AmbiGaming Corner: 10 Happy Thoughts

A little deviation from all things video games today. I was tagged by Fed over at Fed’s Life and asked to compile a list of 10 things that make me happy. It seemed like a refreshing thing to do, so here we go!

Other than the first one (okay, maybe two), these are only in a loose order.

1. Family

During my brief time in Florida, the thing that bothered me the most was that I was so far away from my family. I’ve always operated under the idea of “family first,” and there is no other way I’d want my life to be. There is nothing more important to me than my family. We may not always agree on everything, but being with them makes me happy.


2. My Friends

As a fairly quiet, introverted person, I (unsurprisingly) don’t have many friends – but I don’t really mind the small numbers. The friends I have are wonderful, and no matter what know how to bring a smile to my face.

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3. Music

Considering how I babble on and on ad nauseum here, it might come as a surprise that I’m a pretty quiet person in real life. But music is different. When I play the violin, I can pour myself into it, and get out all the things buzzing around in my head that don’t make sense when I try to put them into words. On the recorded music front, I have lists of songs to play when I am in different moods, and to use for different purposes. I have music to play when I’m working, and I love listening to the radio when I’m not doing anything in particular. I really can’t imagine my life without music, both as an outlet and as a means of entertainment way of life.


4. The Ocean

I’m a Jersey girl, and I love going down the shore, as we say here. It’s my happy place. Standing next to the pounding ocean makes me feel peaceful, and the feeling of being so small and insignificant next to something so large is a humbling sort of profundity. This ties into my love of sailing – just me, the wind, and the water. It’s quiet and peaceful, and I love every moment of it. Like I said, the ocean is my happy place, plain and simple.

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5. Good Stories

Stories are sort of a big deal for me. I get wrapped up in them, analyze them, and fall in love with them. Even the saddest, most poignant stories make me “happy” in their own way. Exploring new worlds and meeting new kinds of people all from the safety of my room is, for me, a very peaceful and positive experience.

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6. Traveling

I love not only the excitement of being in a new place, but also the adventure of getting there. Money constraints mean I don’t often travel, but when I do, I love it!

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7. Hot Coffee

While not a coffee addict, I do love the taste of coffee. I actually tend to drink decaffeinated, since caffeine doesn’t seem to affect me anyway, but a hot cup of coffee elicits nice thoughts of curling up with a book.

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Which leads me to…

8. Reading

More than any other medium (yes, even video games), I love books. I love love LOVE them. You want to instantly win my heart? Don’t buy me a drink. Buy me a freaking library.

I blame Beauty and the Beast for my unrealistic standards.

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9. Summer

I love warm weather, and I always feel better in summertime. Fireflies, swimming, more sunshine… everything about it, I like. After living in Miami for a few years – where it was always summer – I began to feel very spoiled. There’s just something about the sunshine and the warm that just makes me feel good.

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…and last, but certainly not least:

10. Video Games

Well, yeah. Of course video games are on the list. I wouldn’t be here if they weren’t, right? This ties into #5, and sort of into #8, but I love jumping into new worlds – especially when I can interact with the new world and the new people I meet!

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Spreading the Love

So, I know these things are meant to share the love with other bloggers. I’m going to leave some links here, and if the people behind the blogs would like to post ten things that make them happy, that would be fun! But no pressure 🙂 Anyway, here are some fantastic bloggers who deserve your attention!

  • Tabitha from The Gaming Teacher, a wonderful blog that is all about video games and education. It’s a blog after my own heart, and definitely is worth checking out!
  • Adam from The Video Game Virtuoso, a new(ish) member of the WordPress community who gives some straight-shooting opinions on video games
  • Ashley from RoboHeartBeat, who is another writer after my own heart, and who I aspire to be like. Her varied subjects and friendly writing are worth every moment reading her posts!
  • The Shameful Narcissist from The Shameful Narcissist Speaks, who is not only an authority on all things Final Fantasy, but shares her deep love of all things story-related in ways that are both thoughtful, friendly, and entertaining!
  • LightningEllen from LightningEllen’s Release, because I always look forward to reading her posts on gaming, so definitely check her out if you haven’t!
  • Imtiaz from Power Bomb Attack, who writes great reviews and shares his insightful thoughts on games!

Of course, there are so many other wonderful bloggers that I haven’t mentioned, but I’ve been digging around and trying to make sure I don’t repeat names! If you’d like to join in the fun, please do, and leave a link in the comments so we can find your post!

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you soon!
~ Athena

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  1. What a great list 🙂 It’s sadly been a few years since I read a book that moved me. It seems to happen all the time with games though XD I’m happy to see lists like this – thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for the fantastic idea and the tag!

      Yeah, it can be hard to find a new book to get into sometimes, but I’ve found that even if I’m not 100% sold on a book, I’ll keep reading and still somehow enjoy myself. Super nerd and all that, I suppose 🙂 Although I agree that games have some fantastic stories and really do know how to suck their audiences in!!

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  2. Awesome list! There’s so much negativity on the net it’s nice to think happy thoughts 🙂 I hear you on the friend thing. Quality is MUCH better than quantity, IMO. I live in Nova Scotia and can confirm that the ocean is indeed worth leaving my apartment to go see, haha.

    Thank you for mentioning me! 😀

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  3. We share many of the same “happy” things! I’m definitely a quality over quantity person when it comes to friends, but for some reason, people seem to like me. I only *play* an extrovert on TV, which gets tiring quickly, though if I have coffee (which I also love), I can last a bit longer, but if I stay out for too long, my social mana runs out, and you’ll find me hiding in a corner with my phone trying to decompress. I also feel super awkward if I’m with someone I’m not super close with and it’s quiet, so I’ll just…keep…talking. I think this furthers the illusion that I like being around people hehe. I’m quite the friendly misanthrope :p

    Thank you so much for tagging me! I was hoping someone would, since I’ve seen this around the blogosphere for a week or so. When will I get to it? Hopefully soon! Also, thanks for giving me more awesome bloggers to follow ♥

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    1. Agreed! It almost makes it worse, doesn’t it, because then folks don’t understand why you’ve locked yourself in your room for two days after a party and refuse to speak to anyone. I mean, or the healthy equivalent of that (haha).

      My pleasure! Thanks for being such an awesome blogger! Looking forward to seeing your post 🙂

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  4. thanks for the tag and sharing your happiness with us! That’s cool you play violin. If i had the time, I’d love to learn it, but already so many things on my plate. I’d love to diversify myself musically and outside of playing bass, I’d love to be a great keyboard player, drummer, singer etc. But of course, then who would write on my blog :p

    I had the pleasure of seeing an amazing violinist at my sisters in laws wedding, did some great covers of all sorts of popular music, but her one rendition of a beatles tune just blew me away.

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    1. Yeah I really enjoy playing 🙂 I started when I was six, so it’s been a long time!! haha It’s definitely a time investment, so I can understand your quandary! It’s worth it, though, even if you only take little steps at a time 🙂 And in my biased opinion, covers on the violin are awesome!!

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      1. yes covers are great. It may not be violins, but close enough. A group called Apocalyptica is dedicated to doing Cello covers of so many Metallica songs… so freakin’ cool!! Was blown away the first time i heard it

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