Sunsets, Strangers, Snail Mail & Stars: A List of Happy Things

Long time no see, everyone! I have resurfaced from the depths of October craziness to write a post about happy things, which is already making me cheerful and I’m only on the opening paragraph. Maya had the wonderful idea for this tag, then Weez and Jo both made me smile with their posts and also both tagged me, so go follow all of those lovely humans whom I appreciate! After you’re finished with that, we shall continue. πŸ˜€

Ready? Onward!

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Rules: List 10 things that make you happy. (Linking to them, sharing pictures, writing poems about them, telling jokes, etc. are all encouraged but not required.) Then, tag 10 people who make you happy (and notify them of their tag).

Prepare for enthusiasm and enjoy!

s t a r s

Stars will forever be one of my most favorite things in the entire universe. THEY ARE WONDERFUL. Bored? Look at the stars. Need some inspiration? Stars. Hungry? The stars will blow your mind so much that you’ll forget you ever wanted food. Lonely? STARS. I can keep talking about this until you’re questioning the existence of the word stars. Don’t forget to look at the night sky, guys! If you can’t see the stars from where you live, then come visit me! We can have a star-watching party. πŸ˜€

m a u d e

Dogs in general are wonderful, but Maude is the greatest pupper to ever exist. She never fails to make me laugh with her ridiculous antics – she’ll beg me to throw her stuffed reindeer and then do this hilariously clumsy bouncing to go get it. She CANNOT play fetch, but she gives it her best effort despite faceplanting every single time she runs to get the ball. She absolutely loves being at the vet and runs at top speed to jump into the truck when I ask her if she wants to go. She will let you hug her for hours if you so desire. Basically, she’s the greatest. *pats her head fondly*

f a m i l y

My siblings can drive me insane at times, but they also never fail to be an excellent source of entertainment. I hear people talk about how they hated growing up in big family, but I truly wouldn’t want my life to be any different – I would be so lonely and bored without my siblings to keep things interesting! Creating weird inside jokes that we could never explain, having late-night dance parties, being ninjas in a completely dark house – a big family definitely has its happy perks. πŸ˜€

l e t t e r s

Having pen pals is an very lovely thing indeed! If you take the time to send me a letter, you pretty much have my undying appreciation. πŸ˜€ Decorating envelopes and finding interesting small things to send is so much fun, plus writing letters is so relaxing and a very nice alternative to being on screens. *happy nod* (If you’d like to see all my thoughts about snail mail summed up wonderfully by one of my pen pals, go read this lovely post that Megan wrote a little while back!)

s u n s e t s

I think I might have mentioned my love for sunsets just a few times before. πŸ˜€ I’ll spare you all the lengthy rant, but… just look! *points at the photos* How could that beauty not make you smile? πŸ™‚ At the end of every day, God takes a look at this broken, struggling world, and He gives us something beautiful to end the evening – a reminder that the darkness isn’t so bad, and that we’ll be okay until morning comes. And now I’ll move on because I am very talktative (…typeative?) today and you’re probably wondering how long this post is going to be if I’m only on the fifth happy thing. XD

m u s i c

I don’t think I need to explain why music is wonderful, we all get it. πŸ˜€ Here’s a tiny happy playlist for your listening pleasure!


Can’t Complain – Relient K
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Heavy – Birdtalker
Live Forever – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
High of 75 – Relient K
Graveclothes – Birdtalker
Revival Anthem – Rend Collective
See You Again – The Gray Havens


s t r a n g e r s

(…except for the creepy ones.) Okay, but fun interactions with strangers is one of my all-time favorite things. The pictures above are from earlier this summer, when I asked people in Publix if I could take their photo. The guy on the top left said I could only take his photo if I took a photo of the guy on the bottom right, and then that guy sent me to go find another guy. It was so much fun. People can be so fascinating to talk to! Random little conversations with strangers often stick with me more than anything else does. πŸ˜€

d r i v i n g

I’ll almost never turn down the opportunity to ride along somewhere, especially if the weather is warm and I can roll the windows down. And now I can actually be the one behind the wheel, which is kind of terrifying but also extremely fun! Being in the car at night while listening to music is one of the best places in the world to be. πŸ™‚

