Finding Happiness in the Simple Pleasures in Life
Finding happiness is something most of us do by making dramatic plans that we expect to bring happiness into our lives, whether it be a vacation, or buying something we have wanted or dreamed of owning.
However it is the simple pleasures in life that we can count on to give us continuous joy. When we appreciate and enjoy the simple things, the gratitude we feel will extend to other areas of our life as well. Here are some of the simple pleasures that are worth making an effort to experience often.
Freshly Cut Grass
Freshly cut grass is enjoyable in every way. The smell and feel of it under your bare feet is fresh, and invigorates the senses. Try to experience this as often as possible as it helps to keep us grounded and energized as well.
Giving and Receiving Smiles
Want a better way to experience a simple pleasure for free? Give smiles not only to your friends, but also to random strangers you pass on the street. You will be amazed at how good it feels to see first the surprise of others, and then their own smile in return. It can also help to look in the mirror and smile at yourself.
The Endorphin Rush after Working Out
When you work out in a strenuous manner, you will get an endorphin rush as a reward. These natural, feel-good chemicals are sure to brighten your day. Work out in the morning in order to use this endorphin rush to help you be especially productive throughout the rest of your day. Even taking a quiet stroll can have a feel good effect on your mood.
Enjoying Your Favorite Food
Even if your favorite food is not especially healthy, allow yourself to have it now and then. The feeling of your much-loved food will bring you a little boost of pleasure. Studies have shown that if you refrain from a particular food for a certain time, it will be even more enjoyable the next time you try it. So use this trick to make your favorite meal taste even better than usual.
Hot Cup of Coffee or Tea
Some of us survive on our daily coffee or tea. Even when it is a daily habit, it can bring much joy. As you sip on your beverage of choice, take some quiet time to enjoy every bit.
Making Snow Angels
This is not only for kids. Put on some warm clothes and simply fall into the snow. Feeling silly about this will not ruin the experience, just embrace the feeling of innocent fun that making snow angels can bring.
Laughing until It Hurts
Finding happiness in laughter. They say that laughter is the best medicine. Science has proven that laughing can improve your mood and your health. Everyone should have an opportunity to laugh until it hurts at least once a day. Whether it is with a friend who could write comedy, or watching a good movie, take some time to laugh away your stress. Don’t take yourself or life so seriously that you forget to laugh. Remember to laugh at yourself as well.
Getting a Massage
If you have never had a massage, give it a try. This hour of total pampering will make your troubles feel as though they are melting away. Along with the many other health benefits of massage this will reduce your stress levels and bring about relaxation.
Walking in the Rain
Walking in the rain is one of life’s amazing simple pleasures. Dress warm, and go outside with or without an umbrella. Let the rain splash over your face as you stroll along, and be sure to jump in at least one puddle for old time’s sake. Remember it is only water and you can always dry off afterwards.
The right music is always great to improve our mood. Music is said to be food for the soul. I used music to help me find a bit of happiness whenever I felt my moods go down. I was usually listening to sad and depressing songs which kept me in the depressed mindset. Once I started paying attention to what I was listening to and began to change the music to upbeat, happier tunes it really made a difference. Find the music that is right for you and inspires you to be happier. You can also find the music that is right for you if you want to increase your energy or bring on some creativity. Try to stay away from music that makes you feel reminiscent or sad until you have a hold on your depression.
Expensive fun is great, but can be hard to come by. Instead of waiting for your next vacation, indulge in one of these simple pleasures. By learning to appreciate the little things right in front of you, you will find great fulfillment each and every day.
Finding your happiness is imperative to living a happy and fulfilled life. The first step is to find an appreciation for all the little things that we have in our daily lives. Above are just a few to get you started. Write a list of some of the things in your life that you could have appreciation for and find a little happiness in.
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