Things that bring you joy

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Things that bring you joy

Postby Busybee » April 14th, 2017, 4:33 pm

In the decluttering thread I noticed that serveral of the gurus tell you to only keep something if it brings you joy.

Today whilst driving home from my parents I noticed that the cows have been turned out to pasture for the first time this year, and I realised that it makes my heart soar. I love seeing the cows out again after the long winter inside barns, chomping their way through the lush green grass, I feel that spring is really here and that summer beckons.

Likewise I look in anticipation for the first lambs of the year and get excited when I finally see the first.

Both of these annual events bring me joy, so over to you - what makes your heart sing?

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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Hope » April 14th, 2017, 4:59 pm

First school run without a coat.

First time of sitting on the grass just because.

First daffs, first blossom, first harvest from the garden.

First day of gardening.

First walk in the woods.

First day of getting the paddling pool out.

First hearing and then sighting of the swifts.

First dragonfly in the garden.

It's all to do with spring, warmth and sunshine!
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Zosherooney » April 14th, 2017, 5:10 pm

The first....

Snowdrops, Dawn chorus, my cats when sleeping, the smell of cut grass, seeds in my propagator when they turn into seedlings

There will be more, I'm sure...
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby scullion » April 14th, 2017, 5:17 pm

being the first person to walk on pristine sand, after the tide has dropped below the rocks and you can walk around to the next beach , knowing that no-one has walked on it before - a deep satisfaction.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Pepper Pig » April 14th, 2017, 5:21 pm

Dinner. Which somebody else has cooked. :x
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby suffolk » April 14th, 2017, 5:42 pm

Hazel catkins :luv:
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Hope » April 14th, 2017, 6:19 pm

Dancing and singing with #2 son (especially the look of sheer delight he gives me for my slightly out-of-tune warblings!) #1 son leaning in for a hug and making him laugh (even if it is with a poo or fart joke!) :o ;)
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Ratatouille » April 14th, 2017, 6:35 pm

Hearing the first nightingale of the year, as we did very early this morning. But that's only today's joyful thing, who knows what tomorrow's will be?
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Chinchilla_lady » April 14th, 2017, 7:06 pm

A field of new young lambs, mama duck with a trail of ducklings following. The housemartins returning to their nest in our eaves.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby earthmaiden » April 14th, 2017, 8:09 pm

Sunshine, daffodils, my granddaughter, rousing music being played in a church, good friends, laughter, watching the surf crash onto a sandy beach, watching birds learn how to fly .... being alive :luv:
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Herbidacious » April 14th, 2017, 8:18 pm

Apart from cats coming top, in no particular order:
my cats
the prospect of a trip with photography opportunities (and coming across various specific types of photographic objects)
the smell of night air
arriving at our French house
writing
a whole list of music
the long-tailed tits appearing in the garden
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby WWordsworth » April 14th, 2017, 8:19 pm

A bunch of pals sitting round my table, talking and laughing.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby StokeySue » April 14th, 2017, 8:40 pm

A neatly folded pile of clean laundry
Self seeded plants popping up
Getting into bed for the first time after changing the sheets
Bumping into a friend unexpectedly
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Suelle » April 14th, 2017, 9:15 pm

Daffodils, cherry blossom, bluebells, chocolate, smell of tar/creosote, cloudless skies, the sound of natural running water.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Seatallan » April 15th, 2017, 9:40 am

Snowdrops and Winter Aconite
Blackthorn blossom
The first time I hear a returning Chiff-Chaff
The first time I hear/see a returning Swift (should be any day now! :D )
Cuckoos
First fell walk of the year
Summer mornings in hot weather
Hemp Agrimony and Fleabane in flower
Fields of corn turning golden
Michealmas Daisies and Black-eyed Susans in flower
Conkers
First time it's chilly enough to light the fire
First frost
Dark evenings
Christmas Tree going up
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Food, Felines and Fells (in no particular order)
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby StokeySue » April 15th, 2017, 10:02 am

First fresh apple of the season

Sneaking the crusty end off a fresh baguette

Kicking through autumn leaves (yes, at my age)

Sitting by the sea
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby cooksalot » April 15th, 2017, 10:15 am

So many things - how to choose! And strange how great joy is often tinged with some sadness too....
For me, definitely the first snowdrops. Listening to the birds in my garden singing - especially the blackbird. When it's warm enough to sit out and the furniture comes out of the shed. The smell and sound of the sea. Inspiring music, nostalgic music. Visiting beautiful old churches. Remembering and being reminded of loved ones who are gone. Hearing unexpectedly from family and friends with good news or just a chat.
Oh,and big hugs from my grandchildren of course! :hug:
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Busybee » April 15th, 2017, 11:33 am

It's uplifting to hear that what brings us joy are not the material things in life, nearly everyone's joy involves the natural world.....

