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Daily Happiness Journal #10 April 23rd 2020

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Daily Happiness Email #10 April 23rd 2020

I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you. In this email:

  • Food for thought: Anxiety
  • Picture of the day: Happiness Is Cherry Blossoms
  • Daily Funny: Droid
  • Daily Happiness: Strawberries on the beach
  • Daily Quote about picnics

Thought for the day


“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

― Arthur Roche

This is so true. Often we have one thing to worry about and a dozen that are going well. And what do we do? We concentrate of thinking about the worrisome thing, and eventually it is all we see. All the good things in life vanish from our minds because our mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time. And a thought we keep thinking tends to turn into what we perceive as truth. Suddenly that one worrisome thing has turned our whole world into a its likeness. Nothing feels good anymore. And getting out of that spiral of negative feelings takes some doing… So do yourself a favour and concentrate on the good things too. Take the habit of writing done one good thing that happened in your day. Every day. Use a notebook, your calendar, your mobile phone. Anything. Just write it down. And read later what you have written. You’d be surprised to see how many wonderful, joyful things you have in your life. It’s just a question of learning to notice them.

Picture of the day

Write down the positive things in your day, and let them lift your spirits

Happiness Is Cherry Blossoms

I thought maybe people would like to see some drawings for a change. So I created this little happy character. As you may have noticed from my previous emails, spring has arrived here and I especially like the beauty of cherry trees in full bloom. So no surprise they made it into this little picture as well 🙂

Daily Funny


What do you call a droid that takes the long way around?

R2 detour.

Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email

(I especially love the funny things children say!).

My email for this is daily email is

Today’s Happiness

Strawberries on the beach

We went to the seaside for a picnic today – the first really warm spring day, and we could safely sit on the beach, alone. Sitting in the warm sun. listening to the waves and eating sushi and strawberries… Definitely something to write about in my Happiness Journal.

What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.

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Daily Quote

“You bring your own weather to the picnic.”

(I tried to find who said this originally, but there were several candidates so I did not know whom to choose.)

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Daily Happiness Journal #9 April 22nd 2020

I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you. In this email:

  • Food for thought: Water under the bridge
  • Picture of the day: Happiness journal / Water Under the Bridge
  • Daily Funny: A Joke for the Boss
  • Daily Happiness: 80’s music
  • Daily Quote about limitations

Water Under the Bridge

“A boy, long time ago, leaned against the railing of a bridge and watched the current of the river below. A log, a bit of driftwood, a chip floated past. Again the surface of the river was smooth. But always, as it had for a hundred, perhaps a thousand, perhaps a million years, the water slipped by, under the bridge. Sometimes the current went more swiftly, and again quite slowly. But always the river flowed on under the bridge.

Watching the river that day the boy made a discovery. It was not the discovery of a material thing, something he might put his hand upon. He could not even see it. He had discovered an idea. Quite suddenly, yet quietly, he knew that everything in his life would someday pass under the bridge and be gone, like water. And the boy came to like those words “under the bridge”. All his life thereafter the idea served him well and carried him through, although there were days and ways that were dark and not easy. Always, when he had made a mistake that couldn’t be helped, or lost something that would never come again, the boy, now a man, said, “It’s water under the bridge.” And he didn’t worry unduly about the mistakes after that and he certainly didn’t let them get him down – because it was “water under the bridge”. “

– N.V. Peale

Picture of the day

Because of the thought for today, this picture was the only logical choice.

This little bridge is quite near where we live, and we often walk in the woods and cross the little stream using this bridge.

Perhaps you could write down the things floating in your river on the left hand side of the notebook, and then later on the right hand side what good came out of it?

Happiness Journal / Water Under the Bridge products

Daily Funny / A joke to the boss

My boss texted me: “I could use a little cheering up and they told me you know good jokes. Send me one.”

I texted back: “I’m busy working, I’ll send a joke later.”

To which he answered: “That was funny. Send me another one!”

Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email

(I especially love the funny things children say!).

My email for this is daily email is

Today’s happiness

80’s music
We went for a drive around a nearby island, and listened to a radio station that only played music from the 80’s. Gosh that was fun! And of course I was hollering along. So fun to remember all those songs, even though I had not heard them in years. For a while I did not think of the corona pandemic at all.

Do you have a happiness you would like to share?

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Daily Quote

“Take a limitation and turn it into an opportunity. Take an opportunity and turn it into an adventure by dreaming BIG!”

