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What Makes You Happy?

It seems like such a simple question, but once you start thinking about it, you find yourself in deep philosophical waters pretty quickly. Herodotus said “Call no man happy until he is dead,” meaning that you can’t adequately judge a life while it’s still going on.

Back in the shallow end, we each have those things that make us happy on a day-to-day basis. Marie Kondo is currently making waves with her tips on decluttering your home for “maximum joy.” Elsewhere on the self-help shelf are books on winning friends, picking up dates, balancing work and life, getting rich, and learning any skill you can name. Whatever you think will make you happy, you can find ways to achieve it.

March 20 is the International Day of Happiness. Whether it’s a hobby, a person, a pet, or even (gasp) your job, we have mugs to celebrate everything that brings you joy!

1. Family

They might make you angry on occasion, but having family around is comforting.

2. Animals

A pet, a conservation project, or just your favorite stop at the zoo, most of us have an animal that makes us happy. You can also search for “dog,” “cat,” or other animals from our home page.

3. Music

Making it, listening to it, or singing along in the shower, the right music can make the day so much better. More music mugs are here.

4. Travel

For work or for pleasure, going to a new place is a welcome break in the routine.

5. Hobbies

It’s something that put effort into even if we’re not getting paid. The other rewards more than make up for it. Search for your favorite hobby here.

6. Reading

I love spending a weekend on the couch with a book. It means that I’ve taken care of everything else on my to-do list, and it’s all “me” time now.

7. Pop Culture

I’m one of those people that lives for movie and TV trivia, and swapping quotes with friends is fun.

8. Friends

Friends are family you get to choose for yourself, and it’s usually based on enjoying the same things.

9. Activism

For some, selfless acts and thinking beyond themselves brings a deep satisfaction.

10. Work

If you really enjoy your job, not only are you happier, you’re very lucky.

Didn’t see your favorite happy thing on this list? Browse our entire collection here! Got a lot of things that make you happy? U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping!