58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread

In our fast-moving world, we rarely get the chance to stop and think about the forces that drive our happiness and our sense of purpose. Sure, we can find books, podcasts, and blog posts detailing a zillion things that can immediately get our serotonin flowing, yet it may still remain a mystery. But the truth is, our lives are full of wonderful moments — we just sometimes need to be reminded of them.

Thankfully, Redditor MyForever_NameNow thought we could all use a little joy when they reached out to ‘Ask Reddit’ with a wholesome question: “What’s the happiest you’ve ever felt?” The thread immediately became a hit as people typed out a host of funny, uplifting, and heartwarming stories to brighten each other’s day.

Below, you’ll find some of the best responses that prove everyone has a different idea of what it means to be happy, and that’s completely fine! Get ready for a wave of positivity as you continue reading through these stories. Then hit upvote on your favorite entries and share this post with anyone who might need a bit of a boost!

I had recently come out of the closet to my grandmother. At the time she said she still loved me, but she wouldn’t want to meet a boyfriend. OK.

She called me a few days later, crying. She told me she had been wrong, she would be happy to meet anyone who loved me, and hoped I would feel welcome to bring them to her. The joy I felt was…indescribable.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Once I was driving from Philly to Las Vegas. On one leg of the trip, I got a bit of a late start and I really wanted McDonalds breakfast (this was before they served it all day).

My clock said 10:22, and I was about 15 miles from the next exit, so I knew I would never make it. Then I crossed over a time zone and my clock changed.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Me and my crush were hanging out one time, and all I could say was. “I like you… a lot.” And she just smiled and said “Me too.” Has to be the happiest day of my life so far.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread When I asked my crush out on a date and she said yes. It was the second time I asked someone out, but my first yes. I was so incredibly happy and relieved that I couldn’t stop shaking (I have tremors), I had to take an extra dose of my meds to calm down a bit. I was on Cloud9 for about a day until she texted me saying she was busy etc etc, so essentially a rejection. The date never happened, but for 24hrs I had the greatest euphoria I’ve ever felt and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread This might be weird but I keep thinking back to this and how I will never have this experience again:
I was 13, nerdy, loved to draw, grew up rural. My Grandma lived close to a big city. Went to visit her in the Summer and then went to an Japanese culture fest in said city. I was overwhelmed by the experience. Bought two super sweet Neon Genesis Evangelion artbooks.

When I went back to Grandma’s place by train, I missed the stop and got off one stop later. It was quite late already, but a warm summer night. Next train back would come in 2hrs.
These two hours, alone during a summer night with two artbooks at a tiny, rural train stop surrounded by trees and absolutely nobody else around were pure bliss. A weird feeling of peaceful, ‘liminal’ joy that I can’t properly explain.
Different happiness than love, etc.

I haven’t really told this story to many people because I know nobody would truly understand the feeling, and that would kinda ruin my memory.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Oh gosh

Most recently,

Trying to keep up with my dog and boyfriend as they ran along the beach chasing the dolphins that were in the water. I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. It was a sunny March day so nobody up and down for miles, just us. The bright blue sky and glimmer coming off the ocean – the salty mist while the waves crashed and the cold ocean at our feet.

God I haven’t ever felt so alive in my whole life. It was one of those moments where I wished I could have it burned into my memory. Like I could tuck it away and live in it forever.

That was a good day.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread I *should* say it was the birth of my children, but I can’t help but think back to that time in 1998, The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer’s table.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Watching Spider-Man No Way Home with my sister on opening night.

I had school the next day and had to ditch cuz I was so sick and it was the last day of school before winter break and it snowed so much we had a month off. That night was the happiest ever, I couldn’t stop screaming!

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread when my youngest was born, she really wanted out and my wife made it to the bathtub, and she came out with my help, she had the umbilical cord around her neck and i managed to get my finger under that and free her, that first cry made me so happy.

she’s eleven now and sitting on the couch right now eating chocolate and watching TV…

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread I remember being in 8th grade watching a movie at my girlfriends house and we were giggling and commentating on the movie the whole time and just remember thinking I would marry her someday. I’m now 29 and we still giggle and commentate on every movie just like we did when we were kids, but that “young love” feeling is a very happy feeling for the first time, I’m just so lucky to still have those feelings 15+ years later

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread In 1980 a friend and I drove to Las Vegas. We are from Canada. We rented a car in LA and went across death valley in a rental with air conditioning. We of course ignored all the signes telling us to turn off our air conditioning since it was a rental. At one point we stopped at a tourist pullout. When I opened the car I was slapped in the face with the most oppressive heat I had ever experienced. I do not know what came over me but all of a sudden I began running out into the desert. I ran as fast as I could for about a kilometer then turned around and ran back. I was soaked with sweat but I have never in my entire life felt more wonderful than in that moment.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread My wife and I’s first date.

F**k if they could bottle that night up into a feeling and sell it.

Like simple ricks wafer bars.

Solid memory.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Post threesome with the girl that I still years later consider the girl that would have been my soulmate had life events not gone the way they did, and another girl that was a really good friend of mine.

I was laying in bed between them, them both curled up on my chest asleep, with an awesome cat curled up at my feet.

