1. Sinking my bare feet into the sand after a long absence from the beach or the summer.
  2. Holding a close friend's new baby.
  3. Discovering that a book I really hoped was good is, in fact, good.
  4. When someone says my novel made them cry.
  5. When the man I've crushed on from a distance for untold years does remember me after all.
  6. When someone is unexpectedly good and kind and forgiving to me.
  7. Beautiful sentences.
  8. Being surprised at the airport by someone coming to meet me.