Senses Of Happiness

Life isn’t always easy. In fact, one of the few guarantees we have is that there will be hardships. The trick is in overcoming. Every once in a while I’ll find self doubt creeping into my head. Like you, I’m human…unless, of course you’re a machine sent by the upcoming Robot Apocalypse my buddy Austin is constantly warning us about…so, despite my usually sunny outlook, even I occasionally falter.

Well, recently another new friend wrote a post where he talked about the 5 Senses and feeling more alive. I do something similar…except I think about what makes me feel good. Usually I stick to one or two senses, but today I’ll explore them all…When I’m done, I’d love to hear what things tickle your happy senses (aka send you to your happy place).

Sight: There are a few things that do it for me, but the ones that bring on the senses of inner happiness are almost always natural.

My Dogs keeping me company while I write

My Dogs keeping me company while I write

My pups can always put a smile on my face. They love to keep me company when I’m working. So when I get stuck or frustrated, a quick look at them lying behind me will put a smile on my face.

A bird tucked into my windshield

A bird tucked into my windshield

Who doesn’t appreciate sweet surprises like this when you head back to your car? How can you not smile at the utter cuteness?

Watching the sun set (this one's at Turtle Beach)

Watching the sun set (this one’s at Turtle Beach)

Yeah, there’s something about the natural beauties…especially when coupled with spontaneity that do it for me.

Sound: There are several things that makes my heart smile. Laughing babies…High on that list.

Music, as you all know, is always big on my list… Even more so when singing with my sister. Here’s a little clip of us goofing off on my wedding day.

Smell: I’m not so complicated. There’s something about that new car smell…It’s reeks of accomplishment. Vanilla makes me feel warm and fuzzy because it makes me think of baking and family. Freshly mown grass…speaks to new beginnings.

The Jasmine at my walk up

The Jasmine at my walk up

As I’ve gotten older I’ve really come to adore the smell of jasmine… Having my own home means I can grow it right at my front walkway to greet me as I head out or come in.

My two favorite Coffee mugs

My two favorite Coffee mugs

My ultimate favorite smell in the world, though? Coffee. In fact, it’s also up there with my favorite tastes… (Don’t you love the segue?)

Taste: Party in my mouth you say? Hmmm…. Hubby makes some great desserts that make me feel good and put a smile on my face.

Hubby's Blueberry Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Hubby’s Blueberry Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Sure, combine my love for breakfast and my love for dessert. It’s bound to be a HUGE hit!

Italian Beef from Portillo's

Italian Beef from Portillo’s

Or going back home and biting into an awesome Italian Beef (and I blame Katie from Sass & Balderdash for putting this in my head today).

But my all time favorite happy food? Cheesecake…and hubby makes an amazing Pumpkin swirl (that swirl is chocolate!).

Hubby's Pumpkin Swirl Cheescake

Hubby’s Pumpkin Swirl Cheescake

Touch:Well, you all know I’m a sensualist… Yes, I love exactly where your minds all went. Yes, great sex makes me smile. But it’s some of those little things that lead up to that “Crescendo” (Heh!) that just warm me from the inside out:

  • The soft brush of velvety soft lips at the curve of my neck
  • Strong, loving arms wrapped around me to make me feel safe and keep the world at bay
  • Hard body pressed to mine, dancing me across a room (often with no music playing)
  • A sweet kiss dropped absently on my lips just because he felt like it
  • A no holds barred tickle fight (Yeah, who can resist that laughter)

So what makes you feel good? What helps you remember all the little things that go wrong don’t really matter? What helps put you in your happy place?

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48 thoughts on “Senses Of Happiness

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Some smells that take me to a happy place: June honeysuckle at twilight, boat motor oil and bay water (I know that’s a weird one), almost anything on the grill in the summer.
    Sight: fireflies in July, stormy skies when it’s warm and windy
    Sound: wind chimes, rain in the autumn when I’m snug inside

    Good post, Kitt! I could really go crazy with this one 🙂

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      Thanks, Mae! I don’t really see many fireflies out here, but I used to love watching them light up the sky as a child. Grilling is a very yummy smell, too…:-) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Austin says:

    Thank you for warning your readers about The Robot Apocalypse. Send them over to me, and I’ll make sure they are prepared and educated… 🙂

  3. reocochran says:

    I really liked your photos and choices representing the senses. I especially like children giggling, jasmine scent and coffee brewing in the morning! The taste selections were great too!

  4. renxkyoko says:

    We also have a jasmine at the entrance..,. ah, that sweet smell in spring ! ! And the laughing baby…. so innocent, The littlest thing makes him happy !

  5. Gloria Richard Author says:

    Aaaah, sweet Kiit. You always make me smile.

    You hit one of my favorite scents. Freshly mowed grass. I never considered it “new beginnings.” I love that analogy.

    I love both the scent and the taste of fresh basil. I’d opt for basil over flowers to scent my house if I could get it to grow indoors.

