Digging into “the why” of fox+babs, I sought out to determine what is “happiness” to me. I’m addicted to bulleted lists – it seriously helps me wrap my brain around projects, to-dos, concepts, whatever really – so naturally I created lists boiled into three goals to help define happiness.

And I didn’t just whip these goals out of thin air.

Silly gif of girl thinking hard

I did as every scholarly former student does and researched (aka – I Googled). From there, I gathered a few good points:

Inspiration #1:

“After 40 years of research, they attribute happiness to three major sources: genes, events and values. Armed with this knowledge and a few simple rules, we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us.” – A Formula for Happiness, New York Times

Inspiration #2:

“Franklin D. Roosevelt had it right: ‘Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.’” – A Formula for Happiness, New York Times

Inspiration #3:

Full infographic from happify.com.

Inspiration #4:

Found on lifehack.com.


The inspiration goes on, but I’ll wrap it up here from my biggest influencers.

My Three Buckets of Happiness: Self, Community, Experience

After research and lots (and lots) of late night thinking, I created my own three buckets of happiness: Self, Community, and Experience. To expand on these buckets, I brainstormed general bullet points for each followed with examples to help guide my every day commitments to myself and others. Kind of like a gentle reminder when things get confusing, chaotic, and rushed.

Choosing these buckets, I felt like I was pulling together an informed list while also a list custom made for me. Since I’ve already felt these examples before (I’m so fortunate!), I hope to experience more similar moments which can mold me into (or as closely as I can possibly become) a well-rounded human being.

I hope this inspires your own list!

Me sipping coffee casually in Miami


  • Healthy Living: Yoga, Orangetheory, nutrition, mental breaks
  • Habitat: Declutter, uniquely Brickey, filled with memories, comfort
  • Goals: Disney Marathon, weight loss/management
  • Identity: Drawing, running, thinking, diary, gratitude, fox+babs blogging <3

Jeremy and I dancing surrounded by college friends


  • Relationships: Jeremy, family, Golden Girls
  • Clubs/Social Groups: Online community
  • Giving: Charity, volunteering, education on conservation and sustainability

Daydreaming in a hammock while in Costa Rica's rain forest


  • Local: Exploring St. Pete
  • Travel: The world
  • The everyday little things




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