My Joy List

I was inspired by Aileen Xu and Hank Green to create a list of the feelings and moments in life that provide me with the most joy. I am very cheesy and keep this list in my phone because every now and then, especially when I’m in a bad mood, it’s nice to be reminded of the times I’ve felt stupidly happy. I agree with a lot of what Aileen and Hank have listed, but I tried to write some of my own as well.

So with no explanation on any of them because I don’t want this blog to be a book, here is My Joy List, which I’ve intermixed with some of my favorite feelings.


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Going to the library and reading inspiring books among the smell of books

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Dressing in an outfit that really portrays my personal style

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Going underwater, closing my eyes, and feeling like I’m flying

  1. Being the instigator and reaching out to make fun plans with friends

  2. Cuddling with my beautiful kitten, Tizo

  3. Riding in an airplane and feeling the force in my stomach of lifting off the ground

  4. Pampering myself and taking care of my skin with masks, creams, lotions, and other smell goods

  5. Going to the library and reading inspiring books among the smell of books

  6. Exploring local, hole-in-the-wall places in my community, as well as the nearby outdoors (or any West Virginia view, to be honest)

  7. Spending time away from screens and not even missing them

  8. The anticipation of getting a new piercing and the strange warmth in that part of my body when the new jewelry is put in

  9. Taking my recycling to the drop off, knowing I’m helping the world a little bit

  10. Having someone tell me they find merit in my writing, or anything I’m passionate about

  11. Sitting at the bar and having a delicious craft beer in good community, especially with an enthusiastic bartender

  12. Organizing and decluttering my space, knowing everything I own has a home and purpose

  13. Lighting a candle and drinking piping hot, black coffee as the sun rises in a cozy robe

  14. Dancing like a maniac to a high energy album, whether alone in my car, at a wedding, or at a dance club

  15. Giving compliments to friends, or anyone, who really deserves it and seeing them smile

  16. Setting time aside in the morning to do journaling and meditating to mentally reset and cleanse the mind

  17. Singing along at concerts of my favorite musicians to my favorite songs, harmonizing with a bunch of strangers

  18. Dressing in an outfit that really portrays my personal style

  19. Writing (and then revising) poems I deeply believe in and seeing word combinations I never thought possible

  20. Learning facts about the universe by listening to TED Talks, watching documentaries, or reading

  21. Practicing gratitude reflection in my Create Today planner

  22. Hugs. Just hugs.

  23. Driving with the windows down the first warm day of the year

  24. Telling my parents good news and seeing them react with overwhelming hype

  25. Playing Spyro the Dragon or The Legend of Zelda with my sister while eating snacks until the wee hours of the morning

  26. Going underwater, closing my eyes, and feeling like I’m flying

  27. Eating at a Chinese buffet when I’ve been craving Chinese buffet food specifically for ages

  28. Hearty laughter

  29. Finally accomplishing a task I’ve procrastinated for so long, and to boot, feeling like I accomplished it well

  30. Waking up (without an alarm) and being able to fully enjoy a day where I have no obligations

  31. Reuniting with my best friend

… and so many others!


Initially, I found this list difficult to write. Isn’t that bizarre? However, I shined more light and gratitude on my life the more I wrote. Then, the moments just kept sprouting one after the other!

I encourage you to write your own, see how it makes you view your every day!

Thanks for reading. Cheers!