Average People Try Their Best At Humble-Bragging, And We Applaud Them
Average People Try Their Best At Humble-Bragging, And We Applaud Them[rebelmouse-image 18345965 is_animated_gif=
Sometimes, you just have a really good day. Sometimes, you feel like you've seized the day and carpe diem-ed at the same time. Internet culture will sometimes knock people down for sharing good news on big accomplishments because they're "bragging." This could be why the humble-brag entered into our vernacular. Speak highly of yourself, but don't be too big of a jerk about it. Reddit user, r/ThirdEncounter, wanted to know what you have reason to brag about when they asked:
Ok, Reddit, if we all suspended judgment for a sec, what do you want to brag about?
Helping Out A Little Creatures[rebelmouse-image 18346204 is_animated_gif=
I pulled a mcflurry cup off of a skunk's head behind the local 711 the other night... poor lil fella was walking in circles, helpless
Crush It! Life, Not Ribs...[rebelmouse-image 18346205 is_animated_gif=
I had my first Code as a nurse (patient became unresponsive and needed CPR). I was quick to start CPR. Broke 7 of her ribs but I heard two weeks later that she was still alive and getting better!
When You're Killing It On Etsy[rebelmouse-image 18346206 is_animated_gif=
I made over a hundred dollars selling greeting cards on etsy last month. It's not much to some people, but the idea that someone would willingly spend their hard earned money on something I made is almost too good to be true.
And I'm getting really good at this one Mozart piece on the piano, but no one I know really likes classical music, and I sound pretentious if I talk about it, so I just play for myself :)
Rising From Nothing[rebelmouse-image 18346207 is_animated_gif=
When I was in elementary school I was almost put into special education because they thought I couldn't read. Last week I started my PhD in biomedical engineering.
Being Able To Move On[rebelmouse-image 18346208 is_animated_gif=
I haven't spoken to my ex in over a month. Finally. Moving. On.
I Mean, Yeah, Okay, You Do You[rebelmouse-image 18346209 is_animated_gif=
My bladder is huge. Like Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own huge.
I almost overflowed a 32 oz bottle once.
Getting The Work Done On Your Own[rebelmouse-image 18346210 is_animated_gif=
I'm about to finish producing my first full-length documentary. Although I've had help from a lot of different crew along the way, a heck of a lot of it I've put together completely on my own. Got several great celebrities all on my own. Edited it almost entirely on my own. Just gotten a nice 1hr20min film done through pure determination and my own resourcefulness.
What Lung Problems?[rebelmouse-image 18346211 is_animated_gif=
Barely a year after quitting 20 years of smoking, me and a friend of mine, meeting for the first time, hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite together. 14 hours, 12.7 miles, and 52000-ish steps.
A Best Man Speech Is Harder Than It Looks[rebelmouse-image 18346212 is_animated_gif=
A few years ago I was the "man of honor" in my sisters wedding, and now every time I go to a wedding one of my friends tells me that my speech was the best or one of the best wedding speeches they've ever heard.
It's Nice To Be Wanted[rebelmouse-image 18346213 is_animated_gif=
I know it isn't much, but it made me feel good about myself. Other day I went to Lowes to get some pipe fittings for a project I'm working on. As I was walking in, there was an older couple (older than me, probably 50's) trying to put a gas grill in their truck. The tried a couple times and each time only raised it about a foot or so. I asked if they needed help, the man said he would love some help, but it gets heavier the higher he goes. I just grabbed it and lifted it up by myself, which prompted both of them to say something like they would love to have one of me around their house.
This might seem like a pretty normal thing to be proud of, but that's one of the first times in many years where someone has said they wanted me...even if it was in passing. It's quite a big deal for this overweight guy with depression.
Tap Will Come Back[rebelmouse-image 18346214 is_animated_gif=
part time dance teacher for the last 6 years here. I've helped grow our Tap Company (higher level tap students who perform in extra shows throughout year) tremendously. when I started it didn't exist due to low/no enrollment/interest. Now, I have 17, SEVENTEEN, students in the company. 3 years ago I had 3, 2 years ago we didn't even offer it due to "low interest", and last year we had 15 students. I'm so proud of myself. It's exciting to see young students interested in tap again. Tap is the underdog of the dance studio I teach at. Everyone wants to be a ballerina or doing the contemporary stuff you see on TV.
All of the pieces I choreograph in our shows get rave reviews and I feel that the program is alive and well again because of me and MY passion for it.
