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The sound of Kurt singing Pharell Williams’ song ‘Happy’, on repeat all week, has made me uncharacteristically sooky.

Anxiety tells me that by writing a piece about the best things in life, I’m tempting fate and a horrible Karma will descend on me from above. Therapy tells me that anxiety goes away when you stop feeding the bastard and focus on the good stuff in your life.

So what to do? No matter how much my inner spirit might veer towards cynicism, it has been a good week after all.

So I thought I’d share the love.

Don’t worry though, there’s absolutely no chance of this new Louisa hanging around for too long – we’re about to commence week 7 of the school term, the scales haven’t shifted in at least ten days and the old man continues to irritate the fuck out of me. 

So ‘take a gaze’, as my son would say, and let me know if you identify with any of the best bits in my life?

  1. Connecting completely with someone else’s humor and really belly-laughing with them
  2. Getting drunk with your girlfriends and forgetting about the inevitable hangover
  3. That first touch from someone you’ve been stalking for a while
  4. Eating raw cookie dough straight from the fridge when no-one’s watching

    cookie dough!

    cookie dough! (Photo credit: reallyboring)

  5. Sleeping alone and spreading your body from one side of the bed to the other
  6. Reading the trashiest magazines in bed with only a bottle of wine for company.
  7. That quiet time in the morning before the rabble awakens
  8. Crisp clean sheets, soft clean towels and a new toothbrush.
  9. A clear inbox.
  10. Shopping, even if you only have $20 in your pocket
  11. Fantasising about celebrity men eg. Chris HemsworthChris Hemsworth as Kale
  12. Fresh flowers, even if you have to buy them for yourself
  13. New lingerie, even if you have to buy it for yourself
  14. Mango sorbet on a hot day
  15. Someone remembering you when you’re feeling meh
  16. An unexpected hug from your kids
  17. When he admits he’s wrong
  18. Orgasms
  19. Not having to fake sex
  20. That spontaneous day out that turned out even better than you hoped
  21. Great coffee
  22. Any kind of chocolate, but the darker the better
  23. Fresh basil, bocconcini and tomato – the best food combination ever
  24. Exercising outdoors
  25. Finding out that a celebrity you respect has put on weight
  26. Discovering that the secret to long life is doing something you do already
  27. A compliment from an admirer
  28. Waking up refreshed, before the alarm goes off
  29. Sunday mornings
  30. Good wine.
  31. That first sip of wine on a Friday night
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  32. That first potato chip on a Friday night
  33. Friday night
  34. When your teenagers trust you with something confidential
  35. Watching the trailers at the movies
  36. Going to the movies
  37. Salmon sashimi
  38. Starting a new book
  39. Being recognized for your hard work
  40. Feeling needed
  41. Live music
  42. Writing words you’re so passionate about, they bounce from your head straight to the page and then read like poetry
  43. A dog snuggle
  44. Being spooned, even if it’s by the dog
  45. A short, light period
  46. Wearing something that was once tight but now fits, and gives your confidence a massive lift
  47. Dressing up for a big night out
  48. When your kids make you proud
  49. Doing something charitable that only you know you’ve done
  50. Educating yourself every day50 Of the Best Things In Life That Are Almost Free

For the purposes of equality and comparison, I asked the old man for his list and here’s what he came up with:

  1. Swimming in the sea
  2. Masturbation
  3. Laughing
  4. Toast
  5. Crisps
  6. Surfing the net

Which begs the question just how we women adapt to living with such simpletons?

What are the best things about your life?

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