You don't have to search far and wide to realize the things that make us the happiest are within reach.
And the most satisfying joys in life are simpler than you might think.
After coming home from a long and stressful day, there's nothing quite like being greeted by a loved one, a spastic puppy that's been eagerly awaiting your return, or even a glass of wine. Or two.
"What are some of the small things in life that make you happy?"
It's the little things we don't think of that can relieve us of life's many burdens.
Free Da Feet
"Taking off my work boots at the end of a shift."
"This. So much. I have about 2 hours left in my shift. Can not wait for that 530 am beer on the back porch with my boots off."
"Freshly washed sheets on the bed + just shaved legs + the windows open with a perfect cool summer breeze."
When Nature Sings
"Listening to the rain while I'm indoors."
A Delightful Buzz
"Iced Coffee, simple pleasure of a cold caffeinated drink."
Pets are given when it comes to making us feel all the feels.
Loyal Protector Of The House
"When coming home and your dog sees you from a distance and gradually gets more and more excited as your approach, to finally greet with joyous love and show you what a good boy they've been protecting the house."
A Purrfect Companion
"When a cat sits on me."
"My cat will often sleep in bed next to me and usually gives me spiky back rubs at bedtime.Sometimes though when he's really happy, he'll reach out and hold my hand with his paw."
"My cat has a specific special meow she only uses when I sneeze. It's super cute and makes me laugh a little every time."
Our positive reactions with people can truly influence our mood.
They Nourish Our Souls
"Having people genuinely care about you. Mutual love and respect is one of the best feelings in the world. I also love food. Food is comforting."
"A genuine smile in return of mine."
"Yes. Like, when someone sees you and you can just tell they're really happy to see you, they're not just smiling to be polite."
"Falling asleep with someone laying in your arms next to you. That calm kinda peaceful feeling of just relaxing. Not the part when your arm falls asleep or when you have to get up to pee though lol"
My joy-inducing thing is a little bizarre, but I trust this is a no judgment space.
I love to sit down to read in my love seat situated in the corner of my living room. But the act of reading itself is not the thing that makes me happy.
It's the smell from the pages after opening a new book that brings me such joy. It lets me know I'm about to be transported and it evokes a childlike sense of wonder that grounds me.
And it is one of the most comforting feeling. A literary aroma.
Memories are powerful things, able to bring joy or sadness simply by recalling the past. Some memories are definitely better than others, though; especially the ones that bring a smile to your face every time you remember.
Reddit user Docter-Donut asked:
Bout a year ago, was in a discount grocery store. I had about $20 left after bills and rent, so was having to carefully pick what to buy. In the end, after umming and ahing for a couple of minutes over whether I could afford to spend $6 on coffee I put it back on the shelf and went to the register.
As I'm walking out of the shop I hear a woman call after me: "Young man, you forgot this" I turn around and she thrusts the jar of coffee into my bag, I go to protest and she cuts me off saying; "I remember what it was like, not having enough money and having to go without. You take that coffee and enjoy it mate," the biggest smile on her face. She was like a beacon of light during one of my darkest times, and I always remember her, with every cup of coffee I can't help but smile. Because now each cup reminds me there are truly good people in the world.
My daughter was born in July. The following fall she often would cry at night. I would wrap her in a blanket and take her for a walk. Moments after we got into the cool fall air, she would fall asleep but I would make the walk last as long as I could. Now every fall when the first cool evening hits I smile and often take a walk. She's now 38.
My favorite childhood memory is, and always will be, sitting at the kitchen table having a coffee with my mom. We would just sit and talk for hours about everything over a pot of coffee.
Truthfully, everytime I have a coffee I think of those times and smile. That probably contributes to my caffeine addiction. I need a coffee to get thru my day has totally different meaning for me. That joyful thought always rights whatever wrong is going on.
She lives several States away now and is getting older. I don't know how many coffee talks we have left, but I'll always have the ones we've already had.
