Five Daily Habits that Lead to Happiness

At a recent gathering here at May Dreams Gardens, those who claim residence in this humble place came up with a list of daily habits that they thought would make people happy and gardeners even happier.

It was quite the meeting with everyone talking at once, the usual suspects claiming superiority (hint, they are garden fairies) and the peace makers sitting back at the beginning to observe the proceedings before calmly stepping forward and bringing order to the disorder. (Thank you, Dr. Hortfreud and the Old Woman at the Door)

I’m amazed that after all was said and done, we ended up with the following list of proposed daily habits that we think will make people happy and gardeners even happier.

From Dr. Hortfreud… Breathe fresh air, and if you can do so while exercising outside, so much the better.

From Hortense Hoelove… Smell a flower, and if you can have some fresh flowers around you all the time wherever you are, so much the better.

From Gloriosa Vanderhort… Touch a leaf, and if you can have a plant nearby at all times, so much the better.

From The Old Woman at the Door… Sow a seed, and if you can sow seeds of kindness and helpfulness along with plants, so much the better.

And finally,

From the Garden Fairies… Get your hands dirty in real dirt, and if in doing so you create a lovely garden for them to live in, so much the better.

So there you have it - a list of five daily habits that we here at May Dreams Gardens believe will make people happier and gardeners even happier.

Breathe fresh air, smell a flower, touch a leaf, sow a seed, and get your hands dirty in real dirt.

I think I’ll try it for a while and see how it goes.


  1. A nice collection of rules from a very wise group. Glad to meet all the faeries!

  2. It will go well. Words of wisdom from May Dreams.

  3. I couldn't agree more, as long as the seeds are metaphorical. Planting real seeds every day would result in more plants than my garden has room for, which would cause anxiety. (What will I do with all these plants?)

  4. Words of Wisdom, but I'm surprised you didn't have any input yourself, Carol. I was fully expecting the post to end with:

    From Carol... Caress a hoe every day, and if it's an old one, so much the better.

  5. The best ideas are simple ideas and easy to accomplish. I like your list.

  6. That's a good list - maybe I should print it out and stick it to the fridge. :)

  7. All good. You are lucky to be surrounded with such wise folk.


  8. Great advise from a wise group of people! I will be very happy if I can do all those things every day!

  9. The residents of May Dreams Gardens are very wise and a lot of fun, too.

  10. Thank you for sharing these wonderful expressions! I have posted them where I will read them every morning!

  11. Thanks for sharing tips from your experts. Excellent advice, Carol.

  12. Such wisdom. Must be because they all practice these very things. Happy day to you Carol dear.~~Dee

  13. A productive meeting to come up with so many good goals.

  14. Duly noted by the staff of My Corner of Katy!

  15. These are great and wise rules - thank you


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