60 Underrated Things In Life

60 Underrated Things In Life

Appreciation for some of life's most discredited pleasures.

Life is full of many wonderful pleasures that many of us, like myself, often forget about. And it's important to recognize that even on bad days, good things still happen. Focusing on these positive aspects of our day-to-day lives can really change a person's perspective. So in thinking about the little things that make so many of us happy, I've here's a list of some of the best things that often go unrecognized and deserve more appreciation:

1. Sun showers

2. Smiles

3. Cool showers on sunburns

4. Tight hugs

5. Discovering new foods you like.

6. Reading something that really applies to your life.

7. Laying in bed after a long day.

8. And being completely relaxed.

9. "This reminded me of you"

10. Thunder storms

11. The feeling after you cry

12. Outdoor showers

13. The smell of clean laundry

14. Breakfast foods

15. When you don't find out something's on sale until you're at the register

16. Over-sized clothes

17. Contagious smiles

18. Contagious laughs

19. Car rides with that one person

20. When someone makes up their own nickname for you

21. Getting into warm cars on cold nights

22. The person you can send the ugliest snapchats to

23. Random (I miss you/ I love you) texts

24. The city at night

25. Surprises

26. Letters and cards in the mail

27. Hole-in-the-wall coffee shops/ restaurants

28. When someone tells you a secret or opens up to you

29. When you try on clothes in a store and feel super confident

30. Coincidences

31. Blanket cocoons

32. Car windows down

33. Good hair days

34. Really good coffee

35. "Come outside, we're going on an adventure"

36. Days where you're in a good mood naturally and for no particular reason

37. Conquering a fear

38. When they give you a lot of guac at Chipotle

39. New ideas that change your mind

40. Being so comfortable with someone that you can literally talk about anything

41. Home-cooked meals

42. When songs bring back good memories

43. Familiar roads

44. Fresh sheets

45. Tattoo stories

46. Leaves changing color in fall

47. When you think about a song and then it plays on the radio

48. Knowing you did well on a test

49. Non-mainstream playlists

50. Butterflies in your stomach

51. When your package arrives on time or earlier

52. Countdowns to big events

53. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches on the beach

54. Finding money you didn't know you had in your wallet

55. When you can't stop laughing

56. When someone knows how you're feeling without having to ask

57. The beginning of new friendships

58. Not-awkward silences

59. When someone remembers little details or random facts about you

60. Genuinely nice people

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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