The Happiness Tag

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Oh Why Not? I’m awards free, but this isn’t really an award, right? And every once in a  while it feels good to reflect on the things that make us happy.

This tag came my way through Judy at Edwina’s Episodes. Judy is one cheery character, and she always makes me smile. If you aren’t already an avid fan, head over and say hi.

So, here are the rules:

List:
5 Things that make you happy
5 Songs that make you happy
5 Bloggers that make you happy… (Let them know that you have nominated them).

There are bazillions of things that make me happy. In order to make this post entertaining, here are some unusual ones:

IMG_01711. My original social media photo – before I got “professional” and had to give up my life as a fantasy character.

Scan14 - Copy2. Laughter- my daughter the pumpkin about 30 years ago.

13173825_10208334962784618_475549110875547543_n3. The Overlord  – waiting for birthday donuts in downtown Portland, in his pajamas! The kid takes after his grammy.

Frontyard2.dianapeach.jpg4. Moss – Is this moss? I think it’s moss-ish (?) It grows on my fence.

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5. Imagination! Need I say more?

Songs that make me happy. To be honest, I don’t listen to music much. I know… Here are a few: 

  1. Happy by Pharell Williams (of course). The Overlord and I dance to this one. 
  2. It’s a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. The bestest
  3. Thank God I’m a Country Boy (or girl, in this case) by John Denver. This one takes me right back to highschool
  4. Ode to Joy by Beethoven (Anything by Beethoven). The Overlord and I have watched this flash mob hundreds of time. 
  5. In My Life by the Beatles (not a good video, but a great song) 

Five bloggers that make me happy? Just five? Lots of bloggers make me happy.  Here are a few that make me laugh:

  1. Hey Look a Fellow Writer – Mike
  2. Danny the Dog – Danny (by way of Chris)
  3. Roughwighting – Pam
  4. Allie Potts Writes – Allie
  5. Al the Author – Al
 dancing-dave-minion-510835_960_720By the way, you 5 are tagged. Carry on if you are inclined. Have a Happy Day!

81 thoughts on “The Happiness Tag

  1. Happiness is a decision, and lies in the little things. Great to read your Happiness list 🙂

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  2. Frank Robacker says:

    Five happy songs: First thing that comes to mind is “This must be the place” by Talking Heads. I’ve gotten tired of listening to a lot of songs over the years but that one always puts me in a good space. Number two: “Skating away on the thin ice of a new day,” by Jethro Tull. Not darken progressive like a lot of their things but I can’t be happier playing the song on the piano along with the band as if I’m one of them. Three: Hmm…all right, might as well go with it, “Fool on the Hill” by the Beatles of course. I just recently figured out why I like this song so much. It’s because of Paul McCartney using a D note as the foundation while the chords change in spite of its constancy. Four: “Rediscovery,” by Chicago. This is an obscure tune from their six album back in 1973. It’s a funky laid-back sexy kind a groove that just never gets old. And five: “Boy Lilokoi” by Jonsi. He’s an artist from Iceland whose music always warms my heart. I saw him live in New York and the execution of the music was impeccable, transcendent, otherworldly.
    I’m new to blogging so I can’t list favorite bloggers except for Diana of course. So five things that make me happy: Diana’s exquisite descriptions that stop you in your tracks, birdsongs greeting me wherever I go teasing me to identify each singer, being a Christian who has finally found a home among mostly atheists at Yale Humanist community, finding a way daily to support a staff member or a students next growth step, and getting better on the piano so that I don’t need the sheet music to play along with Rod Stewart singing “Stay with Me.”

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  3. […] of celebration, the lovely Diana Wallace was kind enough to let me know that I’d been tagged in one of the best sort of online games […]

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  4. Your sharing the things that make you happy have now made me happy! I love how life works. I will be thinking all day about the exact things that make me happy, a nice outcome of reading a blog post. 🙂

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  5. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Hilarious post, and I love your choice of music. Pharell Williams makes me happy too. 🙂

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  6. Sacha Black says:

    That photo is bloody hilarious!!!!!! Screw professionalism! :p

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  7. Alex Hurst says:

    There are a lot of Beatles songs I call upon to make me happy again, but In My Life is definitely one of the top five. Savoy Truffle, too, since the history of the song makes me giggle. 🙂 Your original social media photo is awesome! Definitely brought a smile to my face. 🙂

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  8. Fun and love the pictures!

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  9. What a fun post! Great mental image of you and the Overlord dancing to Happy. Have a great weekend!

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  10. Ali Isaac says:

    That picture of you is hilarious! And a little bit weird at the same time. 😁

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  11. Miracle :) says:

    This is very interesting. This post indeed made me smile ☺

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  12. joannesisco says:

    I loved your happy lists. Your share added more smiles in the world today 🙂

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Loved this happy post Diana, and the photos. I especially loved that fantasy photo of you. 🙂

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  14. Allie P. says:

    I love, love, love your photo list of the things that make you happy. I’m going to have to mull over my own lists for a few days. It might take me a bit to whittle them down to five.

