“Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.”
–Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
I enjoy writing lists … perhaps a more eloquent writer would not consider list-making an art form, exactly, but I find it very effective in causing one to understand his or her current circumstances better.
Here is an incomplete list of things that tend to inspire joy (in me, and perhaps in you, too). I like to discuss this topic every so often, so forgive me if it sounds at all familiar.
- Morning, especially if one does not feel overly drowsy upon meeting it.
- A returned smile.
- Weddings. (Dancing at weddings.)
- Snowfall, memories of Snowmageddon.
- The first and last pages of a book.
- Meeting a new friend.
- A quick rainstorm, when one has not planned a parade or picnic.
- Great ideas, and the discussion of such.
- Noticing details no one else sees.
- Very cheerful songs.
- The word “vivacity.”
- Those little 3-d Japanese erasers that you can buy in individual packages for a dollar … I have an ice cream cone, a round cake, a rectangle cake, a toothbrush, a cupcake, and a green pig. Doubtless some of my most valued possessions.
- Bouquets of pink flowers.
- Finishing a long letter and putting it in the mailbox.
Please continue the list.