After a week of doing this happiness project, Yaya remarked, "It's kind of fun looking for things that make me happy all day. Like, that makes me happy!"
And it turns out that research bears that out - this article is a good summary of some of the recent research on how to increase happiness - looking for things to be grateful for is a major piece of that puzzle.
The girls agreed to let me snag some of their social media posts and repost them here. They're interesting glimpses into how they think:
Yaya: "Made a methane atom in science class today and got to eat it afterwards."
Yaya: "Made a perfect circle in math."
Buddy: "When Yaya gets in the car and we can leave the car line and go home." - his photo with my crop
Kiki shared the rainbow bookshelf she and Yaya constructed a few months ago and have been keeping up:
Kiki's fry eye:
This day that the girls and I laughed until we cried over these two chat bots (ironically) expressing gratitude to each other in an infinite loop:
The day that Yaya and I posted the same thing - a screen shot of Civilization IV:
This point where Drew and Buddy's journals converged on the scooter Buddy got for Christmas. Buddy's tiger den friends all have scooters they ride at the meetings, so Buddy was eagerly anticipating joining in, and both enjoyed the experience of Buddy getting to ride during the den meeting: