How happiness helps us survive

  • 16-Mar
  • |
  • Holly Blossom
  • |
  • |
  • Customer Stories
  • |
  • Views

This Friday the 20th March is International Day of Happiness. Happiness can be hard to find, especially when we don’t know what it is we’re looking for. We are told success will make us happy but this is rarely the case and is often a temporary elation when it is found. The mindset of ‘I’ll be happy when… I’m rich/famous/successful’, stops us from being happy now. You need only look at celebrities to realise that success, fame and riches is not what leads to happiness.

So what does?

Robert Waldinger’s Ted Talk ‘What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness’​ detailing a 75 year Harvard Study of 724 men, tells us that good relationships lead to being happier and healthier.

How do we form these good relationships? We need a positive attitude.

This involves hope, confidence and perseverance, rather than senseless optimism or toxic positivity. We need to be hopeful so that even when we are rejected, we won’t give up on making a friend or finding love. We need confidence to talk to new people, confidence that the relationships we form will be good ones. We need the perseverance given by a positive attitude so that even when things do get tough we can keep our relationships strong.

Positivity is necessary to form good relationships.

If our happiness is dependent on ​long-lasting ​ good relationships, a positive attitude must also involve honest communication. This is also the number one thing most long distance couples will tell you is the secret to their success!

Talking through problems, being open with your emotions, telling the person how they make you feel, are all vital to nurturing any relationship, not only romantic ones. The trouble is, insecurity, embarrassment, fear of being hurt, and other things can get in the way of honest communication, to the detriment of all kinds of relationships. ​

How can we combat this and honestly and effectively communicate?

There is​ a book called The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and it is a fantastic guide to human relationships.​ ​According to Dr. Chapman, there are five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. Some people hear in one and speak in another- If you’d like to take the quiz to find out your love language or buy the book ​click here

For more information on making and keeping good relationships, you can listen to Holly Blossom’s new podcast ​Tea with HB​ ​The episode ‘Positivi-tea’ is all about Happiness and Relationships!

Once we make good relationships, we want to create memories. In times of difficulty we forget to remember the good things. Gratitude journaling can be really helpful to keep us in a positive mindset and remind us of all the things that make us happy. But if you’re like me and you forget to use your diary or struggle to find the time to write things down, physical reminders can be really helpful.



My Icon Story was founded to help people memorialise happy adventures and life moments so if you have a story you want to remember you can make your own​ ​here! Below are just a few recent customer examples to inspire you.

Inbetweener (700mm x 200mm) with black wooden frame on Pantone colour of the year Blue background

Michaela created this My Icon Story for her best friend when her and her boyfriend of 10 years got engaged. The icons represent their relationship from when they first met, bought their first home together, celebrated relationship milestones and of course the date they got engaged. This print features a number of special icons including two from our licensed brand collections (Love Hearts and Transport for London), and the ring icon you see is a bespoke design based on Daisy’s actual engagement ring.


Small & Mighty (500mm x 200mm) with black wooden frame on rainbow gradient background

“The Icon story I designed was for my Sister and Brother-in-law for Christmas, they loved it! The Icons represent them and the things they like. I chose a rainbow background because my sister loves rainbows, as do I.” Gaby Azagury


Inbetweener (700mm x 200mm) on pale grey with white wooden frame


From the story of your relationship, special life moments or achievements, there is a My Icon Story in us all.

Leave a Comment

Recent Customer Stories

Design Your Own

Client Testimonials

  • I've ordered a few pieces from My icon Story and couldn't recommend them more. They make for amazing bespoke gifts and the service is amazing! The team are really helpful should you have any queries or issues.

    - Lisa-Kate McGrath

  • Thank you My Icon Story for helping me create a unique and personal 30th birthday present. I would recommend the website to anyone who wants to give something special as a gift.

    - Liam Whiddett

  • This beautiful bespoke piece of art will add something very personal and meaningful to our new home. Creating bespoke icons which weren't on the website was no trouble at all. The customer service was impeccable, and we are completely in love with our 'my icon story'. Thank you so much

    - Jenna Bristow

  • I'm looking forward to receiving this sentimental anniversary gift for my husband. It will be a fun and artsy reminder of the path our relationship has traveled. (I'm also thrilled to be the first US order!) Can't wait to gift more of these for friends with new babies!

    - Zahra Curtin

  • Thank you so much for all your help with designing my icon story! Nothing was ever too much trouble and being able to create the exact icons I wanted made my story so much better! A fantastic gift for anyone!!!

    - Ella Rayment

  • Fantastic idea for a gift for a brother in law who is extremely difficult to buy for! So pleased with result and have already recommended to others. Will definitely use the site again

    - Julie McCarthy

  • Great service from My Icon Story and we loved our finished Icon Story - which was a very successful anniversary gift!

    - Carl

  • My Icon Story really caught my eye when I saw a feature about it in Metro. It really helped me find a unique present for my wife this Xmas and our print hangs proudly in our hallway!

    - Rob Griffiths

  • Really wonderful piece, my wife loved it. Designed an icon specifically for us as well which made it extra special.

    - Ryan Taylor

  • What a great idea. I wanted something meaningful for my partner for his birthday and what better than icons denoting memories from our time together. Will definitely be telling my friends and family about My Icon Story.

    - June Richardson

  • I came across this amazing website via the Evening Standard during a commute home. We were able to create a fantastic and very personal story of our family epic holiday to Australia via Hong Kong. Within a day, Laura even added 2 icons for the Gold Coast for us to choose....the best bit about the the whole experience was the personal service to ensure we could capture an eternal memory in such a unique way. Thanks Laura!

    - Russ Thomas

  • Love love the My Icon Story I made for my wife to remind us of some travel adventures we've had over the years

    - Christian Turner

  • It brought my wife to tears with all the memories of our past she thought I had forgotten

    - Sean Garwood

  • Really loved the artwork, stylish and contemporary. A wonderful memento of our daughter's trip. My Icon Story were extremely helpful from design to delivery. I would recommend My Icon Story to anyone seeking a unique and well made souvenir of their travels.

    - Jane Allden

  • Was really happy with the print. The customer service was great and it didn’t take long to arrive. Cheers!

    - Rob Aitken

  • We loved our Icon Story print following a European trip. Beautifully made and framed.

    - Kayleigh Westwood

  • I purchased a print for my friends birthday and I can honestly say I am so happy with the result. The website is really easy to use, there are a huge variety of icons to choose from, but if you can't find what you are looking for, there was the option to get one designed for you.

    - Kirsty Elliot

  • My boyfriend bought me a print as a surprise after I went away travelling. I absolutely love it!, thank you! It's such a thoughtful and personal gift and a lovely reminder of my travels.

    - Diva M

  • My parents absolutely LOVED their bespoke print I gave them for their ruby wedding anniversary. What's more personal than something that reminds them of all their favourite places they've been together? I'm normally terrible at buying gifts, but you can't get it wrong with a My Icon Story print!

    - Abi Morrish

  • We got a beautiful bespoke print for our wedding, it has all our tables that featured at our wedding. Cities that myself and the hubby have been to. They even created a new icon for us as they didnt feature it. Brilliant service.

    - Lauren Chorley

  • We bought a print for a 50th birthday and selected a number of icons that reasonated. The site is really easy to use and if you cant find what you want then you just need to ask! We were delighted with the print and so was the Birthday Girl!!

    - Rebecca French