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?
Write it down on your to-do list today.
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:
- Hearing a baby laugh
- The sun’s rays in the early morning
- The smell of coffee in the morning
- Listening to the rain
- Soul-connecting sex
- A summer breeze
- Getting wrapped up in a good book
- A song so moving it brings you to tears
- Conversations with your best friend
- Laughing so hard you cry
- A smile from a stranger
- Crunchy leaves under your feet in fall
- Getting a compliment
- Getting a postcard or handwritten letter
- The tang and sweetness of fresh fruit you picked yourself
- Hearing your favorite song on the radio
- Rolling down your windows all the way in the car
- Eating off of good china
- Letting go of the gas pump exactly at the dollar
- A phone call or text from an old friend
- Enjoying a donut on a road trip
- Being greeted by your dog when you get home
- Picking flowers
- Finding money in the pocket of a coat you haven’t worn since last year
- Lighting candles in the winter
- A really great bear hug
- Seeing someone’s face light up when they open a gift
- Feeling the sun on your face in the springtime
- Experiencing the grandiosity of nature in the mountains for the first time
- A full, delicious home-cooked meal
- When the blinkers on your car match perfectly with the beat of a song
- Loving your appearance more with age
- Brushing someone’s hair
- Having someone brush your hair
- Holding a child’s hand
- A refreshing shower after working outside or sweating all day
- Evening sun that streams through the west windows
- Hearing a hilarious joke
- Watching a baby sleep
- Getting a massage
- Scratching a cat’s ears
- A baby’s first words
- Sunsets over the beach
- The smell of lilacs in spring
- Having a conversation with someone who just gets you
- Cuddling under a blanket in the cold
- Hearing “I love you”
- Walking barefoot
- Hearing a child sing
- The smell of freshly cut grass
And of course, just the knowing and understanding that life is a beautiful thing.