My A-Z of Happiness

by Khushboo on July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July to all of you guys in the US!  Am I jealous that you’re probably attending a barbecue, lighting up fireworks or just enjoying some time off? Psshhh not at all! I kid, I kid, I hope you are having a great time celebrating.  For the rest of you suckers guys at work, join the club :) !

I’m all about relishing the little things in life, and as soon as I saw this survey floating around, I knew it wouldn’t be long till I sang along.  Reading other people’s responses as well as filling it out left me feeling warm & fuzzy, so here’s hoping it has the same effect on you.  Without further ado, here’s my ABCs  of what makes me happy:

A pples and Almonds: 98% of the time, I snack on apples and almonds at work and don’t see this changing anytime soon

B reakfast & Blow drys: It’s hard to be in a bad mood when my hair looks good.


C lean sheets: getting in, not putting on

D MCs i.e. ‘Deep Meaningful Conversations’ for the acronym-challenged ;)

E mail exchanges, obviously not including work-related mails

F amily: Love ‘em, argue with ‘em but where would I be without ‘em?

G irlfriends: I might not speak to them daily or see them as much I would like, but when push comes to shove, I am blessed to have multiple girlfriends I can count on

H ealthy bowels: I may regret saying this over the internet but it doesn’t get better than having to go as soon as you wake up.  I said it, you thought it!

I: iPhone, iTouch, iAnythingshock, horror

J ava: More than its caffeine effects, the ritual and taste of drinking coffee makes me look forward to it every single morning

K hana: a.k.a. the Hindi term for ‘food’…call it what you want but food makes me happy

Equating this bar to cookie dough is pushing it, but it’s delicious nonetheless

L aughter, because a life without laughter isn’t worth living :D  

M assages, Music & Matinees.  The first 2 are a no-brainer.  As for matinees, there’s something about seeing a film in the middle of the day which feels downright indulgent

N ostalgia

O utdoor dining: I <3 all things summer, including eating al fresco!

P hotographs a.k.a. tangible memories of non-tangible events

Q uick Dry for reducing the risk of smudged manicures

R elaxation & Running, which is ironic as one conserves energy while the other uses up energy.

S inging , Supermarkets & Showers

T ime: Time with loved ones, extra time in the morning, whatever: time is invaluable.

U V rays: Being amidst the monsoon season makes me appreciate the sunlight all the more.  Every day I wake up to sunlight pouring through my window, it’s Khushboo – 1, Monsoons, – 0 :)

V acations:  Just thinking about my upcoming trip to London next month makes me giddy with excitement

W ine: I’m no connoisseur (yet) but lately wine has been my drink of choice, red preferably

X ercise: This is a cop out for ‘X’ but I’d be lying if I said xylophones or X-rays make me happy. Xercise is my drug of choice

Y ogurt: Frozen, plain, Greek- hits the spot every.single.time

Z ite: Thank you Apple for allowing me to customise a newspaper/magazine which is only filled with articles that interest me

Pick a few letters and tell me what simple things make you happy…

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Patty July 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Happy 4th to you! I love these little bits of happiness :-) Might have to do this too!!

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thanks, Patty- it was definitely fun to fill out :) !

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Alex @ therunwithin July 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

these are all so great, I love email exchanges too. especially from people you don’t’ really know but just reach out for some reason. always makes my day. happy fourth!

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

So true- the best kinda emails are the ones which are unexpected!

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Brittany July 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Bahaha YES for healthy bowels. I swear my day is not complete until I “release” last nights meal. Matinees are awesome, because they are cheaper!

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Tessa Merrick (@Tessa8m) July 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I LOVE this comment, Brittany you are the best :D Oh and I concur!

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

Yay for healthy bowels- hahah!

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hahaha seriously right…gotta make room for new eats ;) !

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Candice July 5, 2012 at 2:53 am

Happy 4th! Love this post!

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hope you had a great 4th of July!

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Renee Andrea Reddy July 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Props to you, you managed to find multiple things you loved for the entire alphabet! I loved your entire list! Hmm ok lemme choose a few letters…B for Beach…I love being able to hear the waves crashing as I go to sleep and stand on our deck and look out over the ocean, F for Family & Friends (no brainer right!) M for Margharitas!!! (clearly no explanation needed), S for Sunsets & Sunrises over the ocean, T is for Turbofire…I love it! (have you ever tried it ? or any other workout dvds?), W for Wanderlust the itch to travel all.the.time and on that note I”ll stop! How exciting for your trip next month, eek! I am the worst packer in the world, hope you’re better than me! Goodluck with all the prep leading up to your trip :)

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

Love all that you listed….and unfortunately I am a terrible packer, I always overestimate how much I will need!

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sonalii1988 July 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Love this!! Just a few things that make me happy this week: B for Barbecues on the Beach, R for Reunions with friends and family, S for swimming, W for Watermelon…..or any kind of melon. :)

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

These all make me happy too :) …I’m not generally a watermelon fan but when the sun is out, it’s a whole different story!

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Corrie Anne July 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I love the email exchanges. The lengthy ones with my long distance friends during work! :)

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

Hahaha gotta kill time some way, right ;) !

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forgottenbeast July 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I love this survey! How fabulous and positive, and you have some great little causes for happiness! Right now, mine are R for Roadtrips with friends, S for Sunishine (I’m with ya on that one!) and T for hot Tea in ridiculously cold offices.

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

You chose such great ones- going on a roadtrip with friends is actually on my bucket list of things to do eventually! Ideally it would be across the US!

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forgottenbeast July 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I’d love to do a long one sometime, and it would be a great way to see the US, although I know a big chunk of the middle of the States is pretty darn boring/empty. I want to move to California, so that would force me to drive across the country :D

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Khushboo Thadani July 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I drove from California (well my cousins/aunt did while I chilled in the backseat) to Vegas and the view was great. Consider driving around Cali another incentive to move ;) !

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sprint2thetable July 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Breakfast is my happy hour too! And the few minute before breakfast where I have healthy bowls… well, that’s pretty happy too. ;)

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

Breakfast & bowels- what better reason to get out of bed ever morning ;) !

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Honey What's Cooking July 6, 2012 at 4:37 am

omg, your healthy bowels sat well with me, it’s the best when it’s a pleasant surprise and you’re done for the day. I LOVE THAT!
T – Tea at home
C – Coffee from my coffee guy before getting to work
C – Cupcakes!
I’m all about food! :-)
Thanks for the 4th of July wish!

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

Hahah that’s probably why I’m almost certain we would get on so well if we ever met in person! Although my C would go for either cookies/chocolate…cupcakes are overrated ;) !

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sarah July 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

I’m a long time lurker – but I really just wanted to let you know how much I ENJOY reading your blog !

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Khushboo Thadani July 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thanks so much for de-lurking, Sarah! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog and please comment more :) !

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