Have you ever made plans because you believe that the fruition of these plans will somehow bring happiness into your life? Sometimes, we get too concerned with our plans to achieve what we think is “happiness”. We forget that there are other things that can make us happy and make us feel complete. Have you ever stopped to even think about the simple pleasures in life and how we can count on these simple pleasures to give us continuous joy. When we appreciate and enjoy the simple things, the gratitude we feel will extend to other areas as well. Life is too short not to realize the simple things that can bring us joy. Here are some of the simple pleasures that are worth making an effort to experience often.
Giving and Receiving Smiles
What 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. Sometimes too, I notice that smiling while doing an activity that is not your particular favorite – makes that activity easier to do. A smile is the nicest curve in your body – so flaunt it!!!
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. If you do not like working out alone, join a group workout. Most importantly, find a workout you enjoy. That way, it doesn’t feel much like a workout but just a FUN activity!
Enjoying Your Favorite Food
Even if your favorite food is not especially healthy, allow yourself to have it every 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. Just remember to eat in moderation – watch your portions!
Laughing until It Hurts
Laughter is like medicine. 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.
Expensive fun is great, but can be hard to come by. Having big plans is a good thing especially if there are rewards attached to them. Instead of feeling sad about your plans slowing you down, indulge in one of the simple pleasures mentioned above. By learning to appreciate the little things right next to you, you will find great fulfillment each and every day. This can help you go through life with more hope to continue to push thru to achieve your plans. Happiness can happen everyday (even in small ways) until you achieve your great plan which will ultimately bring your greater joy and fulfillment.