"...Even If It's Only For A Short While"[rebelmouse-image 18346215 is_animated_gif=
My wife is having a very hard time right now. She has periods that last hundreds of days. She's in a lot of pain, and the doctors do what they can to treat it, but I think it's going to come down to a hysterectomy.
With the backstory brought into the light, I manage to get her comfortable, happy, and pain-free every evening. I lay her in bed and rub her feet and wash her face with facial wipes until she falls asleep. It's essentially like a face massage.
I make sure she has everything she needs and wants available to her at all times. She hates shopping, and I have made sure she hasn't had to see the inside of a Walmart in a couple of years.
I'm proud to have the ability to take her pain and discomfort away, even if it's only for a short while.
Eat It, World![rebelmouse-image 18346216 is_animated_gif=
I made one trip from my car to my house with the shopping bags.
When You Get It Published[rebelmouse-image 18346217 is_animated_gif=
Just got the first feedback on my first novel under this pen name, after taking a year or so off from publishing. It's apparently pretty good. I'm a-go to launch in the next couple of weeks and I am excited as f---.
Telling A Grand Tale[rebelmouse-image 18346218 is_animated_gif=
I DM'd my first DnD session ever and had a great time. After it was over the players couldn't stop talking about the game. Feels so good to have put something together that they all enjoyed and praised me on.
Shh. He Doesn't Get It.[rebelmouse-image 18346219 is_animated_gif=
My husband is totally out-of-my-league handsome. Fortunately for me, he doesn't seem to understand what "traditionally attractive" is or means, and he doesn't have a "type" at all.
I'm Out[rebelmouse-image 18346220 is_animated_gif=
I just up and left a job I hate twenty minutes ago... it felt so f---ing good.
Finally Getting The Name You Want[rebelmouse-image 18346221 is_animated_gif=
I'm a Brit living in Houston for the last 5 years. When the hurricane hit I immediately volunteered to help out at the hurricane shelter and continued to do so. I intend to continue volunteering as this is gonna take while to clear up.
It really makes me feel that I am helping others in a time of need and have been really proud of myself for doing it.
Even better was someone called me a 'true Houstonian' for doing this. As someone who had wanted to live in the USA his entire life, to hear this made my day.
Sometimes, We Ignore The Little Things[rebelmouse-image 18346223 is_animated_gif=
I got, like, 10 hours of sleep last night.
Speak Honestly[rebelmouse-image 18346224 is_animated_gif=
I read these comments without judging anyone
Raising A Child Is Like Raising A Dog[rebelmouse-image 18346225 is_animated_gif=
My wife and I have an 8 month old daughter. A few days ago, she took her first steps without our help, and I was there to see it.
It's not that she took her first steps that I want to brag about, what is?
WE'VE KEPT THIS BABY HUMAN ALIVE FOR 8 MONTHS AND WE HAVE NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE!
Bonus, she now says "hi daddy" and gives me a high-five. S--- this makes me happy.
And When You Just When At All Of Life...[rebelmouse-image 18346226 is_animated_gif=
A little over 13 months ago I quit drinking myself to death and started working out. I'm down 80 pounds, and I feel pretty damn accomplished. I accepted a new job, moved across the country, and I'm doing flipping fantastic. I stopped playing video games and started getting out all the time. It's a much better life for my daughter and I. The woman who I would describe as "the one who got away" reached out to me some months back because I was initiating the big move to Minneapolis, and now we are dating, and it's the most splendid relationship I've ever had.
We all indulge in fast food from time to time.
Even if we know what we're eating isn't exactly healthy, sometimes the salty, fatty mass-produced food is the only thing we want.
Resulting in our making weekly, if not daily, visits to a nearby chain.
Then, of course, there are the chains that we make every effort to avoid.
We've likely tried places at least once simply because everyone is always talking about them.
But after having one bite, we have trouble seeing exactly what all the fuss was about and vow to never return.
Even if it might be the only option at a rest stop or even the only available food for miles, we instead opt to wait and be hungry.
Redditor BungOnMimosas was curious to hear what people considered to be the most overhyped fast food chains around, leading them to ask:
"What do you think are the most overrated fast-food chains? Why?"
"Food As It Should Be"... Or Not...
"I know it's not technically 'fast food', but Panera Bread pisses me off."
"Insanely expensive for extremely average food." - Reddit
"Their quality has decreased so much in the past few years and they’ve added weird sh*t to their menu like pizza and chicken sandwiches."
"Massive identity crisis and crap food."- asm233
Things Ain't What They Used To Be...
