Humans are famous for not paying close attention to what goes on around them. Part of the reason for this is likely the fear of a deadly spontaneous implosion brought on by excessive sensory overload (I’m probably only speaking for myself here). The other is a certain kind of snoberance [arrogoant snobbery]. If something is “little,” after all, it doesn’t deserve our notice or attention, right?
Wrong. Here’s an explanation from Cracked.com:
Life can be a total drag, there’s no denying that. Every day is loaded with little pitfalls — stepping in dog s**t, getting yelled at, farting in your car during a traffic jam and it’s hot out and your windows don’t work — that can fill you with unrelenting rage. But then there are those little moments between all that garbage that make you so unquestionably joyful, you forget about the poo on your shoe. Let’s take a minute to honor those moments.
Cracked describes such moments as “dumb things that make you happier than they should.” Their list begins with “Having a public bathroom all to yourself” and ends with “receiving a package you forgot you ordered.” In between are “belching in an empty parking garage” and “finding an unpopped sheet of bubble wrap.”
Cyber-Breeze ups the ante on Cracked with “50 Little Weird Things That Make Us Happier.” Number 50 on this list is “the Royal Family” (the UK naturally). Things indeed get a little weird after that as you see “Cleaning the Bathroom” and “Cleaning the Wax from Your Ears” scroll by. Number 1 is “Sleeping in a Freshly Made Bed.” My favorite on this list, though, is Number 29: “Remembering the name of something/someone you thought you’d forgotten,” although I would change it to “Remembering Anything That Happened More than Five Minutes Ago.”
And the lists go on and on. Buffer offers “10 Weird Ways to Be Happy, Backed by Science.” Prevention throws out “6 Weird Things That Make You Happy.” Seventeen enters the happiness fray with “20 Silly Little Things That Make You Ridiculously Happy,” including “when you find a folded chip (AKA, a wish chip) in your bag of chips.” Okaaaaayyy. Mashable offers another 50 things like “a box of corgi puppies” and “finding that missing sock.”
All these examples make Lesson #20 seem obvious. Why spend time searching for the exigestaltial [existential gestalt-like] Shangri-La of happiness when its mini-incarnations are all around us. Here are two little things making me happy right this instant:
Viking Duck and Rubberlina, together forever. Are you smiling yet? Are you?
(P.S. And you thought my title was about that other thing, didn’t you? That makes me grin, too.)