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Daily Happiness Journal #49

June 1st 2020

Experiences vs things
/turquoise metal 

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Experiences vs things
  • Picture of the day: Turquoise Metal
  • Daily Funny: Spaghetti and sauce
  • Daily Happiness: Almost in bloom!
  • Daily Quote by John Lennon

 I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.

thought for the day

Experiences vs things

The longer you live, the more things you usually accumulate. And if that teaches you anything, it is that things don't guarantee happiness. At first getting a new... something, whatever it is you wished for, can feel great. But surprise surprise - after some time has passed, that thing doesn't give you such a feeling of happiness anymore. You are used to it. It has become an everyday item.

Experiences, however, don't seem to lose their magic. When you concentrate on something that made a big emotional impact, you remember that thing like you only just experienced it.

Now of course this applies to both good and bad. So concentrate on the good ones as much as you can, because your mind doesn't really understand time. The mind interprets the emotions of your memory as happening in the present. And this immediately affects your mood in the now.

So concentrate on the good things. And what better way to do that than to write down your good experiences in as much detail as you need to return to that good feeling place when you read your own notes. It doesn't have to be floral language and long sentences, if that is not your style. It can be just a few words if that is enough to bring that good memory to the surface.

When you are in the midst of an emotion you define as negative (sadness, anger, frustration), don't deny it. Experience it. It is not possible in that moment to jump into a positive feeling with the snap of your fingers. If you try to push the negative feeling away by force, you always lose. 

When you have calmed down a little, that is the time to look into your past good memories. And even then, remember you are not a failure if you don't immediately feel great. A little progress is enough, feeling slightly better. It is the first step towards even better feelings.

So what are you waiting for? Begin that Happiness Journal of yours now!

picture of the day


I took this picture in Forum Marinum, a local maritime museum here in Turku, Finland. It shows metal that has changed colour in the sea. The spotlights turned the metal into turquoise colour and it looked beautifully abstract. 

daily funny

Spaghetti and Sauce

Where to spaghetti and sauce go to dance?

The meat ball.

Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email 

(I especially love the funny things children say!). 

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today's happiness

Almost in bloom!

The lilies of the valley are almost in bloom! They grow everywhere around here and when they open their flowers, the fragrance is wonderful.

What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.The email address for this daily post is

Daily quote

“Count your age by friends, not years. 

Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

- John Lennon

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If you prefer to write a short happy note each day, I have created planners for this effect. You can write your daily happiness in the squares of the weekly spread - and plan future happiness using the monthly pages. There are even happy (repositionable) stickers included in the planner.

Happiness Planner Turquoise Metal
Happiness Planner Turquoise Metal
by HappinessJournal

June 2020

#49 June 1st 2020 Experiences vs Things / Turquoise Metal

#50 June 2nd 2020 Together / Lake Reflection

#51 June 3rd 2020  More Time / Yarn

#52 June 4th 2020 Social Media / Pretty Petals

#53 June 5th 2020 Meditate / Red and White Tulips

#54 June 8th 2020 Gratitude Journal / Pier on a Forest Pond

#55 June 9th 2020 The Things You Love / Ladder Against an Old Oak

#56 June 10th 2020 Sleep / Water Play

#57 June 11th 2020 Respect / Trees in a Field

#58 June 12th 2020 Humour / Shadow Path / Writing News: The First Draft of Space Witches 3 is ready

#59 June 15th 2020 Desiderata / Happy Mummy

#60 June 16th Supposing a tree fell down / Red Wall

#61 June 17th 2020 Abandoning / Pink Bike

#62 June 18th 2020 Being Right / Oranges

#63 June 22nd 2020 Violence / Pink Heart

#64 June 23rd 2020 Stuck / Old Door

#65 June 24th 2020 Dignity / Violets and Daisies / Writing News: Going Through Characters

#66 June 25th 2020 Sleeping Peacefully in a Storm / Decorative Angel

#67 June 26th 2020 Being Right / Reading by the Sea

# 68 June 27th Responsibility and Trust / Orange, Yellow and Green

# 69 June 28th The Positive Bus Driver / Masts

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