34 Things That Make Me Happy

34 Things That Make Me Happy

Sometimes, it's the little things.
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Last week, I wrote the second part of an article about things that make me feel anything other than happy. This week, I figured I'd stop complaining and write about some things that are much more optimistic. There's a lot to love about life, and many times, it's the simple things that make us feel good and smile. While I could never list them all, here are 34 things that make my days a little brighter.

Edit: After finishing this list, I realized that the majority of it is just food. That probably says a lot about myself as a person (and I guess what I associate with happiness).


1. Riley Curry

2. Pho

3. Driving with the windows down and music turned all the way up

4. Getting a seat on BART (especially during rush hour)

5. Quality hugs

6. Ike's sandwiches (The Bay knows.)

7. Free shipping

8. Yoga pants

9. When gasoline is less than $3 per gallon

10. People that put effort into friendships, relationships, life, etc.

11. Chipotle

12. Working out (Sometimes. Not all of the time.)

13. Breakfast foods (especially at midnight)

14. Free parking at concert venues

15. Cuddling

16. Grade A sushi (There's a major difference.)

17. Classes, appointments, etc. that end earlier than I expected

18. Guys who buy flowers (for their S.O.)

19. Dressing up

20. Similarly, when my outfit is extremely on point

21. People who don't lie to me (Hey, what a nice concept.)

22. The SF Giants (What's good, Dodgers?)

23. People I can sit with in silence without it being awkward

24. Netflix (too cliché?)

25. Late night adventures

26. Dinosaur chicken nuggets (Yes, I'm a child. Get over it.)

27. (Good) surprises

28. People who know exactly what I'm thinking (Hi, Mom.)

29. Dim Sum

30. Ugg boots and Timberlands for toddlers (Footwear doesn't get much cuter than that.)

31. Chill college professors

32. When an elevator is already waiting for me as I walk into work

33. Mom's cooking

34. Anyone who's not LeBron James

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To The Coach Who Took Away My Confidence

You had me playing in fear.
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"The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure."

As a coach, you have a wide variety of players. You have your slow players, your fast players. You have the ones that are good at defense. You have the ones that are good at offense. You have the ones who would choose to drive and dish and you have the ones that would rather shoot the three. You have the people who set up the plays and you have the people who finish them. You are in charge of getting these types of players to work together and get the job done.

Sure, a coach can put together a pretty set of plays. A coach can scream their head off in a game and try and get their players motivated. A coach can make you run for punishment, or they can make you run to get more in shape. The most important role of a coach, however, is to make the players on their team better. To hopefully help them to reach their fullest potential. Players do make mistakes, but it is from those mistakes that you learn and grow.

To the coach the destroyed my confidence,

You wanted to win, and there was nothing wrong with that. I saw it in your eyes if I made a mistake, you were not too happy, which is normal for a coach. Turnovers happen. Players miss shots. Sometimes the girl you are defending gets past you. Sometimes your serve is not in bounds. Sometimes someone beats you in a race. Sometimes things happen. Players make mistakes. It is when you have players scared to move that more mistakes happen.

I came on to your team very confident in the way that I played the game. Confident, but not cocky. I knew my role on the team and I knew that there were things that I could improve on, but overall, I was an asset that could've been made into an extremely great player.

You paid attention to the weaknesses that I had as a player, and you let me know about them every time I stepped onto the court. You wanted to turn me into a player I was not. I am fast, so let me fly. You didn't want that. You wanted me to be slow. I knew my role wasn't to drain threes. My role on the team was to get steals. My role was to draw the defense and pass. You got mad when I drove instead of shot. You wanted me to walk instead of run. You wanted me to become a player that I simply wasn't. You took away my strengths and got mad at me when I wasn't always successful with my weaknesses.

You did a lot more than just take away my strengths and force me to focus on my weaknesses. You took away my love for the game. You took away the freedom of just playing and being confident. I went from being a player that would take risks. I went from being a player that was not afraid to fail. Suddenly, I turned into a player that questioned every single move that I made. I questioned everything that I did. Every practice and game was a battle between my heart and my head. My heart would tell me to go to for it. My heart before every game would tell me to just not listen and be the player that I used to be. Something in my head stopped me every time. I started wondering, "What if I mess up?" and that's when my confidence completely disappeared.

Because of you, I was afraid to fail.

You took away my freedom of playing a game that I once loved. You took away the relaxation of going out and playing hard. Instead, I played in fear. You took away me looking forward to go to my games. I was now scared of messing up. I was sad because I knew that I was not playing to my fullest potential. I felt as if I was going backward and instead of trying to help me, you seemed to just drag me down. I'd walk up to shoot, thinking in my head, "What happens if I miss?" I would have an open lane and know that you'd yell at me if I took it, so I just wouldn't do it.

SEE ALSO: The Coach That Killed My Passion

The fight to get my confidence back was a tough one. It was something I wish I never would've had to do. Instead of becoming the best player that I could've been, I now had to fight to become the player that I used to be. You took away my freedom of playing a game that I loved. You took away my good memories in a basketball uniform, which is something I can never get back. You can be the greatest athlete in the world, but without confidence, you won't go very far.

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I Spent My Childhood Playing Sports And Don't Regret One Thing

What I learned goes beyond the rules of the game.

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One of the best choices I made as a kid was joining a sports team. In 3rd grade, I started playing for my school's basketball team, and then in 6th grade, I joined a town softball league. With both of these experiences, I had so much fun and learned a lot.I had amazing coaches who helped to shape my understanding of the sports and my ability to work with others. I honestly don't know what my life would look like if I hadn't joined a team sport.

Aside from providing an outlet for energy and exercise, there is so much to learn in being a part of a team. Team sports give kids a chance to develop their social skills and problem-solve within a group. It's almost like a group project, but without all the headaches. Having to navigate working with other personalities and combine skills to reach a certain goal is a valuable part of growing up.

Being part of a team also gives kids the opportunity to see how their actions affect other people. If I missed a practice or didn't give my best effort during a game, the whole team would suffer. I couldn't just think about myself because I had a whole team counting on me to do my part. That was one thing that I loved: when you're on a team, you are a part of something bigger than yourself. It helps to teach kids to be aware of themselves and their actions.

Too many people are sore losers. I've seen many kids throw fits because they lose a game of some kind, which isn't a good display of sportsmanship. One of the best things a team can experience is losing a game or match. Not only does losing create a passion for working harder and doing better the next time, it also teaches players that no one can win every time. My coaches always showed us the importance of being a good sport no matter the outcome.

Being on a team is also a great way to make new friends. There is a certain level of trust that must be had between teammates, and that trust creates lasting friendships. Spending time working together and pushing each other to do better makes a sort of support system that is like a little family.

I miss being part of a team. Having a role in something bigger than myself, getting to make new friends, and learning how to work with others was a huge part of my childhood, and I'm so grateful for it. I am so glad that my parents pushed me to play on a team, and I would recommend it to anyone. With all of the things you learn from team sports, it is such a valuable extracurricular that can make a huge difference in so many areas of your life.

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