January 16, 2013

Keeping a Happiness Book . . .

Many folks have asked me in times gone by, about my happiness book
so today,  I thought I would share snippets of the things it holds.
The hows & whys & wherefores of what makes it tick for me.
Kept in a jotter form, with the cover & inside pages decorated in collage,
for which I use delicious images I have collected over the years, 
 my precious happiness book is filled with much loveliness.
 Divided into sections, spirit, mind & body, it is an exciting place to go
& fills me with joy ~ my book of dreams & hopes & wishes.
Being a Virgo of course there are plenty of lists to peruse throughout.
Lists of  . . .
 "Things I love to do" & "Things I hope to do one day"
 "Films I want to see" & "Books I long to read"
"Things I hope to make" & "Places i can't wait to explore"
I have different sections for various things
for healthy living, for calm & peacefulness
for inspiring ideas for my own personal style.
It is filled too with favourite images & things
quotes & sayings & inspirational words.
I love my book!
A "Happiness Book" can remind you of hopes & dreams & possibilities
it can keep you on track when life gets so busy, hectic & difficult.
It is a book you can add to, a place to keep your deepest desires
and if nothing else it is at the very least a delightful "LookBook"!
Maybe you keep a Happy book, or something similar I would love to hear what,
perhaps you are inspired to give one a try? Do let me know if you do.

Of course, that isn't the only book I keep, I also have my delicious Journal
but I shall share the hows & whys of that another day.
Here's to making today a beautiful, happy day x

14 comments:

  1. What a delightful idea this is! I am a keeper of lists, but they tend to be on random scraps of paper, here and there! This is a wonderful thing; The ultimate list(s) and with photos (Could be illustrated too)...and they are all in one place! Good grief I must add making one of these to my list!
    Ohhh happy day! :)))))

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  2. What a lovely idea! I've started - having been inspired by another blog - to do a weekly post of 'little things that make me happy' - but I think (although I'm only on week 2!!) I might discontinue it, as I think I'd like to be a bit looser - not constrained to 'reporting' on a regular basis. I try to be quite mindful anyway, but I don't want the mindfulness and then a recording of it to be a chore. I do keep various ideas books - for crafts, home, the garden, etc.

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  3. This is such an inspiring idea I may just have to make one for myself Ruthie! :) I totally love this idea...especially if you kept a new one for each year...you could track how much your ideas and views change over the years, you know?

    Thanks for sharing this bit of loveliness with us...

    xoxoxo

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  4. Great post, Ruthie! I can't say that I'm as deliberate as you are about documenting the little things. Nonetheless, I live by and for them every day. As I like to say, those little spaces between our concerns & obligations are where wonder so often occurs.
    Keep up the good work, my friend!

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  5. Truly an inspiring idea, and I love that you record this in such a motivating and uplifting way. At the moment I have a diary planner with all the things that am loving to do this year, and it changes from moment to moment. Also keep in tune with how I feel and what makes me happy in the moment by connecting and keeping close to me all the things that resonate. Love your blog and wish you a very Happy New Year :) xx

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  6. Love it!
    I have a scrap book that I fill with things but it isn't neat... I want separate books for separate topics now! I will do this at the weekend.
    Much love.x

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  7. Lovely!
    Sometimes I think this is why I blog... to keep a record of thoughtful happiness.

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  8. Well I like this idea just fine. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Much neater than my many boxes of 'stuff'. I do keep small bound books of words that inspire, make me smile, touch my heart. Like the one you loved the other day...paint yourself a whole lot of colorful days.
    Is the round 'R' logo new? I LOVE it, very cool.
    Stay special, k

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  10. What a lovely idea! Far better than just making random lists and leaving them around to be lost eventually... this is inspiring. Thanks, Ruthie.

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  11. Melody ~ I like that “The ultimate list(s)”

    Vintage Tea Time ~ That’s just why I love my happiness book as it is looser and not so tying.


    AkasaWolfSong ~ I am tempted to do a new one every year ~ hmmmm, good idea! Ooh now I get to write my lists again lol

    Jeffrey ~ thank you. Love your ssaying and its so true!

    Ana ~ thank you, so lovely to hear how other folk record their thoughts etc
    Trish ~ Good luck, and enjoy. I looove making mine. Hope you shall share!
    Pamela Terry and Edward, good point, I guess my blog is an extension of my happiness book too!

    the wild magnolia ~ you’re very welcome.


    Kimberly ~ The logo was done last year as a commission.


    Soozcat ~ I was always losing my lists before I put them all in one place ;)

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  12. I can have six of the first ten things on your 'Love to Do' list Ruthie.
    Your posts are always uplifting though.They seem to thaw the winter chill.

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  13. What a wonderful idea. I've got a mood board in my workshop but that's always so crammed with stuff. The rest is scraps of paper and cuttings floating about and disappearing. I think, I'm going to start on Journal myself. Looks like a great way of self-motivation. Thanksxx

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  14. What a fantastic idea; A Happiness Book. Must start one for myself right away! : )

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