The Little Things That Brighten Up My Day

Hi everyone,

Recently I have come to appreciate the little things that can brighten up our day more and make us feel happier. I used to get dragged down by the mundane day to day tasks and days at work where not much happened. I just wanted to do something really exciting every day and go out having fun all the time but that just isn’t realistic! Then I started to realise that it isn’t about always doing something different or exciting but you can do little things to treat yourself and give yourself a pick me up when you need it. This post is something a bit different for me but I thought it would be nice to share the small things that I like to do to add a bit of sparkle to my day :)

1)  Cosy up with a warm blanket and a good book.

Now the nights are drawing in and it’s much colder outside there’s nothing I like more than to snuggle up in the evening with a cosy blanket and a good book. I bought the blanket in the photo from Primark a couple of weeks ago and I have used it pretty much every day since! It has a really soft, fluffy underside and I love the tartan print as well. I also love to read and my favourite book that I have read recently is Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella which is such a funny and light hearted chic lit.

2)  Spend time with family and friends.

Whenever I spend time with close friends and family my mood is instantly lifted. Even if it’s just going out with my mum to walk the dog, watching a DVD with my boyfriend or ordering in pizzas and having a girls’ night, I always feel happiest when I am spending time with the people I love.

3)  Pamper myself.

When I have some spare time I love to have a good old pampering session and maybe run myself a nice bubble bath, light some candles, put on a hair mask or a face mask and just unwind. This can really help me to calm down if I’ve had a stressful day and just makes me feel all lovely and relaxed.

4)  Use my favourite perfume, lipgloss or other makeup.

I don’t know if I’m the only one who does this but if I’m not feeling my best in a morning or not really looking forward to the day, just simply using my favourite lipstick or spritzing myself with a more luxurious perfume can really make me feel better. I remember when I lived at home and I was ill with labyrinthitis my mum would run me a little bath every day and once I’d got out and got dressed she would spray me with perfume, even though I was just going back to bed, to help make me feel a bit better.

5)  Make myself a hot chocolate and curl up to watch a DVD.

There’s a lot of cosy nights in mentioned in this post but that really is my favourite thing to do around this time of year. I love making myself a yummy hot chocolate in my favourite mug and sprinkling mini marshmallows on top. That alone can put a smile on my face but team it with a good film to watch and I’m set for the night.

6)  Turn up the music!

It’s amazing how music can change a mood and listening to some upbeat, fun songs can really make me feel better and in a more positive mood. Listening to my favourite music, singing along (and even having a little dance when no one is watching) can make me feel tons better.

So those are a few little bits that I like to do to make my day extra nice and give me a warm, glowy feeling. It really doesn’t have to be anything major, I think it’s about appreciating the small things from time to time.

What do you like to do that makes you happy?

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx


  1. Cooking and baking makes me very happy! I know it stresses most people out but I love it!

    Reflection of Sanity

  2. I really do love Sophie Kinsella, and that's after reading just 1 book. I really want to read the shopaholic books but there's so many in the collection now. I've enjoyed reading the 1 stand alone book and have bought two more (yet to read) and getting the other 3 for Christmas, so I'll have all six. I have tons to read at the moment so it's going to take me forever! x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  3. @Shireen L. Platt I don't mind baking but cooking really stresses me out, I just never get the timings right! I know it can really help some people destress though :) xx

  4. @Kate Musgrove Sophie Kinsella is my favourite author ever and I love all her books :) I think you'll really enjoy the Shopaholic series xx