People Describe The Happiest They've Ever Felt
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Happiness is one of those abstract and amorphous things that nobody can quite pinpoint, but everyone knows when they feel it.

It can be triggered by lots of things - a great meal, an old friend, your favorite episode of your favorite show...


Happy looks different for us all, but maybe that's whyReddit user MyForever_NameNow asked:

"What’s the happiest you’ve ever felt?"

The same situation might make one person miserable while making another elated ... so let's see where Reddit finds their joy.

Time Traveling

"Once I was driving from Philly to Las Vegas. On one leg of the trip, I got a bit of a late start and I really wanted McDonalds breakfast (this was before they served it all day)."

"My clock said 10:22, and I was about 15 miles from the next exit, so I knew I would never make it. Then I crossed over a time zone and my clock changed."

- lump77777

"incredible"

- BennyJO_

"Not gonna lie, best story I've read in awhile. I'm now happy for you."

- McAvoy4Potus

"It’s like the world willed you into having breakfast that morning , like the earth moved in order to give you what you needed … kind of epic"

- Avatorn01

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A Poetic Mishap

"This might be weird but I keep thinking back to this and how I will never have this experience again: I was 13, nerdy, loved to draw, grew up rural. My Grandma lived close to a big city."

"Went to visit her in the Summer and then went to an Japanese culture fest in said city. I was overwhelmed by the experience. Bought two super sweet Neon Genisis Evangelion artbooks."

"When I went back to Grandma's place by train, I missed the stop and got off one stop later. It was quite late already, but a warm summer night. Next train back would come in 2hrs. These two hours, alone during a summer night with two artbooks at a tiny, rural train stop surrounded by trees and absolutely nobody else around were pure bliss. A weird feeling of peaceful, 'liminal' joy that I can't properly explain. Different happiness than love, etc."

"I haven't really told this story to many people because I know nobody would truly understand the feeling, and that would kinda ruin my memory."

- SkyPirateVyse

"That’s dope. Sometimes we forget to just stop and really enjoy the moment"

- PalaSS9

Endless Young Love

"I remember being in 8th grade watching a movie at my girlfriends house and we were giggling and commentating on the movie the whole time and just remember thinking I would marry her someday."

"I’m now 29 and we still giggle and commentate on every movie just like we did when we were kids, but that “young love” feeling is a very happy feeling for the first time, I’m just so lucky to still have those feelings 15+ years later"

- Lets_Huff_Paint

"Ok, but seriously, my spouse and I are also several years into our honeymoon and it's quite nice."

- HugeMisfit

"Marriage goals."

- bjcm5891

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It Was A Good Day

"Oh gosh"

"Most recently,"

"Trying to keep up with my dog and boyfriend as they ran along the beach chasing the dolphins that were in the water. I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. It was a sunny March day so nobody up and down for miles, just us. The bright blue sky and glimmer coming off the ocean - the salty mist while the waves crashed and the cold ocean at our feet."

"God I haven’t ever felt so alive in my whole life. It was one of those moments where I wished I could have it burned into my memory. Like I could tuck it away and live in it forever."

"That was a good f*cking day."

- Paisleymypup

"That’s so wholesome, it sounds like a scene right out of a movie"

- modestmandrakeman

"I feel happy reading this"

- Barcelona539

Mutual Crushes

"Me and my crush were hanging out one time, and all I could say was. “I like you… a lot.” And she just smiled and said “Me too.” Has to be the happiest day of my life so far."

- Mrcoolguy900

"I live near a popular district in Kansas City and I once bumped into a young man who'd just professed his love for someone, and he was so overjoyed I couldn't help but ask him what had happened."

"It made me really happy to see how happy he was."

- FearGunner

"Same thing happened to me, she told me she liked me and it took me about 3 minutes to fully process what she had said and how to respond. I ended up saying "same bro". Well we're together now but that was a pretty stupid response."

- Sir_Thiccness_69

" 'So far' I like your attitude"

- Homerpaintbucket

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Sobriety

"now"

"5 years sober"

- Feels2old

"Mad respect, I'm very proud of you internet stranger!"

- therealfakechips

"I'm right behind you with 4 years. Congrats Feels great to be me again"

- m3x_aries

"Respect"

- MyForever_NameNow

That First Cry

"When my youngest was born, she really wanted out and my wife made it to the bathtub, and she came out with my help, she had the umbilical cord around her neck and I managed to get my finger under that and free her, that first cry made me so happy."

"She's eleven now and sitting on the couch right now eating chocolate and watching TV..."

- agent_fuzzyboots

"Kid's first cry was mine was well."

- vsmack

"Wow that's insane! Great job! When the umbilical cord wraps around the neck it's called a nucal. It can be pretty dangerous, especially in an emergency labor setting."

"I always thought I would never want to deliver a baby. And then we learned about emergency labor situations in the EMT course I took and I fell in love. Once again, great job! That must've been scary."

- boo_boo_technician

Being Present

"I was taking a walk in December last year when everything around me in my personal life was hell. A feeling of calm washed over me, and I started to look at how beautiful the sky was. I was crystalline in that perfect moment, and cried a few happy tears."

"I realized that being "present" is the only way to truly live... The past and the future are illusions and robbers of life. Ever since then I am extremely committed to finding beauty in every day things. I frequently feel very happy now, because I never run out of things to marvel at."

- cobraCL

"Dude I feel that. I lost my mom and several other family members in the last few years, went through a major breakup, had to move a bunch, plus all the COVID stress. I'm stressed a lot, mostly tired, but sometimes a moment washes over me and I'm just so grateful to be alive, looking at a sunset or a tree or the Christmas lights in my living room. Something about going through hell really makes you appreciate life."

- crunchypnwtrash

Vacay

"Grew up kind of poor, didn't go on my first vacation until I met the woman who'd become my wife. We went to Tennessee and got a cabin with a hot tub and some good muscadine wine."

"It was night time, gently thundering and raining, little bit of a mist coming in to the high rise porch we were on where the hot tub was, just relaxing, buzzing. To me it felt like the perfect setting, perfect feeling."

"Tied with that, she's the first person I saw the ocean with. Took over 6 hours to drive there, we unpacked, walked out to the ocean about knee deep, holding hands. The sound of the waves and the seagulls. The look of happiness on her face as she stared out."

- IROBotNeverDies

​Frogging Around

"My ex, who loves frogs to death, asked me to go frogging with her early unto our relationship, not to kill them, just to catch and identify them. Its one of my happiest memories and without a doubt the most attracted I've ever been to someone."

"Its actually when I started to realize how strong and how smart of a person she was which combined with everything else made be fall head over heels."

- SplitttySplat

"Thats awesome man. I'd be happy to have had a unique experience like that too. No dinner and a movie, Frogging!"

- EmseMCE

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