Let’s celebrate: International Day of Happiness

I recently learned that March 20th marks the International Day of Happiness. It was initiated by the United Nations recognizing happiness as one of humans life goals and was first celebrated in 2013.

While I appreciate that happiness is taking a front seat in global politics I am a bit baffled that it has only been acknowledged four years ago.

However there is a whole movement behind it and you can sign up here for a free happiness guide, a kids pack and a study on world happiness. And there are ten posters to print out.

In the end of 2015 I realized that the happy moments in my life are there but I do tend to ignore or forget them. So since January 2016 I write a daily happiness journal. It made me realize that there are much more happy moments, that they are usually small, that I am still not mindful enough to catch them all…

International day of happiness grass

Today I want to share some of those moments with you:

  • Early morning sunshine in my living room
  • The smell of fresh coffee
  • The smell of fresh air
  • The smell of snowflakes in crisp winter air
  • Dancing snowflakes
  • The sound of leaves in the wind
  • A day without migraines
  • A cup of my favorite blend of tea
  • The joy of reading a book
  • Being in the flow while doing something e.g. those easter eggs or taking photographs
  • Absolut quietness
  • A good nights sleep
  • No back pain
  • A call from the godchild
  • A fun letter in the mail
  • The joy of like minded people (is anyone going to a blogging event? I am thinking about The Hive in May?!)
  • A yummy piece of cake
  • Beautiful flowers
  • Something I made
  • Laughter
  • Goofing around with Mr. ♥
  • Summer BBQ with friends
  • Learning something new in a class/workshop
  • The joy of traveling
  • Sitting by the water

International day of happiness water

If you start thinking about those little things you can go on and on and on. Fun thing is that after I wrote my list I check out the mentioned research and I listed quite a few things that the study defined in finding happiness.

But now I am interested: what would you would put in the list? Let me know in the comments.

Happy International Day of Happiness,

Tobia

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #24

Happy weekend to everyone.

I had a great, happy, productive week and it calls for Denise’s happiness project.

Lets Dance urban art

It all started last Saturday with my dad birthday party that is a huge thing every since I can remember. After college (or maybe even during college) he decided to throw a big annual gathering every Saturday after his birthday inviting all his college buddies. And throughout his life more people got invited  and some didn’t show up anymore. I grew up with this scenario and I just love it. I meet those people every year. Some I don’t even know their names but somehow its just right. You take part in each other’s life maybe just for this one night.

I had time to walk around the neighborhood taking pictures. Well, actually I didn’t feel like taking pictures but had an assignment for my photo class. And isn’t it great that inspiration comes when you least expect it? I was suddenly seeing so many interesting lines and found so many perspectives of this one building I stumbled across. I love this. And the weather was nice too – crisp winter air.

urban lines and patterns

Another thing I started this week – again – was using my yoga app. I woke up with back pain and decided to give it try again. Isn’t it amazing how fast one (me!) forgets how helpful, relaxing, good something is? So I did yoga two days in a row and hope to do more of it in the future.

A few other things happened for me this week that left me optimistic and energized (like this Shrimp Pak Choi Risotto with Coconut milk) but they don’t fit in here right now.

Overall I am happy. And I look forward to the weekend. Are you doing anything fun?

Happy weekend,

Tobia

 

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #23

I started in a slow Saturday over here.

Sleeping in, drinking a coffee while reading an article in an older flow magazine and just enjoying the stray snowflakes outside.

And my thoughts went back to last week and it was a happy one.

First of all: SNOW. It started with a photo tour through the park on Sunday morning before breakfast. I spent hours trying to capture birds and snowflakes. And then more snow on Wednesday where I walked to my appointments just to be on the dancing snowflakes.

winter in Berlin

Then second: I took a ton of pictures. I am not sure if I have mentioned it here on the blog but I started a photo class at the community college in November. Every other week we get homework and have to work on a project. This past week and was trying to catch up on 2,5 tasks. We just started with architecture photography and here is one of the many shots I took.

Berlin Architecture

It was a beautiful day out. I ones again realized how happy it makes me to be outside, walk and look directionless through my neighborhood. I also managed to get in a ton of steps which made me pretty happy too.