    Did someone say cheesecake? It’s not only the taste, but the soft, velvety feel of it in my mouth.

    I’m blessed with a vivid imagination. Some call it odd, but it’s my imaginary world and people understand me here. 😉 When I’m at the dentist, getting blood drawn, having any potentially painful procedure, I am able to take myself to my happy place — a tree house in the mountains. You should have heard me telling the dentist about that happy place when he had my mouth 100% numbed for deep cleaning. Ever try to say imaginary without benefit of tongue or lips?

    I don’t know what it is about the mountains. The sight of trees, sound of birds, feel of mountain breezes, panoramic views….

    Stellar post!

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      Love it! And you’re right. There IS something about the mountains. I thought so when I’d drive past them in Tennessee and El Paso or when I’d look out my hotel room & see all that amazing beauty.

      Basil is a pretty awesome smell. Sounds like you love it the way I love garlic & onion sautéing in butter.

      You know…you’re right about the very sexy texture of cheesecake. Maybe that’s why I love it so… It reminds me of smex… 😉

  6. Phil says:

    There is just something about riding on a long highway totally alone with just sound of the wind in the air and classic music from your youth playing on the radio to bring back memories along with a few laughs and smiles. The trees and grass moving by on each side, and a few fluffy clouds in the air. It’s almost therapeutic to me.

  7. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB) says:

    My happy food is most-definitely Tostitos… as in open the bag and eat every last chip in one sitting. Salt is its own food group, right?

      • Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB) says:

        Salsa verde is my favorite kind of salsa, but I’ve been known to experiment with all varieties… the spicier the better. Habanero-induced headaches can be quite addicting. Fresh guac is also a must, but naked chips also hit the spot. Oh my love affair with salt… I’ve been known to eat the stray grains that are left behind when the bag is finally empty.

  8. Tameri Etherton says:

    What a great list of senses that make you happy. I’m pretty sure I need those french toast things and that pumpkin swirl. Immediately. 🙂 Yum! The sound of children laughing is my all-time favorite sound. I also like sitting in my backyard and hearing the random noises of the neighborhood. It makes me feel connected to my community because I can usually pinpoint who is making what sound. I love that I’ve lived somewhere long enough to know things like that. I need to think about the smells and tastes. Too many to choose from right now! Especially with that blueberry yumminess in my mind.

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      Tameri, they taste as good as they look. Maybe better. It’s too bad you’re on the opposite side of the country. I’m a sharer. 😉 I completely get what you mean about the sounds of the neighborhood, too. I get that feeling when I walk my dogs. 🙂

  9. renée a. schuls-jacobson says:

    I am fortunate to have a few places where I just feel complete joy: the T-dock at the sumer camp where I spent my youth; our Happy House in Florida, even my own bedroom where the walls are painted the perfect shade of tangerine.

    I love sitting on the couch with my son. At 14-years old, he still likes to hang out with me — and for that I’m grateful. Yesterday we played cards for hours, and I was just so happy that he wanted to be near me. I imagine all that will change.

    I’ll tell you — the pictures of all those desserts got me salivating. Yummmmy! You’ve got a good man there!

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      I think it’s great that you & Tech are so close. It bodes well for the way he will treat girls. 🙂 Your Florida house sounds scrumptious! As for hubby? Yeah, I’m lucky to have such an awesome guy.

      Let me know when you’re in my neck ‘o’ the woods. We should definitely hit Broken Egg or First Watch for breakfast!

  10. Tana Bevan says:

    Hi Kitt. I found you in the comment section of Tammy Bleck’s WittyWomenWriting blog and followed you here. Glad I did.

    I’ll spare you the entire list of Good Things & Little Happies I have, and share one thing out of each category.

    Sound: The swish of corduroy pants and pool balls knocking. (Okay, so that’s two. I forgive me.)

    Smells: Burnt cinnamon toast and coffee. (Again two. *smiles*)

    Tactile: The feel of soft rayon cloth & clothing.

    Sights: Toddlers discovering the world around them.

    Taste: Salty, crunchy, greasy. (Definitely not sticking to the one rule, Well sometimes rules are meant to be broken, even if self imposed.)

    Feeling: Wonder. Wonder at all the amazing things outside us, Wonder at the amazing things inside us.

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      Tammy’s a great lady, and I’m glad you stopped by. You’ve got an awesome list! I especially liked the cinnamon toast (yum…nostalgia for my youth), the toddlers discovering the world…and wonder. Those are all awesome answers!

  11. ramblingsfromamum says:

    Firstly loved the wedding clip and you goofing off with your sister – very cute. The baby – I was in hysterics listening the giggling and watching the dog chase the bubbles.
    Smell – new born babies, beautiful scented flowers.
    Touch – holding someone you love
    Taste – so many things – hot chips with salt and vinegar!
    Sight – a new born foal first walking, a baby, my parents holding hands
    Lovely Post Kitt xxx

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