The Happiness Journal


Welcome to The Happiness Journal and welcome to Elise from ELSSTHINKS.

Hey Elise, let’s start with an introduction.

Hello! I am Elise from ELSSTHINKS. A student blogger who talks about all things lifestyle as well as True Crime posts and other bits & bobs.

What food makes you smile?

Food is my life, so basically, all kinds of vegetarian food make me happy as Larry! However, mac and cheese may just be top of that list, even thinking about it makes me smile (oh and chocolate cake, how beautiful)

When are you at your happiest?

Definitely when I am in my comfy bed with the cat, a good movie and some yummy food. It is the idea of my perfect day. If not then, probably when I am at my Grandmother’s house. She is one of the most important people in my life and watching soaps and eating pizza with her makes me incredibly happy.

How do you feel when you see blue skies?

Firstly surprised, it is very unlikely to see blue skies in England. However, majorly happy as clear skies mean drinks and time with friends!

Tell me about a time you really belly laughed?

I belly laugh all the time. My friends and I always get ourselves into hilarious situations or say the funniest things. Recently, my friend got extremely drunk (I do not recommend) and everyone else was stone cold sober. All of the sudden this random guy comes up to us asking if anyone needs healing. Now, my friend was of course overly drunk and decided she needed healing so this guy stood in front of us for a whole 20 minutes explaining how the universe was healing her. In the situation, it was incredibly funny, especially when they both started singing ‘He’s Got The Whole World in his Hand’ and my drunk friend asked him who the f*ck Simon from Simon Says is. Sometimes, the best belly laughs come from situations that weren’t funny at the time, but are hilarious the next day.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and why?

A sloth. Simply because I LOVE sleeping and eating. I move so slow, cannot be bothered to do anything and relate to Sid from Ice Age.

What gets you up in the morning?

Either my kitten, who just sets me up for the day or the fact I get to go eat breakfast which always excites me.

What’s your feel-good song or movie?

I have a LOT. The Lost Boys is one of my most-loved movies ever and just makes me feel so happy when I watch it. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is another feel-good movie for some reason, well, its probably because it’s all about food. I have a whole list of road trip classics on my blog, and all of those songs make me feel mega good and in the mood to do anything.

Do you have something you really treasure? Tell me about it.

A really old Wuthering Heights book, my Grandad gave it to me before he passed and previously read it to me multiple times. I adore the book itself, and the previous owner is something I adore even more.

What’s your favourite childhood memory?

I could name loads! My family are very unintentionally funny people because everything always goes wrong for us. One time, the whole family, which at the time was around 14 of us, decided we would have a nice trip to Margate to watch the carnival. All unaware of the time it started and communicating through the passenger of each of the three cars, my uncle (who is basically Peter Kay’s double) just told us to drive through the town. So, down this little side road with no barriers, all three of the cars just pulled out one after the other onto the main town road. Turns out, we ended up in a The Inbetweeners situation when they pull out in-between two funeral cars. We pulled out right in the centre of the carnival. Floats in front of us, floats behind and hundreds of people just shouting and laughing at the fact we now had to spend the half hour or so in the middle of the carnival. Of course, the drivers did not find the situation funny, but the rest passengers did.

Tell me about a person who means a lot to you?

My Grandmother on my father’s side means the world to me. I don’t see her as much as I use to, simply because I have a ton of work to do. However, she always gives me advice, always tries her best to help and makes the best food for me.

What is that one special thing, event or experience that makes you happy when you think about it?

December 16th, 2016 I got to see The 1975 live in London. Getting to see my favourite band with two very nice people was an incredible experience, especially as we managed to get the top half of the O2 chanting ‘popcorn’ due to the fact there was a lovely man selling popcorn who always looked happy when he got a sale. I think the one thing that made it even more special was that five days before a friend of ours committed suicide, so in a week of which had been terrible, the concert really was uplifting and makes me SO happy to this day.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I cannot really think of one, simply because everything that may be considered guilty to others is stuff that I don’t care about admitting. Trashy TV, eating cake for breakfast and watching random videos on YouTube about missing celebrities or wrongfully convicted prisoners are all things I gain pleasure from and I feel a lack of guilt because I guess that’s just my personality.

Do you have a happy place? Where is it and why?

Either my bed, for obvious reasons, or some shelters on a certain beach. I am not a fan of beaches in general, but this certain one is stone-y and the location isn’t important. The key thing about the location is just the fact that all nights out with my friends either start or end there, so I know something funny is always going to happen when I am near that beach.

What does happiness mean to you?

To me, happiness is feeling comfortable and happy in yourself and everything around you. It’s feeling content with life, appreciating your self-worth and realising that there is a whole world out there for you to explore, it all just starts with a smile and a bit of belief.

Show me a photo that makes you smile.

What’s your favourite quote about happiness?

‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style’ – Maya Angelou
Although perhaps not a direct quote about happiness, this is a quote which relates to what happiness means to me

Lastly, if you had to give any advice to someone about achieving happiness, what would it be?

No one is you, that is your power. Be afraid, messy, complicated, excited, ecstatic. Don’t be scared of saying yes to new adventures, going for a cheeky drink when you have work the next day or eating that extra doughnut because you’ve had a bad day. Happiness comes from within, and you have the power to control it. Get out of your own way, shoot for the moon and make sure you do everything in your power to go down the road of which you want. True happiness will piggyback on this, just give it time.

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