When The Mindy Project premiered in 2012, it was love at first sight — and not just because I love anything and everything that comes from the mind of Mindy Kaling. Her character, the sarcastic yet romantic at heart OB/GYN Mindy Lahiri was someone I could instantly relate to and in the five seasons that have followed, I've come to wish she was my best friend even more. Whether she's talking about TV, food, or the perils of single life, Mindy is someone who just understands me and I'm pretty sure that applies to a lot of people. Remember that episode where she went to the gym and immediately ended up on the floor, wanting it to be over? Yeah, I think we've all lived that one.
Here are 15 times Mindy just got us, in times good, bad, and hungry. This is for anyone who's ever felt like Dr. Mindy Lahiri was their soulmate.
15 When She Didn't Want To Leave Her Apartment
Anyone who would rather stay at home on a Friday night definitely gets this one. Your apartment is a safe place, stocked with all your favorite things. Your bed is there, your couch is there, and if your fridge is full, I don't see why you'd ever want to leave. Plus, if you go out on a Friday night, there's a good chance sleazy dudes will want to hit on you. If you stay home, there's a good chance you'll get caught up on all the shows you missed during the week because of dumb things like work and responsibilities.
Mindy's a total homebody, and I think that's half the reason why I love her character so much. If you feel the same way, we should start a club... and then never have meetings, because that would mean putting on pants and going out into the world. No thanks.
14 When She Made A Really Good Point About The Royal Family
Let's face it: The only thing wrong with the royal family is that we know literally nothing about their personal lives until they decide to announce it themselves... or if something gets leaked, which almost never happens. And because of that, it's hard not to be curious about what their real lives are like behind closed doors. If Prince Harry had an Instagram, I'd follow him in a heartbeat. I'm dying to see photos of him and his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, together, and can you imagine the pics that would surface of him palling around with his adorable niece and nephew?! Please let this happen someday!
Also, for the record, I'm down with Kate Middleton getting a Twitter or something. Or at least a fashion blog.
13 When She Talked About The Real Struggle Of Living Alone
Remember how I was talking about those wonderful Friday nights in? Yeah, if you've ever lived alone, you know all about the dangers of that one. Falling asleep in front of the TV isn't a once in awhile thing, it's an all the time thing, especially if wine is involved. It makes you all sleepy! Mindy isn't afraid to be open about the fact that the single life can definitely get messy, but honestly, what she's describing doesn't sound half bad after a long week of work!
Okay, maybe minus the red wine spilling everywhere, because that stuff is impossible to get out of the couch. And your clothes. Not that I'm speaking from experience, or anything. That has never happened to me before. Ever...
12 When She Became A Backseat Chef
Sometimes, it can be a little embarrassing to order your food exactly how you want it, especially if how you want it involves tripling the calorie count... and occasionally the sugar content. But Mindy goes after what she wants without shame, and I admire that in a person. Maybe I should start living my life more like Mindy and ask for the cheese I feel I deserve on my pizza. Spoiler alert: That's all the cheese. Just dump it on there. Pepperoni too, please!
Sidenote: Food trucks are the best, and if you have yet to eat from one, put that at the very top of your to do list. Cheeseburgers are good, but cheeseburgers from a food truck are great. Just trust me on this one!
11 When She Gave Herself A Pep Talk
Hard to believe, but even someone as amazing as Dr. Lahiri feels a little down sometimes and needs to pick herself up. The best way to do that? A little self-encouragement, which Mindy is usually pretty good at because she has enviable amounts of self esteem and we should all learn from her. Whether you're at the doctor, dealing with a really painful breakup, working on a big project at work, or trying to convince yourself that you do not need every flavor of Oreos at the grocery store, just draw on Mindy's willpower. Okay, so maybe she isn't always the best at rising to various challenges, but who is? I love her anyway.
And for the record, the warrior name I've given myself is Darth Vader Lo Mein... mainly because Beyoncé Pad Thai was already taken.
10 When She Relied On Cookie Dough To Get Through Life
Mindy is an emotional eater, and she isn't afraid to admit it. She usually turns to food in times of crisis — although honestly, don't we all? — and what better food to help you through life's ups and downs than cookie dough? It practically has magical powers to make you feel better when you're sad or to help you celebrate when something amazing happens. Personally, anytime I buy cookie dough, there's only a 50/50 chance it's ever going to become actual cookies.
And sometimes, cookie dough does solve your problems. You know, like if the problem is that you're hungry.Or that you would like to eat some cookie dough. Better keep some in the fridge at all times, just in case. Emergencies totally happen!
9 When She Highlighted The Dangers Of Showering Drunk
Mindy has made a lot of bad decisions while drunk, and I think that's something we can all understand. One of the biggest mistakes, though? Handling a razor while intoxicated, because it never leads to anything good. If you're like me, you end up with enough chunks taken out of your skin when you shave your legs when you're sober that attempting to do that particular activity while drunk would practically be a death sentence.
Anyway, this is why laser hair removal should be cheaper. I don't want to be stuck buying razors and shaving my legs every other day for the rest of my life (except in the winter, because who cares?), but I also want to look like a shaving cream commercial at every opportunity possible.
