There are probably a hundred cheeseball movies you can think of that end in that "afterglow" moment, the moment where some kind of event is over, and you were a part of it among other people you like to be around. I've come to the conclusion that we don't get to have enough of those moments.
One of the best such moments I had last May. Shortly after moving into the house, we had a dual party. In the afternoon, my volleyball kids were over following the end of their season. That night, many of my best friends were over for what I believe to be a really classic party. There was nothing particularly special about the way we set it up, it was just cool having all of my peeps over. After everyone left, I had the feeling... the afterglow.
I've had it other times as well. The end of my wedding reception, the end of our first day in Hawaii are among the top moments. Sometimes it is after said cheeseball movies, sometimes after a volleyball tournament, a night at the bar or a really outstanding day at the amusement park.
A part of me wonders why we can't have more moments like that in life. Then I start to realize that if we had them all the time, they wouldn't be as special.
When I'm having a bad day, I try to think about those moments and feel good about them, knowing that more can't be that far off.