The past week has been kinda a bummer for me, and I’ve hit the point where I’ll search for a little happiness just about anywhere. When I saw that someone had asked the Reddit community “What is the best feeling in the world?”, I clicked expecting to see a mix of classics (like peeling the protective plastic off of new gadgets) and the obvious sexual things (which, of course, were there).
What I didn’t expect was to have my heart basically melt out of my body by one user’s completely spot-on list of 86 absolutely perfect pleasures. I’ve copied his list here for you to read, but definitely head over to the thread — linked above — to contribute your own.
Peeling the whole orange in one go.
Peeling the whole egg in one go.
Finishing composing a song (or finishing learning how to play a song).
Seeing “100%” written down on an assignment.
The boss saying “thank you.”
The smile on my mom’s face when she can tell I enjoyed her cooking.
Teaching children about basically anything.
Going up the down escalator.
Going down the up escalator.
Singing in the shower to an imaginary audience of thousands.
Shaving facial hair into different shapes and patterns before shaving the whole thing off.
Learning something new.
The crystalline nature of freshly fallen snow.
Hot chocolate on a cold winter day.
A fruit smoothie on a warm summer day.
Waking up and realizing you’re not sick anymore.
The thought of the girl I’m into smiling because of me.
People who are willing to love and accept one another, in spite of their many differences.
A lone dandelion on a lawn of grass.
Smiles in general.
Giving a pedestrian at a crosswalk the right of way.
Someone helping me with groceries since I’m a dime short.
Helping someone with groceries who’s a dime short.
The laughter of children.
When the chords in a song sound just right and resonate with my thoughts.
Finding twenty bucks in your pocket.
Forgetting you left it there and finding it again that night.
Beating a personal high score at a video game.
Cleaning out papers after a semester of studying.
Finding an oddly shaped baby carrot.
Eating the airy puffballs that sometimes form on pizza.
Learning and performing a new taekwondo move (or dance move).
Beating my mile time.
Singing a song in public and having someone sing along with you.
The sound and feel of a perfect high five.
Showing affection to someone who shows you hate.
When a girl is all dressed up for a formal night out.
When a girl has her hair up and is in sweats and doesn’t care what she looks like.
Pets after you feed them.
The smell of rain.
The first minute in a hot shower.
When crises bring people together (ex: people hugging while crying).
When someone changes an opinion on a before strongly held belief
Finishing a great novel
Finishing a puzzle
The look on someone’s face when he gets the punch line
Every time I see her name
Getting a new bench press record.
A girl complimenting anything about me.
Goosebumps as the breeze hits the back of my neck.
The first bite of a plump nectarine.
Seeing how many peas can fit stuck in my fork.
Taking my pants off after a long day.
When someone says “You made my day.”
The feeling of inertia as the plane descends.
Giving out halloween candy.
Getting a straight or a flush in poker.
Seeing an animal (even as simple as a deer or squirrel) in the wild.
Opening the door, the fly leaves, no flies enter.
The moment of meditation after I do something wrong.
Drawing a perfect circle with a compass.
Hitting green lights my whole way home.
Getting a call from a friend from long ago.
Writing handwritten letters, licking the envelopes, and mailing them.
When you climb to the top of the tree.
When you hike to the top of the hill.
When you wake up without hitting the snooze button.
The fog layering glasses when eating soup.
Seeing very old couples happy together.
Giving food to a patient at the hospital.
Giving a hug to someone who needs it.
When all of the popcorn pops.
When the sequel is somehow better than the original.
When there is someone to share the Kit Kat with.
The moment I slip on my lucky boxers.
The initial feeling of jumping into a puddle.
The sound of a leaf crackling while walking in the fall.
When she hits me up first.
The moment of silence after listening to a good song.
When I accomplish something someone told me I could never do.
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