Taking Joy in the Simple Things

Life is full of stressful situations. Working, going to school, being social, maintaining your family life... it's easy to forget about the little things. 

  • Acknowledge nature by taking a walk. Enjoy the sensory experience of touching a flower, tree bark or a leaf.
  • You can't change what you won't admit. Be honest with yourself and try to discover your own core values.
  • Be thankful for the little things-- like waking up in the sun or someone smiling as you pass them. Everything has value.
  • Choose a sense and experience it to its fullest. Usually ignore smells? Whenever you remember, take a deep breath.
  • Make a craft for someone. It doesn't matter how old you are. Everyone enjoys a handmade gift or card.
  • Search for ways to feel joy-- embrace the things in your life that have made you happy; people, events, hobbies...
  • Reduce your workload by 30%, increase your fun load by 30% and you will increase your productivity by 10 000%
  • Next time you have a truly random thought, embrace your mind's ability to create so fantastically and quickly.
  • Take the scenic route. Life is about more than getting from point A to B in the shortest time.
  • Don't wait until New Year's to write your resolutions. Want to change something in your life? Do it today.
  • Give a friend or family member a real hug. No quick half-holds; take your time and show them you care.
  • Close your eyes for a minute and just feel your heart beat. There is nothing more real or honest in the world.
  • Buy a notebook and just write. Enjoy making the first mark in a beautiful book and try not to over-think it.
  • Lots to do, but need a break? Take your work with you to a cafe with Wi-Fi and enjoy a treat while you work.
  • Find somewhere to volunteer your time rather than your money-- choose to spend your time with people who need it.
  • Keep an eye on VIA Rail, Greyhound, or another means of travel. Look for a cheap deal and take an impulsive trip.
  • Feel like you need to cry? Go ahead. Sometimes we just need to let the pain out. Relax and let yourself feel.
  • Write a positive message on a post-it and leave it for someone to find. Imagine how it could brighten someone's day.
  • Get home from a cold walk outside? Jump into a warm shower and feel the cold melt away.
  • Carry your camera with you everywhere. Share your pictures with those you love (and the world if you want).
  • Give yourself permission to be happy. Finding the joy is easier when you let yourself believe it is possible.
  • Stay snuggled in your bed for an extra minute. Enjoy the warm comfort and use it as fuel for a great day.
  • Stop multi-tasking! It's less productive and enjoyable to split your focus. If something's worth your time, do it right.
  • Try to find a farmer's market to buy goods at. Enjoy the atmosphere, the people and the fresh goodies.
  • Life gets hectic. Make sure you're where you want to be; if you're not, do what you can to change that.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions you have throughout the day. No matter how old you are, it's never too late to learn.
  • Dance just to feel your body move. Don't worry about how silly you look. Crank the music and have fun!
  • Go for a walk with no destination to see where you end up (you might want to bring your GPS with you, just in case).
  • Plan a random get-together. Pick a theme and have everyone bring something to share. Just have fun!
  • Take a field trip somewhere that makes your heart sing; the forest, the mall, it's up to you!