I realised this recently when a friend and I were asking each other if we were happy. It’s one of those questions that people ask each other often, like happiness as a permanent state of being is attainable.

According to Robert Plutchik, there are eight basic emotions:

1. Fear

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What do you mean I can’t control my future?!

2. Sadness

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A lot of it, everywhere

3. Joy

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Pizza!

4. Anger

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When a client sends back “a few edits”

5. Disgust

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My face when life is interlaced with sexual, racial or gender discriminations

6. Trust

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After you lied about being a prince for the gazillionth time? Ok, why not.

7. Anticipation

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Booking your December leave in January

8. Surprise

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When Emma Watson shows up on your doorstep

And then there’s the emotional spectrum (not the DC Comics version) of feelings that fall in-between, like different shades of… anything but grey.

Curiosity

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See you on the other side bitches

Mischievous

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Harry Potter joke for all the sad people who haven’t read the books (it’s never too late y’know)

Irritation

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Loud chewing noises make me want to kill people

Boredom

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I choose sleep over this conversation

Melancholy

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I’m going to play a sad song on repeat for an hour so I can feel gloomy for no reason

You get the picture? There are so many emotions that you can feel in one day, and yet we treat happiness as if it’s this destination that we’re heading to. One of my main problems is forgetting to live presently because somewhere out there my happiness awaits – perhaps I’ll find it on Friday, or on the date of my next holiday, or in a big tasty waffle.

You can wish your entire life away and not even realise it. The conclusion I’ve come to is that we’re not all going to be happy or one of its shades 100% of the time, but that’s ok.

So without further ado, I will be feeling all the feelings along the way, and you should too.