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Identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
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learning astrology stuff.

watching stephen colbert on youtube.

watching seth meyers.

watching jimmy kimmel.

you get the idea - Trevor Noah, conan o'brien, and so on.

love stuff

love stuff, when it's not making me sad

love stuff with this funny guy i know

learning palmistry stuff and looking at hands and palms.

watching people and thinking about characters.

dance is wonderful

watching any kind of dance

dancing at any time

dancing alone


singing along to stuff

singing stuff I remember from the past

singing hymns and carols

singing till it makes me cry

listening to music

listening to the full albums and full discographies of artistes i like

music videos

finding awesome music videos

learning about other lives through music videos

posting my annual top five music and music-video list on my personal blog

working on my annual top five music videos all year round

finding Nigerian music videos that can go on my top five list

remembering how much i love some of those awesome music and music-video experiences.

wondering properties of death

music that has owned my life at periods: Rufus Wainwright. Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly album.


writing stuff in my journals and scribble-notebooks

writing poems

plotting out my annual poetry collections

dreaming of people reading my writing someday when i'm dead

writing fiction.

writing shorter fiction.

writing longer fiction is hard, but there is happiness in many parts before and during the process and especially after the process.

the fact that i finished a "novel" makes me very happy and proud

the fact that i publicized the "novel" a tiny bit also makes me very happy and proud.

reading novels

reading the news

having a news-reading habit. Once it was BusinessDay (Nigeria) or The Guardian (Nigeria) or NEXT (Nigeria). I worked at the last two for some time. Working there, dreaming about working there, all that made me happy too.

Current news-reading habit: The Guardian UK and my blogs which lead to many blogs especially in business/tech/entertainment. Former news-reading habits also include The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal for some months...when I was a teen oh wow TIME, Newsweek, when I could afford them.

Maintaining my blog RSS feeds. I remember when I was learning about this technology, RSS feeds, by reading another blog that I loved and admired, back in the day.

Being a blogger. One of the people who nudged me to blog is my father, oddly enough. Back then I was shy and/or concerned about privacy. My father criticizes me and sometimes that makes me see something that I might like to do that I had not tried to do. Same thing with boys, he's been critical that I've not got married and all that, and that made me try a bit to socialize with people with the intention of marrying them.

Boys are fun sometimes.

Men are fun sometimes.

Shagging is nice.

Arguing is nice sometimes.

Believing I can change the world is nice sometimes.

Doubting myself and then figuring it out is nice.

Feeling like I can write a good and simple story is nice.

Social media use is sometimes nice.

Emoji overuse is sometimes nice.

Not having a job is lovely.

Being able to avoid traffic and commuting, lovely.

Having my parents alive and healthy, I can't believe my luck.

Being lucky in this way, lovely.

Having my own bathroom/toilet is the best thing. I'm currently sharing sort of, but it's just with my sister so it's ok.

Nothing beats having your own bathroom.

What beats having your own bathroom? It's having food that is great that makes itself.

Having a job with a cafeteria is awesome.

Having a life with access to great meals at the right time is lovely.

Not being at war is awesome.

Not being slapped and harassed is the good life.

Being a grown-up is the best.

Being a book-person is the bestest.

The internet is so lovely. I know it has issues but it is such a treasure too.

Being blissfully unaware of the nasty side of the internet is fabulous.

Having money for food is great.

Having food cooked for you is great.

Having friends that adore you is a little over-luxurious, but it's still nice.

Having friends that disappoint you is, I don't know, in its own way, a happy opportunity.

Having friends that you adore is really super-awesome.

Music on the internet.

I still download music pirated.

Having access to pirated music.

Having access to pirated movies.

Variety of movies.


Great blogs.

Church. I don't go every week, but I usually find it wonderful.

My body, it's healthy and not wrecked.

My face, it's complex and part of a largely unknown head.


Seeing. Hearing.

Perfect weather, like now.

Perfect weather, like forever.

To not be too cold is paradise.

To not have dry weather, to have coastal weather and humidity is really joy.

To have travelled a bit

To have lived in a different language

To have travelled within Nigeria

To have been in America

To have been in The Middle East

To have hope of travelling so much in future

To have slept with hunks from every major world region

To have got the scholarships that let me get my dream education

Being overeducated

To have eaten so much ethnic cuisine

To have eaten so much excellent food

Excellent food


Background noise

Watching tennis

Dreaming of marrying Rafa Nadal

Falling in love with people I read about, watch, hear, ...

Having dreams that are just dreams

Having absolutely wild dreams that become reality

Watching children at play, not when they're messy, and not for long

Being useful at work

Being helpful and useful to people

Learning about the world

Being amazed at the little I know

Being aware of death and dying

Planning to learn new things

Pondering the what and why of math(s)


Beautiful words.

Good words that edify.

Human behaviour, character, motivation, from the safety of theory or story.

Having the internet that can help me travel without travelling

Having money for so much internet

Having internet that works most of the time and so well

Having hope

Not knowing the future


Teaching one-on-one

Teaching in class

Getting paid to teach

Public speaking for a purpose

When the bad one loses

When the good one wins

When the world goes from crazy and mean to saner and kinder

Knowing that people try to do right

Knowing that people have power to do right and sometimes use it

Knowing that there are thousands of things that make me happy...

Did I mention movies?

Movie theaters that are not too cold