My Favorite Things

Jaibala/ February 25, 2016/ Musings/ 32 comments

Happiness is a state of mind, they say but it is a very  important state of mind. No one can control my happiness, I know that but still it is so many dreams and their fulfillment that it hinges on. Or does it really. S and I both turned four this week,and  I happen to be very emotional, as I look back and realize that I have grown up as much as he has. S is slowly becoming a understanding and sensitive little boy, who makes us beam with pride every single time. Every time I look at him it makes me recognize that my priorities have changed, and if I sit down and think what my favorite things are, I might just surprise myself.

That Smile and the faith S has in me

This has to be number one on my list. His smile is not just his happiness and mine, it is also my reason, my inspiration and my strength. One smile and I know what he has been up to and will be doing next.One smile and I can forget and forgive the worst and I would do anything to keep him smiling. But sometimes I lose patience, even with him (yes those are my worst moments, the saddest) and yet he comes back to me even when he is crying,  his faith in the fact that I will make him smile again is the the thing that makes me happiest.


The joy I see in my parent’s eyes every time they look at him, and his adoration for them is incomparable. There is no incompleteness in our lives anywhere all because of  family. I don’t have to worry about much because of the family I have. No, none of us are angels and we disagree on most decisions. But I know for sure about one thing in all our disagreements and indecision, S comes first always and that is what makes us a perfect complete normal family.


Reading and Writing
Reading has always been my safety, my own place away from the world. I found happiness in the pages that transported me to places I had never been, sometimes even magical kingdoms. Nothing else can do that and the elation of reading a book, the pure joy of seeing the world through a different perspective, that can only be got through reading. And writing, I wouldn’t be here without it. The joy to create what the mind dreams up, to be able to imagine and dream is incomparable to most things.


In my life friends = family = happiness. That is pretty straight forward isn’t it. They are the people who have pushed me through my worst and cheered me on my best. They are the ones who just by saying even a simple word like “Hi” or “Morning” bring a huge smile on my face and make my day.


Music and Movies
Well I love songs and music. Maybe that is where S gets his liking for it too. I have a song for everything. Every moment, every memory, every feeling. Music just makes me so happy. Movies are stories comes to life, and stories exist about every thing. 


If you love to cook like me, it is so therapeutic. I always have a smile on my face in the kitchen. Again it might be the magic of creating something from scratch that is so charming about the whole cooking experience.

So what makes me happy? Moments of togetherness with the people I love, Doing things that I love and Memories of being happy. So these are a few of my favorite things, do share yours.

About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


  1. Cooking? Oh yes!! 🙂 🙂
    Shalini R recently posted…Coconut Barfi with Condensed MilkMy Profile

    1. It is therapeutic isn’t it? I knew you would agree 🙂

  2. I just kept nodding along!
    Our lists are quite similar aren’t they? 😀
    You know what makes me smile Jai and you are one of them. <3
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    1. Yes they are. I know everything that makes you smile. I am happy to be a reason for that 🙂

  3. Quoting George Sand, “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and to be loved.”

    I guess that when you’re happy within your heart, you can conquer any obstacle!

    Thanks for spreading the happiness through this list. It reminded me of all things that I have in my life, and made me smile inside! 🙂

    1. Mithila so glad to see you back in action. And even more so that this is the post you came back to and it made you happy and smile 🙂 Love that quote, and I agree happiness can fuel a million dreams.

  4. Belated Happy Birthday to the little rock-star <3
    This is such a happy post , loaded with insight on what makes you tick while making me realize how similar I am to you 🙂
    Family, cooking, parenting, reading, music, movies, literature are on my list too.
    Sending loads of cheer and reasons to rejoice for you & S 🙂
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    1. Thank You ME. Its always awesome to meet a kindred soul. Sending lots of love and happiness your way too.