When my friend got hit in the face with a piece of broccoli at a hibachi restaurant
Thinking about my cat, Cricket, and how he loved hanging out with me in my garage, like he was my assistant working on the car or sat with me during rainstorms. He was so much fun.
One time my brother said something funny while I was eating cereal and I had a huge mouthful of unchewed mini wheats and milk and I started to laugh but then my sister said something funnier and then I though of the most epic funny thing to say but I was trapped in the state of laughter/trying not to spit out or choke on my food. Which actually made me laugh even harder because of the situation I was in. Then my brother looks at me like wtf is wrong with you and I just point at him and then my sister and then myself and it was so stupid and I just fell to the floor crying with laughter.
I used to work for a landscaping company cutting grass in industrial parks. One day I was cutting a huge piece of lawn after a light rain, and stirred up a bunch of bugs. Some swallows must have noticed and went on a sort of feeding frenzy all around me for like 1/2 hour. I would be riding along and a bird would swoop what felt like inches from my head, and then spiral all around to catch more bugs. After watching them for a minute or so I knew they wouldn't crash into me, so it was like being given a private air show.
My husband and I have a habit of touching feet when we sleep- a nice cute comfort thing because cuddling in your sleep is just impractical and sweaty.
Once we were napping in the study on the inflatable mattress. We were head to toe because I was trying to use my phone while charging it.
We fell asleep, and i woke up and instinctively reached my toes to his toes.
I heard a muffled "Hey!!!" because I forgot we were head to toe and shoved my feet around his head instead.
Its been 10 years and i still laugh thinking about it.
Back in college, I was eating at Chipotle with my friend Anthony, who is typically a pretty suave guy. As we were talking, he was alternating between taking sips of his beer and dumping Tabasco on his burrito before taking a bite.
He gets lost in our conversation and I see him grab the Tabasco and start bringing it to his lips before catching himself and grabbing his beer instead. Then I see him do it again, getting even closer to his mouth this time before realizing his mistake. He laughs it off.
Another minute goes by and, exceeding all expectations, he grabs his beer and pours it into his burrito.
My mom found out she had stage 4 lung cancer when I was 2 and passed away when I was 6. When she got diagnosed, she was given 6 months to live so, needless to say, she gave us lots of amazing memories and really lived in the moment.
The one story I always tell when talking about my mom was how one day she let me and my older sister stay home, which was a big deal in 1st and 3rd grade already. We went to Bulk Barn and got EVERY item we wanted. When we got home, we snuggled in my parents' bed, spread out what felt like a never ending amount of bags of chocolate/candy, and watched Disney movies all afternoon. When my dad came home from work, he just jumped right in and joined us.
It was right before she went into hospice and the last "good day" I remember her having before she passed so the memory holds a special place in my heart.
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Tears can mean so many things in the complex human emotional spectrum.
A person may cry because they're overjoyed, or deeply sad, or grieving, Tears may fall over a lost dog, or a found dog, or losing the 90th round of Tetris attack in a row.
Here were some of those answers.
I heard it second-hand from my mom, but I made my grandfather cry (in a good way).
I had taken him for his monthy doctor appointment in the big city. My cousin just had a baby girl, so he was showing the nurses photos of her exclaiming:
"I'm a great grandfather!"
I turned to him and said
"You were already a great grandfather."
He didn't say anything but later, Mom told me he cried when he got home.
Assuming The Worst
I worked at a dq. As we had a new employee at the time (someone who had gone to the same school as me) I was telling my coworkers who the new employee was. (I said her name out loud.) she had been the lobby, just out of sight, heard her name, and assumed I was talking bad about her. Started bawling and walked out on her shift. She did not last very long after that.
Mean Without Reason
In 3rd Grade someone in my class told me to ignore a friend of mine for a whole week to see how they'd react. I was a baby-back jerk in 3rd grade and normally just did what people asked of me, so I went ahead and ignored my bro in class, recess, and on the bus... it hit him hard to the point that he had a full on breakdown. Actually still friends with the guy to this day, not sure if he remembers this incident back in 3rd grade (like 15 years ago). But I still think about it occasionally, might bring it up next time we hang out and see what he says.
