10 Simple Moments That Make Us Happy

10 Simple Moments That Make Us Happy

Things that make all the bad stuff worth it.
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Don’t forget to put yourself first sometimes. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the negative moments in life, but if you actually look around, you might realize that everything is actually pretty freaking awesome.

1. Swimming in a pool after it rains.

After a cold, humid day, the last thing anyone would want to do is take a dip in the pool. But it’s actually the perfect time to do so. It’s like a giant hot tub. There’s no wind, complete silence, and pure happiness.

2. Making a stranger laugh.

We’ve all been there — going to a friend’s house, party, or social event where you know only one or two people. That “awkward” feeling sets in — until you crack just one good joke, and all of a sudden everyone is talking like friends.

3. Making silly faces at children.

I get that we all have busy lives, and sometimes don’t realize cute moments waiting to happen. If I’m having a bad day, smiling at a little kid always makes it better. Their reaction is what makes it worth it. They’ll giggle and smile, and it makes you realize that whatever you’re worried about, isn’t as daunting as you thought it was.

4. A warm shower on a winter day.

Chills, shivers, and goosebumps all seem to fade away when you take that first step into a comforting blanket of warmth. It’s as if nothing else matters for a minute or two. Pure euphoria, I’d say.

5. Getting over a bad cold.

You don’t realize how awesome it is to breathe out of your nose until you’re a stuffy mess, curled up in bed, and covered in tissues. You realize that you shouldn’t take little things like your health for granted, because some people never get over that “sick” feeling.

6. Falling into a deep sleep after a long day.

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Everything feels so cozy and warm, as if you’re sleeping in your bed for the first time. There’s no restless thoughts, and you’re not too hot or cold. Even your dreams seem to be relaxing.

7. Finding what you need at the perfect moment.

Like that time when you needed a tampon, and there was one sitting on the sink at school. Or when you found a hair tie on the floor right before gym. (Sounds gross, but people get desperate. Can’t risk that bad grade.) It’s that pure second of bliss, almost like some fairy god-parent just granted you exactly what you had been asking for.

8. Having an amazing makeup day.

It seems like you’re makeup couldn’t have glided on more flawlessly. The under-eye circles seemed to have disappeared, almost like you’re glowing. That one moment when you can look in the mirror and don’t have to wince at what you see. (Even though you shouldn’t in the first place.)

9. Actually finishing a book (and enjoying it).

Let’s face it — we don’t always take the time to educate ourselves a little by reading a good book. But when we do, isn’t it a great feeling to know it’s yet another thing to check of our seemingly-endless bucket list?

10. Finishing a hard workout.

Whether it was intentional or not, you finished it. That means you’re getting stronger — congratulations! Not everyone can say they did what you do. It’s good to feel like you’re progressing when it comes to your health.

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21 Things I Would Tell My Anxiety If It Were A Real Person

You are more dependent on me than I am on you.
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Anxiety has been a ruling force in my life for as long as I can remember— but it's definitely become more difficult to manage over the past few years. Despite taking steps to learn how to cope, I still have more off-days than I'd like.

Sometimes, it helps me to let my anxiety manifest itself as a person— lots of poetry I've written in the past does this. It feels good to let it become something real, something I can interact with, as opposed to this looming force putting more pressure on my chest. If my anxiety was a real person, there are a few things I'd like to tell him...

1. People don't care about things as much as we do.

2. People like me a lot more than you make me think.

3. I am not a failure.

4. I am allowed to make mistakes.

5. I deserve all the good things that come to me.

6. I do not deserve to be miserable.

7. I do not deserve to hate myself because of you.

8. Puking is not a helpful reaction to anything—stop making it happen.

9. I *can* function without color-coordinating my life.

10. Nobody is going to crucify me if I'm a few minutes late every once in a while.

11. I am smart enough to follow my dreams.

12. I am capable of accomplishing anything I want.

13. A B+ will not destroy my life.

14. I am not my past mistakes.

15. There's no need to dwell on awkward encounters for weeks on end.

16. Seriously, nobody cares about it as much as we do.

17. I don't need to take things so seriously.

18. I don't need to take myself so seriously.

19. I don't need to take YOU so seriously.

20. You do not own me.

21. You are more dependent on me than I am on you.

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If College Majors Were Different Things You Do At The Gym

You know you think about this sometimes...
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Going to the gym is just one of those things equivalent to going to classes. You dread it, but you have to do it. So recently, on a walk from class to the Archbold gym, having a full-on inner debate as to which piece of cardio equipment I was in the mood to do, I thought about just how similar those two activities are. And poof – I realized how gym classes and fitness machines secretly connect and align to many different college majors.


