There’s nothing like waking up in your own bed at home. If you do it every day, you probably think nothing of it. But this was the first morning in a long time that I woke up in my canopy bed at home and I savored it. Kiko, my Siamese cat, was there to greet me and I could sense the crisp fall air waiting outside my window. There’s something so comforting about home.
With home comes family. And with my family comes chatty mornings, long cups of coffee, and my dad’s song and dance routine (even at 8 a.m.). No matter what little quirks your family may have, I think it is something to be grateful for. Our family and our familiar homes is something to rely on…ideally it is a safe haven. And because our families have done so much for us, I think it is only fitting that we do what we can to add some extra happiness to our homes.
How to be a Happiness Helper in Your House (or wherever you are!):
1. Make someone a cup of tea or coffee: If you know what they prefer, then bring it to them as a nice surprise; otherwise ask them what they would like and see how they smile!
2. Avidly ask: Sure, we’ve all nonchalantly said, “Is there anything I can do to help?” But next time, say it with fervor–make sure the person knows that you really do want to help.
3. Do a favor: Even if it’s not your responsibility to do the laundry or to wash the car, do it unexpectedly for someone when they’re especially busy.
4. Create while cleaning: The holiday season is coming up and your family will love it if you participate in the festivities by decorating your house. However, be sure to clean up after yourself…there’s nothing worse than coming home to scattered pumpkin seeds and cookie dough on the counter (I don’t speak from experience…)
5. Bring the family together: If you want to make your mom smile, this is the surefire way to do it. Coordinate a date and time and maybe put on a twist on a favorite family classic. Even if you don’t get your grandma’s mashed potatoes recipe just right, your family will be thrilled that you brought them together in the first place.