56 Little Things That Make A BIG Happy

Today is the so-called “Blue Monday” – the most depressing day of the year. It’s apparently due to a culmination of factors including debt following Christmas, weather, and motivation levels. It’s supposed to be a day that all the little things getting you down combine to justify you spending the day in bed. Look, I’m here to burst that bubble: Blue Monday is a pile of pseudo-science doo-doo. It just plain does not exist. What does exist is varying media outlets going into usual paroxysms of delight about a story they think will guarantee clicks and conversation by making people feel low. Well, boo to that. And boo to the treatment of feeling low and depression as the same thing.

But, if you are feeling low today, here is a list of little things that could have one of three results. It could remind you of something awesome to lift your mood. It could inspire you to charge out and take action. Or, it could irritate you beyond belief and cause you to hate me and this site forever. Please not that last one. It’s lovely, I promise. Chock full of little things that make you BIG happy. Wonderful little things that could only fail to warm the very coldest heart. Ok, ok, if that’s you you might as well leave now. These little things ain’t for you.





Little Things That Make A BIG Happy


Slightly salted butter spread thickly on toasted homemade wholemeal bread. Mmmmmmf.

Fresh coffee in the morning. Steaming from the cup. Proper coffee.

Fresh coffee being brought to me in bed in the morning! (Doesn’t happy often enough…)

Blue skies and bright sunshine in the winter.

Tree buds beginning to blossom in the spring.

Daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, bluebells…yeah, spring flowers, basically.

Peonies. Even PeonyOverload! on Instagram.

Getting ID’d for alcohol in a shop. Flattering AS.

Bagging some cut-price beautiful flowers in Waitrose then feeling all smug when you Instagram them.

Super crisp, juicy apples straight from the fridge. Fridge Apples are King.

Magnolia trees in full bloom.

Really Good Pens.

Getting nice things in the post! Getting anything in the post that isn’t a bill, to be fair…

The crispy potato on top of a Shepherd’s Pie. Mmmm.

New albums by bands that I love.

A big bowl of strawberries, raspberries, creamy yogurt, and meringue. An Eton Mess then, I guess…

Getting up and doing some exercise first thing. No matter what it is, it sets me up for feeling badass for the rest of the day.

New lipstick.

Doing Coffee Shop Work. Y’know. Sitting at a table with my laptop and a MASSIVE coffee, slyly people-watching.

Salmon. In anything.

A delicious Aperol Spritz at a weekend lunch. Doesn’t matter where.

Face masks! Any type, anywhere, any time.

Curling up on the sofa underneath a blanket in front of a movie. Popcorn optional.

Popcorn, actually. Sweet AND salty mixed together. The only way to eat popcorn.

The smell of my skin after being out in the sun. Mmmm UV.

Cat belly. Scientifically proven to be The Softest Place On Earth.

When someone I love achieves something awesome. You go, awesome people.

Frosted grass crunching softly beneath my feet.

REALLY GOOD PIZZA. Like, REALLY GOOD. No mediocre pizzas allowed.

Licking the spoon after pouring cake batter into its tin. Then watching my son get super excited about licking the bowl.

The scent of baking bread. Basic, yeah. Still awesome.

The undisturbed smooth surface of a new carton of yogurt.

A friend tagging me in something they think I’d enjoy on Facebook.

Waking up naturally, in sunshine, after 7am, before my son. Bliiiiiiiss.

Little trains. Y’know. The ones in parks or that go along the coast. Like this one, or this one, or this one.

When a song comes on that you haven’t heard in AGES and it’s just PERFECT and exactly as amazing as you remember.

Bank Holiday weekends with loads of plans. Bank Holiday weekends with great weather. So, Bank Holiday weekends with great weather AND loads of plans.



