Sometimes its hard to be cheerful. I have been counting my blessings which I do have in abundance. But still, cold grey dreary skies, the constant drip of rain, cold which seeps in past layers of clothes is not cheer making.
Real happiness is internal and is in all the little things say philosophers.
One little thing which gives a great lift are new plants. They spell so much hope.
I found this site very intriguing. Here is a lady who built her own pond and backyard. The end product is really stunning. http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/backyard