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  15. Congratulations, Diana, on being given that cute award. I’ve got to say your original avatar doesn’t do much for you. I bet it got you noticed, though. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  16. Things That Make Me Happy
    By
    Danny the Dog
    Things
    1. Hot dogs and turkey slices make me extremely happy.
    2. Barking at other dogs that have the nerve to walk their humans on my street.
    3. Rolling around on something dead and getting that wonderful scent on my fur.
    4. Waking my human up at 4:30 in the morning to play with me.
    5. Reading the works of Spinoza, Nietzsche, Shakespeare, Thoreau, and of course, Jack London and John Steinbeck. These are my books, Andrew reads comic books. I think Archie and Veronica is his current favorite.
    6. P.S. Spinoza and Nietzsche just liked to hear themselves talk. But I had to read them so that I could appreciate the others all the more. And I know that I put six things in this category. So what? I’m Danny the Dog! I can do anything that I want.
    Songs
    1. Old Blue by Cisco Houston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BH5AKOjtds
    2. That’s enough.
    Bloggers
    1. Chris the Ape guy is okay . . . I guess
    2. Pamela Beckford is really nice.
    3. Ms. Spicy has a smorgasbord that I could really get into. I love Swedish food.
    4. Kate, Ms. Owl, Silver Colleen, Anne, and Ms. C.R.A.P. are among some of my favorites.
    5. And last, but certainly not least . . . Ms. Peach with that beautiful and captivating smile of hers.

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    • Hey Danny! Thanks so much for taking the challenge despite being at summer camp. Hope you’re having a great time barking and rolling in dead things. Sounds great! Andrew must miss you terribly. And thanks for brightening my morning! 😀

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  17. I got a bunch of goosebumps while reading your happiness post. (1)Goosebumps make me happy – they mean some words, written or said, have seeped into my soul and tickled it lovingly. The first reason for the goosebumps is that you and I share such similar tastes. No, I don’t mean your portrait picture (although I did find it extremely inventive!). I mean that on my top five happiness list is memories of (2) my young daughter giggling over just ‘being,’ as your pumpkin shows here. (3) Raising my two kids with my guy in the SF bay area is a huge factor in my happiness ration. (4) Like you, my life would be bleak without my imagination and creativity. HUGE part of my happiness scale. But what’s the chance that we’d share TWO of the same favorite-of-all-time songs? I burst out in (happy) tears when I listen to Ode to Joy – e v e r y t I m e. And to me, “In My Life” by the Beatles is the MOST ROMANTIC song of all. I was stopped once by a cop while I was in the car driving because, um, while listening to the song on the radio I was sobbing. It’s just that beautiful.
    I’m going to pop over and see the other blogs you choose. Of course, Mike and I go way back. His blog posts just makes me laugh starting with the first sentence.
    I will respond in kind sometime this summer. I just got my book Twin Desires out in softback, so need to market that first (sigh, promotion is NOT on my happiness list). :-0
    Thanks so much for the honor. xo

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    • So funny, Pam, and not surprising really – well, a little surprising on the songs, but they are great songs after all. Congrats on getting Twin Desires out. It’s on my Kindle and next in line. Reading everyone’s books is another thing that makes me happy 😀 I think you’ll enjoy the blogs I mentioned – all fun folks. Have a wonderful day, my friend. Keep smiling. 🙂

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  18. Oh Diana, this is so awesome 🙂 Thanks for making me smile today 🙂

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  19. I love your sense of humor. There is certainly nothing wrong with a happiness tag every now and then. I also love the adorable Overlord, donuts rule!

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  20. Cute pictures D…. Love the Overlord one especially. 🙂

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  21. Sharing your happiness is never a wasted moment! 😉

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  22. balroop2013 says:

    Your original picture is hilarious Diana! What a ‘Happy Post!’
    When I write some nice lines and feel like adding them to my quotable quotes, baking my favorite cakes and blowing bubbles with my grandchildren are some of the things that have come to my mind instantly. there are many more though!

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  23. Andrew Joyce says:

    I’m at a loss without Danny. He does all the computer stuff. Where is he supposed to post his likes?

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  24. Steven Baird says:

    Yep, keep smiling. And congratulations. 🙂

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  25. Al Lane says:

    From the…”um, that’s …nice” of your photo, to the honour of you naming me (thank you!)… great post! Will give some thought to a suitable reply 🙂

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  26. 5 things that make me happy:

    1. The smell of parking lots after it rains
    2. Big, huge trees (and climbing them)
    3. Reading. In the parks.
    4. Going to big parties, realizing you’re the only introvert and finding that one other introvert at the party to stand next to to observe people. Usually they are artists as well…
    5. Summer BBQs!!

    This is a great post. Thanks for making everyone think about happiness!

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  27. Oh, wow. That old social media photo is…um…pretty? 😀
    And I am a moss fan myself!

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  28. Annika Perry says:

    I’m feeling all happy now! 😀😃 Great song choices and love the photos, particularly the one of your grandson in his red PJs. Simply adorable…

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  29. First things first: allow me to react to your old social media photo: GAAH!

    I am delighted to hear that my bloggy stuff makes you happy! (I think you know, the feeling is mutual.)

    As I posted today, I am shutting my blog down for the summer — but you have my promise that I will do my own happiness post as soon as I return in the fall. Thanks again for the shout-out. Stay happy, my friend!

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  30. I love your social media photo 🙂

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  31. ☺☺☺ About your music choices…spot on !!! 💛 💙 💜

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  32. Bernadette says:

    Grandchildren and those great songs always put a smile on my face.

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