Happiness is… 10 Favorite Smells

March 5, 2015

What are your favorite smells?
The ones that remind you of home, take you back in time, or the ones that you still encounter everyday? Below are 10 you might relate to. Tell us yours in the comments below or on our Facebook page and we’ll try illustrate them.

[1] The smell of coffee first thing in the morning.
Sometimes you start looking forward to it the night before, yes?

[2] The smell of a new book.
A smell that contains romance and adventure, human vulnerability and resilience, glory, tragedy, happy endings and everything in between. Crikey.

[3] The smell of bread, straight out of the oven.
What is the source of that delicious aroma, what magic lives in the baking bread? etc (this is rhetorical but if you know, do say.)

[4] The smell of a new car.
Takes you back to being a child in the shiny-upholstered-leather-backseat of a new car… and then you remember you are now actually a grown up, and you’re driving your brand new Porsche. Or perhaps a Ford Focus rental.

[5] The smell of woodsmoke.
Always associated with good times. Days later, when your sweater still smells of it, others may run from you – but you will want to hold the fabric to your nose, close your eyes and breathe deeply.

[6] The smell of the earth just after it has rained.
Breathe in, breathe out and feel connected to the life-giving rhythms of nature.

[7] The smell of freshly-cut lawn.
Suburbs, lawns and white picket fences may give you the hives, but there is something so invigorating about this smell. It evokes a weekend morning, facing the new day with the sun on your face.

[8] The smell of my mom’s perfume.
Ysatis by Givenchy, oh yes. Probably the most evocative smell on earth (if your mama wore it too).

[9] The smell of a baby’s head.
A sensation as much as a smell, of softness, of love, of all goodness (especially if the baby is sleeping).

[10] The smell of the ocean.
A smell that travels in tiny airborne drops of salty water? A smell that diffuses maladies and softens all edges? Come on disbelievers – proof of magic!

Happiness is Spinning in an Office Chair

March 5, 2015

Waiting for something to load, or an email to come in, or for a meeting to start?
Waiting for your brain to unfreeze. For Godot?
Take a quick spin.

How many rotations can you do off one launch?
Prefer spinning left or right?
Annoying anyone around you perchance?

Nice to be 9 years old again…

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Happiness is Staring Out of a Bus Window & Thinking About Life

January 16, 2015

It needn’t even be a long journey. You have the window seat. Your mind drifts from your book or phone or paper. You find yourself staring out as the world passes by. Everything feels like its going to be ok…

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Happiness is Escaping from Reality from Time to Time

January 17, 2014

Strap on your wings and fly.
Run off with your invisible friend.
Press the submarine button on your car’s dashboard.
Open the trapdoor that’s hidden under the carpet in the living room.

Take the escape lane, yes, there, just off to the left…

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Happiness is When Someone Else Catches the Spider in the Bathroom for You.

January 15, 2014

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…but then along comes a knight in shining armor…

Happiness is Having Finished all your Exams

January 14, 2014

Remember this? Horrible, horrible, horrible…

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But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually it ends…

…and it feels soooo sweet :)