  5. Happy 4th to S! Such a feel-good post. A happy one like I love writing and reading. wishing you many more moments to celebrate life Jaibala. Hugs.
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    1. Thank You so much Parul. Hugs back 🙂

  6. Nice little list.

    Cooking is something I started recently, and yes, I think I know what you mean. Add to that, I play music on speakers while cooking. I must make a funny sight, dancing around while stirring stuff in the pan.

    Which makes me add dancing to this list of yours 😀

    1. You know some of the most funnest times I spend with S are dancing around carefree. Oh how much we laugh. He looks forward to those times. Thank You for reminding me of those moments Sreesha.

  7. My Chikoo, my parents, my friends, my books and my hobbies…all of these have kept me afloat so far, and will keep doing so always! Wonder what we would ever do without these little bundles of happiness that we have been blessed with
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    1. I agree Shilpa, life is meaningful only because of the people and the little moments of happiness in it.

  8. Ah, a nifty list there. Things that make me happy are pretty similar family, friends, my dog, writing, working out, working with wonderful people, doing exciting work, cooking, reading… Woah, I guess the simple things of life.

    1. Its always the simple things that usually carries the most value Rachna.Love Your list.

  9. Familya, Home, Books and my job for me, Jaibala..:)

    1. Naba, for stopping by. Your list does not surprise me. Your love for all these things is so evident in what you write

  10. Firstly, Belated Happy Birthday to S.
    Indeed the most things that make us happy come from family and friends. Apart from this what makes me happy- reading, writing and often a walk with nature.
    Nibha recently posted…Life At A Standstill #MondayMusingsMy Profile

    1. Thanks Nibha 🙂 Its always the things that are not materialistic which make us happy isn’t it?

  11. A few of them are mine too, not cooking definitely! ☺️

    Traveling, being with Nature and capturing it, Toastmasters are a few others for me.

    1. Toastmasters, awesome. I have always wanted to join. And Traveling and your beautiful captures of nature are a testament to how much you enjoy that Alok.

  12. What an amazing liist 🙂
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    1. Tank You Archana 🙂

  13. Wow..! Your list looks terrific.. simple and so thoughtful. Isn’t the thoughtful things in life make everything worthy?
    Wishing many more happiness your way Jaibala 🙂


    1. Yes always Geetika, small thoughtful and simple things are always where the true joys and fulfillment lies :)Thank you so much and wishing happiness your way too 🙂

  14. The beauty of the little things that makes us happy. But sometimes those little things also make us sad.
    Gosh! I sound like a pessimist don’t I ? 😛
    Fear not! I’m happy alright.
    Sid recently posted…Grey shades of love | #flashfictionMy Profile

    1. No no, I sure get where you are coming from. Yes some of these very things make me sad too. But then those are things beyond our control na.

      PS: See learning to be Zen too 🙂

  15. Firstly, belated birthday wishes to S. I forgot. Don’t know how. I’d even put a post-it reminder.

    May the things that make you happy continue to do so. 🙂 I know how much S means to you, and how you smile when he does. I know how going a week without writing something makes you feel low. And since we met in an A to Z music month, that goes without saying I know your love for music as well. 😀

    Does a “Hi” sticker on Messenger count in making you smile? 🙄

    Things that make me happy: Reading and writing, music and some TV shows, friends (esp. those who immediately get when I’m glum and try to pull me out of that mood), my family (esp. my sister), food (chocolate does it best) 😀 Little things that matter.
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    1. It is always the little things that matter Vins, they are the ones that add up to the priceless magic of living. And your list does not surprise me either. 🙂 May we all always enjoy the magic of living

      PS: And forgetting to wish S, well you deal with him not me.

  16. Nice to see that family, friends and personal time (music, movies and cooking) make it in your list.

    Things that make me happy are – working, taking the occasional break away from the city, riding and reading. And yes, the Indian cricket team winning matches 🙂

    1. I used to love cricket and still celebrate wins every time. But I do not follow it like I used to anymore. Loved reading your list Vishal. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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