8 When She Redefined The Term "Hot Mess"
There's no way around it — sometimes, you and your life are just going to be a mess. It's the way it goes, it happens to all of us, and if you're as obsessed with The Mindy Project as I am, you know that it definitely happens to this lady right here. Fortunately, she's learned to embrace the mess instead of fight it, and the rest of us should do the same thing. Hot messes are way better than regular, boring messes, right? That's what I thought.
Plus, there's something kind of freeing about the realization that you don't have to have everything together all the time. Once you've moved past that, you can do anything! Be the hot mess you were born to be!
7 When She Responded To Criticism About Her Weight
When it comes to your body and weight, you owe no explanation to anyone, and Mindy doesn't either. And if we take a page from Mindy's book when it comes to self image, just remember this important fact: There's no such thing as overweight. If you're not skinny, you're either chubby or curvy, and there's nothing wrong with that! Eat as much cheese on your pizza as you want. Avoid the gym. Do what Mindy would do.
Or eat veggies and take a run every morning. Honestly, it's all about what you feel, and this girl is all about being your true self, even if other people don't like it. After all, the only person you have to please is yourself, so you better keep you happy first!
6 When She Settled A Debate On The Best Kind Of Cake
Although it's easy to feel lost in this crazy, mixed up world we live in, one beautiful, comforting fact will always remain the same: There are a lot of different flavors of cake out there, and most of them are really delicious. Vanilla, angel food, carrot, red velvet, chocolate... the list goes on and on. And how do you decide which one is best? Fortunately, Mindy settled this debate for us: The best kind of cake is obviously any cake that is huge, regardless of flavor. Duh!
Like cheese on pizza, when it comes to food, more is better. More cake? Absolutely, especially if it's your birthday, because everybody knows that calories don't count if it's your birthday. Go nuts!
5 When She Learned From Kim Kardashian's Mistakes
Like most of us, Kim Kardashian West is an imperfect person, although her gorgeous selfies on Instagram say otherwise. She's made her mistakes in the past, but Mindy has learned from them, and so have the rest of us. What she's saying is basically true — bad things happen, but you move on, and eventually find your Kanye West and live happily ever after. I mean, if your sex tape leaks, that's not good. But no matter what obstacle you meet, it's probably not going to be easy. It wasn't easy for Kim! But down the road, it will happen.
Mindy may get into (hilarious) messes sometimes, but she always stays positive. Okay, so maybe sometimes her optimism is completely unfounded, but maybe we should all be a little more like that!
4 When She Found The Perfect Alternative To Getting Married
Listen, we have all seen Eat Pray Love, and it looked like a lot of fun. To be Julia Roberts, bouncing from country to country, eating all that delicious looking pizza and falling in love with an exotic man who just couldn't get enough of her? She was quite literally living the dream, and if I wasn't married, I would do exactly the same thing. What's not to love about traveling, eating, and romantic adventures?! You know, besides, the really painful divorce she had to go through before all that happened.
Mindy totally needs to do that on the show, by the way. I'd love to see Dr. Lahiri on that kind of journey, and if all else fails, she could always pull a Wild and hit the trails to find herself like Reese Witherspoon did. Except I have a feeling Mindy wouldn't last two seconds on a hike. It's okay, girl. Me neither.
3 When She Realized The Key To Accomplishing Anything
When it comes to what stands between you and your dreams, the answer is usually either hard work or money. And if you have money, that hard work no longer matters. It's super easy to pay to solve a problem, but when it comes to stuff like losing weight, which requires actually going to the gym, that's when we're at a loss. Can't we just pay someone to work out for us? No, it doesn't work that way? Oh. Back to the couch, then.
Fortunately for Mindy, she's a super fancy OB/GYN, so she clearly has plenty of cash to throw around. The rest of us aren't quite that lucky, so that means we usually get stuck with the hard work of doing things ourselves. Life is so hard!
2 When She Pointed Out An Annoying Term People Use
I never really thought about it until Mindy pointed it out on the show, but the term "girl crush" is actually kind of stupid. Plenty of women have crushes on other women because they admire them or want to be just like them — either because they have somehow managed to master the perfect cat eye or because their career is on fire... or a million other reasons. Nobody thinks you're in love, they just think you're experiencing the same thing we all do when we spot a super cool female who needs to teach us all their ways.
And for the record, both Mindy Lahiri and Mindy Kaling are two women I definitely have a crush on. See how easy it just was to not say "girl crush?" Take Mindy's lead on this one and throw that phrase out of your vocabulary.
1 When She Basically Shut Down The Entire Concept Of Spoilers
As someone completely obsessed with TV, this is exactly my stance when it comes to people complaining about spoilers. If you really loved the show so much, you would have watched it when it actually aired (or the second it hit Netflix, in the case of shows like Orange Is The New Black). People are going to talk about TV shows, especially when major plot points are revealed in an epic episode, so either watch when it airs or be prepared to be spoiled. It's not that hard!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be catching up on The Mindy Project on Hulu. Wouldn't want to let my friends ruin the episodes I haven't seen yet, because if I got spoiled, that would be totally my own fault!