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It’s International Day of Happiness

What makes you happy? We're celebrating the things that put a smile on our face.

Written by Tricia Purcell | View this authors Twitter page and posted in life

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March 20th is International Day of Happiness so we are celebrating everything that makes us feel Happy (with a capital ‘H’)! 

Sometimes it can be easy to forget the little things that put a smile on your face or the feeling you get by putting a smile on someone else’s face. Which is why we are making a special effort to remember those happy things, do those happy things or make someone happy today.

Here at SpunOut hq we’ve put together some of our ‘happy things’ and we encourage you to do the same in the comments or join the conversation on our Twitter and we’ll add them in!

What makes you happy?

John - Things that make me happy: messing like I'm the biggest child of all time with my best friend Claire, pretending to be a dog with my canine brother, eating a massive sandwich and taking time to lose myself in the mountains, running through trees and over summits.

John Buckley's happiness collage

Oisín - My happiness things are spending time away from phone, email and social media every day. Taking walks in parts of the city I haven't been before.

Niamh - Things that make me happy include holidays especially beach holidays. In fact I love being by the sea full stop and you can't beat a walk on an Irish beach. I love Kundalini yoga, of all the yogas I have tried this is the one that really energises me and makes me feel a part of the world and not just a thing floating around aimlessly. Paint makes me inexplicably happy, I can spend hours in a paint shop just looking at paint chips and imagining how beautiful my actual house or an imaginary dream house would look. When I am feeling really low, more than a 1 or 2 day thing, I like to read Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes. It is the perfect amount of sad, dark, happy, funny, and hopeful it's a wonderful journey of awakening self-awareness. Lightning Bird Wind River Man by Declan O'Rourke never fails to put a smile on my face. Reading Calvin & Hobbes makes me laugh out loud even if I am feeling rotten and beaten. I have a beautiful compendium which in itself is enough to make me happy.

I love my family, I have a big one, and I love when we get together for a family feast, lots of eating and comfortable easy company. And finally, the latest addition to our family, my mini pomeranian is an endless font of pure joy, he is capable of licking any blues away.

Jack - Playing guitar and Saturday morning lie ins smile

Keyla - This picture of Misha Collins and him in general! and this video:



Ian - Festivals and gigs, Beyonce and travelling make me happy smile



A photo posted by Ian Power (@powerian) on


Instagram another ***Flawless pic #OnTheRun

A photo posted by Ian Power (@powerian) on


Yosemite National Park

A photo posted by Ian Power (@powerian) on


Cian – Spending time with my friends, traveling, movies, podcasts, coffee, M&S crisps, designing things, Eurovision and heading home to CAAARRKKK.




A photo posted by Cian O'Mahony (@cianomahony) on


The trip in mug form.

A photo posted by Cian O'Mahony (@cianomahony) on


Comparing beard grooming techniques with Conchita.

A photo posted by Cian O'Mahony (@cianomahony) on

Tricia – discovering new places, new music and new things! Spending time with my bestie, new stationery, and trips to the cinema make me happy.

If Alan was here he'd probably say - football, protein milk, cheesy choons, buying goalie gloves and smarties cookies. 

What are the things that make you happy? Share them in the comments below or let us know on Twitter!

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Published March 20th, 2015
Last updated September 29th, 2015
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