18 places that always make me happy

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In our fast-paced world, finding moments of happiness is more important than ever. The places we visit and cherish hold the power to transform our mood, providing solace, excitement, and a sense of belonging. In my life, there are 18 special spots that consistently bring me joy, each with its own unique charm and story. From the tranquility of my cozy reading corner to the bustling energy of a market abroad, these places are my personal sanctuaries. They offer a diverse range of experiences – whether it’s the peace of a meditation spot, the exhilaration of a music festival, or the simple pleasure of a swing in a local park. Join me as I share these 18 places that always make me happy, and perhaps you’ll be inspired to find your own happy places in the world around you.

1. My cozy reading corner

There’s something magical about immersing myself in a good book in the comfort of my favorite reading spot.

2. Sunset at the beach

The gentle sound of waves, the warm hues of the setting sun – it’s a serene spectacle that never fails to lift my spirits.

3. Family dinner table

Gathering around the table with loved ones, sharing laughter and stories over a delicious meal – it’s a recipe for joy. My favorite one is on Friday because of the Shabbat dinner and my family gratitude ritual.

4. Hiking Trails in the Mountains

Nature has a way of rejuvenating the soul, and hiking through mountain trails provides a perfect escape.

5. Farmers’ Markets

The vibrant colours of fresh produce, the scent of herbs – a trip to the farmers’ market is a feast for the senses.

6. Historic Libraries

The hushed ambiance, the smell of old books – stepping into a historic library feels like stepping into a different era.

7. Coffee Shops with Character

Finding a charming coffee shop with character and enjoying a cup of coffee can turn an ordinary day into something special.

8. Botanical Gardens

The diverse beauty of plant life, the tranquillity – a visit to a botanical garden is a breath of fresh air for the soul.

9. Music Festivals

The energy, the crowd, the music – attending a music festival is an exhilarating experience that stays with me.

10. Cosy Bed with Fresh Sheets

Sometimes, happiness is as simple as sinking into a freshly made bed with soft, clean sheets.

11. City Rooftop Views

Whether it’s a skyline at night or a sunrise over the city, rooftop views offer a different perspective and a sense of wonder.

12. Local Parks with Swings

Embracing the childlike joy of swinging in a park – it’s a simple pleasure that never gets old.

13. Yoga Studios

Connecting mind and body through yoga is a holistic way to find happiness and balance.

14. Cultural Festivals

Embracing diversity and celebrating different cultures at festivals is a joyous and enriching experience.

15. Star-Gazing Spots

Looking up at a sky full of stars, contemplating the vastness of the universe – it’s a humbling and awe-inspiring experience that makes me appreciate life.

16. An old friend’s laughter-filled living room

That’s one place always filled with warmth and memories.

17. A bustling market abroad

Where the aroma of spices created a sensory explosion.


18. A peaceful meditation spot

that offers a sanctuary for the soul.

In essence, these 18 locations form a mosaic of joy in my life, each offering its own distinctive kind of happiness. From the intimate comfort of my reading nook and the familial warmth of Shabbat dinners, to the awe-inspiring grandeur of mountain trails and the exotic allure of foreign markets, these places are more than just destinations; they are the settings of my most cherished memories and experiences. Whether it’s the simple pleasure of fresh sheets, the intellectual sanctuary of historic libraries, or the communal thrill of music festivals, each spot represents a unique facet of joy. Together, they illustrate the diverse ways in which our surroundings can enrich our lives, uplift our spirits, and offer refuge for the soul in the beautiful tapestry of everyday life.

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Luca is the founder of XPATGirls.com. No, it’s not a he, but a she and she’s not Italian but Romanian. She’s currently based in sunny Portugal and in her past life she was a world traveling fashion model jumping from one exotic location to the next. Her motto in life is that the world is a book – the more you see the better the story. While she has a great interest for fashion and travel, her love for people is greater. She is a certificated coach in positive psychology and a happiness trainer. On top of that, a proud mom of twins. She thinks being a mom is the most challenging, difficult and definitely most rewarding jobs she has ever had.

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