Something Else At Play
I work at a theater. A guest had their cell phone on with max screen brightness and they were sitting in the lower rows so everyone behind them could see it. Naturally, I asked them to turn their phone off or stow it completely. They instantaneously started crying instead. This guest was a woman in her early 20s.
Done Their Best
Casual acquaintance in my friend group in high school cut her own fringe. It was so bad I laughed. I genuinely didn't mean to 'haha' in her face it just slipped out in my shock at how bad she'd botched it. I felt so bad about it I took her to my hair dresser after school and they tried to fix it. There wasn't much they could do...
We were doing that thing where you give a gift to someone else, and they do the same, don't remember what it was called. I was gifted one of those stamp collecting "books" (more like a magazine). It was a really cute girl and i really liked the gift so with excitement when i received it i asked "Where did you buy this?!?" Which apparently she thought was me making fun of the gift, so she cried. I just wanted to know where she got it so i could get the stamps to complete the collection. This was before highschool and to this day i cringe when i remember trying to explain myself and no one would listen. I never even found out where to get the damn things so i had to throw it away.
I graduated high school. That's obviously not special, but the year before I graduated, my brother was involved in a serious accident that left him quite crippled. He put off getting his degree/GED, so now he'll never have it.
My dad cried big time when I walked across the stage.
Sweet As Pie
I was in the vet with my 12-week old kitten and my really stressed out husband because my kitten was peeing blood. There was a bunch of other stuff happening in our lives and everyone was really stressed. We were waiting for the vet to come in and I was freaking out over the kitten (I thought he had urinary crystals like my older cat) and I was holding him and crying and I was talking about how if he had urinary crystals he might die because he was so little and my husband was basically like "nothing is going to happen to him, he's our baby" and started crying. It was actually super sweet because we had just adopted out his mom and sister and he was the last foster (saved his pregnant mom from the street) and that was pretty much when my husband decided we were keeping him.
He was ok, btw. The vet couldn't find any sign of infection or crystals and just kept asking me if I had dropped him. I told her no, but that he threw himself into the ground pretty hard a lot while playing. She was kind of giving me the side-eye and then he tried to get down off the exam table, tripped over himself and fell down. She was basically like, "yeah, clumsy little ahole bruised his bladder, he'll be fine". He was, other than the fact that he's still clumsy over a year later.
I unknowingly friend-zoned a girl hard in college. I didn't find out until a while later, but she had a bit of a crying freakout during class shortly after and ran out. I only know because my now wife was in her class.
Reasons My Child Is Crying
During my pediatrics rotation in medical school, we spent a day at a day care. I was chaperoning a bunch of preschoolers on the playground and one of them asked me to push her on a swing. While doing so, I decided to make small talk since I had no idea how to interact with children (still don't). I said "So, about to start elementary school huh? Which school are you going to?" She had a look of complete shock, stopped the swing, and screamed "I don't know!!!" then broke down in tears and ran away from me. My instincts kicked in and I immediately walked in the opposite direction nonchalantly so the employees wouldn't suspect me. I didn't go into pediatrics.
If you don't know the name 'Marie Kondo' then you've clearly been living under a rock; or you're just waking from your New Year's Eve liquor coma because honey..... 2019 is all about Marie and how she is going to organize and cleanse our lives.
Netflix's 'Tidying Up' hosted by Marie Kondo is sweeping the nation. Marie is the mother of the KonMari method. What is that you ask? It is the method defining the act of taking all that you possess, materialistically, pulling it together and separating it into different categories. Then... you go one category at a time and begin a 'purge.' The idea is that you continue ownership of only the things that "spark joy!" Once you accept this merriment, you find a place for each item in your life. Whatever remains after i.e, all that is joyless, well that stuff is banished. Give it away, burn it, destroy it, who cares, just get it out of your sight.
