Happiness. Often times people because of stresses in their life, be it a hectic work or school schedule, fail to appreciate the amazing little joys that are in their lives. I myself have been guilty of that, thinking that my life was as dull as everyone else’s but then after reading the blog post by Neil Pasricha called “1000 Awesome Things”, I have begun to change my tune and appreciate the little things in life.
That being said, I decided to generate a list of “Awesome Things in my Life”! Now I do not know if I can think of a 1,000 carefully crafted ideas, I have thought of 20.
20 Awesome Things in My Life
- Cuddling up in a cozy blanket and watching a cheesy movie
Their is nothing like just kicking back in bed all cuddled up and watching a cheesy movie that makes you cry. For me a movie that really gets me is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. It’s just such a touching and heartfelt movie I cannot help but tear up whenever I watch it. The purity of the movie is so movie that it is my got to movie when I am feeling down or when I am sick. Plus a handsome Dylan O’brein does not hurt!
2. White Hot Chocolate is back!
For me the best part of enduring a long Canadian winter is getting to have a nice white hot chocolate from Tim Hortons! When it was discontinued my heart broke a little but, this year its BAAACK!!! The sweet and delicious taste makes your forget that its cold outside, and it is the best treat in the winter!
3. Jamming out to music while waiting at the bus stop
Nothing like when you are just standing at the bus stop by yourself and your favourite jam comes on your playlist! For me this week I was waiting on the bus to go to my volunteer job at Rogers TV when Charlie Puth’s song featuring Meghan Trainor called “Marvin Gaye” came on (I know don’t judge!). It’s just so catchy that I could not help rocking out at the bus stop like this lady in the image above.
4. Having pleasant conversation with a stranger
I found lately that the most memorable conversations have been with strangers I met along my route. The other day I was downtown and walking to the library when a lady walked up to me and needed assistance finding a bus location. I offered to walk her there so she would make her bus and along the way we had such a pleasant conversation where she told me about her family and that she’s lived in London all her life. She also gave the best advice since I just graduated university and am looking for work “It might seem dark right now, but before you know it a light will shine and all your dream job will appear”. She was just sweet!
5. Taking out warm clothes from the dryer
My family and friends do not understand it, but I love doing laundry!. The feel of putting on a nice and toasty sweater that just came of the dryer, the best feeling when you are someone who is cold old the time like myself. It is like a warm hug <3.
6. Double-dutch jumproping with friends in your driveway
Who would not be happy jumproping its just so entertaining! It was my favourite activity growing up. Me and my friends would spend hours outside jumproping, and would not stop until it got dark. I double dutch from time to time these days but, I’m not as skilled as I once was.
7. Going to the grocery store for sensible foods, but instead buying chips and chocolate
We’ve all been guilty of this. Going to the grocery store to buy healthy food but then stroll by the snack aisle and a bag of chips or cookies catches our eye. I know for me Smartfood is my weakness and I’ve definitely go into the store with a checklist of healthy foods to buy, but only walk out with chips in hand. But honestly who cares right? Treating yourself to junk food every once in a while is awesome!
8. Blowing bubbles with chewing gum
Bubbles are half the reason I chew gum. It might seem childish but, trying to see how big you can get your gum bubble, before it pops is one of the simple joys in my life. Whenever I chew a piece I cannot help but blow a bubble!
9. Random allnighter board game nights
I LOVE BOARD GAMES. Whenever my friends come over we each bring a board game be it, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Risk, trivial pursuit or many more, and have an epic night of wine and board games. It’s always the highlight of my week whenever we get together because we play for hours and with us all being competitive it can get intense, but funny at the same time!
10.When your friends give you goofy nicknames!
I love giving my friends funny nicknames, but what’s interesting are the names the come up for me! My really close friend Melanie, who I call Melly Mel, calls me Betty-licious:P. While my other really close friend Dylan who I call D – money, calls me B slice. Oh the names we come up with! I would not change it for anything because they are special to me because of you they are from, but it is funny.
