Simple Joys of Life

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Happy FRIDAY everybody!!!! I wanted to end (well really begin since this is the first post of the week) on a happy note.

I ran across this list on Yahoo Shine one day last year and I posted it to my facebook notes to remind me of the small simple pleasures in life. So I thought I’d share it here as well since my first two posts were sorta rants and I want y’all to know I’m happy and ish! I’ve bolded my favorites. Enjoy! 

    101 Small Pleasures You Can Enjoy Every Day

1. coloring (yes, grown-ups can do it, too)
2. crisp cotton sheets 
3. soft skin 
4. old family recipes 
5. the first daffodils of spring 
6. sleeping in
7. an exercise endorphin high 
8. window boxes 
9. a perfect cup of coffee (for me tea)
10. a genuine compliment (giving or receiving)
11. the way babies smell
12. a handwritten letter
13. waking up in a good mood…for no real reason
14. singing in the shower
15. finding a couple forgotten dollars in your pocket
16. doing something nice for your neighbor
17. a home cooked meal 
18. laughing
19. movie theater popcorn 
20. playing hookey 
21. a bubble bath
22. swimming
23. an afternoon nap
24. street musicians 
25. your favorite song
26. saying thank you 
27. helping someone in need
28. old fashioned photo booths 
29. fresh whipped cream 
30. inspiring blogs 
31. a glass of wine
32. rainy afternoons
33. the funny things kids say
34. a novel you can get lost in
35. finding the perfect piece of clothing…on sale
36. clean laundry
37. the wind in your hair
38. treating the person behind you at the drive-thru 
39. sharing an umbrella 
40. the smell of lavender 
41. a long walk that clears your head
42. a bear hug 
43. The Beatles 
44. smiling at a cute * stranger (*Tipedit 🙂 )
45. eating with chopsticks (Chinese food optional)
46. butterflies 
47. staying in your pj’s all day
48. singing along to the radio and knowing all the words
49. fresh herbs 
50. ordering in pizza
51. happy endings…even if they’re fictional
52. flying a kite 
53. puppies
54. root beer floats 
55. holding open the door… 
56. …or having someone hold the door for you
57. fountain soda 
58. white, fluffy towels
59. sunshine
60. spending an afternoon at a museum 
61. really great advice 
62. green lights all the way home
63. the sound of rain hitting the windows
64. sitting in a booth
65. holding hands
66. a great hair day with no effort
67. building a fort with your kids 
68. when someone falls asleep with their head on your shoulder 
69. fireflies
70. the perfect taco 
71. geraniums on a windowsill 
72. slow dancing 
73. the smell of fresh-baked bread 
74. cheesy, uplifting musicals 
75. great stories
76. the smell of gasoline 
77. the cold side of the pillow
78. love letters 
79. old friends…
80. …new friends
81. a pull-through parking space
82. a baguette — crisp on the outside, airy on the inside 
83. when a dog licks your hand 
84. sitting at the counter at an old-fashioned diner 
85. using your favorite dishes
86. reading your child a bedtime story 
87. Girl Scout Cookies
88. flossing 
89. kissing someone you love
90. the smell of onions and garlic cooking
91. hot chocolate I’m changing to hot tea
92. jumping in puddles 
93. old photographs
94. birds hopping on the sidewalk 
95. Ella Fitzgerald 
96. a spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar 
97. your softest t-shirt
98. a new magazine in the mail
99. fireplaces
100. having exact change
101. bacon and pancakes cooking on Saturday morning 

Do you agree with the list? Did they miss any? What small pleasures would you add? 

I’d add…
1. knowing God loves me
2. reading a book in a park on a blanket or by a pool on a lounger
3. being greeted by my doggie when I get home
4. ice cream
5. people watching
6. a fresh hair-do
7. finding shapes in the clouds
8. a phone call from a friend

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