What makes you happy?


What makes you happy? And as easy as this questions seems, if you really think about it – close your eyes and think about it now – the answer might be not that easy. What was the first thing that came to your mind?

Was it something that means a lot to you?

Was it something simple?

Did you think about something you need to be happy but missing at the moment?

For everyone it can be something different. Love, Health, Money, Family. But maybe also things like the smell of coffee in the morning. The first rain in summer. Sleeping in.

I’ve asked people I’ve met while traveling the world, and here are their anwers:

What makes YOU happy? Maybe you already know the answer. So make yourself happy. With the small things and the big things. And stop doing things which aren’t making you happy. Say goodbye to all the negative stuff. And yes, this applies also to people. And then when you’re happy, deep inside you and around you, it will be easier to make other people happy. And wouldn’t that make the world a better place?

What makes me happy, you ask?

(No guarantee for completeness and in no particular order)

  • My friends and family
  • All of you, because you’re crazy enough to read this blog
  • The smell of fresh coffee
  • The smell of freshly baked cookies
  • The first warm days in spring
  • Diving (with sharks)
  • When I wake up before the alarm rings
  • To stare on water
  • To take pictures
  • To bury my toes deep into sand
  • Pina Colada at the beach
  • A gentle breeze in the mountains
  • Hand written stuff
  • Hemingway
  • Hot chocolate
  • Marzipan
  • The last few warm days in summer
  • The sound of rain on a window
  • Laughing until my face hurts
  • To spend the first day of a new year with good friends in pyjamas on my couch
  • Road Trips
  • Glittering snow and scrunching snow
  • Lakes and rivers and oceans
  • Hugs
  • A good book
  • chick flicks
  • Popcorn at the movies
  • To think about what makes me happy and to know that there are so many more things but I just can’t think of one more right now
what makes you happy

Hi, I'm Yvonne. Travel addict. Guilty as charged. Right now I'm probably falling off a camel somewhere in a desert, getting a new tattoo from a monk in Thailand or am carrying my luggage through a river in the jungle. But just as well I could be sitting on my sofa in Berlin, in my pyjamas. Good girls to to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Everywhere sounds much more promising. So be travelous and follow me!

Discussion32 Comments

  1. I share so many of your happy points. Fresh ground coffee, hand made things, and I’ll add weather (good or “bad” – both are amazing) and clever/witty written words.

  2. Danke für diesen tollen Post, Yvonne! Das Video gefällt mir echt gut – super Idee 🙂

    Freue mich auf ein Wiedersehen in 2014!

    Lieben Gruß und tolle Reisen bis zur ITB im März,


    • Yvonne

      Happiness is the most important thing in life. And sometimes it’s so easy to be happy, you just have to think about it. 😀

    • Yvonne

      Thank you Mike! Loved to meet all these people and see their reaction to this question (and their answers) 😀

  3. Sometimes it’s the littlest things that make me happy, like watching cats sleep 🙂 sometimes it’s the bigger things like traveling or being with family. The key is making these moments, and all those in between, last longer 😉 Be happy!

  4. I’ve just come across your website but I’ve made sure to like you on Facebook and will be coming back soon – this video was exactly the little boost of joy I needed today. Very nicely done! I’m going to browse through your older posts now and I really look forward to seeing what new exciting things you will write about in the coming year 🙂

    All the best in 2014! x

  5. Danke für das schöne Video und die guten Wünsche. Dir auch das allerbeste für 2014!
    Was mich glücklich macht? Vieles. Audiomäßig z.B. Katzenschnurren (immer), das was mein Mann so daherredet (sehr oft), bestimmte Musik (zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort), Meeresrauschen, Vogelgezwitscher uvm…

  6. Incredible video, Yvonne, it boosted my day for sure. 🙂

    Happy people who are smiling around me and the knowledge whatever I do or don’t I’m free, this is what makes me happy.

  7. What makes me happy ?

    – reading a book on the beach
    – watching movies in my bed with hot chocolate
    – drinking coffee while reading
    – going out with friends during summer holidays
    – when i wake up and i see the sun behind the window
    – listening music
    And there’re so many others things !

  8. Wow! Tolles Video Yvonne und immer aktuell.
    What makes me happy?! Kinder – besonders mein Sohn, Familie, Neues zu lernen, Reisen, neue Eindrücke und Momente sammeln und diese miteinander teilen. Guter Kaffee und das Meer…und mehr. Basta:)

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