11. Having a parent pick a number between 1-20 to settle who gets the last piece of cake in the house or has to do a chore
In my house because their are six of us their can be a lot of dishes in the sink at one time and when we buy cake, muffins, or any sort of treat they can go quick often with one person in the family not getting a piece. That being said, whenever their are lots of dishes to do, none of us kids want to do it so we make our mom write down a number between 1-20 and the winner does not have to do it, and then second round where the loser is stuck with washing. You might think that it sounds silly but it gets INTENSE at my house with my one brother asking for a re-do one time because he thought I cheated because I got the number right on my first try. Oh good times!
12. Taking random hour stroll and appreciating the scenery
Who doesn’t love a nice warm stroll. It’s just nice to take time to appreciate the world around us and breath the fresh air. I love taking these walks because I usually get to see lots of cute dogs along of the way.
13. Wasting hours scrolling through Buzzfeed
Buzzfeed is the ULTIMATE time waster. Their have been many times where I say I will only go on buzzfeed for a few minutes to check out one video as a break from my studies or work, but then 5 quizzes, 3 articles, and 2 videos later and I’m still on the site and sharing my results to quizzes and compare our answers. It’s silly and hilarious fun that is kind of addicting. I mean I’m even on buzzfeed right now while I write this blog post! But in all honesty, Buzzfeed is just an amazing relaxation tool, so for all of you out there who may be cramming for exams take a moment and watch a video or take a quiz on buzzfeed. Relaxation guaranteed!
14. Having an ice cream sundae for dinner
Having an unhealthy treat like a sundae for dinner is FANTASTIC! It’s just the perfect medicine when you are having a bad day or just want something sweet to eat. I love making myself an ice cream sundae, especially when I watch my favourite tv shows Survivor and Amazing Race because it always to have an enjoyable treat while I watch the insanity. All the M&M, Ore Ice cream and marshmallow goodness is just the best!
15. TAKING A NICE LONG HOT BATH
I feeling that this GIF of Chandler from Friends says it all. I love after a stressful day just kidding back in a nice long bath with soft music on and just soak. How can anyone be upset when they are that comfortable!
16. Coffee dates with good friends that last for hours!
My friends are really important to me so when ever I make a coffee date with a friend I may have not seen in a while, I’m never shocked when it ends up lasting 3+ hours. Once I got together with my friend Craig for a coffee and we spent 3 hours catching up on each other’s dating life,school and plans after school, I goofed around on his Tinder for him, and much more. Time just flies by when you are with good company, and its those effortless conversations that mean the most because that is REAL FRIENDSHIP.
17. Bing-watching a new tv show series
Their is nothing like stumbling upon a new tv show and then watching it for hours. I chose the House of Card image because I recently began watching the series am already halfway through season 2! It is absolutely mindblowing and has me hooked. The feeling when its 2am and you have to decide “do I want to sleep, or watch the next episode?” and even though you should call it night you cannot stop watching.
18. The look of pride in my parents face when I do something right
All I have ever wanted to do is make my parents proud, because they gave up a lot for me to have a chance at a better education. So when I graduated from university June and saw the look of pride in my parents eyes as I got my diploma it was amazing, because that moment was just as much about me as it was about them.
19. Tackling a new recipe in the kitchen and feeding it to your family
I would not call myself a chef by any means, so whenever I try to cook something at my house my supportive family always puts their brave face on hoping for the best but ready for the worst. I am happy to say I made them a lovely fish, potatoes, and broccoli meal last week which they loved. Success!
20. Running around in the rain for no reason!
Playing in the running is just the most relaxing feeling. It makes you feel like a kid again. I remember last year it downpoured when my friends and I were returning from Wal-Mart back to our university campus and instead of running for shelter we just ended up dancing in the rain and goofing around. That is a moment I look back at with such fondness.
Well that is my list I hope you appreciate it and take a moment to think of list of your own. Their are so many amazing moments in our lives that we overlook, so take a moment and reflect 🙂
Till next time!