People Explain What Always Puts Them In A Genuinely Good Mood
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The past year brought about much anxiety and it's been a challenge to find the light in what has felt like perpetual darkness.


But the light is there, and if we allow ourselves to look for it, the ray of positivity could meet us halfway and bring a sense of peace.
Happiness comes in many forms. Just because we've been in isolation for much of last year due to a global health crisis, it doesn't mean we can't experience joys in our life.
Whether it's curling up with a feel-good novel and a cup of coffee, being comforted by the purr of a pet cat, or getting back in touch with old friends via Zoom, there is no shortage of opportunities to lighten our hearts.
In pursuit of attaining that warm and fuzzy feeling, Redditor vendettabunny20 asked:
"What gives you genuine happiness?"

Food brings people together, and that combination brings much happiness for these Redditors.

Nourishing Love

"Plenty of my favorite food eaten together with fam."

"Harvesting fruits/veggies from plants which I grew myself and then gifting the harvest to others. I love to grow blueberries and hope I will have lots next year."

Sorarey

Compliments To The Chef

"Seeing people enjoy food that I cooked, especially seeing my fiancee smile while she eats my from-scratch chocolate chip cookies."

Pennywise626

The Little Things

"It's difficult to tell the difference between genuine happiness and enough distraction. Food, like video games or playing the piano, makes me joyful while I'm eating it. I believe that the things that make me truly happy are the ones that happen infrequently, if at all, and are beyond of my control, such as being complimented or receiving physical contact."

Weekly-Resolution237

Being alone with our thoughts can be comforting.

Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

"Being outside with no people around. Live in a city and I get up super early and just walk around before everyone else is out. Best part of my day."

LuciferVX

In Between Consciousness

"I think it may be the only time I am ever genuinely happy when I am in that state of going to sleep where I think, but at the same time I am neither asleep nor awake. It feels like I am entirely detached from the physical world; free of fear, and pain."

Relative-Question731

"Don't try heroin."

glaceto

Upon Reflection

"I've noticed that some things can make you so happy that they make you happy before (anticipation) and after (reminiscing) you've done them."

norseOnAHorse

Being with loved ones, both humans and pets, can be the very definition of happiness.

Quiet Companions

"Weekend mornings sitting on the couch curled up with my husband and cat, both of us reading a book. It feels like quality time even though we aren't talking. Just a lot of peace."

charrosebry

"Your comment made me imagine a cat sitting on a couch, reading a book, wearing reading glasses and that made me really happy."

FlyingFlamingoPuppy

Hide And Seek

"Watching my cat get stuck somewhere stupid, then yelling for help. The best place so far was in a cabinet over the stove."

Glass_Teeth01

Our Inner Comedian

"When I manage to make my friends day by making them laugh. I honestly get so happy when they are happy."

unknown_404_yep

What Brings Joy To Others

"I really love to hear about other people's hobbies/passions/interests. It never fails to make me smile."

"Equally, my hobbies/passions/interests make me happy."

royals796

I'm a kid at heart.

So it's not surprising that going to a Disney park as an adult brings out the inner kid in me.

Having grown up in Southern California, I get nostalgic about all my trips to Disneyland with my family and friends.

Eventually, I got a job there in entertainment, where I've made lifelong friends and grew as a performer.

My glee quadruples when I bring friends who've never been to a Disney park before and I see the excitement on their faces.

And what brings me pure joy is hearing from these first-time visitors that, after a long day of running around for 12+ hours, they tell me they had the "best day ever."

Walt, you did a good thing.

People Imagine How They'd React If Someone Offered Them $50K For Their Pet
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I've got a decent amount of animals - some fish, turtles, dogs, etc. - but out of all of them, Optimus Prime is definitely *my* pet.

He's kind of a jerk to everyone else, but a with me he's a the biggest bestest beefaroni boy.

That is an outright lie, this dog is awfully behaved and taught himself how to open doors so he stays letting mosquitos in the house and air conditioning all of South Florida instead of just my living room. I just have a soft spot for him.

But here's the thing - soft spot or not, if someone offered me $50k for this dog, my reaction wouldn't be horror because I just love my "shmoopies" and even can't imagine. I'm not that privileged.

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People Explain How They Got Their Scars
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Two years ago I steamed a hole in my belly with a hot water bottle that was slightly open.

I didn't feel myself literally cooking because I have nerve damage in the area, but I still have a quarter-sized circular scar as proof!

I've got lots of scars, but my lobster steam stamp is one of my newer additions so it's kind of a fan favorite right now.

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People Explain Which Professions They Have Absolutely No Respect For
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Have you ever heard of a certain job that people call a career and thought... "PEOPLE PAY YOU FOR THAT?!?!"

All hard, honest work is good work.

And then there is just trash work.

And I don't mean garbage collection, that is honest work.

I don't know how some people live with themselves.

Redditor MrTuxedo1 wanted to discuss the careers they don't believe people should chase. They asked:

"What job do you have no respect for?"
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The nose is constantly being attacked by odors of the world.

Going through one day without having to hold my breath during a certain point, is a miracle.

Of course, I'm a New Yorker, so I maybe exaggerating for people in the countryside.

What's funnier is odors that are pleasant, that shouldn't be.

Have you ever looked and something and thought... "yuck."

But then you smelled it and it was like... "oh lovely,"

Redditor HappQueue wanted to know what aromas are arousing to the senses that may come as a surprise to many. They asked:

"What smells good but shouldn't?"
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