That moment was the most content I have ever been in my life.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread My ex, who loves frogs to death, asked me to go frogging with her early unto our relationship, not to kill them, just to catch and identify them. Its one of my happiest memories and without a doubt the most attracted I’ve ever been to someone.

Its actually when I started to realize how strong and how smart of a person she was which combined with everything else made be fall head over heels.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread I was taking a walk in December last year when everything around me in my personal life was hell. A feeling of calm washed over me, and I started to look at how beautiful the sky was. I was crystalline in that perfect moment, and cried a few happy tears. I realized that being “present” is the only way to truly *live*… The past and the future are illusions and robbers of life. Ever since then I am extremely committed to finding beauty in every day things. I frequently feel very happy now, because I never run out of things to marvel at.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread That first week when I first separated from the military.

I felt so free and happy it was unreal. I’m very happy these days, but I don’t think I can reach that peak happiness again.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread When the doctors told me last year my wife was coming off the ventilator that she had been on for two weeks due to Covid.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Sitting on a roof with my best friend, smoking a joint and listening to some music. Can’t explain why exactly, but it was magical

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread When I finished the final training exercise in Marine boot camp (The Crucible). Proudest moment of my life because I never would’ve thought in a million years I would’ve made it through.

I now know how dumb that was to think, but still. The sense or pride I had in myself that day is unmatched to this day.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Grew up kind of poor, didn’t go on my first vacation until I met the woman who’d become my wife. We went to Tennessee and got a cabin with a hot tub and some good muscadine wine. It was night time, gently thundering and raining, little bit of a mist coming in to the high rise porch we were on where the hot tub was, just relaxing, buzzing. To me it felt like the perfect setting, perfect feeling.

Tied with that, she’s the first person I saw the ocean with. Took over 6 hours to drive there, we unpacked, walked out to the ocean about knee deep, holding hands. The sound of the waves and the seagulls. The look of happiness on her face as she stared out.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread When my wife and kids went away with the mother in law on holiday for two weeks and my work was closed down for five days due to structural issues. five days of total blissful peace that I know I will not get again for a very very long time.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread I went to the beach with my best friend and his twin sister, and me and my best friend got upset(this was long ago so we’re cool now) and it was dark and next to the water there were some rocks. I fell on the rocks and my legs and arms were bleeding. His sister helped me and that was the day I first had a crush on her. And I know she might have a crush on me too cuz after that we got along really well and once in a water park her brother ditched us to be with some jerks and she asked if she asked if I would be her boyfriend. I asked the same. We both said yes. But I was too chicken to ask her after.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Camping. waking up early to gather kindling and firewood to start a fire, getting some water to boil for coffee. getting ready for a hike or stroll through the woods and just being able to breathe and hear the sounds of nature. It’s my happy place.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread I went and visited my older brother who works at a restaurant on a ski resort and I picked the perfect day with tons of powder to go snowboarding with him. He’s good, I’m fairly new. We were doing some carved out tree runs that I still felt pretty unsure about and we’re making me super out of breath. I got up from a break and said “Let’s do this”. I then dropped in like a pro and shredded the first two carves and got a “hell yeah” from my older brother. Felt so validated.

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58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread My wedding day, 7 months ago. I was so happy that it took all my control to not jump and scream when the father named us husband and wife. 8 years together and God I swear I love my man every day.

Femmeferret , Emma Bauso Report

58 People Describe The Happiest Moment They Have Ever Experienced In This Online Thread Birth of my daugther. No comparison. The little s**t just floors me every day. Today we were watching PJ Masks together and she gave me a hug out of the blue and just said “Thank you” and went back to watching. What the f**k do you do after that…

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Mines pretty simple I guess.

When I retired my PS4 and went to best buy to pick up my gaming pc.

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Travelling alone through SE Asia at 30. First time I had felt true freedom since being a child.

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I was with my ex in northern Thailand. We rented an old stick shift land cruiser. I was driving and my ex fell asleep. I had the music on and was driving through miles and miles of mountain roads and rice fields. No one on sight just us. It still is one of my most treasured memories.

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When I finished my 3 hour test after 8 years in martial arts. The test was hard, and I hope one day I can feel that rush of relief and joy. After it all happened I was so happy I just cried.

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I’m happy to say … right now. Married the best woman in the world 3 years ago. Just landed a new role in my career, which is going well. Running a side-business while WFH that has tripled in the last two years. Been swimming and gymming recently and gotten to the lowest weight I’ve been / toned. Got some cushy holidays planned later this year, and overall, I’m just *really* in a good place physically and emotionally.

Last year was shite. We had some personal tragedies, so I feel like I’m going to truly appreciate the ways things are headed for now.

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On a camping/fishing trip with my Grampa, dad and brothers. We had so much fun.

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When I turned around to see my fiancée in her wedding dress at the end of the aisle. Makes me happy every time I think of it

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When a friend invited me as an accompanying person to her friend’s New Year’s Eve party. All the people there treated me like an ordinary person, not a hideous worm.
in junior high school, I was one of the most disliked people at school, I was persecuted by students and the teacher. These experiences caused me a kind of fear of other people and the conviction that I am the worst abomination. But at this party I was treated like an ordinary person, it was the nicest thing I experienced.
Really, nothing nicer happened to me.

