Awhile back, we set up a nice little area for Theo to escape the puppy clutches of Winston. At first, we pushed books on the shelf to the very edge, so that he could hide behind them if he felt like being sneaky. This worked for a few months until Theo decided he’d like to stretch out (understandable) and started knocking ALL the books off the shelf in the middle of the night like he was searching for catnip. Since then, we revised the set up and moved those books to the top shelf and now, he just has a whole kitty lounging area complete with a comfy towel and kitty dinner/snacks.
Winston has his crate, Josh has his bike, Theo has his shelf and I have my books. To be happy, I think we all need to visit the little spaces (even the imaginary ones) we claim as our own. It could be a garden, the library, the ocean, a nook in the attic – it doesn’t matter how big or small it is or whether you actually “own” it in the usual sense of the word. If it cheers you up, fulfills you, makes you smile? It’s your happy spot and use it to your advantage!