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the true secret of happiness

November 19, 2017

Jazzabelle's Diary

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." - William Morris This William Morris quote has always been one of my favourites. I first stumbled across it when I was in a somewhat unhappy place in my life, and it was just what I needed to put things into perspective. It can be so easy to focus on the bad things, rather than appreciating the many little details and small moments that make each day special. Sade spoke about gratitude on an Instagram post last month, so inspired by her post, for the last six/seven weeks I've noted down at least one detail, moment, feeling or thing a day that made me happy. It became quite a long list that's been so lovely to reflect on, so here is just a fraction of what's put a smile on my face recently... 1. The feeling of pure contentment and happiness I have when I'm at home with mum and Rob. My little family together, I love them so much. 2. Discovering that my old PS2 still works. Cue HOURS have been spent trying to beat my top scores on Singstar! 3. My big, pink, teddy bear coat from Next. Wearing it just feels like a big, warm hug. 4. A sleepover at my Grandma's house. Chicken curry for dinner, a massive catch up and an early night was the perfect way to break up my working week. 5. Celebrating Rob's birthday by surprising him with lots of token presents, a trip to the Colchester Zoo and dinner at one of our favourite restaurants. Seeing him happy makes me even more happy, that's for sure. 6. Holding my cousin's seven week old baby for the first time. My heart! 7. Having a cosy evening in, tucked up on the sofa in my pajamas with a herbal tea. Such a simple pleasure! 8. Coffee dates & shopping trips with Paige. Last year we realised that we lived just five minutes apart from each other, it's so lovely to have a friend that lives locally. 9. Treating myself to a much needed massage - I need to do this more often! 10. Feeling ridiculously proud of my mum for reaching over 350k views (!!!) on her craft YouTube video, and because my friend Rebecca has only bloody gone and bought her first home! 11. Winning not one, but TWO competitions - a meal for four at Dirty Bones, and matching Keds for me and my mum. Get me! 12. A lazy Sunday well spent, tucking into a roast dinner and watching Age of Adaline with mum and Rob. 13. Filling up my diary with plans for the rest of the year. I feel so much more content when I have things to look forward to. 14. Strictly Come Dancing - that show makes my weekends! What's made you happy recently?Love Jazz xx Photography: Steven Landles William Morris Dress - House of Hackney Location (featuring William Morris wallpaper!) - The Cats Back, Wandsworth