LOOK AT THAT FLOOFEH KITTEH.
A while ago, I was feeling really depressed, so I decided to order a few books on happiness online. One of them was The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha, which is a book filled entirely with “the little pleasures in life” that we take strange satisfaction in, such as popping bubble wrap and the smell of baked goods.
This book has given me tons of smiles, so I thought I’d create a blog post with 5 awesome things of my own, created in the style of The Book of Awesome.
Your oven smelling like pizza
Eating a slice of pizza (or, let’s face it, an entire pizza) is one of the finer things in life. It’s easy, it’s tasty, it’s messy, and above all, it’s tasty. But there’s something special about that anticipatory smell you get when you pop one o’ them freezer pizzas into your oven and crank it up. As your kitchen fills with one of the best scents in the world, you know there’s only 20 minutes between you and that pizza, and that’s a pretty great feeling.
Nothing beats that cheesy goodness on top of a crusty bed of dough and delicious tomato paste. Add your favourite toppings, and you’ve got a meal worthy of a king.
But next time, take a moment to truly appreciate your oven enticing you with that seductive smell. Because it’s pretty damn
Waking up in the morning when you don’t have to go to school/work
There are only a few things worse than being brutally woken up by the shrill sound of your alarm clock. One of them being woken up by that hellish alarm at stupid o’clock, knowing you’re about to face another long day of things you don’t want to do.
So when you get to sleep in, that’s a pretty great feeling. There is nothing that wants to break apart that beautiful relationship you have with your bed. And should you wake up earlier than desired, you simply glance at the time, shake your head with a smile, and turn right back around for a second round of snoozes.
Hearing the content purrs of you cat
They say that the purring of a cat releases endorphins and makes you calm down. Now, I didn’t do any research for this, so I don’t know how scientifically correct that is. However, I know it’s a good sound. It’s the sound of a content cat, a satisfied cat, as you smother her with love, knowing there’s at least one creature on Earth who appreciates what you do.
A happy cat equals a happy human.
Finishing a good book
Finishing things in general is a pretty great feeling. You get that feeling of success, of accomplishment, of productivity. But there’s something even greater about finishing a good book. As you slam it closed with a happy sigh, you get to relive your favourite scenes in your head for a while, reminiscing, appreciating the characters you’ve just gotten to know.
Sure, the next book you pick up may not be as awesome. And you may not find another book like it. But reading a good book is a great experience, and you know you can always return to it should you need to. It’ll be there, the perfect friend – quiet when you set it aside, there for you when you need it.
And that’s pretty
Ordering something online and having it delivered
“Money can’t buy happiness”, they say. That’s bullshit, I say. Sure, money isn’t everything, but when spent wisely and on the right things, money can definitely help you in improving your happiness. Like that book you’ve been eyeing for the past few months. Or that coat you’ve had on your wishlist for ages and has just gone down in price. Or maybe you’re just having a bad day and need a pick-me-up.
In any case, when delivery day comes, you get all excited, because you get new stuff. And when that package finally arrives, it’s like Christmas has come early, and you know you’re going to love what’s inside, because you picked it out yourself. It’s like a gift from you to you. Enjoy!
What do you find awesome?