- Having “real” furniture, not purchased from Ikea or Target, or, if it is, that matches and is made of wood and not plastic. For example, buying a wine cabinet from a furniture store, or matching wood nightstands for my bed. Having a headboard and a kitchen table. It’s the small things, really.
- Getting rewarded at my job, whether via a raise, a promotion, a good rating at my semi-annual review, or an award.
- Finishing books in any genre that isn’t romance, chick lit, or young adult. Clearly, I need to get over my inherent shame in reading my preferred genres.
- Working out more than 2 times in a row.
- Cooking meals I’ve never made before, with or without a recipe, from scratch and not pre-packaged ingredients.
- Writing and mailing letters and packages to friends and family.
- Cleaning and organizing parts of my house, car, or cube (work), to include going through piles of mail/papers and doing laundry. If it involves dusting or taking out bags of trash, increase the accomplishment by 10x.
- Doing my hair and makeup in the morning beyond throwing my hair in a ponytail. I hate mornings.
- Getting anything done to my car – oil change, adding air to the tires, car wash, fixing parts.
- Budgeting – setting the budget, paying bills, putting money in savings or retirement, using my spending app.
Honorable mention: Doctors appointments – scheduling them, going to them; inclusive of therapy, nutritionist, dentist, ophthalmologist, and obgyn.
Insight to my brain: Anything that involves crossing an item off a to-do list is a win!
*Note – I should do more of these things, to breed habits/feelings of pride that can contribute to my happiness. See this blog post. Things like numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 are easy to incorporate into my life.