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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #400 on: December 26, 2017, 10:03:15 AM »
Having a family I truly enjoy. Plenty of flaws in all of us, but just knowing it's a village. I was super sick over Christmas, and there was not even a moment where the kids needed anything. Everyone was helping out, taking them on bike rides, reading with them, making gingerbread houses.. . And, my family is like this even when I'm not unwell.

Also, it's cheaper than from a bar/restaurant, but not necessarily "cheap" generally, but pomegranate martinis that my husband makes. He knows how much I like lime, and bought an extra bag from Costco & hand juiced them for this batch.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #401 on: December 26, 2017, 12:52:54 PM »
Chocolate-covered dried cherries :D

Singing Christmas carols with family

A cup of tea

Discovering some article of clothing in my closet that I forgot I had but am happy to see

Playing the board game “What?!”

Listening to the right songs that just lift up your spirits!!

Wine that has been gifted to us

Riding my bike on empty country roads

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #402 on: December 27, 2017, 12:08:27 AM »
Building stuff in Minecraft.

Eating vegetarian for the day.

Lifting weights and feeling slightly sore the next day.

Walking to the market with my wife and our pooch.

Remembering that it's all a matter of perspective.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #403 on: December 27, 2017, 07:02:09 PM »
The $8 elf costume for my baby to wear at Christmas was relatively cheap and definitely made me happy!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #404 on: December 27, 2017, 11:38:29 PM »
The $8 elf costume for my baby to wear at Christmas was relatively cheap and definitely made me happy!

Do you have a pic of the costume? (with or without bub inside)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #405 on: December 28, 2017, 12:02:11 AM »
The $8 elf costume for my baby to wear at Christmas was relatively cheap and definitely made me happy!

Do you have a pic of the costume? (with or without bub inside)

Preserving my child's anonymity, pics below :-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #406 on: December 28, 2017, 12:29:33 AM »
*melts from cuteness* Very cute bubba! (and totes worth $8)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #407 on: December 28, 2017, 01:26:55 AM »
I am my happiest when I have performed a good and exhaustive physical workout, in particular outdoors on a nice day, e.g. rowing or running. Apart from membership fee in the rowing club (which is well worth the investment), this is very cheap.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #408 on: December 28, 2017, 01:52:24 AM »
*melts from cuteness* Very cute bubba! (and totes worth $8)

If only the baby himself had only cost $8!! #bargain

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #409 on: December 28, 2017, 02:05:28 AM »
*melts from cuteness* Very cute bubba! (and totes worth $8)

If only the baby himself had only cost $8!! #bargain

If only. #bargain

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #410 on: December 28, 2017, 02:34:20 AM »
The start of the day: waking up when the kids are still asleep and having my peaceful breakfast of porridge, fruit and coffee under the trees in the front garden.  The cats sit with me, birds come to tell them off, one of the trees is full of bees at the moment.

The smell of clean laundry. I hang it just outside the laundry door (fully and shamelessly exposed to everyone on the side street, which I know will be shocking to Americans) and the lovely sunshiney, fresh smell floats back in through the laundry door.

All the free planting I've done in the last year - cuttings and seeds collected while out walking, or donated by friends.  We've had a good amount of rain in the last few months so the garden's looking quite lush. 

My homemade moisturiser (beeswax, olive oil, lavender oil; also good for shoes and furniture).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #411 on: December 28, 2017, 02:40:30 AM »
Warm showers outside in our outside shower on a cool, dark and moonless night when all the stars come out in our exceptionally dark sky.  Looking at scorpio.

It's summer now, so cool showers under the stars will have to do. And orion.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #412 on: December 28, 2017, 04:42:28 AM »
Seeing an old couple walking hand in hand and smiling at each other.

The other day, I was at my favourite resturant at closing time when an older gentleman (80+) walked up the bar and ordered a coffee for himself and for his wife (of similar age): "A gin and tonic.  But less tonic and less ice so she can have more gin!".  After a while, they giggled themselfs out of the resturant, like drunk teenagers in love... ahh.. .to age like that.  :)

And to continue the thread:

A sandwich with fresh bread covered in thick slices of good, aged cheese.   And a strong coffee ...

Music. A solo string instrument up close, or in the headphones. 

Just a slow walk outside on a sunny day.

Manual, repetive labour or handiwork.  Yesterday I spent an hour sharpening my kitchen knives.  Still feel relaxed.

An early morning before others are awake.  Especially closer to summer, when the sun rises before most people.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #413 on: December 28, 2017, 08:12:27 AM »
-Playing board games with the kids on a rainy day. Taught them how to play Yahtzee yesterday. Many laughs were had.
-Flying kites on a windy day, exploring the beach

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #414 on: January 01, 2018, 09:54:03 PM »
Getting more involved locally, which lately means taking part in and volunteering at a community event, chatting to other runners, and shopping local.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #415 on: January 01, 2018, 11:00:54 PM »
Being healthy. Not to be underestimated.

