50 Of The Best Things In Life That Are (Almost) Free

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! (Photo credit: reallyboring)


  1. Sleeping alone and spreading your body from one side of the bed to the other

  2. Reading the trashiest magazines in bed with only a bottle of wine for company.

  3. That quiet time in the morning before the rabble awakens

  4. Crisp clean sheets, soft clean towels and a new toothbrush.

  5. A clear inbox.

  6. Shopping, even if you only have $20 in your pocket

  7. Fantasising about celebrity men eg. Chris Hemsworth

  1. Fresh flowers, even if you have to buy them for yourself

  2. New lingerie, even if you have to buy it for yourself

  3. Mango sorbet on a hot day

  4. Someone remembering you when you’re feeling meh

  5. An unexpected hug from your kids

  6. When he admits he’s wrong

  7. Orgasms

  8. Not having to fake sex

  9. That spontaneous day out that turned out even better than you hoped

  10. Great coffee

  11. Any kind of chocolate, but the darker the better

  12. Fresh basil, bocconcini and tomato – the best food combination ever

  13. Exercising outdoors

  14. Finding out that a celebrity you respect has put on weight

  15. Discovering that the secret to long life is doing something you do already

  16. A compliment from an admirer

  17. Waking up refreshed, before the alarm goes off

  18. Sunday mornings

  19. Good wine.

  20. That first sip of wine on a Friday night

  1. That first potato chip on a Friday night

  2. Friday night

  3. When your teenagers trust you with something confidential

  4. Watching the trailers at the movies

  5. Going to the movies

  6. Salmon sashimi

  7. Starting a new book

  8. Being recognized for your hard work

  9. Feeling needed

  10. Live music

  11. Writing words you’re so passionate about, they bounce from your head straight to the page and then read like poetry

  12. A dog snuggle

  13. Being spooned, even if it’s by the dog

  14. A short, light period

  15. Wearing something that was once tight but now fits, and gives your confidence a massive lift

  16. Dressing up for a big night out

  17. When your kids make you proud

  18. Doing something charitable that only you know you’ve done

  19. Educating yourself every day

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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