Today, as I usually do, I did a quick read through my Facebook news feed and the various blog posts in my mailbox before settling down to the business of writing. I can usually count on a number of amusing pictures and maybe a few interesting thoughts on writing or life, but recently there have also been a number of posts on the blue side. Some friends are battling depression while others are struggling with the changing of the seasons and the stresses of the upcoming holiday season. All of them, it seems, could use a little happiness.
So, instead of the post on originality that I had planned for today, I thought I’d talk about something that gave me a shot of happiness this weekend. It’s the silliest thing, really, but whoever said happiness had to be serious business.
I’m a Starbucks coffee drinker and have been for a long time. Over the years I’ve received a number of their gift cards as presents. They generally have fun images or sayings on them so even when they’ve reached a balance of $0, I tend to keep them. This weekend, when I took a break from tormenting my characters writing to work on my ongoing office reorganization project, I found out just how many of them I had amassed. Seriously, I think they started multiplying on their own in the desk drawer when my back was turned. As I sorted through the cards, I noticed that there were a great many that were Valentine’s or love related. I’d been looking for something to use to decorate my newly cleared office space and the cards gave me an idea. The result, as you can see in the image above, is my “romance collage.” There are a variety of heart and flower images, with some letter blocks interspersed. There is even a mini-heart gift card that seemed just perfect for the center. It may be hard to see, but the cards with letters on them spell out “Love” and “Writer”.
It was a simple project that took almost no time at all. The cards are just sticky-taped to a piece of mounting board, which is just sticky-taped to the wall, but it gives me a shot of happiness whenever I look at it. Plus, I think it’s just what my office space was lacking. (And yes, before you ask, my office space is a re-purposed closet.)
So, what gives you a jolt of happy when you need it? Do you have any collections of your own that are guaranteed to bring out a smile?