"All of them, now that they charge real restaurant prices."- P00pf4rt5
"As much as I hate to say it, McDonald's is the only place that I can think of that the quality hasn't changed much."
"I mean, that's a pretty low bar, but it is what it is."- gnatman66happy ronald mcdonald GIF by McDonald's CZ/SKGiphy
"The majority of them, especially the really big ones (McDonald's, Wendy's, BK, Pizza Hut, etc)."
"The prices are no longer fast food prices and the quality is not there like it used to be."
"Far better local options that cost roughly the same at the end of the day."- senorita_diablo
Consistency Is Key...
"You can go to the same location three separate times, have the food made by the same staff, and receive 3 wildly different results."- AndrewLampart
Not So Popular Anywhere, It seems...
"KFC in France became so bad."- SterBout
"KFC."- calm4ufried chicken animation GIF by octavioterolGiphy
Likely Won't Go National...
"Idk how wide spread they are, but in the Buffalo NY area there is a chain called Mighty Taco."
"They were even voted best tacos a few years ago."
"It is absolutely terrible food."
"I’ve tried to like it and given them 3 chances."
"Each time I couldn’t eat more than a couple bites."
"Absolutely terrible and I’m disgusted even thinking about their sour vomit in a tortilla."- aa-2020
"I think I’ve answered this question before but definitely for me, it’s Subway."
"Nothing but a giant hunk of bread."
"I’m editing this to add that part of my anger about Subway is how good it used to be."
"I can remember the days of nearly a whole can of tuna salad delicious sub."
"And a Veggie sub with Swiss cheese and piles of yummy veggies and the sweet Vidalia onion sauce."
"It’s all gone to sh*t."
"I would’ve been perfectly OK with increasing price but the big drop in quality pissed me off."
"Oh woe is me with my first world problems."- Mysterious-Region640football ok GIF by Subway ColombiaGiphy
Quantity Doesn't Guarantee Quality...
"Starbucks is a scam."- cmkeller62
Tasty, But Not Worth It...
"I’m going to say Five Guys."
"Not because the food isn’t good, but because I’m not paying $20 for a burger meal."- 2PacTookMyLunchMoney
"Dairy queen grill and Chill for sure."
"I worked at one for a lil' while and 1 burger combo is $14.56 CAD."- lolidk13Ice Cream Miracle Treat Day GIF by Children's Miracle Network HospitalsGiphy
And Not In A Good Way...
Big Kahuna Burger, it kills you."-Darklock2022
No two people have the same taste in food.
Some people know to avoid crappy food, while others eat literally nothing else.
There are several movies I've watched so many times I think the viewings outnumber the days I've lived.
And much like a favorite tv series or movie, who wouldn't love to start again anew?
Experiencing that first time but with that feeling of... "I'm gonna love this forever."
We never appreciate the first time enough.
But that's life.
Warning: there are spoilers below.
Redditor Jacale1 wanted to discuss all the movies we wish we could experience new all over again, so they asked:
"What is one movie that you wish you could watch again for the first time?"
There are a lot of mystery movies I'd love to redo, just to figure out the killer sooner.
Gasps!Raining The Shawshank Redemption GIFGiphy
"The Shawshank Redemption."
"A great nominee. Will never forget gasping when that rock went through the poster, and again when the warden pushed his arm through and ripped it down.... wow."
Over and Over
"Edge of Tomorrow."
"Is it bad that I got enjoyment knowing Tom Cruise died a lot in that movie. Never on screen, but it happened. Over and over. I hate that guy. How the hell was he the same height as Nichole Kidman in the movies they acted in together. Rhetorical question."
"Honestly the whole reason I watched the movie to begin with is that he kept dying over and over."
“'Stardust'- if you don’t know you’ll never know."
"I’m surprised that a fantasy romcom can be so enjoyable, for a straight guy. It’s just the right balance between fantasy, comedy, drama, and romance. Most of the female cast are very easy on the eyes too."
"I swooned when Yvaine glows while dancing on the ship, and when she talks emphatically to the mouse in the caravan. This movie has a lot of A listers, and they deliver. I’m not gonna lie, I have probably watched it half a dozen times."
"The book has so much more in it, even having seen the movie you'll feel like a child again."
"I watched this with my wife, who has never seen it, and that's about as close as you can get to watching it for the first time. It really displayed just how good the movie is. Also I love Aliens just as much for different reasons."
"Came here looking for this! I watched it for the first time with my dad when I was 11, and it’s one of my favorite childhood memories. Amazing movie."
