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  • Watching the sun rise or set
  • When my soul feels perfectly at ease
  • When my mom smiles or laughs
  • Private, heartfelt conversations with God
  • Looking down from a mountaintop, breathing in the sweet fresh air
  • Long, fast drives at night to clear my head
  • Petrichor (the smell of rain on dry earth)
  • Being awed by nature
  • Making someone laugh so hard they cry
  • Feeling humbled by the universe
  • Experiencing a pure wave of gratitude
  • Earning the affection of a child or cat
  • Spending time with my best friend, laughing until it hurts
  • Having abundant alone time to recharge and find myself
  • Walking in the woods
  • The fragrance & feel of fresh flowers
  • Making a positive difference in someone's life
  • Standing on the shore of an ocean/lake/river, seeing the water glimmer under the sun or moon
  • Sleeping on a rooftop or balcony
  • Seeing a stunning work of art
  • Visiting a peaceful cemetery at night
  • Seeing things work out for someone who'd been struggling
  • Beautiful mornings when the clouds seem to glow
  • Thunderstorms with vivid lightning
  • Being proven wrong when I feel skeptical
  • Having time to daydream and meditate
  • Coming across an amazing book exactly when I need it
  • Taking a long walk on a cool windy day, or beneath the drizzling rain, or those perfect days when the weather's both sunny and cold
  • Gardening with my mom
  • Connecting with someone with a different personality or worldview from me and feeling a deep mutual respect
  • Doing something for someone that makes them feel happy to be alive
  • Hearing someone talk about something they're really passionate or excited about
  • Being at the receiving end of a thoughtful gesture
  • Feeling like my prayers have been listened to
  • When good things happen to people I love
  • Being subtly reminded by the universe that life can be good anytime I let it be
  • Becoming more aware of my flaws/weaknesses & understanding how I need to grow
  • Crossing paths with kind strangers
  • Feeling in my element
  • Feeling beautiful/sexy in my own skin
  • Making someone lastingly happy
  • Feeling unexpectedly understood
  • Meeting someone with an aura that clicks
  • Watching a shooting star
  • Getting to take life easy and be a kid again
  • Adrenaline-junkie adventures that terrify yet thrill me
  • Spending time with people who mean the world to me, especially my brothers
  • Meeting someone who appreciates my goofy/dry sense of humor
  • Helping someone renew their sense of hope or faith, especially in themselves
  • Cuddling soft, friendly creatures
  • Playing sports, hiking, a good workout, & anything else that gets my blood flowing faster
  • Traveling & feeling a shift in perspective
  • Conversations that satisfy the soul
  • Being alive to hear really good news
  • Turning the ordinary into an adventure
  • Being alive to see the world change & progress
  • When innocent people get the justice or happiness they deserve
  • When a writer conveys something hugely significant/life-changing in a simple set of perfectly written words
  • Performing a piece of deeply personal poetry/writing that connects with the audience
  • Visiting museums/libraries/bookstores I could get lost in for years
  • Having something to look forward to
  • Planting flowers in a damp bed of earth
  • Watching people greet their loved ones at airports
  • Swinging in the park with a cherished friend
  • Hearing the fearless laughter of a child
  • Curling up in bed, feeling unspeakably comfortable and safe
  • When the leaves finally change color in Autumn
  • When the flowers bloom again in Spring
  • Gazing at the stars, feeling pleasantly small
  • Realizing I've grown/progressed beyond what I was; reaching closer to a better self
  • Finally achieving a goal I'd been chipping away at
  • Learning a new skill & becoming proficient at it
  • Driving a car that handles beautifully
  • Cooking a new dish & getting good reviews from my family
  • Realizing I have it good
  • Learning something fascinating
  • Getting something emotionally heavy off my chest
  • Seeing vastly different people unite under a set of shared convictions
  • When things turn out better than expected, on any scale

inspiration: http://www.reddit.com/r/depression/comments/ic676/list_of_reasons_life_is_worth_living/

jun 29 2011 ∞
sep 21 2018 +