Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sharing Happy & Pinterest Poser

I haven't been very crafty lately.  And that bums me out.
A couple weeks ago I was teaching, rather facilitating, an adult Sunday school class at church about happiness.  We talked about happiness vs. being content.  We talked about what makes us happy.  

Here's my list:
Jumping rope with my kids.
Etta James' music.
Good pizza.
Aretha Franklin's music.
Old Thirtysomething and Judging Amy reruns.
My kids' hugs.
Hanging out with Tim.
Dancing in my kitchen.
Landing the gig, whatever that might be.
Talking with old friends.
Dancing in my car.
Road trips.
Avett Brothers' music.
The color sea foam blue.
Red wine.
PitBull's music.
Not being too busy.
Getting a laugh.
Watching award shows.
Helping someone.
Dancing everywhere.
Reading Dr. Seuss books in different accents and voices.
Ray Charles' music.
Clear starry nights.
Dancing at a wedding reception.
Going for a run.
Telling stories.
The ocean.
Hearing people's stories.
Fresh flowers.
Making crafts.

What makes you happy?  Take a minute and really think about it.  I bet once you start thinking about a few things it will lead to a few more things and then you won't be able to stop.  There are really so many things to be happy about.  Little things and big things.

During that Sunday school class, I passed out little happy notes.  We discussed the proven (by a lot of fancy studies) fact that being grateful and expressing that gratitude makes people happier.  For this week's Pinterest Poser* I spread the joy.

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   
*My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

I cut out old scrapbook paper and poster board I already had.  Then I Modpodged it all together and passed out the happy notes (similar to love notes except you aren't asking people to go with you).

I suggested that people in my class spread the joy and share the homemade, far from perfect, happy cards with people.  People at work, people at church, you know, people.  Even people in your house.  I suggested putting one of these happy notes in a child's lunch box.  I asked Peyton how he would feel if I left one of these happy notes in his lunch.  "I would rip it up," he told me matter-of-factly.  Well, okay then, I get it.  Tween boys aren't really keen on the happy/love note idea, at least a note from mom.  So what about your elementary schooler? Or co-worker? Or spouse?  

G'head, spread the joy, spread the happy.  Do not be afraid.

Tell people how happy they make you.  Guess what?  It will make you happier, I promise.

Have you made anything from Pinterest lately?  Any major successes or flops?  Share below in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Here are some of the projects I've attempted--the good and the bad:

Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here

Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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  1. I love those little notes! My kids would too.

  2. What cute notes!
    I love the idea of listing things that make one happy. I'm going to steal your idea for a post :)