I was inspired to write this new blog post after reading a particular article from ‘The Huffington Post‘
The article was regarding recent research by the biscuit brand go ahead! to find out what really makes people in Britain happy.
Surprisingly, what topped the list was not extravagant things The list was compiled however by simple pleasures walking in the sunshine which topped the list as well as other feel-good pleasures such as getting into fresh bed sheets, having a cuddle from someone and listening to your favourite song as examples.
Reading the article, made me think of life with chronic illness. Often when living with a chronic illness, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia for example, we are constantly looking for the next big successful outcome or achievement to make us feel-good or give us a sense of peace. I know when symptoms are very bad, I know that I feel miserable, and only imagine myself only being happy again if I were to be miraculously cured or the severity of the symptoms subsided. Day-to-day we are often too focused on our symptoms and the negative effect that they are having on us not only physically but also psychologically and emotionally.
We therefore forget to focus on the small pleasures that make us happy and take us out of ourselves; the forget the negative situation that we find ourselves in and to find happiness in what is around us.
So, I have decided that I would write my own personal list of my own feel-good pleasures that makes me happy:
- Reading my favourite book
- Receiving a handwritten letter
- Looking at colourful butterflies
- Receiving flowers
- Getting into fresh bed sheets
- Watching my favourite film
- Receiving a lovely comment on a blog post I have written
- Finding a lovely present for someone
- Receiving a hug from someone
- Seeing a rainbow
- Being wrapped in a warm blanket especially on cold dark evenings
- Receiving an unexpected phone call from a friend
- Being pampered, e.g. a massage or a trip to the hairdresser’s
- Applying colourful nail polish on my nails
- The smell of popcorn
- The taste of chocolate
- Being kissed by my dog Honey
- Spending Sundays with Mum
- The feel of soft and clean towels
- Going out and enjoying the sunshine
- My gorgeous cushions which brighten my bed and helps keep me comfortable when I rest in bed
- Waking up after a restless sleep
- Browsing in a book shop
- Making decopauge cards
- Completing a level of a game that I had been stuck on for ages
- Publishing a blog post that I had been working hard on
- People smiling and saying hello to me on the street
- Enjoying my favourite drink and relaxing in my favourite coffee shop
- The sound of the rain
Those are some of the things that would be on my persona top favourite feel-good moment list. What would be on yours? Comment below and let me know!!
To see the full list of what British people voted as their top favourite feel-good pleasures, visit the Huffington Post article here.