I am currently not healthy and have a bad cold and it sucks in many ways.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #416 on: January 02, 2018, 01:26:54 AM »
Being healthy. Not to be underestimated.

I am currently not healthy and have a bad cold and it sucks in many ways.

Hope you feel better soon, Linda.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #417 on: January 02, 2018, 02:24:06 AM »
Being healthy. Not to be underestimated.

I am currently not healthy and have a bad cold and it sucks in many ways.

I was going to post the same thing.  Got food poisoning tonight and feel awful.  Being healthy is too easily taken for granted and is a huge contributor to happiness - not necessary for happiness, but helpful. And good health is extremely cheap as long as you stay that way.  Really feel for people who are not blessed with good health who have the physical struggles that presents as well as the financial burden.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #418 on: January 06, 2018, 11:32:31 PM »
Leftover Thai red curry. Yum.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #419 on: January 07, 2018, 02:57:30 PM »
leveling up in candy crush!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #420 on: January 07, 2018, 03:12:35 PM »
Playing ball

Watching my kids play ball

Baking pie

Folding my other half's clothes

Making an attractive graph that gets the point across in a glance

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #421 on: January 07, 2018, 04:41:27 PM »
Going Cross Country Skiing for the first time in 25 years for $18 including rentals at a sort of local state park.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #422 on: January 08, 2018, 12:23:15 PM »
Today I just had a happy moment sharpening a couple of knives on my whetstones.  OK, the hardware was not that cheap when I bought it, but per use it's quite cheap.  And fun, and usable result. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #423 on: January 08, 2018, 12:39:34 PM »
When my wife tells me she spent no money today.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #424 on: January 08, 2018, 01:13:21 PM »
-Hot tea on a cold day.
-The feeling you get after a long workout. Somewhere between exhausted & invigorated.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #425 on: January 09, 2018, 01:51:30 AM »
Spotting uncommon animals when out walking/camping (Foxes, snakes, lizards, beavers).

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I our previous house we sometimes saw uncommon animals around our house, like a fox with youngs and a badger. I loved that. No we have squirrels. I still get excited about unusual birds.
During trips other places we have seen a bear and a lynx, beavers, unusual birds, mooses and other deer. It is always a pleasure to see them.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #426 on: January 09, 2018, 03:00:17 AM »
completing my workout for the day

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #427 on: January 09, 2018, 03:08:01 AM »
Glorious rain and a thunder storm tonight. I'm sure it wasn't so pleasing for people who had to endure traffic and blackouts, but I love watching weather.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #428 on: January 09, 2018, 06:58:44 AM »
I started a thread with similar topic matter in my drummerworld forum so I'd contribute here as well.


“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

― Ernest Hemingway


However, A lot of things surprisingly make me happy.

Walking my dog on a nice spring day, watching him chase birds or swim after ducks and sniffing around. Also, cuddling with him after a long days work. We lay on the couch and his favorite spot is between my legs resting his head on my stomach, he's a 100# Labrador btw haha.

I also enjoy listening to music, especially while driving. I drive a lot for work as a PM so it's nice to get alone time to blast music. It's where I feel I can listen to music as loud as I want with no interruptions.

Playing drums.. I currently play in 3 bands, so playing is a great escape and something I've been doing my entire life. It recently started to be profitable within the last 3 years because I now get payed to play out. Which cancels out all the $$$ I spend to support the hobby.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #429 on: January 09, 2018, 08:33:29 PM »
leveling up in candy crush!

+1!

And playing kingdom rush a billion times. Definitely got my $5 worth of investment out of that game!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #430 on: January 11, 2018, 06:14:31 PM »
Sitting quietly on the couch with kitty. (well, technically she is on the coffee table right now but earlier today she was either on my lap or curled up next to me)

Thinking through my personal values and goals and how they have shifted over the years. Lasting change tends to be slow and incremental for me.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #431 on: January 11, 2018, 06:47:01 PM »
Maybe not cheap for my company, but cheap for me.

My team moved offices at the start of the year and I've gone from a desk in an open-plan section to an office that is larger than my bedroom and has a park view.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #432 on: January 12, 2018, 02:50:35 AM »
Words of support and praise coming my way. They say that words are cheap but I still like ‘em ;)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #433 on: January 12, 2018, 07:00:03 AM »
Coming home to a quiet, neat, minimalist house after three nights in the chaos, clutter, and noise that is my parents' house.

Don't ever have a kid....