Marie's methods have been met with some controversy and blowback for being a bit... extra, but for the most part we've all become obsessed. Mainly because in our heart of hearts we're all hoarders in some way and we are dying on the inside to find productive ideas to change that behavior. So let's learn a few things about Marie, because she is not going anywhere anytime soon. If Netflix is smart they've renewed her for a decade because she is basically on the path to be our Oprah for tidiness.
John Lewis & Partners, the U.K. department store famous for its adorable Christmas commercials, has just released a new video which brings a tiny modicum of joy back into the otherwise depressing world of television advertising. In the video, a crowd of parents are nodding their way through an elementary school recital when their ambitious children decide to take things up a notch with Queen's most iconic anthem.
Twitter felt like they were seeing the world's most adorable concert!
Who's seen the John Lewis and Waitrose advert with the school kids singing Bohemian Rhapsody? Its brilliant!👏👏👏👏— jdman (@jdman)1536164495.0
Of course I love #GBBO but did everyone just see that @jlandpartners advert with the kids singing Bohemian Rhapsody?! Amazing!— Matt McCabe (@Matt McCabe)1536089390.0
Didn't think I'd like this. But I really do. John Lewis and Waitrose bring kids together for an epic performance of… https://t.co/b1SYsBfrRZ— Jeremy Lee (@Jeremy Lee)1536047980.0
These kids rock harder than most of us could ever hope to!
Did anyone else simply love the John Lewis/Waitrose ad by those Fab kids doing Bohemian Rhapsody? Amazing! Brought… https://t.co/j3jqeLzBrS— Shar (@Shar)1536097625.0
I am actually living for the John Lewis advert with the Bohemian Rhapsody kids cover 🤗😂— Shae (@Shae)1536285550.0
And Twitter explodes from the #JohnLewis And #Waitrose advert during #GBBO Bohemian Rhapsody on Mars with kids....brilliant #queen— Alina Cohen (@Alina Cohen)1536088784.0
Though John Lewis is usually known for its Christmas ads, this was a refreshing change of pace!
The new John Lewis-Waitrose ad with the kids doing bohemian rhapsody is excellent ✅👏🏻👍🏻— MR-DMV (@MR-DMV)1536261258.0
@RealSethDaniels waitrose/john lewis, have a new advert, kids singing "bohemian rhapsody", it's brilliant. have you seen it yet?— Lyn Macdonald (@Lyn Macdonald)1536248632.0
Stuff the Bake Off! It’s all about this advert tonight!!! Who couldn’t love #BohemianRhapsody being performed by a… https://t.co/WWjMBZSK0F— Laura Dyer (@Laura Dyer)1536093135.0
Some people were enjoying the commercial more than the program it aired during.
So Far the best part of #gbbo today is the bohemian rhapsody advert 😂— Alex (@Alex)1536088766.0
Has anyone seen the new John Lewis / Waitrose advert with the kids singing Bohemian Rhapsody? Absolutely epic, best advert in ages.— Shannon 👸🏼 (@Shannon 👸🏼)1536088735.0
Everything, from the music to the visuals, just seemed to come together...
Just watch this. The best #JohnLewis & Partners advert EVER! (It’s NOT about Christmas) Featuring a bunch of kids,… https://t.co/WBTBNJZzcf— 𝓡𝓪𝓷𝓭𝔂 𝓐𝓻𝓲𝔃𝓸𝓷𝓪 (@𝓡𝓪𝓷𝓭𝔂 𝓐𝓻𝓲𝔃𝓸𝓷𝓪)1536087556.0
You haven't seen undeserved self-satisfaction until you've seen a group of theater kids singing Bohemian Rhapsody.— gayle.txt (@gayle.txt)1535919463.0
Congrats on another winning commercial, John Lewis & Partners!
#JohnLewis @jlandpartners Just seen the new advert and I think it's genius, Kids singing #BohemianRhapsody what's not to love!!— Lucyboo (@Lucyboo)1536252346.0