40 little things in life that can make you happy

In many cases, it can be really difficult to (re)discover the true beauty of the little things in our lives. We are so heavily occupied with the pursuit of ever more that we are no longer content with what we already have. We no longer pause the pursuit in order to reflect on the joy and happiness all the wonderful aspects of our lives – no matter how small – bring us.

The pursuit of happiness makes us strive for more all the time. And once we’ve accomplished a certain goal that promised great happiness, we are already pursuing the next one. Instead of being able to experience happiness in this very moment, we are – more often than not – postponing our happiness. In fact, we often make our happiness dependent on the outcome of certain events. In falsely assuming that the accomplishment of certain goals (wealth, fame, status, power, etc.) will add great amounts of happiness to our lives, we give away our control over our happiness.

The ability to draw happiness from the little things in life also has a lot to do with gratitude. If you are able to center your attention on all the beautiful aspects that are already to be found in your life, you will become a much more grateful person.

Being grateful for the little things is a unique skill to not only be content with your life but also to be less dependent on the outcome of external circumstances. It marks the first step towards discovering the true source of happiness which lies within.

An effective route to happiness is not necessarily through experiencing major events that we might have planned out such as getting married, moving house, getting that all-important promotion, or even being on a holiday. Rather it is the small, and often unexpected, pleasures in life that can make us smile each and every day to help us build happier and more meaningful lives for ourselves and for others.

All too often we take the little things in our life for granted. We are merely aware of these elements in our life but we seldom take the time to appreciate them. Let’s have a look at the little things that can make life truly worth living.

  1. That content feeling of waking up naturally, without a headache-inducing alarm.
  • Seeing the sunrise or sundown.
  • Watching the world from the window of a moving vehicle.
  • Stargazing and philosophizing about life.
  • Cuddling someone before you have to get up and start your day.
  • The smell of cookies baking.
  • A good night’s sleep.
  • A brisk walk all by yourself.
  • Deep conversation with a special one.
  1. Reruns of your favorite show.
  1. Lazy Sundays.
  1. Laughing until your muscles start aching.
  1. Tasting something incredibly delicious for the first time.
  1. Having a long phone conversation with someone you care about and haven’t spoken to in a while.
  1. Reading a good book.
  1. Random compliments.
  1. Watching the rain/snow fall when you have nowhere to be, and you can curl up on the sofa/bed.
  1. Making someone smile.
  1. Your favorite song coming on the radio.
  • Hearing a song you forgot about.
  • Finding money you had forgotten about.
  • Eating food that you’re majorly craving.
  • Taking a nap in your warm bed during a cold winter.
  • A stranger giving you a genuine smile.
  • A gesture of kindness from someone in your life.
  • A meaningful, long hug from somebody you care about.
  • The feeling you get after a good, sweaty workout.
  • Having a movie night with your friends.
  • Correctly guessing something when you have no idea about it.
  • Taking a few moments alone when things get hectic.
  • Beach days.
  • Handwritten letters.
  • The chance to be creative, from painting an old set of drawers to doodling a picture.
  • Feeling good in an outfit.
  • A party where you actually had a good time.
  • When something you’ve been wanting to happen, happens.
  • Spending some time with your pets – or animals in general!
  • Having ticked off everything from your to-do list.
  • Holding hands with someone you love.
  • Being yourself, loving yourself, and treating yourself the way you deserve.

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