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Daily Happiness Journal #54

June 8th 2020

gratitude journal / pier on a forest pond

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Gratitude Journal
  • Picture of the day: Pier on a Forest Pond
  • Daily Funny: Driving past
  • Daily Happiness: Chicken-wire sculpture of a horse
  • Daily Quote by Ronald Reagan
  • Quote from Nephilim Quest 1 / In the Shadow of War

 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

gratitude journal

Well, that's what this letter is all about. Finding little things to be grateful for. Teaching your mind to look for them. In a documentary about positive psychology they used a method where they asked people to write three good things per day in their gratitude journal. Their whole attitude towards life began to change - simply because they started to search for those three good things to write down at the end of the day.

Try it! Take any notebook you have and start writing. If you like my photographs, you can also order notebooks with the pics of the cover. But any notebook will do.

And to stretch the idea a bit further - start discussing with your family and friends of the good things in life. At dinner table for example. Perhaps the good habit catches!

picture of the day

pier on a forest pond

This is a picture from Mathildedal in SW Finland - a little pond in the middle of a forest. Someone had built a little pier with a bench on it. I could imagine myself there - listening to the sounds of the forest, birds, fish - enjoying the nature alive around me. 


Driving past

Mother-in-law: "Last weekend we drove past your house..."

Son-in-law: "Thank you."

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

Chicken-wire sculpture of a horse

I don't know who lives in this house near us, but apparently they love horses. This horse head is a chicken wire sculpture. I used to paint horses for years, and enjoy to see art where has all the details of the horse's head are anatomically correct. A real fun surprise for the passers-by.

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

"I’ve often said there is nothing better for the inside of the man, than the outside of a horse."

- Ronald Reagan

QUOTE FROM Nephilim Quest 1: chapter 1: In the shadow of war 

She ran for the shelter, clutching the baby in her arms.

“Soon, sweetie, soon! We're on our way to safety, I promise." She was saying it as much for her own benefit as the baby's, as if simply saying the words could make them come true.

The baby did not cry. It listened to the sirens, eyes as round as plates. The Luftwaffe was bombing London, again. People had lost count of how many consecutive days they had been running for the shelters with the rising and falling scream of the siren filling their ears, sweeping them onwards like terrified animals towards a place of refuge.

"Come along, Miss, 'Itler's not going to wait for you, dear!" The ARP warden took her by the elbow to encourage her along with the others. Then he saw the baby in her arms. "Sorry, Madam! But please, hurry up do, missis!"

She was not only escaping the bombs, but also the creatures that were after her baby. Their baby. The only precious thing she had left of him and their love. Her reason for living.

Leena Maria / Nephilim Quest 1 / Chapter 1: In the Shadow of War

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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 Pier on a Forest Pond
Happiness Planner Pier on a Forest Pond
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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