I don't watch TV. I do watch news programs, movies and read stories, blogs, etc. on my computer. Nearly everything I see has ads telling me how much happier my life would be if only I bought their product.
That got me to thinking about what, exactly, does it take to make me happy, and I found it has little to do with the purchase of goods. Oh, I do like my kitchen gadgets as much as anyone else and I could do some serious damage to my budget in a fabric store or a yarn shop, but for the most part my happiness has nothing to do with spending money.
Some of the things that make me happy are:
The words "I love you, Mom."
The phone call from a grand that starts out with, "Guess what, Grandma!"
The first cup of coffee each morning.
A cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening, especially if it is made using my homemade mix with malt powder in it.
Cornbread fresh from the oven.
Watching the snow fall from the window in my cozy apartment.
Reading a good murder mystery book that keeps me up all night so I can find out 'who done it.'
Working on an afghan I know my long, tall grandson will like.
Sewing quilts that one day will keep my family warm.
Looking at the hundreds of jars full of food that insures my family will not go hungry in a crisis.
Going through the old family photos that sometimes make me smile and sometimes make me cry, missing those who are no longer here, but always make me remember the good times.
Reading and answering the comments from friends who stop by here now and then.
I don't need that new car or that ocean cruise or that expensive whatever to make me happy. My heart is full with what I already have.