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I was working at a call centre and living in a basement.

I literally have no idea why I was so happy.

It lasted for like a month. Strange times.

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Have a friend who everyone wants to date. He’s the ideal man: smart, funny, intelligent and patient. When I feel down he comforts me until I’m no longer sad. He hugged me so tight when I opened up to him about a past eating disorder. A bunch of girls found out and were jelous, saying that I was pathetic and dumb and a burden on his life. He said to them, infront of me, “I would rather have 100 sad conversations with her than listen to you all drone on about how much you wunna suck my d**k.”. It was really funny and made me smile for the first time in a while.

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7 months clean from Jib (Crystal Meth)
never going back under any circumstances. Not even if the cutest chick on the planet who would be willing to bang me if I took a shot of ice.

The meth lifestyle is very dark and depressing. I’m glad Im not there anymore.

**EDIT: Jib is a slang for Crystal Meth just like Tina, Ice, Speed, Clear etc**

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I was deeply in love with this girl, she was my first love. I was pretty young, probably around 15, but I’ve never felt like that before. She was my everything. Obviously we were very awkward haha, we were both lesbians and I think it was both our first time in a relationship, I hadn’t had my first kiss and I remember when she finally kissed me, it was amazing, surprisingly enough though, it wasn’t the HAPPIEST I had been with her. I reckon the happiest was just when I was lying in her arms, singing to dumb loves song and laughing and s**t. Nothing special about it but it was so special to me, because she was there. We eventually broke up, ofc, teenagers don’t stay together forever. I dumped her but I didn’t have a choice, I was forced into it. I still think about her, every single day 🙁

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Two for me.

First was walking out of the senate House in my academic gown, clutching my new PhD.

Second was walking down the aisle, arm in arm with my beloved, about 15 minutes after being declared man and wife.

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I feel it every time I’m alone on the open road with a good playlist and no watch or need to know what time it is. When the windows are down and the weather is nice and I’m on my way to explore a new town. That is when I feel the happiest.

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Hanging out with my best friend in Rome. We’d only see each other every couple of months since we became good friends, but before she left to study abroad, we were gonna hang out for her birthday but unfortunately she was super busy so it was 4 months where we had limited communication. So I flew to Rome (I had always wanted to go to Europe and with Italy winning Eurovision in 2021, I thought it was fitting).

When I saw her in Rome, we both had a long hug and i had just went through a major depression spike from work and my other close friends moving away and one of my friends family getting mad at me and all that fun stuff, so just seeing her and having that hug was one of the most reassuring moments I’ve felt in a long time. We also had spent an entire day together during my trip and it was so nice to spend all that time with her. Before we had only been able to hang out for only part of the day or other people had been with us so it was the first time in several months we had gotten to spend the day with each other. That Italy trip was one of the happiest I had felt in so long and seeing pictures of Italy makes me wish I could have spent more time in Italy and explore places besides Rome (I didn’t have the money to go far so I only went to Pompeii (kind of a mistake Pompeii itself isn’t nice at all) and Sorrento (wish I had stayed there instead).

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When my bills are all paid, and then some with some hot food on the table not worrying about not being able to pay the next bill enjoying staring off into these plain white walls with my dog by my side enjoying a cold beer.

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1st: when I found out I wasn’t going to be homeless
2nd: when I sold a copy of my novel to someone that wasn’t family or friends 👍

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The happiest I’ve ever felt, was two days ago. I was big spoon, he was little spoon, we were both tired as f**k. I burried my face in the cosiness of his bed sheets and let the warmth of his body just flow through me. I’ve been living with depression and anxiety for the last 10 years of my nearly 22 year old life, and that evening, I felt something I hadn’t felt in those 10 years: peace of mind, and genuine sense of affection. The guy and I aren’t a couple, and it’s not a FWB thing either, it was platonic and caring. Two people in need of some affection, but he has no idea how happy he made me that evening/night. It’s made my longing for love and affection worse since then, because that’s how the (my) brain works, but at least I’ve got this little memory to treasure and safeguard now.

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It’s hard to pick a favorite but the last year before the pandemic I spend 16 days in Morocco wandering around with 5 friends. Everything felt new. I was like a kid experiencing the world again for the first time. I felt this way again later on that year when I went to burning man. I recall one night drunk riding my bike through the desert lit with a sea of neon lights and edm blasting from every direction. You’d see something in the distance interesting and ride till you could explore it. No cell service for 9 days so where you were was your whole world for the moment. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so present in my adult life for a whole week.

Lately I’ve had a really strong urge to just wander. It’s something that’s been missing from my life the last few years. I love routine, but moving about with no expectations on what you will find yields some of life’s greatest adventures and I miss that energy.

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I had a dream I don’t remember, but I know I was dreaming as I woke up laughing. I don’t know why, but that laughter and bubbling happiness I woke up with was magical and stayed with me for hours.

It’s never happened again and that was years ago, but even thinking back on it now I get a slight sense of dejavu from it.

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