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Although I must say I agree with PP, even though I enjoy cooking I love it when someone else is doing it!
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Zosherooney » April 15th, 2017, 11:36 am

Just remembered another..... The Agean seas.....
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby smitch » April 15th, 2017, 12:09 pm

I love when the first daffodils appear and the birds start singing in the morning. I like how excited the rats are when we come home from work, and how much Penny has relaxed since we adopted them. She was terrified and not very friendly, now she is affectionate and calm. I love it when the guinea pigs popcorn when they're happy and how Boris has recovered from his serious illness last year :luv:

I love how the hills and valleys in my area become green at this time of year after being so bleak and grey over winter. Also when the donkeys appear in a field on the way to my parents. I like seeing families of ducks and geese on the canal.

Finally, I love the strong Whit Friday tradition in this area. I find brass band music so moving and it is great to see how many people turn out to see the whit walks and band contests. I'd never heard of it until I moved here but it is something I look forward to each year and I'm not religious at all.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Herbidacious » April 15th, 2017, 1:10 pm

StokeySue wrote:Getting into bed for the first time after changing the sheets


oh yes. If I could have a simple luxury, it would be freshly washed bedlinen every day. Added bonus if dried on the line outside. (Of course I could have this luxury, but not very good for the environment? Er I am too lazy. I loath putting duvet covers on. I imagine everyone does.)
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby StokeySue » April 15th, 2017, 1:17 pm

My Dad always said if his Premium Bond came up, he'd have freshly ironed linen sheets every day :D
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby andipandi » April 16th, 2017, 7:34 am

The onset of each of the seasons , I love the smells and the light, be it dark evenings lit up with shop lights, buses and street lamps or balmy summers evenings. I love lemony sun afternoons in spring and golden hazy summer sun. The smell and sounds of the seaside. An open fire in an old pub. Watching a good film or tv series from the comfort of my sofa. Dinner in a Greek taverna overlooking the sea.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » April 16th, 2017, 11:12 am

Getting into a fresh,y made bed.
Feeling the sun on my skin.
Getting into a hot bath after a long, busy day
eating something delicious
Beautiful scenery
Those little moments in life where you feel utterly stress free and relaxed
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby StokeySue » April 16th, 2017, 11:16 am

A swiming pool or cove to myself
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Meganthemog » April 17th, 2017, 1:42 pm

My grandson hugging me and calling me Nana.
Sitting in companionable silence with my OH
The first BBQ of the year on the beach
Listening to the bird's dawn chorus
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Hope » April 17th, 2017, 4:31 pm

Making things, going for a walk in the woods, sorting out something (like my sock drawer, alphabetising the books, having all my tools in the right place in the shed...), right now, seeing the forget-me-nots in my garden. lovely.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby PurpleLuv » April 18th, 2017, 8:33 am

Sunlight, Birdsong, smiles for no reason, the sound & smell of the sea, a wagging tail, my husbands love.

& clean sheets :lol:
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby aero280 » April 18th, 2017, 10:38 am

The news of a General Election. Always fun to watch more disasters unfold among the otherwise unemployable! :)
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby StokeySue » April 18th, 2017, 2:23 pm

Getting my favourite seat on the bus, like this morning
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby scullion » April 18th, 2017, 2:36 pm

Unread postby smitch » April 15th, 2017, 1:09 pm
I find brass band music so moving


it's good we're all different.
brass/silver bands have moved me to tears of cringing discomfort. i have to put my fingers in my ears when they are unavoidable (carnivals and christmas).
there's a shrill note produced by trumpets in particular that reminds me of the teeth jarring, blood curdling shriek of a vixen on heat.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby andipandi » April 18th, 2017, 3:24 pm

As shallow as it is, losing a few pounds! Although it has been a while since I experienced joy for that reason.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby smitch » April 18th, 2017, 3:42 pm

scullion wrote:Unread postby smitch » April 15th, 2017, 1:09 pm
I find brass band music so moving


it's good we're all different.
brass/silver bands have moved me to tears of cringing discomfort. i have to put my fingers in my ears when they are unavoidable (carnivals and christmas).
there's a shrill note produced by trumpets in particular that reminds me of the teeth jarring, blood curdling shriek of a vixen on heat.


