thirty simple pleasures that money can’t buy

July 1, 2011

from Ned Hardy

Accidentally overhearing someone say nice things about you.

Laughing so hard that you don’t even make any noise.

Songs that bring you back to great moments in your life.

Those random good-hair days when you just feel beautiful.

Realizing you were smiling the entire time you were talking to someone right after you hang up the phone.

Laughing hysterically with your friends, then pausing momentarily, looking at each other, and then laughing hysterically again.

Sleeping right next to someone you truly love.

A certain smell that instantly takes you back to another place or time in your life.

When the song on the radio ends right as you pull into the driveway.

The feeling you get when a group of friends all laugh really hard at one of your random jokes.

That instant when the thing you didn’t understand suddenly makes complete sense.

Seeing the person who makes your heart race, even if it’s just for a few seconds in the hallway.

The kind of friend you can say “I love you” to without implying anything but a deep platonic friendship.

Hearing a song that you haven’t heard since your childhood and realizing you still know all the words.

When someone unexpectedly remembers your name.

Realizing that we never really grow up, we just learn how to act in public.

The “butterflies in your stomach” feeling of a new romantic relationship.

Hearing a new song you really like and then downloading it and listening to it over and over and over.

Kissing someone and smiling at the same time.

The smell of the air after it rains.

Singing every word to your favorite song at the top of your lungs.

Waking up, realizing it’s the weekend, and curling up for another thirty minutes of sleep.

The bittersweet feeling of finishing a really good book.

Finding someone who has the same nerdy obsession as you.

Watching two drops of rain roll down your window and pretending it’s a race.

When you find out the name of a song you’ve been wanting to know forever.

Seeing old people in love.

That one person you can never stop thinking about.

Finally getting to sleep in your own bed after being away for a few weeks.

The feeling you get when you look in the mirror and actually like what you see.

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