Thursday, November 5, 2009

What Makes You Happy?

In Tessa's AP Language class this last week they were talking about Happiness.  They were each asked to make a list of things that make them happy.

One thing I have learned about happiness in the past several years is that ....

"Happiness is not having what you want, it's wanting what you have."  

Not always an easy lesson to learn. 

Tessa gave me permission to share her list.  You will notice that the first thing on her list is her family - even though it is qualified!

Since her list didn't scan in very well.  I will retype it to make it easier to read - in her exact words! She wanted to make sure I didn't change anything!

"Things" that make me happy by Tessa Wilkes
My family (on good days)
Friends (most of the time) when having fun
Christmas season
Hot Chocolate
Favorite movies
Neighbor get togethers
Good food (most likely my mother's cooking)
Sleeping in my bed, especially with sheets right out of the dryer
Sunny autumn days
New things (temporary)
Good news
"Escape" - something that takes your mind off things
Playing with little kids (neighbors)
Being outside (good weather, hiking)
Funny voices
Acting crazy
Serving others
Doing things I love

So what makes you happy??


Tamara said...

I love the quote about happiness is not having what you want, it's wanting what you have. What powerful words. . . .especially right now as I'm looking at hundreds of homes and wishing I could have this one or that and then realizing that is not practical at all. Thanks Tess for sharing your list. Is Hannah not in school right now? Seems like she has had her picture in many posts lately.

Leigh Anne Wilkes said...

Hannah is going to school locally here in town so we get to see her lots - yeah for us!

Cali said...

Sleeping in your bed with your sister and all her friends...aka---kat and britt:)

Emily said...

Family from out of town!!!

Leigh Anne Wilkes said...

Can't wait to make you happy Emily!!!