This week we will be celebrating the International Day of Happiness – what an amazing way to get the world thinking about what makes them smile.

The world is a pretty scary place at times. Terrible things seem to happen all too often, which makes it easy to let negativity cloud our daily lives.

But we only have one life to live, and we get to choose how we live it. While there are many things that make me sad, I would much rather focus on the things that make me happy.

When we allow bad things to stop us being happy, we allow those who wish to persecute us and ruin our free way of life to win.

That’s why I’m so excited for Happiness Day this year, because I feel like I have every reason in the world to be happy right now and it’s fantastic to celebrate happiness globally.

When I stop to really focus on the good, there are many things in life that make me happy.

My two children are healthy and settled in at nursery, I’m managing to do a reasonably OK job at work, and me and my hubby are totally bossing this parenting lark.

For me happiness is being surrounded by people who I love, and who love me in return. It’s seeing my kids laughing as they play with their toys or making a silly face to get a reaction out of me.

It’s seeing my two children bonding, and though sometimes there is a bit of sibling rivalry, overall I know that they love having each other around.

The best thing when I think about the happiest moments of my life is that they were all free. As cliched as it might sound.

The first moments that I held my two babies stands out for me. There was sheer relief that the delivery was all over, and my child was OK, but also amazement.

It’s one of those moments in your life that is just “OMG” huge.

Then there are the little snippets of joy in our everyday lives. Moments when we are all together and content.

My ultimate “secret”, if I can call it that, to being happy is simply finding contentment in my life just the way it is.

We can all be guilty of wishing for that little bit more. A bit more money, a bigger house, a better car, or the funds to travel wherever we want to go.

But we can’t all be billionaires, and spending our lives wishing for something else that is never going to come along is an awful waste.

So this Happiness Day I am going to celebrate what I do have right in front of me.

As part of my celebrations at home, we were sent a fun box of goodies from Hallmark to make our Happiness Day extra fabulous. It included this pretty Cinderella Itty Bitty, some beautiful happy cards to spread the joy with loved ones, a Happiness Planner, some Nutella and some gorgeous pens.

So this Happiness Day (March 20), have a think about what makes you happy, both the little things like your fave TV show and the big things, like the people in your life. Write them down, and you will see that there is a lot to be happy about!

What makes you happy? I would love to hear all about your happy thoughts!