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Daily Happiness Journal #52

June 4th 2020

social media / notebooks and fountain pens

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Social media
  • Picture of the day: Pretty petals
  • Daily Funny: Worms in apples
  • Daily Happiness: Notebooks and Fountain Pens
  • Daily Quote by Dante
  • Quote from Seven Shabtis 1 / The House of the Morning Sun

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

Daily Happiness Journal will be posted Monday to Friday

thought for the day

social media

How about making life choices that weren't geared towards getting more money but getting more time?

Our western way of living is so money-focused we sometimes are totally exhausted from working too long or too intensively. It is a fact that the brain can only do intense work for so long. Extended stress will eventually cause productivity to fall, even though you feel like you are working harder than ever.

Yes. Social media can be a time suck. The longer you have been on social media, the more groups and interests you have subscribed to. And so your feed is full of all sorts of things you have no time to read. 

Same applies to all emails you have subscribed to (heck, even this email could be one). If you notice you routinely delete some sender's emails, wouldn't it just be better to unsubscribe (guilty as charged - I really have to do this now too...)

And Facebook groups etc? Now good old FB doesn't really show you stuff as it used to, so you may have forgotten you belong to a group. Check you list, unsubscribe from those you are not really interested and have a quick peek at what you are interested in. FB might suddenly start showing posts from these groups when you have shown your renewed interest in them.

As the siren song of the social media is so alluring, if you notice you are wasting too much time there, try putting on a timer when you start checking the cat videos and. I have one on my watch, very handy. When I set it to 15 minutes and it buzzes at the end of that time I am always surprised how fast that time passed.

I remember reading how spending too much time on social media can cause depression. Maybe everyone else's life appears to be so much better, or you are caught in a trolling argument or just see unpleasant things you'd never search from the net on your own. (I know anything with abuse of animals or people really gets to me).

So, curate your social media and email subscriptions to ones you are really interested in, and limit your screen time with these. 

picture of the day

pretty petals

The play of light and colours of the pretty petals of this bouquet was so beautiful I had to take this picture.

daily funny

Worms in Apples

"Did you know that there is a worm inside quite a few apples?"

"Yes, I've heard that."

"Goodness - you sure have good hearing!"

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today's happiness

Notebooks and Fountain Pens

I am a calendar- and notebook freak extraordinaire. Sure I use online calendars and mobile planners too, but there's nothing quite like writing on real, good quality paper. Preferably with a fountain pen... The picture of the fountain pen is from my website blog. I had dreamt of having a blue fountain pen for years and then I finally got it as a birthday present (I strongly hinted towards wanting it by dragging Hubby dearest into a lovely fountain pen shop in Turin, Italy, on my birthday).

As for the notebooks - I am totally addicted to my lovely William Hannah notebooks. On the lower row (A5 sizes)  the red one is for my work notes. The brown one for my Egyptology studies and the navy blue one I just got yesterday and plan on using on my novel writing. Planning the chapters etc.

The upper row has two A6 notebooks - the one to the left is for all sots of notes, the one in the middle for  to-do lists, and on the right is a little notebook in its leather cover.

I love creating all sorts of "systems" and WH had plenty of calendar pages and to-do-list and ways to track your time. I mix A5 and A6 pages in my notebooks (such as moving my A6 to-do-lists). All the covers are made of beautiful quality leather that gets more lovely as it ages, and the paper is top quality. They are ring-bound (except the small notebooks) so you can move the pages as you like

Do check out David's lovely William Hannah -notebooks by clicking here. (No I am not getting any commission and am not an affiliate. I simply want others to find these lovely notebooks too).

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

"He listens well who takes notes."

- Dante


"Is it my imagination, or are the people we’ve passed staring at this car in a bit of a hostile manner?" Luke asked.

"No, you’re just imagining things. Or perhaps they just don't like cars disturbing this charming peace!" his mother said. "I feel a horse-drawn carriage would be more appropriate for this place, don't you think, Marie?"

"You are absolutely right, Philippa!"

Their mothers actually stopped talking about Naqada pottery for a while to express their admiration of the pretty village with oohs and aahs, while pointing out details to one another.

Kaylee didn’t say anything, she just nodded in confirmation of Luke's observation. She had noticed the same thing. People were definitely staring at them with a rather hostile expression. She caught an elderly woman look up from tending her roses in her front garden. Her friendly expression disappeared as soon as she saw the car."

Leena Maria / Seven Shabtis 1: The House of the Morning Sun

I sell my books directly too - the ebooks are cheap to buy and the big e-stores don't share much to the author. So I have downloaded my ebooks to Payhip - they don't take commission and I get more to pay for my editor, proofreader and cover designer. All of whom are one-woman businesses themselves.

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 Pretty Petals
Happiness Planner Pretty Petals
by HappinessJournal

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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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