And then I took time to cook myself some lovely meals this week. I am usually too lazy or have to make something we both eat. This week I came up with an awesome Shrimp Pak Choi Risotto. Stay tunes, the recipe will appear on the blog.

As you can see my week has been blessed. Hope yours has been too.

Now of to Denise to check out more happiness.

Happy Weekend

Tobia

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #22

Yeahh for the weekend. I really looked forward to this one. I need some couch time. The last week was so busy.

Hamburger Hafen

Lets see. It all started out with a trip to Hamburg for Blogst 2016. But first I spend 3 hours chatting away with a family friend before I made my way o the hotel.

It was my first Blogst conference and I wanted to go for the last years. 2016 I got lucky and managed to snag a ticket. And I was excited. And nervous. I don’t do really good in environments where I do not know a single soul. I tend to hide and read a book instead. That is what happened during the networking event Friday night. I showed up, I felt uncomfortable after a short while and so I disappeared and read in my room. But I was annoyed with myself because I did want to meet new people who share the love of blogging.

So next try on Saturday and I went down to breakfast even though I didn’t want to eat. And I met Dana who I already knew from a lettering workshop I attended in 2015. We ended up spending lot of time together and it was fun.

The conference itself was fun too. After my not so impressed experience in 2015 at Blogtacular I just had low expectations for the sessions. And being part of the online community (in my private and business life) I didn’t expect to be blown away with new knowledge. Still I learned a few things. But my main focus was to get back into the blogging habit, find new inspiration and meeting people. And I did talk to Lisa, Annalena, Nina, Sandra, Jessica, Julia and Sabine and a few others I am sure. Also I wanted to get a bit more insight on how cooperations work and how other bloggers are handling that.

So it was nice to have a few sponsors set up and getting to talk with them. I talked long with Schwartau. They also provided the most yummiest Gingerbread Cupcakes. Food and Beverages for pretty good in general. Lunch was mainly salad (sponsored by Bonduelle) and sandwiches which was fine by me but I didn’t get a sandwich the first day and didn’t have breakfast. Well I had a few cupcakes more. The plates and cups were sponsored by RICE and we could take ours at the end of the conference. I might keep my cup but will give my plate to my godchild for Christmas.

food at blogst 2016

My main focuses for the conference have a big check mark. Monday I sat down and wrote a blogpost, I also had a major inspiration overload and scribbled down lots of ideas. Wednesday I made an editorial calendar for the rest of the year and took a bunch of pictures. I am so motivated. I will not meet my years goal but I am (hopefully) back.

However this was only the weekend. I also spent a lot of time with my photography courses. I decided to sign up for a 9 months long class and a couple of special topic classes. One is low light photography where those pictures where taken.

low light photography

As you can see I have been busy. What have you been up too? I’ll  be heading over to Denise and Andrea to see how your week was. Will I meet you there?

Happy weekend

Tobia

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #20

Hello There,

Remember me? Yeah, I still exist and since I haven’t been too chatty lately I figured I give you an update of my last week. And it’s been a while since I had my last little happiness review – featuring one of my most loved pictures by the way… Yes, go and check it out.

Last week has been lots of fun.

Monday started of with my third class in jewelry making – like the real stuff with flames and tools. I finished this ring and even though I don’t like gold I have been wearing it. It’s been a practice piece to try all the different techniques. I have a ton of ideas now but the workshop is only three more times…. ahhh the pressure is on!

handmade crown ring

Have you heard about CreativeLive? No? You NEED to check it out. It’s a website with online classes for the creative. You can buy the classes and download or be lucky enough to have time to watch the free classes when broadcasted. Due to time difference it’s not that easy for us Europeans but it’s possible. Specially on the weekend. I have been watching the free classes all week long from photography to building an Etsy store front to organizational tips. I am hooked. Who is with me?

And while watching I had an really creative afternoon on Thursday and made lots of new jewelry pieces. Remember my lace necklace? I had dyed a bit more of the lace back then but never got around to making something out of it. Oh and I was on a roll. Only stopped because I was missing the right beads to go with them in the end.

handmade lace earings

Those were my happy moments. What have been yours?

Happy weekend,

Tobia