Mission of Joy

Today marks my first post on my quest for happiness in the city.  I set myself a generous quota of finding ONE thing per week to appreciate and find joy in while going about my life in Chicago (to account for really bad days or weeks where I just hate it).  This week I have four, that's right FOUR things that made me take a moment and appreciate the city.  I'm very proud of myself.  Catching those negative feelings and making a conscious choice to find something happy has become really fun, and I hope good for my psyche.  

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I took this photo while stuck in traffic in the Loop.  Dealing with rancid city smells, atomic potholes, and loud construction sounds invading my personal ear-space was making me feel increasingly crabby and agitated.  But then I looked over (while stuck behind taxis aggressively cutting each other off) and noticed these absolutely gorgeous overflowing planters.  Flowers always make things better!  To top it all off, that banner for a "community of curiosity" really piqued my interest.  Mood lifted.

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I adore this door that I literally just happened to see.  I walk past it regularly, but it's always kept propped open.  It's a shame because it is so cool!  I took a moment to appreciate little hidden oddities like this.

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Is this a bee???  The image quality is kinda poo because I took the picture from across the street and it's of upper-level balconies, but how neat is that design?!  It's nice to see unique details like this when so many buildings in the city are architecturally lacking.  This building was wedged between some very generic brick and cement apartment buildings, too, which made it stand out all the more to me.  I just can't get over the charm of that little bug. 

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There is a furniture store that has jars of candy displayed throughout the space.  Umm, hello?  The 5-year old in me had a freakin field day!  I happen to have a major sweet tooth, so this certainly got added to my list of happy things in the city.  The fact that they had old fashioned candy like these candy dots made me extra happy!

Are you on a mission to find extra joy in life?  I want to hear about it!  Join the quest for happiness!