Little Things That Make A BIG Happy



Tea from a teapot with my fave people. The process of pouring and sharing tea cheers me up! Also popping the open fire on always gives comfort. Oh and snuggles with the dog! – Kelly from

That feel of freshly shaved legs on clean bedding! – Deb from

A big bowl of chocolate cake and ice cream as soon as the little one’s asleep. – Maria from

When I’m greeted with “Good morning mummy!” instead of “OPEN MY BLIND!”. And, fresh flowers from the local greengrocer. – Nicola from

Clean sheets, a hot bubble bath, hot chocolate fudge cake and cream, daffodils, sunny days and kisses from my babies. – Laura from

Throwing rubbish in to the waste paper bin and it actually going in. Simple, but a definite fist pump moment. – Kate from

When the boys spend the day playing together, helping each other and just enjoying each others company. Not screaming, fighting and moaning. – Jaymee from

A full fridge and cupboards after the food shop! – Emily from

Reaching the end of the ironing pile (almost never!), sinking into clean sheets with a good book, fresh coffee a new magazine and half an hour of peace. – Suzanne from

A hot bath with extra bubbles, and getting out the ‘good chocolate’ once the little people are in bed! – Becky from

Shredding paid bills and old to do lists in my shredder. – Katy from

A new notepad (loser!!) – Lucy from (Definitely NOT a loser, stationary is AMAZE)

Ooh when you order a sandwich to take out and it comes all wrapped up in parchment paper with a sticker on. Weirdo, I know. – Hannah from (I know what she means!!)

New socks, radiator pants (thanks Russell Howard for coining that term), getting into bed with clean sheets and a tidy house, that first day of spring where you don’t need a coat on but also the first day of autumn when there is a slight chill in the air… – Jade from

Whacking on my favourite tunes loud and having a good old dance and sing (ideally with a beer in my hand). If I’m in ‘one of those moods’ only the Smiths or Morrissey will snap me out of it! – Nyomi from

Spontaneous hugs. I have a teen a tween and a toddler and I love spontaneous hugs from all 3!! – Natasha from

Walking into a warm house after a cold walk in the winter sunshine. – Julie from

A real log fire and an unwatched episode of a really good period drama (and no-one to interrupt it!). Possibly a glass of wine at the side of me too! – Nikki from


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Little Things That Make A BIG Happy


Huge thanks to all who sent contributions for this post – they’re all brilliant BIG happy little things! I especially love Nikki’s – a real log fire is the ultimate of treats. It’s a treat that I’m planning on falling face first into today. Along with hot chocolate. And probably some marshmallows. Oh, and definitely a long hot bath. OOOOH lovely little things, how I love you!

Let me know – what are the little things that give YOU a BIIIIIG happy?

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  1. Kelly Allen

    16th January 2017 at 7:54 am

    Lovely list, I particularly like your joy for other people’s good news thanks for having me xxx

    1. viechoufleur

      21st January 2017 at 8:27 am

      You’re welcome! And glad you enjoyed 🙂 xx

  2. Nyomi

    16th January 2017 at 7:59 am

    I loved this! It really did perk my mood. I sometimes think we are twins! Thank you for including me! I will share.

  3. Emily and Indiana

    16th January 2017 at 8:00 am

    Ooh loveee this! Now all I want is fresh sheets, snuggly blankets and a hot chocolate, mmmmm.. thanks for including me 🙂 xx

    1. viechoufleur

      21st January 2017 at 8:27 am

      No worries! And yep, it makes me want ALL OF IT haha xx

  4. Suzanne

    19th January 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for featuring me Halina. This post made me really happy to read on such a horribly grey and miserable Blue Monday! Thank you 🙂

  5. Claire

    22nd January 2017 at 9:38 am

    Love all these. I was asked for id before Christmas (I’m 35! Made my year!). Love homemade bread and pizza. Just want to curl up with a movie now (not going to happen anytime soon though). Oh the dream of waking up after 7am! (Between my two I was up at 12am, 3am, 5am and then for the day at 6:15!). I treated myself to a bunch of tulips on Friday, I’ve not put them on instagram yet!

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