Creating a jump for JOY List

What brings you Joy?


You know, truth is, if we just took a moment or two to appreciate them I’ll bet you we could find many, many tiny things that bring us joy on a day to day, even minute by minute basis and by recognising these jewels we can raise our energy no end.




For this reason I’ve decided to share some of the simple things that ‘do it’ for me in the hope that I will inspire you to compile your own list for you to appreciate your own joys too … some are memories others are little things I notice along the way



I’m actually starting with a photo because when I look at this it makes my heart sing.  Me and my two kidlets Glynn and Laura last year in Oz.  The first time we’ve been together in a while.  For me the thought of it is bliss :0)




  • The smell of chocolate  (yep, I’m a fiend for the stuff. Love, love, love it)
  • the delicious heady fragrance of my favourite rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’
  • walking bare foot in dewy grass
  • being allocated my chosen seat on a flight to Oz – Laura know’s which ones I mean :0)
  • sliding into a bath tub of steaming hot water sprinkled liberally with lavender oil
  • the sound of children’s giggles
  • buying trays of pansies with smiley faces from the garden center
  • cutting and sticking and creating journal pages
  • hugs n snuggles from grand kids, whatever their size
  • getting my hair cut and loving the result


“Enjoy yourself, these are the good old days you’re going to miss in years ahead


  • memories of fits of giggles whilst blowing maltesers in the air
  • standing in the Cop at Liverpool watching my boy engrossed in his passion
  • stroking Gorgeous Gladys til her legs nearly buckle with relaxation
  • creamy cappuccinos and coffee cake
  • finding something is easy do do when I had been fearful of the difficulty
  • discovering money in pockets and bags I had no idea was there
  • opening a beautiful birthday card
  • watching the delight of someone opening a gift I know they are going to adore
  • the feel of cinder toffee in my mouth
  • a brand new tube of blue mascara
  • pink champagne – even though I’m a lightweight and get giddy after a single glass


It's only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis Click To Tweet


~ Margaret Bonnano




  • Sliding into bed and being enveloped in freshly laundered and ironed sheets
  • the luxury of lilies and roses in my kitchen
  • watching the birdies nesting in the hedge outside my window
  • the smell and the sound of the sea at Port Wilunga
  • doing something someone else assured me I wouldn’t be able to do
  • getting a pedicure
  • actually getting through first time to the person I intended to speak to instead of being held in line by a machine
  • seeing someone I supported spread her wings and fly
  • jeans that fit perfectly
  • finding a half empty dustbin on the pavement the night before the bin men come that will accommodate my excess rubbish bags and save me a trip to the refuse tip (is that legal? – not sure but it sure as heck makes me giggle like a naughty child when i do it anyway)
  • lunch dates with girlfriends that involve dressing for the occasion



Children smile 400 times a day on average … adults 15 times.
Children laugh 150 times a day … adults 6 times per day.
Children play between 4-6 hours a day … adults only 20 minutes a day.
What’s happened?

Robert Holden (from ‘Living Wonderfully’)



So these are some of mine.  What about you?  It might be a friendly face or a kindly gentleman holding open a door like a knight in shining armour.  Please do share, and if you don’t how about making your own list.  I can almost guarantee it’ll lighten your heart.

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