– Jo Franz

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Daily Happiness Journal April 15th 2020

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I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.
In this email:
Food for thought: what do we really see in others
Picture of the day: Happy Journals
Daily Funny: Spiderman
Daily Happiness: Butterfly stickers
Daily Quote from Winnie the Pooh
I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.
Thought for the day

What do we really see in others?We think we can quickly see the faults of another person. The interesting this is that these are often the same ones we don’t notice in ourselves. An annoying habit or trait in another person is often something we cannot tolerate in ourselves.
The next time you notice someone is annoying, look into yourself. Are you perhaps mirroring something in yourself to other people so you could give words and structure to that characteristic? If so, what does this teach you?
Picture of the day
When you write Happiness Journals you have lots of uplifting stuff to read when gloomy mood hits you.
Happy Journals

This is a quick sketch I made some years ago. Obviously, as I love books, this is about loving reading (and writing) them. But this picture can also represent the Happiness Journals I have written along the way. Notebooks, side notes in diaries, little sticky notes…
My Happiness Journal / Happy Journals -products
Daily Funny

One day I saw a mother and her little son (about 3 years of age) at a local mall. The mother was pointing at a big flowerpot. “Look! Can you see that?” she asked. I could see what she was pointing –  a little spider was weaving a net between two leaves. The little boy looked, clapped his hands and yelled: “Spiderman!”
Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email (I especially love the funny things children say!). My email  for this is daily email is
Today’s Happiness

Today’s happy little detail for me are the small washi-butterflies I can decorate my journal with. What made you happy today? Send me an email so I can add your little joy to future daily mails to bring happiness to others as well.

The email address for this daily post is
Daily Quote
“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.”

– Winnie the Pooh
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The very first Daily Happiness Email

This is the first post I made – if you wish to subscribe to my Daily Happiness email, you can do so by clicking here – if you do not wish to subscribe, I’ll be adding these posts here (perhaps not at the exact date when they come out, but still 🙂 )

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Daily Happiness JournalThe very first Daily Happiness Journal
April 14th 2020
I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.

Thought for the day:

Do you hurry forward, living the “once-then”-life?

Once you get something, then you will be happy… And when you get it you notice you are happy for a while, and suddenly new things to want come to your mind. You are not forever happy after having achieved the wanted thing after all. You see many things around you you once wanted, and now you barely pay attention to anymore. I love the saying that happiness is not a destination, it is the journey. Concentrate on your daily journey and look at the little beautiful things around you.

About me

Author, Egyptologist, Artist…I
have been writing even before I could write. Sort of. My first story was a horse cartoon I drew  after meeting a police horse. I was three years old at the time and not knowing the alphabet yet used pictures to tell my stories. Today I have published several books and you can find my website at

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I love painting, photographing, writing, ancient Egypt (doing my MA at the University of Manchester at the moment), animals, nature, reading, walking, going to the gym…I have been writing positive quotes and done happiness journaling since I was in my twenties (after paying attention to the negative self talk in my mind). It is easy to slip back to old negative thinking, so I have to admit I have a bit of a selfish motivation to write these little Happiness Journal emails. It keeps me concentrating on the good things in life too.I’ll be posting quotes, photos, drawings and bits and pieces of writer’s life. 

Photo of the day

A little yellow flowerI saw this little flower on the side of a road on the last hot summer day – clouds were gathering and you could feel the rain approaching.  The flower reminded me of the way life sometimes feels like – a rocky patch, grey and hard to walk through. And then, suddenly, a little joyful thing surprises you, reminding that not everything is grey and difficult.

Daily Quote

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

– William Blake (Auguries of Innocence)


New Posts on my blog

How did I start writing stories even before I could write? Now that’s a question that involves a horse… You find the post here

How a police horse made me create my first story even before I could write

And another post on my website about what started me on my writing journey. (I do refer to the above in the post, but this post is more about what was the driving force that made me write. Hint: can’t explain). That post is here.

If you are interested in horse care, check these “cures” for horses. I have been translating Sven Samuelsson’s horse care book, originally written in Sweden 1775. I got the book from my grandfather who had horses. When translating these I sure hoped he never used these methods… Poor horses! use of mercury and feces, and never ending blood-letting…

My grandfather’s book (in Finnish) is from 1863 and it was missing some pages. Luckily I found the book (in Swedish) from an old book store in Sweden. I’ve been having quite the job when trying to find old Finnish words that are no longer in use, and now I have to translate old Swedish. This should be interesting…

Click here and you will be taken to the page on my website where you can begin reading the horse care tips. This is still a work in progress, so only 30 “cures” are translated so far. More comes when I have the time to translate them.

Writing a vampire story online

I decided to write a story online. I am writing Nephilim Quest 3 almost daily, but sometimes I need to give my brains a day or two of rest so my subconscious can work on the plot.

Still, I want to write every day. And so I decided to write a story just to relax. I like fantasy and so this is a vampire-fantasy story. Written more or less pantser-style, and unedited. So the typos are all mine… 🙂

Pop in to Wattpad and read The Death of a Vampire – Leena_Maria – Wattpad 


Well knock me down with a feather: 20 reviews – all five stars

I had not checked the Amazon reviews for Moon Daughter for a while and to my surprise I found 20 reviews in all – and they were all five stars! Couldn’t believe my eyes. 15 in Amazon’s UK page, 5 in US page.

At the moment I am writing the third book of the series every day. Here’s hoping I’ll get it to my editor soon!