1. Eating delicious food
Whether your taste is pizza, ice cream, or salad - I think we can all agree that those first few bites of something we love are transformative. Your first thought is simply, oh, yeah, this is delicious, and you realize that you have to take your time, have to savour it. As you enjoy it, you might close your eyes even, because it is delicious.
Oh, food. How I love you.
2. Finishing a good story
Whether it be a book, a movie, a TV series, or a video game, the last moment is always the greatest pleasure.
It's a little bit sad, yes, because now, it's all over. Those characters that you love are gone. Maybe they met a good end. Maybe a bad one. Either way, their struggle is over, and chances are, it all came to a fitting end. Because in order for this to be a pleasure, you must be left satisfied. You must be left happy to have had these fictional lives intersect, even briefly, with yours.
And in that moment, you are both peaceful and overwhelmed with emotion, clutching the book or DVD case or maybe a pillow close to you as your mind slowly comes back to you after spending so much time in this other world.
3. When your pets (or somebody else's pets) are affectionate
There's something particularly satisfying about being accepted by an animal, because animals are just so pure. There's no fear of appearances with them. They don't know to fake anything to protect you or your emotions - they just do what they feel they should.
So when an animal walks up to you and sits by your side, or crawls in your lap, or falls asleep with its chin rested on top of you, you realize in that moment what it feels like to be loved and accepted completely.
4. A big gulp of a nice, cold drink
This is especially nice on a hot day.
It's always a surprise when it happens, too, because drinks aren't always cold enough for this. For you to take a nice, big gulp and feel the cold liquid spread throughout your chest, leaving you feeling fresh and crisp and satisfied.
5. Weird weather (when it isn't dangerous)
Storms can be absolutely terrifying when you have to walk or drive through them - regardless of the kind of storms. Wind, rain, snow - it doesn't matter what kind. They're all terrible.
But when they're mild enough to not pose a risk, and when you don't have to leave the house or watch anyone that you love leave the house, they're also brilliant.
How fascinating is it to sit in the window and watch as flurries of white snow conceal everything from sight at a certain distance? How cars become little more than shapes that turn their glowing, yellow eyes upon you. And then the day after, if the storm was strong enough, you can walk around and take a look at the destruction it has caused (hoping, of course, that that destruction was caused only to trees and the like, not to homes and humans).
6. Changing something about your appearance (and really liking it)
Maybe your hair has needed cutting for a while now. Maybe you get a new tattoo, or you change out your wardrobe, or maybe you just try out a new make-up style. Either way, there is something very satisfying about changing your appearance.
It has the power to make you feel like an entirely new person. With it come silly little resolutions that you may never keep.
"I'm different now," you think to yourself. "And this different person will be stronger, better, and more driven than ever."
Or maybe it just makes you feel more confident. You leave the house with a bit of an extra bounce to your step that day, walking down the street with the knowledge that everyone is looking solely at you because you are fabulous.
It might just be a small, outer change, but it most certainly can come with a huge change internally.
7. That moment when you realize that you really like the company you're in
Maybe you're just sitting in the car after a long day of spending time with people. You're talking, laughing, or listening to their stories, and it hits you in that moment: I really like these people.
You're suddenly filled with affection for them. For the way they speak, the way they think. You're glad that you've spent this time with them now. Because whether you mean it in a friendly way, a familiar way, or a more-than-friendly way, this person means something to you, and that's awesome.
8. Finishing something you didn't want to do (but had to)
Maybe it was an essay for your class. Maybe you had to attend some sort of dull or nerve-wracking event. Maybe you had to have a conversation with someone that you really didn't want to have. Either way, that moment when you finally realize that it's over brings such a relief. You did it, you can be proud that you did it, and now it's finally time to move on.
9. Discovering that you have a shared experience with someone
Nobody likes being alone. And nobody likes feeling like they're the only person who's going through something. So when you discover that someone you know - even someone you don't know particularly well - has experienced the same thing as you, it is sort of nice to be able to revel in that familiarity.
And maybe it isn't necessarily a positive experience that you share. Maybe it isn't something that you would have wanted them to experience. But just the same, you feel closer to them now that you know that you have something very deep and very personal in common, and even if you never speak to them again, you suddenly hold them closer in your heart forever.
10. When an old friend reaches out to you
Maybe it's someone you knew in high school, or elementary school, even.
Maybe it's someone you were really close to at some point, but you've since drifted apart.
And maybe they don't reach so far out as to ask you to get coffee sometime - maybe they just post a little joke on Facebook and tag you on it, or send you a message asking what you've been up to.
Either way, it's always nice to know that someone you used to know or care about still thinks about you from time to time.
Published by Ciara Hall