101 Things To Be Happy About When You Start A New Life Far From Home

Starting a new life far from home is exciting but it can also be lonely at the beginning. Especially when all the excitement has gone, you may find it a bit challenging to amuse yourself and to stay happy. Because chances are you don’t know many people in your new place, and you’re not familiar with the place yet. But hey, nothing is impossible to achieve. 

When I moved to the UK 14+ years ago, there were no smartphones and access to the internet was not as easy as you now have at your fingertips. Therefore, minimum communication with my family and friends across the sea often made me feel homesick. But I always knew that at the end of the day, happiness is about our mindset. And that happiness is about perspective and willingness to do something that can give a positive feeling. So I knew that I have to do something to be happy. I can’t expect happiness to come knocking on my door if I don’t do anything for it to appear.

I’ve also learned that to make myself happy, I have to start with myself and do something within my means and control. Appreciating everything around me can arouse the feeling of joy. I’m sure everybody will have their own preferences about what they must do to feel happy. But I’d like to think that 101 things listed below can be reasons for many people to smile and be happy.  

  1. Starting the day in the morning alive and well. 
  2. Having a bathroom with a toilet to clean yourself 
  3. Morning prayer or meditation before you start the day
  4. A breakfast that you like with a cup of tea or coffee 
  5. Listening to the sound of chirping birds
  6. A peace and quiet morning
  7. Planning your day 
  8. Listening to your kind of music 
  9. Watching the news on TV
  10. Unpacking your stuff and putting them away
  11. Tidying up your new place
  12. Sending “I love you and I miss you” text to your mom.
  13. Having a walk around the area of your new house
  14. Seeing your new neighbors and have a friendly chat with them
  15. Doing grocery shopping at a local shop
  16. Cooking a nice meal for lunch
  17. Calling your mom and dad 
  18. Texting your friends
  19. Finishing your work for the day on time
  20. Having a nice lunch
  21. Going to the local town center 
  22. Getting an ice cream
  23. Watching the lively hustle and bustle in town 
  24. Going to the town gallery
  25. Shopping at the town mall

Things to be happy about when you start a new life far from home

26. Buying a newly released book 

27. A cup of coffee at a cafe in town

28. Reading your new book

29. Receiving a text of “I miss you” from your loved ones

30. Taking selfies to send to your loved ones

31. Having a laugh over the texts with your loved ones

32. Watching people alive

33. Giving some money to the homeless people you see

34. Seeing the green trees and blue sky

35. Greetings to passers-by 

36. Smiling to people

37. Seeing the birds fly in the sky

38. Looking at happy children smiling and laughing

39. Video calling your family across the sea

40. Walking in a park

41. Listening to your favorite podcast

42. Watching new videos on Prime

43. Starting a gym routine

44. Meeting new people at the gym and make friends

45. Finding a local social club of your interest

46. Meeting with your new friends

47. Or talking to new friends over the phone

48. Be social. Invite your new friends for lunch

49. Trying a new recipe

50. Helping others, i.e. new friends or neighbors

51. Listening to your friend’s conversation

52. Treating yourself with your favorite junk food, e.g. burger, chips and milkshakes

53. Achieving daily target

54. Be nice and friendly to an assistant at the local shop

55. Feeding the wild birds outside

56. Having the house clean

57. Finished all the laundry

58. Ironing all the clothes

59. Ordering a pizza delivery

60. Receiving a birthday card

61. Getting a birthday present delivery 

62. Managing to write a daily journal

63. Buying a new pair of shoes

64. Shopping for some new clothes

65. Going out for a meal with your partner/spouse

66. Trying out new food

67. Getting home safe and dry well in time before the rain started pouring

68. Having a nice cup of hot chocolate on a rainy day

69. Eating lovely cookies with a cuppa

70. Online shopping for your mother’s day present

71. Calling your siblings (mine will be my lovely sister)

72. Calling your old friends

73. Having a snuggle on the sofa watching TV with a big bowl of popcorn

74. Starting a new hobby, e.g. drawing, painting, tennis, swimming, crochet, writing, etc.

75. Finishing a new hobby project

76. Cooking your traditional food and share it with your neighbor

77. Starting a new course to learn something new, e.g. cooking, bookkeeping, teaching, etc.

78. Finishing the course and apply the knowledge

79. Finding and joining a group of likeminded people on social media

80. Browsing the internet

81. Rolling through Pinterest

82. Getting an indoor flower plant for the house

83. Buying nice stuff to decorate the house

84. Rearranging and decorating the house

85. Having your new friends visit you

86. Finding a job ad that might suit you

87. Getting a call for a job interview

88. Receiving a delicious homemade food from your new friends

89. A long nice hot bath in DIY-spa style

90. Face mask

91. A cozy new PJ set with cute design

92. Tuning into your favorite music and dancing like nobody’s watching 

93. Going for sightseeing around your new place

94. Joining the local library

95. Borrowing the books up to the limit from the local library

96. Exploring the outdoor nature around the new place

97. Going to the national parks, beaches, or the lakes nearby

98. Trying out all sorts of public transport, e.g. trains, trams, buses, etc.

99. Learning about online business

100. Finding an idea for online business

101. Starting an online business

Final thoughts on things to be happy about when you’re far from home

I’m sure the list above can go on and on with more numbers. But I’ll leave that for you to explore yourself. Because those 101 things above are only some ideas that you might’ve overlooked or simply forgotten.

Cherish every moment that you have, enjoy everything that you do and keep adding small nice things for yourself. At the end of the day, you’ll be surprised how happy the day it turned out. 

So, drop me a message in the comment box if you have something to add on the list. I pray you’re surrounded by many things that make you feel happy.

All the best.

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