Talk Less, Smile More

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My good friend Alyssa, who blogs at The Devil Orders Takeout, tagged me months ago for the Tag of Happiness. I've brought onto the blog today because I thought it would be a good way to reflect on what I'm grateful for—the small joys that make existing a little easier than it would be otherwise. A little mixtape of good things, so to speak. As I forge on into this terrifying, wonderful new year, I'd like to keep these things in mind to return to on the loud days, the cruel days, when the world forgets to be home and the sun forgets that I'm under it.

SONGS: "Wait For It" (the Hamilton cast) | "Landslide" (Oh Wonder) | "Amsterdam" (Imagine Dragons) | "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive" (Death Cab for Cutie) | "Various Storms and Saints" (Florence + the Machine)

BOOKS: East (Edith Pattou) | A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E. Schwab) | The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson) | The History of Love (Nicole Krauss) | Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)

FILMS: The Secret of Roan Inish | The Man From U.N.C.L.E. | Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King | Pride and Prejudice (the 2005 adaptation)

WORDS: rapscallion | inimitable | rainwater | underfoot | aureate

SCENTS: instant ramen after a morning spent skiing | lavender | my grandparents' house in Busan, South Korea | new books | food carts in the heart of the city

MISCELLANY: orchestras, especially orchestras tuning | drinking chocolate | snow dusting rooftops and greenery | late-night conversations where nothing is too insignificant to say | homemade whipped cream

BLOGGERS (whom I tag, if they feel inclined to do this): Adelyn (Fable and Fancy) | Rachana (Addicted to YA) | E.R. (Rabbits&Roses) | Samantha (Her Inklings) | Eve (Twist in the Taile)

What are the things making you happy as this new year opens? (And who understands the reference—albeit a very out-of-context one—in the post title?)

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