Images makes me Happy

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Frederick Keonig

I’ve been thinking a lot this year about what makes me happy, and I think that images and photos are a big part of what makes me happy. I’m very visual over all and I take a lot of photos. I’m interested in design and layout, I love to draw and so on.

In my diary I’ve glued some images from magazines that make me think of happiness. The thing that keeps these collages together is not only only the glue from the glue stick but my theme of happiness!

So, here are some images/symbols that makes me happy. Each image in this page can be described using many different words:

Diary Collage of Lycka - Happiness
These images makes me smile.

And in words the list could contain:
Rickard Scarry, bunnies, playing music, books, Hello Kitty, kawi, pink, strawberries, cats, handmade stickers (bought on Etsy), penguins, traveling, museums, fika, coffee cups, vintage, Pippi Longstocking, filmisar (trading cards with movie stars), frogs, making art, love, fairy tails, Shrek and Fiona’s love, animations, letters, cake, colours, words… etc, etc. I’m sure you can find more words in there.

Here is another collage from my diary;

7 October 2007 Happiness diary collage nr 2
Children’s books, life, illustrations, birds, fabric… and so on!

How to make a happiness collage

Do you want to make a happiness collage for yourself? Try this. Take a couple of magazines and a scissor with you to your cozy corner. Only cut out images that speaks to you; that say something about what you like, what colours you are drawn to, who you are. Then randomly glue them to a page and admire your happy page!

This is not only a great way to have fun, but also an exercise where you are getting to know yourself and your taste! You’ll learn about what makes you happy and when you know this you can bring more of that into your life. Thus become more happy? I hope so.

Here is another collage exercise for ya!

When Gretchen of The Happiness Project asked what sites makes us happy, my answer was the photo sharing (and storing) site flickr.com! There I find visual inspiration/happiness daily, and share mine too.

These are some of my favorite images from Flickr right now, and all of them made me happy:

Inspiration Mosaic - October 2007
Inspiration Mosaic, October 2007. Click on the image to see the images better and to link on to the source.

If images make you happy too, how do you celebrate that?

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7 Responses to Images makes me Happy

  1. Definitely! Some of my choices would be the same as yours: Pippi Longstocking. Hello Kitty, fabric, cute animals make my heart melt and beautiful landscape photos make me dreamy. I think I’ll make the spread in my journal about it! *^v^*

  2. Kate says:

    What a lovely collage – it certainly makes me happy [especially as it has so many CUTE dogs!]. Flickr has some fantastic pictures.

  3. sama says:

    Great work! I am so doing this when I get home from work tonight!

  4. Therese says:

    Tusen tack för tipset. Jag ska absolut sticka någonting därifrån!

  5. amy says:

    Love Richard Scary stuff! I forgot until my daughter got a few books awhile back. I want to cut them all up. Or I guess I could photocopy them instead. :)

  6. iHanna says:

    Thanks for your comments girls!

    Amy,
    Try to find a children’s work/play book like the one I have with number and letters and tasks for kids to draw in, I use my little brothers old book that was going to be thrown away anyway, love it! It’s great if you don’t want to cut in the nice text books!

  7. saksiri says:

    I LOVE IT TOO.

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