1. Doing yoga: English

While many might think that yoga is easy and a relaxing gym class; similar to how reading a book or novel can be so chill and thought-provoking, they’re both so deep and intense, people tend to take them for granted. They are like the underdogs.

However, both yoga and English are major disciplines in which you have to force your mind to go elsewhere, deep in analytical thought. As challenging as some Greek and Shakespearian pieces of literature can be, don’t be fooled by a Firefly or King Pigeon Pose. Both will challenge the body and mind.


2. Kickboxing: Pre-Law

Just as intimidating as the study of law may be, nothing better than Kickboxing correlates to this major. Kickboxing is a group fitness class that combines self-defense skills in a high-energy, fast-paced forum. Lawyers are trained to develop tactics to defend their cases and must always be on top of their game mentally.

Wait too long and your opportunity to object or fight back costs you a dear mistake, similar to how not being prepared on the defense may end up costing you a jab or a punch. Kickboxing is a thorough total body workout incorporating every body part from your calves to your shoulders – similar to how a lawyer must know each and every aspect of a story in order to properly prepare and present a case.


3. Stepping on the tread-climber: Surgeon

The tread-climber is a very complex cardio machine that requires a lot of concentration. It combines the benefit of a treadmill, challenged by the movements of an elliptical all while going uphill. Sound confusing? Well, if you saunter on to this machine at the gym you better have all of your senses in-tact.

Concentration and focus are key here in order to take on this machine effectively. Surgeons must enter the operating rooms with the utmost level of sense and concentration because one minuscule mistake could cost them a patient’s life. Surgeons are always on top of their game – just as you must be if you are so brave as to take on the Treadclimber.


4. Going to a total body class: Business

A total body gym class is a high energy and thorough workout that focuses on every muscle group at an intensity that will simultaneously improve your overall cardiovascular strength and endurance. A career in business is more varied than most people realize.

Business degrees provide broad academic exposure to the critical elements that make organizations function efficiently. A total body class is backed up by motivating music and incorporates a variety of exercises and equipment to always keep you on your toes and eager to see what is next.

The backbone of business is made up of various departments who all must function simultaneously for the common goal. Businesses must always be on their toes to stay on top of their game competitively.


5. Going to a Zumba class: Communications

The dance movements in a Zumba class flow from one move to the next creating one big dance routine and overall body massage. Each routine executed in a Zumba class has to tell a story based on the movements and most importantly the music.

The way in which an advertising major presents a product for sale, a sports broadcaster commentates a game to the public and a news broadcaster retells a story, Zumba and Communications majors are all about the story and the way in which it’s presented.


6. Running on the treadmill: Math

There is a constant formula while walking or running on the treadmill—one foot has to go in front of the other for a successful progression. Math is a constant formula that doesn’t deviate much from what is originally given. The deviations on a treadmill, speed and incline, are like the different levels of math. The harder you make the deviations, the harder your workout will be. In math, the basic formulas are the same, it is just the different levels that make it more challenging.


7. Going to a spin class: Foreign Language

It is very easy to get lost in a high-intensity spin or cycle class. The instructor via headset microphone competes with the loud and hi-energy music calling out moves and positions at sometimes irregular beats that completely confuses a class goer.

These instructors are so invested in their workouts and keeping up with the beats and moves, they can hardly realize if the class is actually keeping up. In a foreign language class, the professors are so animated and invested in their own native language tongue they just assume everyone else is on board as well, not realizing many times students are completely confused and lost.

So the next time you’re sitting in a class or forcing yourself to complete a set or workout in the gym, think about what you can compare them to!

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