Feb 11, 2012

101 Simple Pleasures - Part 2

Simple Heart-Shaped Strawberry Photo
Heart-Shaped Strawberry by Szabo Eszfer/Nature/National Geographic Photo Contest

After the huge success of 101 Simple Pleasures, I've decided to make another list with yet another extra 101 of life's most simple pleasures.
They say the best things in life are free.  And I think the list below perfectly proves that point:
102. When your heart stops for a split second when you see your significant other's name.

103. Seeing the whole arch of a huge rainbow.

104. Waking up a minute or two before your alarm and feeling so well rested that you can get up, turn it off before it even sounded, and start your day early.

105. When you find out that the person you're in love with is in love with you too.

106. Spending two minutes on hair and makeup that looks like it took you hours.

107. The feeling of nostalgia when you visit your old neighborhood.

108. Winning a game... Any game.

109. Realizing from their expression alone, that someone just hold the exact same idea as you did.

110. Cracking up so much while you're trying to tell a funny story that you can't even speak, and everyone else can't help but laugh along.

111. Finishing a test at school and knowing you aced it.

112. When an online video plays without having an advertisement first.

113. Coming home to the smell of your favorite food being cooked for you.

114. Staying up late and waking up late on long holiday weekends.

115. That ninja feeling you get when you catch something that someone threw from far away.

116. Finding out that your favorite username isn't taken on a popular website.

117. Throwing food up in the air and catching it with your mouth.

118. Slipping off your shoes without untying them.

119. Those songs that just have this way of reminding you that you're alive.

120. Shaking rain off of an umbrella before you close it.

121. Singing every word to your favorite song at the top of your lungs.

122. Discovering a new shortcut.

123. Waking up after having a great dream and just laying in bed thinking and smiling.

Clicking a pen when you're bored.

125. When someone unexpectedly remembers your name.

"When we lack proper time for the simple pleasures of life, for the enjoyment of eating, drinking, playing, creating, visiting friends and watching children at play, then we have missed the purpose of life. Not on bread alone do we live but on all these human and heart-hungry luxuries."
~Ed Hayes
126. When you find out the name of a song you've been wanting to know forever.

Looking at a digital clock and seeing a series of numbers, like 12:34 or a pair like 10:10

128. Talking into a fan and listening to your voice sound like a robot.

129. The burst of flavor in the first few moments of chewing a fresh piece of gum.

130. Seeing a big, bright, full moon.

131. Losing sleep to a good book because you just cannot stop reading it.

132. Seeing a big, beautiful, old tree.

133. Putting your best friends as your siblings on Facebook.

134. Finding a quarter in the return slot on an arcade game or soda machine.

135. Dropping something and then swiftly grab it in mid-air before it hits the ground.

136. When you set your iTunes to 'Shuffle', and it immediately plays a song that fits your current mood.

137. When you succeed in doing something someone said you were incapable of doing.

138. The excitement of getting a new text message when you're bored and lonely.

139. Peeing in the shower.

140. The goofy excitement of eating desert for dinner.

141. Picking up something small off the floor with your toes.

142. Shouting out random numbers when someone is counting.

143. Watching the epic music video-clip to a song you like.

144. Being the first one to take a shower and getting the hot water before it runs out. (only in third-world countries)

145. Getting into the university you wanted to go to.

146. Seeing really cool, artistic graffiti.

147. When you make eye contact with a friend from across the room and you both automatically smile.

148. Lying down outside at night, looking up at the stars and convincing yourself you are actually looking down.

149. Not giving a darn what anyone else thinks and living life the way YOU want to live.

Successfully blowing a huge bubblegum bubble without popping it.

Simple Bursting Bubbles Photo
Bursting a Bubble
151. Squeezing the dish soap bottle so that little bubbles fly out.

152. Looking at somebody you see all the time, and suddenly feeling like it's the first time.

153. Getting in a taxi cab and yelling: "FOLLOW THAT CAR!".

154. Quietly passing gum to a friend in class like it's some sort of drug deal.

155. Waving to the security cameras when you enter a store.

156. Muting the TV during commercials.

157. Watching two drops of rain roll down your window and pretending it's a race.

158. When you realize you weren't born to fit in, you were born to stand out.

159. Looking in the fridge for no reason when you're bored.

160. Hearing your self eating crunchy food in a quiet room and wondering if other people can hear it too.

161. Finding the start of a roll of tape.

162. The sound of a baby just learning how to speak.

163. Seeing old home videos of yourself when you were a kid.

164. Watching the clouds go by.

165. Looking at yourself in the mirror and making funny faces.

166. When your jaws and cheeks ache from too much laughing.

167. When the beer or soda foam goes up out of the glass, but doesn’t spill over.

168. The moment when you think: "Screw it! I'm doing it my way." And it works.

169. When you experience a moment of dejavu.

170. Learning and using keyboard shortcuts.

171. Harmonizing your voice with a song on the radio as you sing along.

172. Hearing the first few seconds of a song and instantly knowing you're going to like it.

173. The sizzling sound of water hitting the pan when it's still hot after frying something.

174. Coughing in front of smokers to make them feel guilty.

175. The sound of a golf ball falling into its hole.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
~Leo Buscaglia
176. When you're too excited to fall asleep.

177. The moment you realize you could spend the rest of your life with someone.

178. That awkward moment when you've already said "what?" three times and still have no idea what the person said, so you just agree.

179. When you suddenly notice your fly is open, and pause for a moment to think about every social encounter you've had since the last time you went to the bathroom.

180. Discovering a new, useful feature on a product you have owned for a while.

181. People who always gets WAAAAAAAY too hyper!

182. Realizing you borrowed the pen you're sticking in your mouth.

183. When you're washing the dishes and a spoon decides to have a water fight with you.

184. Making someone who is crying, laugh.

185. Taking the perfect self-pic of you and your friends.

186. Looking out over the ocean and wondering if there is someone like you on the other side looking back.

187. When you're running late, and then you finally get there, the person you were meeting is running later than you.

188. When you open the fridge that's full of food and think, "there's nothing to eat".

189. Tears of joy.

190. Making eye contact with a stranger in the street, smiling and feeling a connection, even if it's just for a moment.

191. That friend that makes you smile without doing anything.

192. Knowing how to fix something when it breaks.

Opening a new book for the first time, and how it wants to close itself again to preserve its secrets.

194. The funny sound your straw makes when you suck up the last few drops of soda or a milkshake.

195. Looking at the moon, hoping the one you love is doing the same.

196. When you peel the entire orange in one piece.

197. Seeing joy in everything.

198. Random, nice wall posts on Facebook.

199. Being alive.

200. Singing so passionately, tears roll down your face.

201. Having a lucid dream.

202. A good memory. A good feeling. A clear thought. A good laugh. A smile. A friend. A time. A place. A moment. A glimpse...

203. Receiving more than you were expecting to receive (;

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This list reflects my own life's simple pleasures. If you have other pleasures to add to the list, I'd love to hear them in the comments.

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