5 Reasons Why Waterbeds Made the 1980s Great

1981-05 Waterbed Justin Rhonda
Mom (25) and Me (4), May 1981
  1. They were warm when you laid down on them.
  2. You could close your eyes, do a trust fall, and feel like you were floating on the ocean for about 10 seconds.
  3. You could jump on them when your parents weren’t looking.
  4. The 24–48 hours of anticipation as you waited for the waterbed to heat.
  5. Watching your parents freak out when the mattress sprung a leak.

What’s a simple thing from your childhood that brought you joy? What’s a simple thing that currently brings you joy? Can you think of more simple things that bring you joy? The next step is to spend more time doing those things.


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