Some Things That Make Me Happy

Whenever I get the chance, I try to consider some of the many things that tend to make me happy.  Doing so leaves me with a renewed perspective on the world around me.

I enjoy having the opportunity to watch and listen to interesting animals.  It doesn’t matter what their shape or size is, they all can reflect the personalities of people, if I take the opportunity to really get to notice them.  Creatures like cats, birds, dogs, fish, and deer can be so cute (sometimes)!  I’m also amazed at the intelligence of horses and marine mammals.

I also like visiting new places, especially when it’s someplace exotic or a different nation.  This always gives me the opportunity to people-watch, which definitely tends to be a highlight of my day.  It’s interesting to see how similar people can be on the inside, even with different customs or values.

Now that we’re approaching Valentines Day, I believe it’s important to remember the aspects of love in our lives.  I don’t need a paper, candy, or boxed valentine, to become happy on that day.  Instead, it’s great to be around friends and family and to appreciate fun times.

Writing/Journaling Favorites and Inspirations

There are quite a few authors and written works that I consider to be among my favorites.  High up there are the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, Edgar Allan Poe, and Oscar Wilde.  Those are mainly in the fantasy/horror category.  I deeply enjoy the magical elements in a lot of their works, especially when the work takes on a darker tone.  In addition, some of my favorite books are Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now, Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo, TH White’s The Once and Future King, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time, and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.  Those are just a few of many written works I greatly admire and consider to be inspirational.

Privacy When Writing Journal

Over the years I have written journal entries in various settings.  Some are in images, some are in physical paper books, some are in video entries, some are in various online settings, and some are in computer documents.  These settings come with varying degrees of privacy.  When I make videos that really focus on me, I can be pretty self-conscious.  On the other hand, when I’m at home writing in physical paper books, there seems to be more of a degree of privacy.  Whatever the setting, at least I know that the ideas I’m trying to express are somehow getting out.