Today’s guest post is by one of the most energetic people I think I have ever met. Her name is Emily Smith. She’s fab, she’s 23, and when she told me this story, I knew she had to share it here.
Tingles. Ohhhh, tingles! The first time I experienced “the tingles was when I was in fourth grade sitting in Mr. Nelson’s social studies class and we were discussing the Wisconsin state animal, the badger. Except I wasn’t focusing on all of the state history facts or what the badger looked like; I was too busy getting “the tingles” from Jennifer reading a paragraph aloud, as our classroom popcorn style read. Sounds kind of naughty, doesn’t it? Well let me assure you, it’s not naughty at all.
For the rest of 4th grade and part of 5th grade, I secretly hoped Mr. Nelson or Mrs. Egle would call on Jennifer to read aloud, because let’s be honest…her voice was heavenly! In fact her voice was so pleasant, that I got a chill down my spine and smiled contently each time she was chosen to read. I was the recipient of her pleasant voice, and made me feel like I had won the Wisconsin lottery every time she was selected to read aloud or even equivalent to a 10 year old finding a container of sidewalk chalk in her Easter basket. I had received a gift and won the lottery all in the same time, except this time I had won the TINGLES! Ohhhh, yeah.
You’re probably wondering by now what the HELL on earth are the tingles? And most importantly, how on earth do I get them?! The tingles are simple, people. I came up with this word as I progressed through life all the way into middle school, and coined it! The tingles are a simple way of finding pleasure in life, a spark of happiness, the thing that puts a HUGE smile on your face all of the time, and brings out all of your senses: taste, touch, hearing, smell, seeing…..all of them. An overall feeling that the world is a magical and an unpredictibly exciting place to live all because of the small moments we get to experience as human beings.
To give you an idea of the tingles, I’m going to give you my top 5 tingles moments of ALL time! Here we go….
1.) Jennifer’s Voice
Jennifer’s voice, obviously. Although, I’ve somewhat grown out of it since I haven’t heard it in FOREVER! Note to self: must find new tingles voice.
2.) My Puppy!
When my puppy gives me kisses after a long day of work or for no reason, I get major tingles! She’s a 6 lb. Shih Tzu mix who is seriously freakin’ adorable! I just got her groomed and her new haircut even gave me the tingles! The way she frolics at the dog park or cuddles next to me on a cold winter morning always give me the tingles as well. If you’re a puppy lover, you’re probably experiencing the tingles just reading this!
3.) I LOVE YOU MS. SMITH!
I teach pre-kindergarten with the Teach For America program. If there is one thing pre-k kids are good at, it’s coming up to you at least 3 times per day and telling you, out of no where, “I LOVE YOU!” It hits you like a bird hits a windshield out of nowhere; and it brings the biggest smile to my face over and over again. I bet they even get the tingles jus saying it!
4.) Usher’s voice… Mmmmmmm!
Time to admit my guilty pleasure people: Usher’s voice. I’m infatuated with him. I have never not liked an usher song. Usher…gives me tingles. Okay, that sounds kind of naughty! But I promise I don’t intend for it to! Some people might say Adele or Whitney’s voices are tingle worth; however, I vote Usher.
5.) My Pinterest Boards
Confession time: I didn’t learn how to really study until I got to college, in which I took an inventory that told me I was a visual learner. I got an pinterest account this past January and it’s seriously revolutionized the way I see the world. Every time I log into my account, I see more pictures being pinned and I squeal with authentic excitement! My boards (and new images) give me massive tingles, people! They bring out that creative spark or a dust of inspiration that I need to remind me that a picture can capture special moments in our lives that define the experience we have.
I hope you’re not turned off by the idea of tingles, and are excited about the idea that as a young generation we have the ability to bring joy to our everyday lives (and to the world) by finding what makes us “tingle”. I challenge you to take 5 minutes today and make your top 5 tingle list. I promise it’ll leave you feeling warm, satisfied, and with a large smile on your face!
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