Life can be hard. Life can be tough. Life might be shitting on you right now, which is why I briefly considered calling this post ’50 Things That Prove Life Isn’t Shit 100% of The Time. Maybe like 20% of The Time Which is Honestly Great Odds in The Grand Scheme of Things, But I know You Don’t Want to Hear That When Life is Shitting on You.’
Unfortunately, that title doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue.
BUT, there is always a shred of good to be found in amongst the bad. Below, I have compiled a list of small, everyday things that make myself (and undoubtedly many others with great taste) very happy. I realised somewhat recently that occasionally, I look for reasons to be unhappy instead of embracing all the good that is in my life. I sometimes allow hardship to desensitize me, to make me cold and cynical.
‘What fish fuck in.’
And even when life is awful and I all I feel is the numbing weight of occasional depression, I am painfully aware that I don’t want to be that person.
On the days when I (or maybe you) don’t feel very good, we can refer to this list and remember that even when life is being a grade A penis, there’s still some small amount of joy in the world.
Without further ado, here are 50 happy things, from my irrelevant (but usually pretty hilarious) perspective.
1.) The fact that there are so many different types of cheese in the world (and that I have yet to try them all).
2.) Daffodils, because they are quite literally the sun in flower form (and the first sign that spring has arrived).
3.) The smell of freshly ground coffee first thing in the morning.
4.) Fresh, warm falafel with hummus.
5.) Petrichor – the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil.
6.) Seeing a tiny dog in a big muzzle and thinking ‘what hell hast though wrought, o tiny dog, to deserve a fate such as this!?’
“I have done unspeakable things.”
7.) When the iconic intro to ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly flows through the speakers and your entire body spasms, because you cannot help but immediately dance upon hearing this still fresh af banger.
8.) The shock when you style your hair perfectly first time round. The joy that then follows when you have a flawless day because your hair looks fucking great and nobody can touch you (or your beautiful mane).
9.) When someone sends you a really good Snapchat (or when someone is just generally excellent on Snapchat).
10.) That somewhere in the world, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Trudeau actually exist.
11.) The serenity and sense of being that can be found only in the mountains (or within nature).
12.) When you kiss someone during winter and you both have warm mouths but cold noses.
13.) When someone makes you a cup of tea (and they do it perfectly because their parents didn’t raise a cretin).
14.) When someone genuinely wants to know how your day was and what you did with it.
15.) Eating pizza in bed (this could apply to all food, but pizza is by far the most enjoyable and satisfying for reasons that I cannot fully articulate).
I WISH I KNEW HOW TO QUIT YOOOUUU!
16.) Taking your bra off at the end of a long day and giving your boobs the freedom that they deserve.
17.) Feeling the warmth of the sunshine on your skin (this is significantly amplified if on holiday).
18.) When you catch a bus without having to wait for it, completely by accident.
19.) Absolutely everything about Christmas (FUCK YEAH CHRISTMAS!)
20.) When you have an excellent nap.
21.) Miniature versions of regular sized objects (except for cake, stop making cake smaller you bastards!)
22.) The sense of therapy you feel when cooking or baking. The more elaborate the meal/dessert, the more therapeutic the experience.
23.) When you have a hot water bottle and achieve next level cosiness.
24.) When you have cold hands, so you discreetly warm them on your own boobs.
25.) Cats that don’t run away from you and instead shower you with affection, making you feel like the great queen of the felines or a mighty cat whisperer.
26.) When you have breakfast food for dinner or leftover takeaway for breakfast.
27.) When someone plays with your hair and gently scratches your scalp (because secretly, we are all Labradors).
28.) That you can buy armour for cats.
There may come a day when this concept is not awesome, BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY!
29.) When you meet someone on the same wavelength as you and the friendship is instantaneous and effortless.
31.) Hand written letters (and postcards!)
32.) Actually managing to save some money.
33.) Marvelling at how blue the sky truly is on a clear day.
34.) When someone else makes or buys you any form of food, just because they like you and they want your taste buds to be happy. Extra points if it is one of your favourites.
35.) Arguing with strangers on Twitter.
36.) When you deliver a zinging one liner/response and it receives a warm reception from the masses.
37.) Every time you see a shooting star and think ‘holy fucking shit, flying star space rock things!’ (That’s how I science).
38.) Jeff Goldblum’s iconic performance in Jurassic park (and the fact that Jurassic Park exists generally).
Easily the most seminal and important role of the 90’s. Also, the sexiest.
39.) That you can purchase an Emotional Drake Necklace on Etsy. (Other wonderfully bizarre items worth mentioning: salt distilled from people’s tears, a candle scented like Dumbledore’s fictional office, Sherlock themed thongs and pretty much any item you could desire emblazoned with Kim Kardashian’s ugly cry face).
40.) Seeing people with really cool skills and talents perform said cool skills and talents.
41.) When someone correctly uses one of your favourite words/a great word in a sentence.
42.) When you listen to someone bi/multilingual speaking in a language besides their mother tongue.
43.) Pug dogs.
44.) A very personal one – When I see wild Heather chilling on the mountains and feel a sense of kinship with my hardy little namesake. I then Googled ‘Heather’ and found an ENTIRE WEBSITE dedicated to Heather called ‘The Heather Garden’ and let’s be honest those jokes write themselves.
45.) When you buy new climbing gear, revel in its newness, then break it in on some rock.
46.) When nobody is home, so you can stroll around naked as the day you were born. And pee with the door open. (Shout out to all those people sans family and housemates who can do this all day every day!)
47.) The exhausted, slightly battered yet utterly triumphant satisfaction you experience when you have been outdoors climbing all day (or hiking, or skiing, or surfing, or kayaking or etc). The first sip of a crisp, cold beer when in this gratifyingly weathered state is also something quite special.
48.) When your bare feet are in contact with the grass, sand, tarmac or dirt and you lament the need for shoes because bare feet against the earth feels magical.
49.) The sound of rain outside when you are tucked up safely in bed with absolutely zero need to get up and go outside.
50.) When someone tells you that they love you.