Heh, the French are ALL ABOUT the swallowing!
Nah, I wouldn't know.
Anyway - well done Gothic - it takes balls to be frank like that. I considered doing the same in my reply, but know too many Heretics IRL for that to work for me at this juncture.
To the point - I find the feeling of getting new shoes a great one, but mayhap because I only wear Converse, and I love to have a new colour, especially to mix and match.
You need to take pleasiure in the simple things, but the most important way in which I get through day-to-day is simply by accepting the world is shit, and that happiness, while always the aim, isn't what you should expect or require.
There will always be downs, and a down is much worse when you fall further - if you try to be 'merely' okay all the time instead of aiming to be happy, your disappointments are so much less comparatively that they become more manageable.
...Still, I say that, despite having recently fucked up that philosophy in my own life and having a sea of shit to wade through now to try to find an even keel again.
As a general rule it works.
Last disaster of a relationship I had, I got over partly by a self-centred splurge of cds and dvds. Maybe that's worth looking into?
Always remember; your problems =/= what defines the essential YOU.
What you are is how you REACT to everything going to shit, not the factors that make it shit in the first place.
EDIT: Hrmm, guess I was more open there than I thought. LOL