It's the Little Things in Life

by - 8:25 AM

I admit it: I'm not exactly a cheerful, optimistic girl. There are lots and lots of things that annoy me and believe me, you don't want to be anywhere near me when I'm annoyed.
Right now I sound like a very grumpy teenager, but there are quite a lot of things that make me smile. Those things are often small things in the big picture of life and most people wouldn't give them a second thought, but these little things can make me the happiest girl in the world.

"Good morning"
I'm not a morning person. Neither am I an evening person. Sometimes I wonder if I'm a person at all. There's one thing that can save the day when I wake up in a bad mood though. No, it's not coffee. I'm talking about two little words: 'Good morning'. Those two words change everything.
When my mom wishes me a good morning my grumpiness disappears. When a stranger on the streets wishes me a good morning, I start to smile. But what really makes my day is a short message from one of my friends. A few weeks ago I went to a party. When I woke up and texted a friend, he answered with 'Good morning sleepyhead'. I smiled for days.

Butterflies

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I'm almost immune to most forms of animal cuteness (until you let me hold a kitten or pet a crippled lamb). The only animals that I've always truly loved are butterflies. One of my dreams is to see a Ulysses butterfly in the wild.
We don't have any huge colorful butterflies in the Netherlands. Butterflies here are small but pretty. I've seen only a few this year and they made me smile every time. I'll never forget them time I went out for a walk and the first butterfly of the year circled around me a few times before it flew away. That memory makes me so ridiculously happy that it could help me make an invincible Patronus.

"This reminded me of you"
You know how people tag their friends in the comments on articles you see on Facebook? That doesn't happen to me very often, but when it happens it makes me feel appreciated and happy. Someone took the time out of their day to think of me and show me something they think I'd like too. It doesn't matter if that something is an article, book, video or a package of Skittles. Just the fact that someone took the time to think of me makes me the happiest girl in the world.

Hot chocolate
It doesn't matter where or when, a cup of hot chocolate can turn my frown into a smile. Especially if there's a load of whipped cream on top. Even when it's 30 degrees outside and everyone is eating popsicles, I'm still happily drinking hot chocolate.


Catching the bus just in time
After long, pointless days in college, nothing feels as good as jumping onto that bus just seconds before it leaves. Okay, I know that there'll be another bus going to my hometown within five minutes, but still. Nothing can beat that feeling of pure triumph I get when I catch the bus exactly on time.
No, wait. There might be one thing...

Words that suddenly make sense
There's one thing in this world that makes me so happy, words can't even describe it. Which is kind if funny, because words are what make me happy.
Have you ever had one of those moments in which everything just makes sense? When I have one of those moments, I suddenly understand why something has a certain name. Like lederhosen, those weird German shorts. The word lederhosen means leather pants, which is perfect because those things literally are leather pants! Same goes for the names of some Pokémon. When I discovered that 'Ekans', that purple snake Pokémon's name, is 'snake' spelled backwards I felt so ridiculously good. My mind can get blown by something little and silly like that. It's awesome.

These were just a couple of the little things in life that make me happy. What makes you happy?
Stay Awesome!

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  1. I had no idea that ekans was snake spelled backwards xD
    Your list of happy things was really nice. I get ridiculously happy too when someone tags me or shares an article specifically with me. It makes me appreciate that person even more and I dunno, it just gives this amazing feeling and I feel my social dealing meter go right back up to full again :D

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    1. Oh, in that case you might like to know that 'Arbok' is just 'Kobra' backwards :P
      Haha, hope you enjoy the pictures I tweeted you then ;) Maybe they'll get your social dealing meter up a little :)

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    2. My mind was blown when I found out about Ekans and Arbok, too.
      And the names of the first three legendary birds (ArticUNO, ZapDOS, MolTRES)... see a pattern there?
      Words are proof that magic is real. :)

      Geekie Chic

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    3. Oh my god, I never realized that about the first three legendary birds! I think I should take a closer look at all those first generation Pokémon again o.O

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  2. Hot chocolate and revelations make me feel pretty happy too. And I feel like any form of tagging on social media makes you feel appreciated, and it's all so positive x

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. True, when people tag me in pictures Ifeel appreciated too :)
      Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Hot chocolate is one of the beautiful things in life. The coffee shop here has a frozen version of it and it's amazing, especially in the summer when I desperately want hot chocolate, but also don't want to explode from the heat.
    And I agree with you about the tagging on social media. Or when people send you a link to something saying, "I think you'll like this" or "thought of you". Those little things can make me smile for hours. :)

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    1. A frozen version of hot chocolate? Why did I not know about that?! I think my smile would stay with me for weeks if I drank that :P

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  4. Hot chocolates and tea ^.^
    I also love when my dogs come running to meet me in the morning or after I go out and come. Sometimes, when someone you haven't spoken to in awhile calls up after a long time and you speak for hours just like the old days, that too makes me happy :)

    -Kathie K
    A Sea Change

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    1. Tea is great too :)
      I never had a dog, but I can imagine how good it must feel to be greeted by your dogs in the morning. I also love it when old friends reach out to me just to catch up :)
      Your comment made me smile :)

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  5. I completely agree with you. Some little things are just right when it comes to making me happy- hot chocolate is on the list.

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    1. Thank you :) Seems like hot chocolate is on everyone's list, haha

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  6. I love it when people say something reminded them of me. And greetings and smiles too. Feeling appreciated is one of the best feelings ever. It's like I have a place, you know?

    Anyway, really lovely post, it made me smile today. ^_^

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I totally understand. Sometimes I don't feel like I have a place, but one of those things makes me feel appreciated again :)

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  7. I love it when someone says "This reminded me of you", it just fills me up with happiness :D

    Lovely post, it was so sweet :)

    ~Noor
    www.alittlebitofsunshineblog.com

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  8. This was such a lovely post! I am not a morning person either- to be honest, even when my family wishes me a good morning I'm still completely grumpy until I've had my porridge and at least one cup of tea :) Long summer evenings make me happy, and seeing the children in our street out playing- it just reminds me of being a kid. Any kind of cake is always good, too.

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    1. Thank you!
      Haha, tea makes everything better, doesn't it? Sometimes I'm exactly the same ;)
      The things that make you happy are great, I wish I had thought of those

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  9. Aww, this is cool.

    Unlike you I hate the words 'Good Morning'. :P But I love when people are reminded of me and when someone wants to spend time with me. Tea makes me happy and above all else, seeing my characters come to life from either drawing or writing.

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    1. Sometimes I hate the words 'good morning' too, but only if I'm in a really bad mood and someone is forcing me to be happy by grinning and practically yelling those words at me :P
      Seeing your characters come to life, that's something beautiful there that makes you happy!

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  10. Random things that make me smile: the scent of cheese popcorn, dimples, the flush on my face after a good workout, green trees and multicoloured flowers, a cold breeze on a sunny day, going to bed early with a good book, the sound of my mother's laugh... yes, too many things to count. La vie est belle! :)

    Geekie Chic

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    1. That's a nice list. I've never had cheese popcorn, but the scent of regular popcorn reminds me of watching movies in the theatre with my friends and that makes me happy :) Also, going to bed early with a good book... I love that

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