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Daily Happiness Journal

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 happinessjournal@yahoo.com
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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Daily Happiness Journal

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 www.leenasbooks.com

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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 Year’s Letter

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While visiting friends during Christmas, I was shown a letter written to them. It had been sent by a family who had been living next door to them, but had moved away several years ago. They have the habit of writing a letter to their friends once a year around Christmastime, telling all the things that had happened to them during the year.


The events themselves weren’t the thing that caught my attention. It was the tone of the letter. All the things that had happened, even the challenging ones were written with a positive angle. Take for example unemployment of the father – the family found a positive take on it in the fact that he knows his way around the kitchen and now they have delicious meals waiting for them when they come home.


I know people who find this kind of attitude extremely irritating. They don’t find it “realistic” – surely you’d need to face the fact that life sucks and a Pollyannaish attitude is plain stupid.


But is it? The fact that someone is actively trying to find positive things in life tells me that is a person who is not giving up. Who falls and rises up again. And who can spread a little positivity around them as well (well, the irritable people won’t accept the positivity, but that’s their problem).


What if you tried this? Sit down and write a list of the main events in your life this year. Then write a few sentences what was good about the events. From your perspective alone, no need to please anyone else. What made you stronger? What made you happy? Remember that if you met with a circumstance you did not like, even that had a good aspect up its sleeve – it made it clearer to you what you DO like. After that it is your job to steer your life towards the wanted thing.


Obviously you cannot bring back a job you lost. Or a person who died. But you may decide to build up a self esteem that doesn’t depend on your title. You can concentrate on taking care of your remaining personal relationships, and building new ones.


So write that New Year’s letter. If you don’t want to send it to anyone, put it away in an envelope and read it a year from now when you are writing your next letter. See how things developed in a year’s time. Think about how you have been changed in the process.


Happy New Year, everyone! Embed from Getty Images