Whether it's the mascara that gives you lashes for days or your dog's sweet eyes when you walk through the front door, it's the little stuff that can deliver the biggest jolt of joy.
Yes, experts say that it's better not to use the snooze (it steals valuable sleep time), but sometimes there's nothing better than knowing you have five more minutes to stay curled up in bed.
To onlookers, it looks like absolute chaos. To you, it's just your average Sunday night meal. When the kids are running around, your uncle and dad are arguing about politics, and someone inevitably spills a glass of red wine, the best memories are made.
You love your kids. Let's repeat: You love your kids. But! When the school bus pulls away that first day back, you can take a deep breath and go get a giant cup of coffee.
If you could, you'd have an IV drip of the stuff coming down from your bed. Just brewing a cuppa gives your brain (and mood) a nice jolt. After that first sip, you feel like you can totally conquer the million pick-ups and drop-offs the day has in store.
The end of summer can be a bummer, no lie. That feeling is tempered by seeing the trees in their orange-red-yellow glory. Plus, sweater and bootie season has arrived. Yay!
When you were younger, you may not have let bygones be bygones. Now, you have the maturity to call it water under the bridge and move on. And wow, do you feel lighter for it.
When you find that perfect tube (the one that doesn't get all clumpy or smudge under your eyes), you better hold onto it.
Seriously, is he going to pee on himself? His pure joy (even if you've been gone two minutes to take out the trash) always makes you feel like a hero for coming home.
The Sunday scaries are the real deal. So when you don't have to get up and rush out the door and tackle your inbox on a Monday, it's just as good as laying on the beach in a hammock. Truly.
The best part may be that you're in a room alone and can't hear the crazy going on outside. Yep, you'll stay here for just a little longer.
Even when you're trying to make your hair behave, so often it just won't cooperate. On days when even those annoying baby hairs magically fall into place, you should take absolutely take selfie to commemorate the moment.
If you have little ones, their nap schedules rarely converge. That means you're constantly chasing after one of them. When they both go down, you get some peace. It's time to have lunch ... alone.
Is there anything better than Michael crooning "Jingle Bells" to you? Didn't think so. As soon as holiday season arrives, he's on repeat.
Kids and pets aren't the quietest creatures. We'd like to pay homage to that time at night when the little ones are in bed, your dog is laying around content and you can finally take a deep breath. (Now go watch some reality TV.)
As long as it has more than 70% cocoa, it's good for your heart, right? Right. That makes it a totally acceptable snack.
Especially if you're carrying six grocery bags or juggling a kid (who's way too heavy to insist on being on your hip). Not letting the door slam in your face is much appreciated.
What crisp, heavenly creation is this? A glass with dinner has a way of making even the worst days feel bearable. And when you're having a girl's night, a few bottles (sipped responsibly among many friends!) are a must.
Thank goodness you have her, otherwise who would you run to and vent with when your boss dumps a big project on your desk at the last minute?
Is there anything more heart melting than loving pup eyes? Didn't think so. And since petting them can reduce your blood pressure, they're good for your ticker too.
She noticed you only have tampons and an onion. And she's a saint.
Your coworker basically hacked up a lung at your desk. (Thanks.) Or your kids come home down for the count. Worse, your husband gets it and becomes catatonic in bed. Shockingly, you're a-okay.
You can send the pizza one when you're taking the fam out for pizza. Or send an angry face to your friend when you have yet another school fundraiser to buy into. No words necessary.
Sometimes, it's right before a trip (planning all the fun excursions you'll go on, thinking about the awesome food) that's the best part. In fact, it may be what makes you the happiest.
The air is crisp, you're wearing a cozy sweatshirt and starting your day off with a little exercise. Winning.
Your hard work of reminding them to say "thank you" 45 times a day has finally paid off.
It's simply awe-inducing greatness. Mother Nature, you are inspiring.
The sentiment that your health is everything is so true. Getting reassurance from your doctor that all is well — and that you've got lots of time to run around with the kids and grandkids — is priceless.
Uh, yes please. When your partner can touch and kiss you exactly the way you like it, you can relax and enjoy it.
Nature has a way of sending you a little nudge right when you need a reminder that everything will be okay.
Because there's nothing worse than being greeted by magical elves when it's 90 degrees outside. Let's enjoy fall and then hang with the big guy.