Paper Monitor: Simple pleasures like bubblewrap

  • 8 May 2013

Paper Monitor is inspired to think about the simple pleasures in life.

They're often underrated but oh so nice. Those simple pleasures that make everyday life just a little bit better.

A list of the nation's most popular simple pleasures appears in the Daily Express today. Reading Paper Monitor does not appear on the list, but one can only assume this is because it's an intellectually stimulating, challenging and exciting experience - not simple at all. If there was such a list it would be top. Definitely.

Popping bubblewrap is top of this particular list (yes, yes, yes), followed by trampling through snow (depends how far Paper Monitor has to trample) and watching children's movies (never, honestly... that Alvin and the Chipmunks DVD is for research purposes only).

It would seem there are also gender differences when it comes to such pleasures, according to the survey by Panasonic. Women like licking cake bowls and playing on swings. Men enjoy jumping out on people and repeating everything a friend says back to them. Not annoying in the slightest.

It got Paper Monitor thinking about its own list. Obviously opening the nation's newspapers every weekday morning (or occasionally in the afternoon if Paper Monitor is moving slowly on that particular day) and picking out the riches of the press for you dear readers is top. Love it. Can't get enough of it. Best simple pleasure ever.

After that the rustle of a biscuit packet being opened in the office at about 3pm or hearing the words "it's my birthday, I've brought in a cake" come extremely high.

And it's ok to like such things because a psychologist says so. Simple pleasures "are not exclusively enjoyed by children", says Sandra Wheatley. "It is a shame we seem to think we can't have fun as adults."

It's obviously a subject that is taking up a lot of thinking time at the Daily Express. It continues mulling over the subject in its opinion column. It also asks a very important question - bubble wrap wasn't invented until 1957 so what did we do before that? Erm, do the twist?

But ultimately the conclusion the survey comes to is that "treats prove we're just big kids". Or you're just really greedy in Paper Monitor's case.