Happiness is small treats

‘In The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch’s protagonist said: “The secret to a happy life is continuous small treats.” I feel the truth of this statement all the way down to the roots of my being.’ Susannah Conway

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The following are things that make me happy. The little moments that make life slow down and leave a smile on my face.

1. Sunshine on my skin.

2. A really good song. You know the one – when you first hear it you have to skip back a track to hear it again.

3. A mug of tea. Possibly even with hot buttered toast or a biscuit.

4. A new book (and a free afternoon in which to read it).

5. Freshly painted toenails.

6. A cold glass of white wine.

7. A long hot shower.

8. Cuddles on the sofa.

9. Long walks.

10. A conversation with a friend.

11. Afternoon naps.

12. A good yoga class.

13. Fresh flowers.

14. Looking out across water.

15. A mango. Or raspberries. Or pineapple.

16. Coming in from the cold to a roaring fire.

17. Laughing til my stomach hurts (and the people who make me).

18. Walking barefoot on grass.

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