Listening to a great new song; the feeling of excited discovery.
Music that makes you feel like dancing.
Anyone who makes you laugh out loud.
Blue doors in Georgian-terraced buildings.
Parks in the fall.
Finding just the right song to fit your mood.
Men in tuxedos.
Little children discovering the world around them with endless curiosity.
Little children in general.
The British Library.
Having a place to go, a roof over my head, security, warmth, and comfort.
Ok, enough listicling. I just wanted to share a few happy things that were compiled, as you might be able to tell, on a bus ride. That last one got more philosophical as I was paying attention to the homeless people we passed. The compressed space of cities makes you so much more aware of the differential in life experience. So it goes.
After Skyping with my family I wanted to add them to this list as well, or to a general 'things I'm grateful for' list. I should probably make one of those too, as Thanksgiving is approaching. The Americans are going to host a feast for the Europeans in our building, which should be a fun exchange. I don't have much else to add yet except to suggest this exercise for a rainy day, a foul mood, or an alternative to obsessively checking one's phone in a period of boredom.
*And you have to avoid awkward eye contact with the driver because you're grinning widely and this is London where they don't stand for that sort of thing.