It's funny how your perceptions of what makes you feel good can change as you get older. When I was asked to create this post by Slotfruit I did spend a good deal of time considering the question...what does make me feel like a million dollars?
1. A good book
I don't just mean any old book but the kind of book that pulls you into another world and takes you on a journey. Not every book fits this bill but when I find one I like to try and savour each moment. To curl up under a blanket with a hot drink (preferably with the rain hammering down outside but obviously even in England we can't always guarantee the weather!) and lose myself in a good book for a few hours. If I can score a log fire from somewhere too then that just makes the moment even more precious.
2. Giving a gift
My love language is gifts and that means I love to research and give the right presents to people. If I give a gift you can guarantee that a lot of thought has gone into it and I just love the moment when you see someone's face light up because they know you've really considered what to give them, whether it's your time or a physical item. It isn't about the gratification though but the knowledge that you have been able to make somebody else feel blessed, or a little bit more special that day.
3. My children's laughter
I don't know about anyone else but for me, there is no greater sound than when I hear my children laughing together. It is like sweet music to my ears and a truly heart warming sound. Meg has the best laugh, it's really infectious and when she is truly laughing hard at something you can't help but laugh along with her. Sometimes Meg and Eli will just break down into fits of giggles and James and I have no idea what is going on but just have to sit back and smile and appreciate the moment.
4. Treating myself
Although my budget might have changed somewhat in the last decade, the feeling of giving myself a little treat still remains the same. Whether it's buying a new notebook or getting a manicure, taking some time out for me can be a real pick me up, especially when things are busy or stressful.
Obviously, these are just a few of the things that make me feel special. There are a lot of things that can bring an instant smile to your face, that perk you up when you need them most, but everyone is different and I'm sure there are things that raise your spirits that I might have missed. I know people who play games like the lottery to try and win some money (and then some who play those games and splash the winnings to make them feel great!) and then there are others who need nothing more than a trashy movie and a comfy duvet.
What about you?
This is a collaborative post.