Lists to happiness?

Always I have loved to do lists. ToDo-lists, lists for wishes and vacation locations, catalogues of my books, my embroidery designs and my patterns. Writing such lists is a little work (and sometimes frustration when the todo lists gets longer than shorter), but they are so helpful. Without my todo lists I would forget to many important things. And with my embroidery catalog I can find the right design for a project quickly as I can remember the picture and the designer but not the mostly cryptical names.

But what does this list writing have to do with my happiness, you might ask? Isn`t today the day to think about happiness?

Yes, it is. And St. Claus has brought the children and me a little book: „My 99 lists book to happiness“. Isn’t this perfect for me? As the title tells, the book has lists for different themes. For memories of good moments in live and also to plan more happy moments in the futere. Of course there are also some wise sayings. And the best ist, that I not only will enjoy working with it, no, I can also browe through it in bad times and so be reminded of the good ones.

Opening it for the first time I found the question which were my favorite fairy tales with a happy ending. Oh, this is quite difficult, even when I leave out the modern ones, like the Tolkien stories. Well, I think the best loved five were:

  1. Cinderella by the brothers Grimm, especially in the version „3 wishes for Cinderella“, that is shown on TV every year at christmas
  2. Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) in an original French version by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, but also the modern versions
  3. The ugly duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
  4. Snow white and the seven dwarfs by the brothers Grimm
  5. The cold heart by Wilhelm Hauff

What is your favourite fairy tale with a happy ending?

2 Replies to “Lists to happiness?”

  1. Oh, yes, fairy tales are wonderful. Thank God if you have children so you can read them all over again. I also like Snow White and Rose Red.

    1. Yes, you are so right! Reading fairy tales with the children is so inspiring. And to restrict the list of favorites to 5 is very hard, as there are so many lovely stories. I have also liked the bear in that story and how the two of them coped with the dwarf.

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