Hey Arnoldsci-fi GIFGiphy
"I first watched this as a kid when I knew Arnold was the good guy in movies, and I had not seen T1. I wish I watched T2 for the first time after having watched T1. The mall scene would have been even more mind blowing."
T2 was definitely bada**!! I'd redo that.
"Bro, I'll go further. If I could watch the Nicholson covered in blood scene or the final scene between Damon and Wahlberg, I would be so freaking happy. The sheer acting clout on display for the first is near a masterclass while the last scene was just so business like, I'd love to relive that scene with fresh eyes. I love this freaking movie."
"The original Star Wars. Man, that blew our minds! It totally changed movies from then on. We'd never seen such incredible special effects. The story was so fun and the experience was amazing."
"Even though I’m not a franchise fan, I can get behind this answer. Because when I saw it first run, I was fourteen, and nothing like it had ever been done. I think it was the first movie where the special effects were the movie? Now that’s standard. It’s a reason people see many films now."
"So, for sheer originality, I’d watch it again, but only for the first time. I barely recall the second movie."
"The 6th Sense. I audibly gasped in the theater. All the clues are obvious on rewatch but that first time, before anyone knew M. Knight Shyamalan was a twist guy... wow."
"I never got to see it the first time. My girlfriend at the time (now wife) inadvertently let slip the ending thinking I had already seen it. I have never seen the point in watching it knowing the ending. But I did enjoy The Village."
"I watched it again and it was more of a sad film than a thriller."
"Spirited Away. I was blown away by how beautiful and bonkers it is."
"Saaaaame! Every single Studio Ghibli film, but Spirited Away especially! I’ve still watched it a million times though, and it’s always special. If I’m in a bad mood that film always cheers me up!"
"Also, Avatar-the last air bender. I know it’s not a movie, but I felt like it deserved a mention. I’ve watched the whole thing several times, and it’s always great, but I do wish I could forget it and rewatch it. I’m 35 btw... lol."
Great Scott!Doc Brown Shock GIF by Back to the Future TrilogyGiphy
"Back to the Future."
"I'd love to watch that in the cinemas... Now from the future."
Now I want to go to the movies.
There is no one way to anybody's heart or libido.
Sexy doesn't always have to equal raunchy.
I've known people turned on by music, books, nature, and even funerals (don't ask).
What starts someone's engine is a mystery.
Redditor asexyjohn18 wanted to hear about all the things that get people in the mood, so they asked:
"What is a non sexual trait that turns you on?"
I love a walk. A little strut. Nothing like getting the heart racing.
Tingleshair GIF by SB NationGiphy
"Getting my head scratched or having someone run their fingers through my hair."
"Same. It’s so pleasant when the tingles run down your spine... ;-) "
"When a girl genuinely laughs at jokes I make."
"I remember being on a first date with a beautiful woman and I made a bit of corny joke/comment and she laughed at it. I remember thinking, damn, wait till I get to my good stuff. I did get to my good material apparently as we were married. She gives me as many laughs as I give her."
"Kindness. When I see someone going out of their way to help others for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do… that is some truly attractive vibes."
"Apparently it's vanishing from this world really fast. People who show kindness often end up in losses (of course not everytime but most of the time yes). It really breaks my heart."
"Probably the sexiest thing out there. Someone can be smoking hot, funny, talented, etc. But if they're not kind, they're unattractive."
"Smiling right at me, and men stretching. LAWD HAVE MERCY!!"
"I have trouble smiling at women. Is this a turnoff for them? And ones I like are really hard to smile at. Because I know it's always going to be some really weird big smile if I am crushing which makes me feel like a super duper creep."
SimplicityHappy I Love You GIF by Warner Bros. DeutschlandGiphy
"Sorry if this is too kinky but i like it when they care about me."
"Too far man. You need to rethink your choices."
Sometimes it's all about the heart.
Eye 2 Eyei see you GIF by VH1Giphy
"When a guy explains something to you in a calm and understanding voice. Bonus points for gentle eye contact."
"Being crazily intelligent. Screw dirty talk, I want you to explain some unexplainable s**t in my ear."
"Heck yes. My best connections have been with a philosophy/history professor turned chancellor, an environmental engineer, and a neurosurgeon, all 3 Summa cum laude grads and conference speakers in their fields. The downside to genius though is complete absorption in their fields leaving little time for in person connection."
