1. The word makes you happy. It is not a humorous word, per se. It inspires a feeling of happiness, contentment, and evokes pleasantness.
2. Any form of the word is acceptable, but it is assumed that all its forms are inherently happy.
3. No phrases (birthday cake), no proper nouns (Johnny Depp, Nine Inch Nails), no fair saying "this" and hyperlinking to something that would, of course, be a bigass long name.
4. No more than 5 Happy Words, please, but feel free to explain them completely with as much or as little commentary as you wish.
I had hoped that Jared would join me for this post, but he is very busy with his column over at the Great Blue North website.
Here are my Happy Words, in no particular order:
1. Summertime--As a former teacher, this one is obvious. It meant freedom, no bells, no grading, and endless hours of no job responsibilities. It also means no more cold weather. It hums when you say it and look at it, like the cicadas in the trees. It says relaxation, sunshine, fresh herbs and tomatoes, gardening, and being outdoors all in one word. I smile just looking at it. There's even a great song for it.
2. Carefree--Look how those E's just trail off at the end, like your hand fluttering and waving goodbye to all your worries. I want to be carefree; I want my clothes to be carefree; I want St. Patsy to be carefree. "If you do/buy/install/take THIS, your life will be carefree." Okay! I'll take it!
3. Cuddly--Yes, please. My cats are cuddly, my two new nieces are cuddly, and Rick is cuddly. Even if I'm not cold, I wrap up in a fleece blanket in order to simply feel cuddly. Sam, in his baby/toddler/little boy days was the Ultimate Cuddler. He was very willing and very toasty all the time, like a little personal space heater. See those two d's in the word? Tell me they're not cuddling.
4. Strawberry--They are the cutest fruit with the most personality. They are bite-sized, red, freckled (I was always so envious of people with freckles across the bridge of their noses!), and taste wonderful. Stuff made with strawberries is either red or pink, which are two of my favourite colors. Also, I could listen to a British person say this word all day long (STROWbry). I read a book called Strawberry Girl when I was little, and there was another one in which the horse was named Strawberry (a Trixie Belden mystery?). And Smucker's Strawberry Jam? Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
5. Jelly--I know. I just got done extolling the virtues of jam. Truth be told, I don't even eat jelly. My father preferred preserves and jams, so we never ate jelly--NEVER. NOT EVEN GRAPE JELLY, which is the Fifth Food Group For Children Everywhere. But I love that word. It makes me smile because it just looks happy to me. It is automatically a Kid Word. And all kids--little kids--sound very Little Kid when they say it. I want to go on a Mission to get every kid in the USA some sort of stuffed animal or pet and name it Jelly, just to hear a kid say it. Jelly Jelly Jelly. Dare you to ask any little kid you know to say the word Jelly and then try not to smile. Cannot be done.
6. Joy. I know that using a synonym for "happy" is very pedestrian, but have you ever noticed this? When someone jumps for Joy, he or she spells the word.
Now it's your turn. What words make you Happy? Share the smiles in comments.
post header image found here
joyful jumper image found here