My blogger pal Anne Elle Altman from All Write with Coffee passed on this Happy 101 Award to me for "making ...(her)... cry". I'm not sure if making someone cry is a good thing or not, but Ann is so much like me in so many essential ways, I think crying could well be synonumous with happiness even for her.
Before passing on the Award, I am supposed to list ten things that make me happy. There are more than ten of them, but I will try to restrict it to ten, and if you find the mix of obvious, profound and mundane a little weird, I will have to agree with you -
a) Thing 2 and the things he says
b) Thing 1 and how he says them
c) The smell of rain hitting the parched earth
d) Flowers blooming on my potted plants
e) Curling up with a mug of steaming tea and a good book
f) The determination in the heart of youth who have everything stacked against them
g) Seeing people give, not as an act of charity, but because they want to see things change
h) Discovering a gem of a book, and finding out that it is not the only thing the writer has written
i) Running, even without hitting the zone
j) Watching the sunset paint a masterpiece on the sky
I would love to list out all the people who make me happy, but the list is much longer than just ten. To be honest, everytime anyone stops by to leave a comment, it makes me happy. And when the number of hits goes up even without people leaving a comment, it makes me happy. This Award is for all of you reading this. Leave a comment, and I will tell you why it is for you.