I recently watched this Vlogbrother’s video by Hank in which he lists his 15 favourite feelings. I just felt so warm and fuzzy after watching it that I was inspired to make this list of my own favourite feelings. (Warning: Cheesy sentence approaching.)

There is so much sadness in the world so sometimes it’s nice to highlight the feelings that make life wonderful. So here we go (in no particular order)(feelings don’t need to be ordered):


When you’re driving after the sun’s gone down and you look out your window and see the houses all lit up, shining from all of the lives that they hold. You wonder who the people, the strangers, in those houses are. And even though you will likely never meet them, you feel a sense of family wash over you when you think of those who you will never know yet are connected to by the simple virtue of living on the same beautiful planet.


The moment your eyes open after you wake up naturally from a deep sleep and the most lovely of dreams. The sun is shining through your window, and you know that today will just be a good day.


When you reach the end of a book and you close the cover, lean back, and breathe out heavily because that was a hell of a ride. As you think back on the story, an inexplicable sense of sadness settles in you because you know that you will never be able to experience this moment of reading the book for the first time again. Yet, perhaps even stronger than that, you feel wholly excited and peaceful at the same time after such a story. You know that you will treasure this book for years to come.


When you’re hanging out with your friends and your stomach hurts from laughing so hard but it really doesn’t matter because there is nothing you would change about this moment. The feeling that you only get when you’re absolutely content with where you are and you’re surrounded by people you love and who love you. You feel safe, you feel happy.


That feeling when you get back a test or project that you spent so much time on and put all your effort into and you see that you received a good score. In that moment, all the hard work and pain and sleepless nights become worth it.


The moment when you reach the top of a mountain after hiking for hours and days and weeks (or what seems like weeks, because time slows down when you’re doing physical activity). You get past the last bend and suddenly your eyes are soaking in breathtaking beauty. You feel terribly small yet incredibly big at the same time as you look across the planet you call home.


When you make a funny reference to an obscure book, TV show, etc., and someone actually gets it and, even better, laughs.


The feeling of absolute joy you get when someone you respect and admire tells you that they respect and admire you. (I may or may not have stolen this from Hank’s video.) What could feel better than knowing that someone appreciates you?


When you peel an orange in one piece (it’s the little victories in life).


When you’re reading a book and you finally understand the meaning behind its title. I most often associate this feeling with The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. (This Booktube video, which was also inspired by Hank, is where I got this feeling from.)


Walking around your neighbourhood on your own and suddenly realizing how beautiful your city is. You’re looking all around you in awe as you notice things that you’ve never noticed before. The understated character of the houses, how the trees cast dancing shadows over the street, and the kindness that all the neighbours express. There is no where else that you would rather live than here.


The feeling you get when you’re eating dinner with your family, or watching a movie, or just hanging out and everyone’s laughing and you realize that you are so incredibly blessed (if you’ll excuse the cliché) with the people in your life.


When you’re buried under a pile of puppies. Trust me, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.


When someone says something horribly mean to you or someone around you, and you immediately think up the perfect, witty comeback and put them in their place.


When you see someone you love who you haven’t seen in a very long time. You run over and suddenly you’re caught in a big, affectionate hug. The feeling builds in your stomach and soon takes over your entire body as you realize how much you have missed them and how happy you are to see them again.

So there you have it. The fifteen feelings that make life worth living for me. I feel happier just writing about them. Maybe I should go live a few of them now…


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