What makes you happy?

What are 5 everyday things that bring you happiness?

“What are five everyday things that bring you happiness? Here is my personal list.”

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  1. Listening to music.
  2. Getting up in the morning to discover that the sun is shining.
  3. Reading a good book.
  4. Spending time gardening.
  5. Chatting with friends.

Twinkle and wink.

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Once upon a time, there was a star that loved to wink. Every night, it would twinkle and shine, but it was the winking that made it stand out from all the other stars in the sky. The other stars would often tease it, saying that it was too flashy and attention-seeking. But the star didn’t care. It loved to wink, and it wasn’t going to stop just because others didn’t like it.

One day, the star met a comet who was passing by. The comet was amazed by the star’s winking and asked why it did it. The star replied, “I wink because it makes me happy. It’s my way of expressing myself.” The comet was impressed and said, “I wish I could express myself like that.”


The star and the comet became fast friends and would often travel together through the galaxy. The star would wink and the comet would leave a trail of glittering dust behind it. They were quite the pair, and many other stars and planets would stop to watch them as they passed by.

One night, as they were traveling through a particularly dark and lonely part of the galaxy, the star noticed that the comet was feeling sad. “What’s wrong?” asked the star. The comet replied, “I feel like I don’t belong anywhere. I’m just a lonely traveller, and no one really notices me.”

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The star thought for a moment and then said, “You know what? You may be a lonely traveller, but you’re also unique and special. Just like my winking, your glittering trail is your way of expressing yourself. Embrace it and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

The comet smiled and thanked the star for its wise words. From that day on, the comet travelled with a newfound confidence, leaving a trail of glittering dust behind it wherever it went. And the star continued to wink, happy in the knowledge that it had helped a friend find its own way to shine.

Here’s another story you might enjoy: https://mixedupmilly.uk/2023/03/23/the-wizard-his-eggs/

International Day of Happiness -20th March.

Ah, the International Day of Happiness – a chance to celebrate all that is good and well in the world, and to spread joy like confetti. This annual occasion sends a message loud and clear: happiness matters, darn it! From enjoying a hearty chuckle with friends to taking time for self-care, there’s no shortage of ways to get your happiness fix today. So why not embrace this day with gusto? Start by wiggling your toes (seriously, it works!), inhale some fresh air, or even treat yourself to some delicious chocolate (hey, we won’t judge). Whatever you choose to do, just remember one thing: today is all about finding what makes your heart sing and doing more of it. Because when it comes down to it, happiness truly is contagious – so go forth and spread some of that glorious cheer!

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Animal lover

What are your favorite animals?

I really am a huge animal lover, but dogs have to be my all time favourite animal.

They are so loyal, understanding, patient and caring. Given the time and care they truly deserve, they’ll pay that back 1000’s of times more over their lifetime.

I don’t believe there is such a thing as a bad dog. A traumatised one, a scared dog, an under exercised and under stimulated dog, and definitely confused ones. But not a dog that’s bad from birth.

It is our responsibility and commitment to care for and look after them, and we need to do the best we can by them. Ensuring they feel safe, loved, secure, comfortable, and healthy.

They really are the perfect companion/friend.

P.A. Benefits!!

I am in the process of getting a PA (Personal Assistant) via Direct Payments for the first time, and this means……

I should gain time, energy, and freedom. It will also enable me to have a more varied and flexible social life.

Quite a few of my friends and family don’t live locally, nor are their homes wheelchair accessible, so the logistics of seeing them, let alone staying overnight somewhere are pretty complicated – virtually impossible.

Having a P.A. will hopefully mean this is something that can be overcome as I’d be able to travel by car and not via public transport, immediately reducing travel times. This means for some the visit could be done in a day – a few hours travel each way would be well worth it.

I’ll be able to attend events that aren’t on public transport routes, or at school times where taxis are impossible to get.

Getting bits done indoors will be achieved much more quickly as I can ask for help straightaway, and not have lots of half finished tasks whilst waiting for help with a part of a task. Leading to less frustration.

Simple things like sweeping up the rubbish pile will no longer be a problem, or filling the printer, or putting on goodness knows how many layers of outdoor clothes to walk the dog. Grabbing stuff out of the top of the fridge will be easy, and not impossible.

When you’re a wheelchair user, you learn patience pretty quickly, as well as how to think outside of the box.

Amazing News.

Exiting stuff!!

If I received some unexpected amazing news then first I’d check it was actually definitely true. Then I’d tell my Mum.

After that depending upon what the exiting news was, I’d probably celebrate in the typical British way – with a cuppa, while I digested the news and decided what to do next.

If it was news of a new family member being due, then I’d keep quiet until the parents announced it officially.

If it was a big win on the lottery, I’d be straight on to http://www.rightmove.co.uk and booking viewings to see some possible properties.

Leisure pleasures

In my free time I enjoy walking the dog, going to the cinema, watching a good show at the theatre, and of course I love shopping.

I usually go to my local Vue cinema which has brilliant wheelchair access, and the staff willingly offer to help with doors, and carry snacks etc…. make sure I’m comfortably settled before leaving me to enjoy the film. Various films I’ve enjoyed include ‘the theory of everything’, ‘mamma mia’, ‘the book thief’ and ‘angel’s falling’.

At the theatre I’ve seen a variety of shows including ‘Evita’, ‘chitty chitty bang bang’, ‘Mamma Mia, ‘the nutcracker’, and pirates of penzance’.

I love shopping and window shopping, but though I love clothes I don’t enjoy clothes shopping as its difficult or impossible to try clothes on instore, and they tend to need altering for me if I get anything much fancier than a t-shirt. Also I seem to have an awful tendency to get to really like a brand or store for them to go and close down. I’ve done this to a couple of stores now.

I wonder what I’ll go and see next.



Happiness truly is contagious, and I personally am most happy when I am with others who are happy,

A simple but genuine smile can spread like wildfire if you care to share it with another person, and they then pass it on to others whilst out, and those people then each smile at someone else.

So when you are out and about, or at home, or visiting someone, just pass on that most simple and free of gifts.

A smile…..

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