Ha ha I know a few people who feel the same way. As a rule, I don't enjoy a single brass instrument on its own, but there is something about an ensemble piece I like. I think with Whit Friday, it is also the tradition and the way the whole area gets involved. Otherwise, I wouldn't go out of my way to hear brass music.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby earthmaiden » April 18th, 2017, 6:50 pm

aero280 wrote:The news of a General Election. Always fun to watch more disasters unfold among the otherwise unemployable! :)


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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Kacey » April 18th, 2017, 7:22 pm

I'm another one for birdsong, especially blackbirds.
That first smell of autumn at the very end of August/early September (always 'new year' to me and a new pencil case!)
The very first day of a holiday - especially a new foreign destination to explore.
A really good cheese & onion sandwich - or a big hunk of cheese on toast.

Happy rather than joyful:
discovering a new author with a big back collection
the smell of jasmine
managing to get the early bus home (the one i usually miss by 30 seconds, leaving me with a 15min wait)
seeing old friends (and new ones Smitch!)
finding new make up/hair stuff/body cream/lip balm/nail varnish - that works!
Friday night
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Grasshopper » April 20th, 2017, 8:11 pm

Setting off to 'W' in daylight and hearing the birds singing their hearts out.
The back garden looking a picture.
Both front and back gardens bursting into bloom.
The rhubarb waking up.
Coming home shattered after a busy day to be greeted with the big 'HELLO!' from one or more mogs.
Having a really nice meal in a lovely cafe.
Finding a quiet area in a park or somewhere similar - just me and Mother Nature.
I could go on for ages.
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Spring ventures forth to plant the grain
And Summer dries the straw
Autumn gathers in the harvest
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Grasshopper » April 20th, 2017, 8:16 pm

smitch wrote:I love it when the guinea pigs popcorn when they're happy


Excuse me for being a numpty, but could you explain please?

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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby smitch » April 20th, 2017, 8:48 pm

Grasshopper wrote:
smitch wrote:I love it when the guinea pigs popcorn when they're happy


Excuse me for being a numpty, but could you explain please?

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When guinea pigs get excited, they jump in the air randomly. It looks a bit like popcorn bursting, hence the name https://youtu.be/lyPsXnmOqFs
(Not my piggy, just an example)
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Re: Things that bring you joy

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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby andipandi » April 26th, 2017, 12:46 pm

Fridays. Fridays bring me great joy.
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » April 26th, 2017, 12:57 pm

The blossom being out on the apple and cherry tree.

Planning a holiday.

Sunny Sunday afternoons in the garden with OH and daughter.

Lovely family meals at home or in a country pub with extended family.

Watching the lambs in the field at the bottom of the garden.

Pottering in the kitchen at the weekend, cooking or browsing cookbooks for ideas for the coming week.

Quiet time on my own to read a book.

The sound of a cork popping :D
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby cooksalot » April 27th, 2017, 9:28 am

andipandi wrote:Fridays. Fridays bring me great joy.

Ha ha - yes me too even though I've been redundant/retired for a few years now there is still something GREAT about a Friday!
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Pepper Pig » April 27th, 2017, 9:54 am

For the first 20 years of my working life as a musician I taught at a wonderful music school on a Saturday morning. I loved it but still wake up on a Saturday and think "Yay!!! Saturday is mine!!". This is 23 years on . . . . :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby earthmaiden » April 27th, 2017, 10:17 am

I went on a heavenly walk with a friend yesterday. It was beside a small shallow river with a shingle bottom, the sort you sometimes see trout in. The weather was lovely, the blossom was out on trees, the birds were singing their hearts out, a swan sat on a nest and the partner was having a lovely meander further down the river looking for good things to eat. The green downs were in the distance. We walked as far as a pretty stone house which was once a watermill and spent ages just watching the water swirl - what a delightful spot in which to live! It is a known site of an old Roman villa -it always seems to be the case if one comes across somewhere especially lovely. We both agreed that the whole walk had been perfect in every way - and funnily enough we had set out with a plan to go somewhere completely different!
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Re: Things that bring you joy

Postby Busybee » April 27th, 2017, 11:51 am

The best kind of day EM, I often find that the much anticipated and planned things in life often fall short of expectations whilst an off the cuff adventure can be perfect in every way.

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