Do you enjoy your day to day life? Read on to learn how to delight in the little details of your life with these 7 easy ways to enjoy the small things in life!
There are 525,600 minutes in a year.
And I know that sounds like a lot, but boy do they fly by!
And we end up constantly repeating: “I can’t believe it’s already… (December, summer, etc)! Where did the time go??”
Life goes on. Constantly and without fail.
And it is made up of minute after minute, rolling on by.
Why not enjoy as many of those minutes as possible?
Learn to enjoy the small things!
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What Does Enjoy the Little Things Mean?
Committing to enjoying the small things means recognizing that all of these minutes matter.
It means recognizing that IF you want to enjoy your life (and who doesn’t?), then you need to enjoy the small things that take up all those minutes, as much as possible.
Why You Should Enjoy the Little Things
All of these little things make a big difference in the overall quality of your life. They will determine how much you enjoy your life.
And you SHOULD enjoy your life!! You’re here, living it. Enjoy it!
Don’t get so caught up in the future and in your plans and goals that you miss your entire life.
Your life is here, right now, always.
And if you put a LITTLE effort into the small details of your life, your day-to-day lived experience will be VASTLY improved!
Enjoy the Small Things Quote
“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
7 Ways to Enjoy the Small Things in Life
If you are ready to start focusing in on the wonderful details of your life, then the first thing you need to do is back off of that list in your head of what you need to accomplish or have before you’ll be happy.
You know, the one that starts with an “if I could just…” or “I’ll be happy when…”
Let that go. The truth is, the keys to your own happiness lie within you and they always have.
Here are 7 simple ways to learn how to enjoy the small things in life.
1. Be Mindful
Slow down, be mindful, and pay attention! Try to be absorbed in what you are doing. Try not to multitask. (Humans aren’t really that great at it anyway!) Do one thing at a time and pay attention to each thing as you are doing it. [Top Tip: Meditation is a great way to train your brain to be present!]
2. Notice the Small Things
It’s hard to enjoy the small things if you don’t notice them in the first place! Make a mental note of small things and moments that delight you throughout the day – like children laughing together or the afternoon sun slanting through the window.
Try keeping a journal of delightful things or write them on slips of paper and put them in a jar. You can look back over them any time you need an extra boost of delight!
3. Focus on Your Relationships
Humans are social creatures. Even if you are an introvert, you need some human connection in order to thrive. Make a point out of nurturing the relationships you have. Even if you don’t see them very often, express your appreciation to your loved ones for their presence and support in your life.
4. Be Grateful
Don’t just notice small things, be grateful for them! Take the time to say thank you for all of the amazing things you have in your life!
There are so many good ways to practice gratitude! One easy way is to take 5 seconds and write down something you are grateful for in your planner every day. You can also keep a gratitude journal or jar, participate in a gratitude challenge, or any number of cool ideas that people have come up with and that you can find with a simple google search.
Playtime isn’t just for kids! The world is just as delightful as it has always been – go enjoy it! Deliberately set aside time for play – don’t have an agenda or tasks to complete; just go PLAY!
6. Develop Mini Rituals
Humans thrive on ritual. It’s comforting! And frankly, if you are going to do something over and over again, why not make it special?
Establish your own personal rituals for different parts of your day. (If you don’t like the word “ritual,” feel free to substitute “routine”) Here are some common events that are easy to turn into mini rituals:
- Morning ritual
- Coffee/tea ritual
- Bedtime ritual
- The transition from work to home life ritual
- Self-care ritual
- Journaling ritual
- Weekend ritual
- Candle-lighting ritual
- Bathroom cleaning ritual
Literally anything can be turned into a ritual, so don’t feel like you are limited by this (or any other) list. Do what you want!
7. Don’t Compare
Stop comparing yourself and your life to other people! Everyone has their own struggles and problems, even if their lives seem “perfect” from the outside. There are people who would look at your lifestyle and think “Wow if I could have that, I would have it made!”
You are living your own wonderfully unique life. Don’t get so caught up worrying about what it’s NOT, that you stop noticing what it IS
Learn to enjoy the small things in your life, because when it comes down to it, they ARE your life!
What Are Some Small Things That Make Your Day Better?
Do you feel happy with the small things in your life? What are small things that make your day better? Share in the comments below!