w r i t i n g

Creating characters and worlds and just pouring them from your mind onto a page is the most wonderfully rewarding thing. Whenever I scroll through the hundreds of documents I’ve filled with stories, I’m quite unsatisfied with most of them, but it’s also pretty cool, because… our minds can do this! We can create people that exist only in our heads and send them on wild adventures with nothing but words. If that isn’t incredible, I don’t know what is. πŸ˜€

r e a d i n g

We shall end with something especially excellent! When I think back to some of the absolute happiest times of my childhood, I immediately have a mental image of six-year-old me on the living room floor, reading The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis for what was probably the tenth time and being absolutely convinced that it was true. Or being on the couch at one in the morning, soaking up the final chapters of The Deathly Hallows, reading the last pages, and just hugging the book in amazement. :’) Now, whenever I pick up those books, it’s like going home. ❀ I’m sure all of you know exactly what I’m talking about. BOOKS ARE THE BEST.

Goodness, that was not short. XD Let’s move along to the people who make me happy! This is off the top of my sleep-deprived brain, but please know that if you’re reading this, you make me quite happy indeed. πŸ˜€

humans that make me happy by being friendly and kind or writing me letters or making amazing art or leaving wonderful comments or some combination of it all:

I know people say this all the time, but if you’re reading this, please consider yourself tagged! I’d love to see Maya’s lovely idea spread across the blogosphere, and I promise it’ll cheer you up to try it. πŸ™‚ So… go forth and share happy things with the world!

What are ten things that make you happy?

65 thoughts on “Sunsets, Strangers, Snail Mail & Stars: A List of Happy Things

  1. oh my goodness clara, I’m on the list, i don’t know why i belong there but thank you SO much, you’ve made my morning and most likely my day! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    but that list was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. and i think all of the things make me happy too. stars, sunsets, snail mail, family and music are very happy things. and i totally agree car rides in the dark with music is da BEST! (tho i’m not driving… yet).
    i will definitely get round to doing this tag… as it is a very good one. it’ll probably be up a few weeks…
    anywaysss, wonderful post clara… as always! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Of course you are, I may not have know you that long but you’re such a friendly light in this community, your kind comments and amazing artwork always make me smile! πŸ˜€
      Yes and yes and yep! nods I can’t wait to see your post. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, Sarah! ❀

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  2. WHOOP! Thank you for tagging me! How fun! This post was quite enjoyable. You are SO courageous and brave to ask strangers if you could take their pictures. Wow! They are great photos.
    What a happy thing to read(:

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  3. “Being the car at night…” New claim to fame: having a pen pal who is a werecar! (that’s how werewolves work, right?)
    Hehe anyway, YAY this post made me so happy! All the things in it are indeed happy and very Clara-ish. πŸ™‚ AND THANK YOU SO MUCH for tagging me! I’m excited to do this, it’s such a great idea!
    I love these photos, and that envelope art one is so aesthetic and pretty! Yay for accomplishing an illustrated hand! cheers
    Also, that’s a wonderful happy playlist. πŸ™‚
    And yes, driving is great! So is listening to music in the car!
    Those stranger pictures make me happy. πŸ™‚ Yay for publix!
    Sunsets! cheers again

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    1. HAHAHA MEGAN. XD Thanks for catching that typo, once I stopped laughing I promptly went to fix it. πŸ˜›
      Yaaaayyy, thank you kindly! You are quite welcome, I hope you have fun. πŸ˜€
      bows Thank you, thank you!
      Yep and yep! And yay indeed for Publix!

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  4. AHH THIS IS LOVELY, CLARA. I’m so glad you did this tag! Also “Being the car at night while listening to music is one of the best places in the world to be.” –> YEESSSSS I LOVE THAT. Also I love random interactions with strangers too! Except I’m too timid to actually talk to them. XD And AWWW, thanks for mentioning me! ❀ AND YES, MUSIC AND READING. YES.

