I spent 2 amazing weeks in Bewcastle, Cumbria. It’s in the middle of nowhere and has a population of only a couple hundred people. We stayed in a stunning 5 bedroom house which was built over 100 years ago and overlooked nothing but fields.

I feel completely happy and content with life when I’m out in the countryside or mountains.

Driving

Ever since I passed my driving test 12 years ago (gosh I feel old) I have loved driving.

Any excuse to get in the car and drive, and I’ll do it. Over the past 2 years I have put 60,000 miles on the clock on my car and I don’t even commute for a job. That’s all cruising for fun.

I frequently go on drives with my mate to the Lake District – the roads there are great to drive on. Driving over Kirkstone Pass, or Hardknott Pass, in the middle of the night is awesome. Bit of music, a mate to chat shit, maybe some rain on the windows. It’s so relaxing!

Maybe I should ditch my businesses and become an Uber driver driver haha. I’d love it!

Freedom

I’d define having freedom as not having anybody to answer to in life. Not owing anybody your time, and being able to do exactly what you want, when you want, without worrying.

I’m fortune enough to have reached the level of freedom that makes me happy and I achieved that by getting into business and eventually making a success of it after many failures. If you’ve ever thought of starting a business, I’d advise going for it. It’s a wonderful feeling.

When I wake up in the morning I get to decide what I want to do. Maybe I feel like going to the Circus, or the Zoo, or France for the day.  Or just work. I get to choose. Total freedom.

Food

As you’ll know if you’ve read my favourite foods post, I REALLY love food.

Like, I’m one of those binge eaters you see on TV trapped in 40 stone bodies, but I spend over 5 hours a week exercising just to stop myself from turning into a Russian battle tank. I basically love any food that has zero nutritional value, and the label is usually glowing red.

Stars

I have always had a deep appreciation and love for the night sky. Luckily I share this enjoyment with my best mate and we’ve always gone out searching for shooting stars together.

I could lay on my back and stare up into a clear night sky for hours and not get bored. Just trying to compute what you’re looking at, thinking about the amazing planet we live on and how we’re but a speck in the solar system, which reminds me of Horton Hears a Who!

Laura and I were cuddled up outside one night when we were in Cumbria. It was just the clearest night, and together we saw a bright shooting star with a huge tail crossing the sky in what seemed like slow motion. It was perfect. It was one of those moments we’ll always cherish.

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not. – Valerie Bertinelli

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