“A nice warm shower, a cup of tea, and a caring ear may be all you need to warm your heart.” ~Charles F. Glassman

Do you ever take time to stop and enjoy the simple pleasures in life? I do my best to be grateful for and take pleasure in even the smallest joys. The smell of a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Finding a beautiful piece of artwork in an unexpected way (for an unexpected price!). Watching your kid play the tuba in a band concert.

Sometimes it seems like simple just isn’t enough. We think we need these big plans and sweeping changes to really make ourselves happy.

We’ll think, I’ll be happy when I can take a vacation, attend that graduation or get married (again?). As it turns out, none of those things individually will make us happy on a regular basis – and often, our expectations outweigh the actual experiences, making us feel disappointed.

But the simple pleasures in life are what we can count on to give us continuous joy. Simple things can give us that real SHINEBUZZ we need to get our energy vibrating in line with our desires and goals. When we appreciate and enjoy the simple things, the gratitude we feel will extend to other areas as well. Do you struggle with this? No worries – I’ve got you covered.

9 Simple Pleasures That Will Make You Feel Happier Anytime

Here are some of the simple pleasures that are worth making an effort to experience often.

Freshly Cut Grass

Freshly cut grass is enjoyable in every way. The smell and feel of it under your bare feet are fresh – and will definitely invigorate the senses. Try to experience this at least a few times each year, as the weather allows it.

Giving and Receiving Smiles

What a better way to experience a simple pleasure for free? Give smiles not only to your friends, but also to random strangers you pass on the street. You will be amazed at how good it feels to see first the surprise of others, and then their own smile in return.

The Endorphin Rush after Working Out

When you work out in a strenuous manner, you will get an endorphin rush as a reward. These natural, feel-good chemicals are sure to brighten your day. Work out in the morning in order to use this endorphin rush to help you be especially productive throughout the rest of your day.

Enjoying Your Favorite Food

Even if your favorite food is not especially healthy, allow yourself to have it every now and then. The feeling of your much-loved food will bring you a little boost of pleasure. Studies have shown that if you refrain from a particular food for a certain time, it will be even more enjoyable the next time you try it, so use this trick to make your favorite meal taste even better than usual.

Hot Cup of Coffee or Tea

Some of us survive on our daily coffee or tea. Even when it is a daily habit, it can bring much joy. As you sip on your beverage of choice, take some quiet time to enjoy every bit.

Making Snow Angels

This is not only for kids. Put on some warm clothes and simply fall into the snow. Feeling silly about this will not ruin the experience, just embrace the feeling of innocent fun that making snow angels can bring.

Laughing until It Hurts

Laughter is like medicine. Everyone should have an opportunity to laugh until it hurts at least once a day. Whether it is with a friend who is so naturally funny they could write comedy, or watching a good movie, take some time to laugh away your stress.

Getting a Massage

If you have never had a massage, give it a try. This hour of total relaxation will make your troubles feel as though they are melting away. A lot of people are even entitled to massages through employee benefits.

Walking in the Rain

Walking in the rain is one of life’s amazing simple pleasures. Dress warm, and go outside with or without an umbrella. Let the rain splash over your face as you stroll along, and be sure to jump in at least one puddle for old time’s sake. (Skip the makeup and hairdo that day if you can!)

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend exorbitant amounts of money to be happy. I mean, don’t get me wrong: expensive fun is great, but it can sometimes be hard to come by. Instead of waiting for your next vacation, indulge in one of these simple pleasures. By learning to appreciate the little things right next to you, you will find great fulfillment each and every day.