Whether it’s rushing from A to B in the middle of a manic day, or wandering around absently with our eyes fixed on our phone screens trying to catch up on what we’ve missed in the social media world, we rarely take a minute in between to just pause and appreciate all of the small, yet wonderful, moments we experience almost every day.
The feeling of a good yawn/stretch
Whether you’re sitting at your desk at work, or rolling around on the sofa in front of the TV, there’s just nothing quite like waving your arms around in the air and pulling a godawful face to prove how good that yawn-stretch combo is feeling.
Laughing so hard your stomach hurts
Despite the fact that we all like to have a good moan about the people, or the moments, that have reduced us to tears, nothing will ever truly beat the moments where your stomach tenses so hard you can’t move and you laugh so hard you can’t breathe – and we all know it will happen again just about every time you try to re-tell the story.
Having a really hot, steamy shower
It doesn’t matter if it’s to sooth your mind after a long, hard day, or to give you a well-needed shake awake early in the morning, a shower is the perfect way to blast all of your troubles away – and the hotter, the better!
Waking up and realising you have a few hours of sleep left
We’ve all done it! And yet, no matter how many times you do this, the concept just never gets old. Then, that feeling multiplies when you wake up plagued with the Monday blues, only to realise it’s actually Saturday. Day = made!
The satisfaction of tasting a really good piece of food
Just the thought of my mum’s cooking, or a really good piece of cuisine from my favourite restaurant is enough to get me through any kind of day, and yet so many of us spend far too much time calorie counting, or feeling guilty about our true loves of the edible world, rather than living in the moment and doing what makes us happy.
Sitting down after a long day on your feet
Mmm! Need I say more?
The sense of relief after an important/stressful event is over
From college essays to job interviews, from harsh deadlines to event planning. All of these things can be a hell of a load for us to carry, which makes it a huge and memorable moment when the load is finally lifted and we can have our care-free lives back – until the next life-sucking thing comes along, that is.
Achieving something you never thought you could
Albert Einstein once said: “The value of achievement lies in the achieving”. One of the best ways to feel better about yourself is to set yourself a goal and show yourself that you can, and will, do it. Once you’ve done that, the opportunities, and the feelings of greatness, are endless.
A successful spontaneous experience
It’s always a disappointment when the plans you’ve been looking forward to for the longest are the ones to fall through, but then there are the plans that emerge from absolutely nowhere and turn into the best experiences ever. The lesson? Take every wonderful opportunity you’re given, even if you’re unsure about it at first.
Making someone smile
As cheesy as it may sound, making others happy gives us an incomparable sense of personal achievement, which makes it a win-win situation. It may be surprising someone with a gift, cracking a joke, or even just being there to offer a hand to hold. Either way, as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself”.
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