The Happiness Journal

Jacqui Spinks

Welcome to The Happiness Journal and welcome to the super lovely Jacqui.

Hey Jacqui, why don’t you start by introducing yourself?

My name is Jacqui and I am 47 and I am a florist, have been for 32 years.

What food makes you smile?

The food which makes me smile is cheese, I don’t like chocolate so this is definitely my craving! Don’t mind which type, just cheese.

When are you at your happiest?

I feel happiest when I know all three of daughter’s are happy. They are my world so that’s SO important to me.

What do you feel when you see blue skies?

When I see blue skies I am at my happiest. The whole world looks different when the sun shines.

Tell me about a time you really belly laughed?

The most recent time I really belly laughed was last year when my mum, at the age of 73, was trying to drive a golf buggy round a golf course and nearly crashed it!! Especially as she does not drive!!

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

I would be a manta ray if I were an animal. I would love to swim in the sea all day and when they swim they look like they just glide through the water.

What gets you up in the morning?

The thing that gets me up in the morning is the sun if it is out. If not I do like to stay snuggled in bed.

What is your feel good movie?

My feel good film is Pretty Women. I have always loved it but now my girls love it too and it makes me happy.

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

The thing I treasure the most is every day I spend with my grandson. He is a complete blessing and to see a smile on his face is priceless!!!!!

What’s your favourite childhood memory?

My favourite childhood memory is every Sunday no matter what my parents would take us out, sometimes to the seaside but other times just the swimming pool but they always made time on a Sunday to do something together as a family.

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

I have quite a few people which mean a lot to me but my best friend Mandy (apart from family) is the one who means the most. She is one of these people who has had such a hard life but NEVER complains and always has a smile on her face.

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

The most special experience which made me happy was going to the Maldives. After not leaving my girls for 18 years for more than one night, it was very special to spend some quality time with my husband.

What has been the happiest moment of your life to date?

The happiest time of my life was when I got married and also having my girls.

Have you got a guilty pleasure or a happy place? Tell me about it.

My guilty pleasure and my happy place is the same thing… the beach. Just a walk along the beach or sitting on the rocks just listening to the waves is SO SO therapeutic.

What does happiness mean to you?

Happiness means everything to me, as long as everyone I love is happy then I am happy.

Show me a picture that makes you smile.

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

My advice on being happy is it is definitely the simple things, a walk in the forest, throwing stones in the sea, the family for dinner. You get one life just be happy. Xxxx

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