When you’re stressed, it’s easy to forget those fleeting moments that manage to fill you with a disproportionate amount of fuzzy joyfulness. So I’ll remind you… Here is a list of eleven of those specific tiny yet beautiful moments!
1) The golden glow of nostalgia
This may sound a little strange but nostalgia is often the best way to forget the negatives about many things and hold on to the best parts. For example, when you’re not at home, you forget what a dump your town is and miss all of the little quirks because that’s what makes it home. Living somewhere that isn’t your hometown is something really special, as it gives you the opportunity to feel that homely-ness about somewhere you once classed as “The Big City” or “Way Out There”. The idea that you can have many pseudo hometowns is just amazing, because you get to apply that golden tint to more places.
2) The exact colour
You know what I’m talking about. It might not be your favourite colour but it’s that ONE colour that is just so… perfect. It’s usually very specific, like Antique Brass or Blood Orange (it’s just red!), and just picturing it is enough to make you feel so immensely satisfied. It’s the colour you want to paint every wall in your house. It’s probably changed a fair few times and varied in exact shade but you definitely should own something in that colour.
3) Tea when it’s raining
It doesn’t necessarily have to be tea, just any hot beverage. Many people dislike the rain, but once you get over the ‘I definitely have hypothermia’ stage and get yourself inside, it’s not all bad. You get to run yourself a steaming bath, sit by the fire and indulge in a nice cup of tea. Then you can just appreciate the sound and look of the rain without feeling like you might die. And it’s pretty darn beautiful!
4) A message right when you need it
We all have that one friend who can telepathically sense when we’re not feeling our best. They always come through for you, but you have no idea how. Don’t question it, just roll with it. Tell them how much you love them and it will make you feel just as good as when they tell you. And if you feel like you don’t have that friend, you probably just need to hear it from you first! After all, knowing someone is there for you is one of warmest feelings possible.
5) Summer evenings in the park
This one will always remind me of being with friends. Remember the summer after GCSEs (or something equally stressful), when you thought that life couldn’t possibly get any harder than that so you revelled in the fact that it was all over and you could pretty much do what you wanted now. That may have been inaccurate but the mixture of innocence and hope for the future is perfectly summed up by just relaxing on the grassy hills at your local park when everything has molten light bouncing off it – and it’s just the right temperature.
6) Saying your favourite word
If you don’t have a favourite word, I’m going to give you one. It has a nice meaning and it’s exceptionally fun to say; serendipitous. It’s used to describe a “happy coincidence” (or serendipity), for example you could happen across something that changes your life for the better and it would be serendipitous. You can’t be sad when you’re saying such a mellifluous word.
7) That one smell
Everyone has that one smell that’s like a drug to them. You might love the smell of new books or a deck of cards or freshly mown grass. The best part is that those smells aren’t just smells. Some are universal but many are unique to different people. That’s because all your senses are linked to memory, so when you smell something nice, you’re subconscious is likely remembering something happy.
8) Opening a parcel
There’s nothing quite like pre-ordering a book on Amazon, subsequently forgetting about it and then actually receiving it in the post. You might know you’re getting a parcel when you get home so you spend all day at work thinking about that little box. All you want to do is tear it open and have at the goods inside and when you do, it’s so gratifying you wish you could do it over and over again!
9) Remembering an inspirational quote
If you’re a fan of words, you’ve probably written other people’s words in places like notebooks or whiteboards or have them somewhere if they mean something to you. But because there are always more inspirational words to be heard and read, the ones that once shaped you have been overtaken by newer philosophies and ideas. But sometimes it’s nice to gain some insight into the person you once were by re-reading these and remembering what it was like to be motivated by those words. You never know, it could happen again!
10) Listening to nature
Music is fine when you’re in the city and it’s busy and people just keep walking into you and all you want to do is get your groceries and go home. Sometimes the world is quieter and calmer. Sometimes it’s okay to just listen to what’s happening. Maybe it’s rain or birds. Or maybe it’s just wind and in the background you can still hear cars and conversation. But it’s enough to let you breathe.
11) The height of every season
You’ve probably got a favourite season, and the height of that season is beautiful. At some point during every season, there are those picturesque moments that make you realise that the world is always beautiful. It might be the dead of winter, absolutely freezing and it’s hard getting to work or school because snow has impeded on your life. It would be so easy to get annoyed about it and wish it was summer again but then you come home and you look out of the window and despite the fact you have to buy new tyres, you can’t help but smile just a little bit.
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