"Everyone should know how to cook. Hunger knows no gender. I like to eat good food so I learned how to cook. I asked my mom one day and she reacted surprised. She was more than grateful to have an opportunity to teach me the ‘finer’ aspects of cooking, as she called it. Lol. I love food."
"My girlfriend, now wife, likes to jokingly say I got her into bed with a well seasoned steak and homemade fries. I mean we did sleep together almost immediately after we finished dinner so maybe she’s right. That old saying comes to mind. 'The quickest way to the heart is though the stomach.'"
"When I ask my husband for help when I repot my plants and he delicately cleans and moves the leaves. He is a mechanical engineer and he works with huge pieces of industrial equipment, seeing him so tenderly caring for my plants just makes me melt."
Limbs A LotExcited Thomas Lennon GIF by ABC NetworkGiphy
"Men doing intricate work with their hands."
"I second this, also someone who can play guitar/bass real real well... just watching their hands, whoa mama."
Well, it seems that just about anything can get someone in the mood, especially if you're kind, courteous, and especially a good cook.
Anything to add? Let us know in the comments below!
Even just in the past decade, items that used to seem too luxurious or expensive for "average" people to purchase are now incredibly affordable. And inaccessible produce and personal hygiene products are close to a distant memory.
It's fun to think back about how far we've come.
Redditor Repulsive_Ad_1163 asked:
"What previously luxurious thing is now considered normal?"
"Vanilla. It’s the second most expensive spice by weight, even today… but for some reason, it’s associated with bland or mundane flavor. Go figure."
"Today's produce is a crazy luxury."
"You are telling me that in Ontario Canada, I can get perfectly ripe bananas in January? Insanity."
Car Bag Phones
"I remember my dad having a bag/car phone in the '90s for his business and people thinking that was a huge deal."
"25 years ago, I was in high school, and we watched a corporate video in class. It was one of those of how the future will be all bright and shiny, as long as everyone uses brand X."
"The video was by Motorola, and it described the future. And they weren't that far off, stuff like zoom calls from the beach. But the one thing that had everyone in the class laughing and dismissing the video as bulls**t?"
"The eight-year-old with her own cell phone. Because 'no parent would ever spend that much money on a phone for a kid.'"
"The only way there used to be to get aluminum was to find native deposits of it. Meaning, basically, pure nuggets or otherwise tiny little deposits. Which were exceptionally rare. Hence the precious nature of aluminum."
"Aluminium didn't become the ridiculously disposable commodity it is today until we learned how to break bauxite with electricity."
"Running Water. I live in a rural part of Alaska in the summer, it is still a luxury there."
"Power windows in a car."
"Car backup cameras. I think they're mandatory standard features on cars now."
Readily Available Food and Water
"I LOVE that I can buy pre-butchered meat and vegetables I didn't grow and pasta I didn't make, etc."
"I read 'Little House on the Prarie,' I'm not butchering the pigs and preserving the meat in barrels/smoking it over two weeks, and it's awesome!"
Flat Screen TVs
"The first flat screen TV I saw was at a Bose store in the Spring of 99' and it was 42" for $15k! By today's standards, it was a fat flat screen of lower pixel quality. Crazy how cheap you can get one for now!"
"Eating meat every day, my grandfather was born during WWII and he told me that he only ate meat once a week when he was a kid. I can't speak for other countries but in the French countryside that was considered a luxury post-WWII."
"If there was one random thing I remember from middle school social studies/history, it’s going to be the fact that purple pigment was for the elite."
"I'm old enough that when I was a girl, most sanitary napkins still had a suspender belt that you attached the pad to; the 'beltless' maxi pads that arrived in the '70s were a game-changing deal."
"And tampons? Revolutionary, although they required a large body of marking reassurance that girls' virginity wouldn't be ruined by tampon use..."
"Agatha Christie once said, 'I never thought I would ever be so poor that I would not have servants, or so rich that I would own a car.'"
"But Honestly this statement is still quite true around the world."
"In places like southeast Asia, many families have live-in helpers or servants and they are quite poor themselves. Yet they can't afford a car."
"My dad used to always put an orange in my stocking and explained that it used to be a big deal because the fruit was hard to find."
"I carried on the tradition with my own kids. My 20-year-old, who I still make a stocking for, told me this past Christmas that it doesn't feel like Christmas if he doesn't get an orange in his stocking."
"He said when he has kids, he'll carry on the tradition and explain why. It made me feel good to know that it was as important to him as it was to me."
It's amazing to think of how the economy and our lifestyles have evolved over the years, and how expenses have changed to reflect that.