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Open Thread Update: What Made You Happy Today?

The good news amid all the turmoil in public life is how well we are doing in our private lives.

Our readers shared the good things that bring them joy and it’s been wonderful to learn about them. Here’s a few examples of the simple, everyday joys that made some of us happy today.

Like simply starting the day…

Waking up to a bright new day alive and being able to take a nice deep breath and give thanks for the gift of life.


…or enjoying a special moment at home with cherished pets.

My quiet, sunny house and my mother and daughter white cats sitting in separate sunny spots.


It’s so uplifting to read about all the ways people stay positive and find joy.  Sometimes it’s by reaching out and making a meaningful connection.

I telephoned two old friends from the book club we share.


Sometimes it’s by getting some exercise and enjoying the beauties of nature.

I walked in shade, and in sunshine, at local University Arboretum, enjoyed our fall tree leaf colors.


Other readers mentioned tackling a long-delayed chore, or working on a craft project.

These are just a few of the examples – take a moment to read the rest in the comments…and feel free to add your own!

Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at [email protected]


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