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Daily Happiness Journal #58

June 11th 2020

respect / trees in a field

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Humour
  • Picture of the day: Shadow Path
  • Daily Funny: Twins
  • Daily Happiness: Lilies of the Valley
  • Daily Quote by Groucho Marx
  • Writing News - Space Witches 3 first draft is now ready!

 I hope this little email (posted Monday - Friday) will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.

thought for the day


"Every time you find some humour in a difficult situation, you win."

This is so true. If you manage to flip a negative situation so that you find humour in it, you are on the winning side of things. How can you laugh and be hopeless at the same time?

We have a saying here in Finland: "Joy to the surface even when your heart hurts". A bit hard to translate from Finnish, but that's the gist of it. 

It is originally a saying from Karelians - refugees of WW II when Soviet Union occupied the Finnish Karelia. The Karelians were - and are - considered humorous, happy people. And my own father and his family had to escape the occupation from Viborg. I can well believe they used this saying - as I am part Karelian myself. (My grandmother was from Western Finland originally, but my grandfather was from Karelia) 

The Karelians moved to different parts of Finland and kept their culture and humour alive. I think I have inherited the humour-part as I've often been told. And I am happy I have - life is so much easier when you find humour in it.

picture of the day


This path circled a fountain in a park. Moss filled the space between the little square stones. I have always preferred moss to grass when it comes to parks or gardens. It feels so soft under bare feet and its colour is so lovely. 



"I'm going to visit my aunt and will see her twins for the first time in a long while."

"How can you tell them apart?"

"Easy. The boy has a moustache."

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today's happiness

Lilies of the Valley

The lilies of the valley are in bloom right next to our house where there is a whole hillside full of them. Their scent is lovely. And those little flowers like drops of snow... Beautiful!

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 find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go to the other room and read a book."

- Groucho Marx

writing news:
first draft of space witches 3 is done

I was sipping coffee on my break from day job and typed a few minutes the last chapter of Space Witches 3. This is a story I let write itself, which means it surprises even me with the plot's twists and turns. It did so again. But the surprise twist was the thing that finished this book.

Wow. Finally. I've been studying for my MA in Egyptology since October, sent my assignments in a month ago and now had time to finish this almost-ready-novel. It was missing only about 5000 words but studies took all my free time. 

Now comes the argh-part. Namely editing. First I read the book through a couple of times, check the timelines of the characters (prepare to meet Eddie...) and then send it to the official editor for tweaking. After which I'll be rewriting, pulling my hair, swearing never again and all the normal editing stuff. After which it goes to my proofreader. And then I have the cover made. And publish. Before which point those who are on my reader-email-list will get the book to read (I ask for an honest review in return). 

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. (You get the ebook in your preferred e-reader format.)

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Happiness Planner Shadow Path
Happiness Planner Shadow Path
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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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