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  5. So many happy things! I love stars and getting letters and reading and writing and sunsets and music. Eden tagged me for this and I am excited to share my post on Friday. It’s such a good tag. As someone who tends to be somewhat pessimistic, it’s really nice to be reminded that I am surrounded by some really amazing things. I love reading everyone else’s posts!

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  6. This tag is amazing! There is just so much that can make someone happy!
    I think I agree with you on most everything, except maybe the stranger part. I am an introvert, so generally only my friends and family can make me happy-not total strangers. But I like that story about the people in Publix.
    Oh, and another thing is that my dog is the most amazing dog in the world =)

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    1. Yes indeed there is! ❀
      Yeah, I think I’m in the minority with that particular one, I don’t know many people who enjoy strangers like I do. XD
      Hmmm. skeptical look Maude and your dog can share the title. πŸ˜€

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  7. YOUR ANSWERS FOR THIS TAG WERE PERFECT!! i was literally just nodding my head in absolute agreement the entire time reading this beautiful post. stars, sunsets, and your stunning pictures are the best. thanks so much for brightening my day with this, Clara! πŸ’›πŸ’›

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  8. I LOVE THIS POST!!!!! πŸ™‚
    Random thoughts:
    MAUDE IS SO CUTE!!! These photos totally capture her adorableness. Yay for big families!! Your family adventures sound like so much fun. The photo to go with “letters” is so aesthetic! That’s so great how strangers sent you to other people to take their picture too. This post is just brimming with cheerful, great things and I love it. πŸ™‚

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  9. Ah this is an awesome tag … i loved how you formatted it with the photos and everything! I agree with every single one of those … especially having a big family, music and stars.
    A post of sunshine ❀
    power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  10. I can’t believe this post didn’t notify me like it usually does, I am heartily disappointed in my WordPress notifications I definitely don’t obsessively check every day. πŸ˜€ YOU FAILED ME, WP, GO AWAY. I’ll return in a few moments with a legit (and late) comment. XD

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  11. “because I am very talktative (…typeative?)” TYPEATIVE, YOU HAVE JUST INVENTED A WORD THAT HAS BLOWN MY MIND. :”’) Thank you so much for sharing that. XD

    This post was soooo fun to read, usually I’m like “meh” at random things people like but I just love the way you formatted everything and talked about each thing. 😍 (MUSIC!!! It’s like my IV of… life. Trap beats and beat drops are in my veins. :D) Your photos are so amazing, they’re unreal. I could’ve sworn some of them were professional stock photos, but they’re totally yours! I am definitely not going to save them to my phone’s camera roll so I can constantly adore them… okay I am if that’s fine with you. XD

    AWWW THANKS SO MUCH FOR TAGGING ME, I am quite glad to know I cause happiness and not terror in someone’s life! πŸ˜€ Juuust kidding. I literally can’t wait to do this as soon as I start a personal blog. ❀️

    10 things that make me happy are…

    CLARA’S AWESOMENESS. And also that awesomeness is so abundantly awesome it counts as the other nine things. nods professionally, do not doubt my counting abilities Thanks for being such an AMAZING human being that makes me happy as wellβ€”just talking to you always cheers me up! β˜€οΈ

    I spent a while editing this comment and figuring out what to say to end it, finally I had nothing so I just typed this sentence. :’)

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    1. ISN’T IT GREAT. humble bow You are quite welcome. XD

      Awww yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ˜€ (IV of life, what an absolutely glorious description. XD) AW THANK YOU. Well of course I don’t mind, I’m very honored that you like them. :”)

      OF COURSE! Why in the world would you cause terror :’) yaayyy I can’t wait for it! ❀

      Congratulations, you made me laugh out loud. XD doubts your counting abilities just slightly Aww well you’re very welcome, I am quite glad to hear that! πŸ˜€

      A beautiful ending sentence indeed. :’) THANKS FOR THE COMMENT! ❀

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  12. This post made me happy. πŸ˜€ Almost all of these things make me happy too, and another thing that makes me happy is your photography and your posts and just you in general, so that could be it. πŸ™‚ Aww, I am delighted to be on your happy-people-list! You’re on mine too. πŸ™‚ ❀

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