Why You Should Embrace the Simple Joys of Life, and How to Do It

Woman enjoying the simple joy of smelling a daisy.

50 Simple Joys to Stop and Enjoy Life

Our modern world is SO hectic.

I feel as if life keeps going faster and faster, spinning me out of control. We’re expected to do more and be more and make more money with each passing year.

I have countless blog posts on New Year’s Resolutions and personal development. Improving your life and your situation is always at the forefront of everyone’s minds, but it can also be detrimental to our health and happiness if we pursue those goals without a break.

One way I love to stay grounded and to slow life down is to look for the simple joys in my life.

Life’s simple pleasure, small joys… whatever you want to call them, these small moments in life are there to remind you to come back to earth.

To pause and breathe.

That it’s okay to not be chasing goals at every second of every day. (And believe me, I have a hard time with that one.)

These simple moments are short and fleeting, and they help you remember to not take your life for granted.

That’s where this blog, Wild Simple Joy, got its name:

I want to have the audacity in this crazy world, to enjoy my life to the fullest, embrace each moment, and live in simplicity and wild joy every day!

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How to Find Simple Joys in Your Life

When life is fast paced and full of ups and downs, the small pleasures can be difficult to notice. Here’s 3 quick ways to slow yourself down to start noticing the amazing simplicities around you.

1. Learn to meditate

Developing a meditation practice can help you build the neural pathways for a deeper awareness of life and the things around you. It’s called neuroplasticity, and it’s the ability of our brains to rewire themselves through thoughts, emotions, and actions. It’s how habits are formed and changed.

Meditation helps you build the ability to slow down into your brain’s chemistry and wiring, and it becomes easier for you to notice the little things around you that are joyful.

2. Practice gratitude

Stopping to think about the things that you are grateful for each day helps remind your brain to stop whenever you are experiencing those things. So if you’re thankful that your children are healthy, you might notice more when they eat their veggies, or when they do something kind for someone else.

Practicing gratitude can also help alleviate some of the stress of moments that aren’t quite perfect, like when those same children push each other or scream or don’t eat a single bite of their dinner.

3. Plan times in your day to stop and be mindful

Even if you’re not meditating, put down your phone when you’re eating your lunch. Look outside. Take a walk. What do you notice?

Mindfulness is a concept that can encompass many different processes in your life. In fact, we spend 46% of our days lost in thought. Wouldn’t you rather be present and enjoying your day?

Write it down on your to-do list today.

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50 Simple Joys for You to Enjoy Every Day

You’ll notice something about these simple joys–they employ full use of the senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and sound. When you’re fully aware of the world around you, you don’t just use your words and your sight. When you experience deeper moments of bliss and joy, you’re completely immersed in your senses.

These simple joys are also full of nature and the seasons. The passing of time and honoring each season is a tradition that has been long lost. It’s time you bring it back into your life.

Stop to give pause and notice these amazing simple joys in the world around you:

  1. Hearing a baby laugh
  2. The sun’s rays in the early morning
  3. The smell of coffee in the morning
  4. Listening to the rain
  5. Soul-connecting sex
  6. A summer breeze
  7. Getting wrapped up in a good book
  8. A song so moving it brings you to tears
  9. Conversations with your best friend
  10. Laughing so hard you cry
  11. A smile from a stranger
  12. Crunchy leaves under your feet in fall
  13. Getting a compliment
  14. Getting a postcard or handwritten letter
  15. The tang and sweetness of fresh fruit you picked yourself
  16. Hearing your favorite song on the radio
  17. Rolling down your windows all the way in the car
  18. Eating off of good china
  19. Letting go of the gas pump exactly at the dollar
  20. A phone call or text from an old friend
  21. Enjoying a donut on a road trip
  22. Being greeted by your dog when you get home
  23. Picking flowers
  24. Finding money in the pocket of a coat you haven’t worn since last year
  25. Lighting candles in the winter
  26. A really great bear hug
  27. Seeing someone’s face light up when they open a gift
  28. Feeling the sun on your face in the springtime
  29. Experiencing the grandiosity of nature in the mountains for the first time
  30. A full, delicious home-cooked meal
  31. When the blinkers on your car match perfectly with the beat of a song
  32. Loving your appearance more with age
  33. Brushing someone’s hair
  34. Having someone brush your hair
  35. Holding a child’s hand
  36. A refreshing shower after working outside or sweating all day
  37. Evening sun that streams through the west windows
  38. Hearing a hilarious joke
  39. Watching a baby sleep
  40. Getting a massage
  41. Scratching a cat’s ears
  42. A baby’s first words
  43. Sunsets over the beach
  44. The smell of lilacs in spring
  45. Having a conversation with someone who just gets you
  46. Cuddling under a blanket in the cold
  47. Hearing “I love you”
  48. Walking barefoot
  49. Hearing a child sing
  50. The smell of freshly cut grass

And of course, just the knowing and understanding that life is a beautiful thing.

XOXO

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7 thoughts on “Why You Should Embrace the Simple Joys of Life, and How to Do It”

  1. I love all these ideas. I’ve been thinking of going back to reading books, which is something I haven’t had time to do since my second child was born. I’d love some Ernest Hemingway!

    1. Reading is especially good at helping you slow life down. I haven’t done much reading lately either… and I have several books lined up and ready to go!

  2. These are great tips. It is definitely needed sometimes to just stop, breathe and take a moment. I have found that practicing yoga helps me a lot

  3. These are beautiful. Flowers are definitely a pick me up here – we are moving rural and I have dreams of planting a flower paddock!

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