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What makes you happy? (Contest)
Thursday, March 21st, 2024

UPDATE: The winner is…Pansy Petal!

I’m one of those people who doesn’t understand depression. I’m sure I’ve felt it. Perhaps after the one time I was fired from a job. Maybe when I was diagnosed for Graves disease and had my thyroid fried with a radioactive pill, then spent a month in bed so I wouldn’t have a heart attack. Talk about fatigue. Lordy.

However, both times, I gave myself a day to feel some self-pity then I sat in front of my PC or pulled my Alphasmart out of my bag, lay it across my lap in bed, and typed for just a minute at a time. When I was in bed for that month, I literally could only write in very short spurts then I’d crash. But I wasn’t depressed. I pushed forward.

Maybe it’s a physiological thing? Maybe it’s brain chemistry? I don’t know, but I am a naturally happy person. If I feel a little “flat”—I sit outside and watch the deer at the pond. Or, I pull out pictures of things that make me happy.

Or, I pull out the paint like I did last night…

For a chance to win your choice of a download from among my backlist of books, tell me what makes you happy.

14 comments to “What makes you happy? (Contest)”

  1. Debra
    · March 21st, 2024 at 6:05 am · Link

    My grandsons make me happy. As does crocheting. Walks in the forest

  2. Eileen McCall
    · March 21st, 2024 at 6:35 am · Link

    I’ve had brief issues with depression over the years, but not much. My sister and my son have both required meds.

    Happy.. yes. My grandson, scuba diving, and traveling with my husband all make me happy!

  3. Kristi Malloy
    · March 21st, 2024 at 6:49 am · Link

    My grandkids make me happy. I love watching them play sports and the look on there faces when they make a basket.

  4. Pansy Petal
    · March 21st, 2024 at 7:19 am · Link

    How very lucky you are. I have fought depression a good portion of my life. Like you I don’t know what the cause is, but it is there. I turn to books. They make me happy. I am always in a book. Whether a physical book, e-book or an e-book, I usually have at least one going. Often I have an audio reading to me while I crochet. That is the best. Not only am I escaping into a world of adventure, but I am creating something useful to donate to someone who has greater need than I. That too makes me happy. I could go on, and on, and on, and on. As mentioned, I have been fighting this war a very long time. I have learned many tools, activities to set the mood for the day and NOT wallow in depression. So I will leave it at this.

  5. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · March 21st, 2024 at 8:20 am · Link

    Music and a good book

  6. Colleen C.
    · March 21st, 2024 at 12:10 pm · Link

    my pets, my family, books, music, etc.

  7. Beckie
    · March 21st, 2024 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Drawing, painting, taking pictures, traveling, reading, watching movies/TV shows, and sitting in nature are some of the things thst make happy.

    Just wish I could do more of them most are hard to afford. But I do my best around health issues.

  8. Jennifer Beyer
    · March 21st, 2024 at 6:47 pm · Link

    I do food prep. I can lose myself in research, set up, cooking and clean up. It is so joyous!

  9. BN
    · March 21st, 2024 at 10:49 pm · Link


  10. cindy
    · March 23rd, 2024 at 9:56 am · Link

    I think what makes me the most happy on the cosmic level is allowing myself to accept the fact it is ok not to get something finished or my doing nothing. I am almost 70 and still have trouble enjoying down time–time that is no longer work related. If I want to work on my wire guys, I can. If I want to play on my computer I can. I am trying to learn to accept this leisure status.

  11. Deb Brown
    · March 24th, 2024 at 5:11 am · Link


  12. Steph
    · March 24th, 2024 at 10:09 am · Link

    My life. I wake up every day. I get to see my family and spend time with them. I go for walks and soak up the sunshine. Life is good.

  13. Stacey Kinzebach
    · April 1st, 2024 at 12:08 pm · Link

    My grandson and my sons always put a smile on my face. I also enjoy crafting, that makes me happy.

  14. Delilah
    · April 2nd, 2024 at 7:32 am · Link

    Thanks to everyone for sharing what makes them happy!

    The winner of her choice of download from among my backlist of books is…Pansy Petal!

    Pansy, please email me and let me know which book you’d like to read:

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