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Tools For Happiness- Gratitude and Planning a Vacation

Posted on: October 13, 2013

With Days and Days of Rain and cloudy, grey skies,  people have a tendency to fight the blues….

As someone who has made a conscious effort to choose happiness, I rely heavily on tools like

the Gratiude Journal I share daily on my blog. 

I researched other ways and one really struck me….

It suggested planning a vacation or trip even if it’s just a small one has a tremendous boost for happiness levels.  

I guess that means I’ll continue to be on Cloud 9 for the entire year between now and the lifetime dream of going to Ireland!  

Linking up today withDC Style 


Dinner out with Friends…. 

I love the beginning of season and weather changing that allows for me to debut new items that I’ve has since July and August…


Debuting the grey faux leather I picked up at the Wislon Outlet store  and the new scarf from ebay. 

I started this outfit with the grey and black , knowing I would pop a color with it and chose the green .

I could do this same outfit changing out the accessories for cobalt, oraange, red, yellow, pink or purple… 


I hope you don’t get sick of my anticpation of the Ireland trip

and how my thinking is revolving around it so much these days….

I mention this because thinking of all the color ways I could mix this outfit up is preplanning

for how to pack for that two week trip. 

Dear Readers, I really like this tool for happiness and know the power of it as I’ve taken several trips in recent years and even one a short drive away to the North Carolina created  months of joyful anticipation for all of us. I’ve seen it in my  two oldest children .My son  recently took a trip to California and my daughter took a small trip to her alma matter.  Just wondering if you my dear readers recognize how this has done the same for you?   If  you have no vacation planned or limited funds, I think the anticipation of even a one day drive to an interesting location in your neck of the woods could have the same results. In fact research showed that planning and not going still had great results. I disagree with that idea as  last months fiasco with my husband’s job meant a huge dent in the possibility of us going on our first ever cruise and that felt terrble and sent me into a real funk!  Ireland trumps the cruise any day, but vacations with my husband’s coworkers are always delightful….

I’ll be including other tools for happiness this next week so stay tuned! 


I am grateful for a weekend of time with friends!  I had two girls days and then a couple night out and it was wonderful!

I am grateful for couple friends where we genuinely love both parts of the couple as in times past we have tolerated one partner but not truly loved them both…LIfe in your 40’s is Amazing!!!

I am grateful that I scored the best hiking boots while thrifting for my Ireland trip- pictures will be posted on Friday! 

I am grateful that my husband is eating healhier and we are both caring about our health and getting our bodies in shape, he’s lost two inches this year and is maintaining it! 

I am gratefuol for Pinterest and homeschooling bloggers who provided exciting new information and helpful insights! 


3 Responses to "Tools For Happiness- Gratitude and Planning a Vacation"

Very nice jacket, Tracey. I love the shoes and their pretty color.
My hubby and I are real homebodies and very content…so we do try to take little day trips from time to time…and maybe have a little getaway once a year. It is very enjoyable to spend this time together, it gives us something to plan and look forward to and creates memories. It’s another way to bond and share life. I do find the anticipation of going outside your usual routine to be a mood lifter. Even just trying a new diner for brunch is fun… which is what we did a couple of months ago and had a remarkable meal that we still talk about and look forward to going back.
You talk and get excited about your amazing trip to Ireland all you want between now and then. 🙂

Thank you and I think trying those privately owned restauarants that you drive by often and say I’d like to try that some day is an exellent thing to do once every month or so and look forward to. I know just seeing friends every other weekend when they don’t have the kids puts my husband and I in a great mood that week.

love black and gray together and the pop of color in the scarf is perfect

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