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #434 on: January 12, 2018, 08:24:32 AM »
A more leisurely morning. I get to WFH on Fridays, so get to indulge in a slightly slower pace by cutting out commute time.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #435 on: January 13, 2018, 04:51:59 PM »
Coming home to a quiet, neat, minimalist house after three nights in the chaos, clutter, and noise that is my parents' house.

Don't ever have a kid....

Well that is the plan. DH and I do not have any, nor plan to have children.  We currently both work with children. We have been foster parents. We also have many nieces and nephews that we enjoy. So we like children and know what it is like to live with them.  But we don't feel the need to have our own.  Perhaps another cheap 'thing' that makes us happy.

The chaos of my parents house has more to do with a pack of yappy dogs who crap all over, my parents abundance of things that they spend too much on and that over fills their large home, and their lack of financial planning which prevents their ever being able to retire. I find all this very overwhelming in a way that is beyond anything a child could do.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #436 on: January 14, 2018, 05:36:30 AM »
Last time we visited FIL amd BIL with his one child was visiting, I noticed that the house easily got cluttered. E.g. The hall way, which we need to go through from the living room to the kitchen, had the floor full of tøys, because the three year old wanted to play there.

My cheap nice thing this weekend were two cross country skiing trip. The cost a little diesel, but it was not far from home and free parking. We brought along a warm drink and some food, so we didn't need to buy drinks and food like other people do. Just nice skiing. My body is finally getting better since my cold.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #437 on: January 14, 2018, 06:48:19 AM »
Watching the sun rise each morning.  The rise is a little bit earlier, and a little bit further north each day, a sure sign that spring is on the way. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #438 on: January 14, 2018, 01:54:26 PM »
My stylebook ($5) or smart closet (free) apps that help me curb shopping and also let me geek out and catalogue my whole wardrobe.

My username used to be “libraryjoy”, after all...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #439 on: January 14, 2018, 06:36:31 PM »
Sharing a bottle of wine (or two) with my wonderful neighbors

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #440 on: January 15, 2018, 03:33:54 AM »
Rain.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #441 on: January 15, 2018, 04:25:54 AM »
Rain.

I think I can understand that from an Australian perspective. Here in the wet part of Europe, we appreciate rain only after a long period of dry weather. I appreciated it very much in the mushroom season last autumn.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #442 on: January 15, 2018, 07:03:33 AM »
Noticing and appreciating other creatures for what they are.

This may make some people shudder, but we have a couple of large cellar spiders in our shower.  We just leave them there, as they cause no harm and they eat troublesome insects.  When I take a shower in the morning, the spiders walk around and wave their front legs, as though they like the warmth and humidity.  They are beautiful -- so incredibly delicate and yet strong.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #443 on: January 15, 2018, 09:16:56 AM »
Noticing and appreciating other creatures for what they are.

This may make some people shudder, but we have a couple of large cellar spiders in our shower.  We just leave them there, as they cause no harm and they eat troublesome insects.  When I take a shower in the morning, the spiders walk around and wave their front legs, as though they like the warmth and humidity.  They are beautiful -- so incredibly delicate and yet strong.

A few years ago I also had a spider that lived in the corner ceiling of my shower!  It was a daddy long legs, also, so not very scary.  I would check on him every day when I went in the bathroom and he was just happy in that spot.  =)

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« Reply #444 on: January 15, 2018, 09:24:33 AM »
Noticing and appreciating other creatures for what they are.

This may make some people shudder, but we have a couple of large cellar spiders in our shower.  We just leave them there, as they cause no harm and they eat troublesome insects.  When I take a shower in the morning, the spiders walk around and wave their front legs, as though they like the warmth and humidity.  They are beautiful -- so incredibly delicate and yet strong.

A few years ago I also had a spider that lived in the corner ceiling of my shower!  It was a daddy long legs, also, so not very scary.  I would check on him every day when I went in the bathroom and he was just happy in that spot.  =)

:) 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #445 on: January 15, 2018, 09:57:56 AM »
Today:

Playing with watercolors.
Going on a bike ride.
Reading library books while my pup snuggles with me
Chatting with family.

All good stuff. :)


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #446 on: January 15, 2018, 11:17:14 AM »
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #447 on: January 15, 2018, 05:02:31 PM »
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

Similarly, seeing old people hold hands makes my heart sing :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #448 on: January 15, 2018, 06:39:34 PM »
Yes, rain and snow. I'd take either right now. Been so dry for so long around here.

Love taking a walk in the snow when everyone else is home.  It is so peaceful and pretty.

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« Reply #449 on: January 15, 2018, 08:26:14 PM »
Taking walks around my neighborhood, watching the cranes on the ponds and the lizards and squirrels running around.

Curling up with a library book on my Kindle.  After living so long in a city that had a meh-to-bad public library system, I'm glad that where I live now has a good one.

Having tea on the lanai with Mr. Mandalay and watching Poe sun himself and chatter at birds.