The other day I was searching the net looking to compile a list of 50 things that make people happy. The idea was to use these (words) to create a crossword puzzle, which could be then turned into a teaching device. In other words, when playing these crosswords, people would be prompted to look beyond things, events and activities (that they think are causing them to be happy) and think more about principles of happiness that are hidden behind those.
The aim would be then to build affirmations, questions, quotations and/or scriptural reminders around those principles and listen to them daily with the help of a tool such as MiAffirmations. This would help reprogram/renew one’s mind and cause it to be focused on the principles of happiness (and not particular things). As a consequence, such focus would increase (attract more) happiness into one’s life and it would also increase the number of “sources” (i.e. things, events, activities etc.) happiness would be able to manifest through.
Because, whatever you will focus on, the same will be attracted into (manifested in) your life. In addition, if you focus on generic principles, you will be able find all channels through which such principles manifest. You won’t be limited to just a few of the obvious channels (i.e. things, events or activities) through which they manifest, but would also become aware even of the more subtle channels (meaning that you will be able to find happiness in more places than before).
So, my intention was to go through the top 50 websites listed when googling the “makes me happy” search term, and look what people talk about and then compile the list. However, I got stuck on the very first link: http://www.ameaningfulexistence.com/2010/07/12/100-things-that-make-me-happy/—I liked it so much that all 40 words of the crossword puzzle below are derived from that site.
Click on the image below to play the crossword puzzle
This, certainly, is not an exhaustive list of “principles of happiness”, so please comment and suggest other good examples. We’ll create additional puzzles when enough suggestions are made.