Pleasures to Brighten Your Day
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. Happiness resides not in posessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly. Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
A little trick I like to use to make my days much more pleasant is to find little, simple pleasures and sprinkle them throughout my day.The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
They’re not big things, but they each simple pleasure can translate to a great day if you use them right.
So in the morning, I might have a cup of coffee, and sip it slowly to enjoy it fully. I might read a gripping novel, and revel in the world of fiction. I might watch the sun come up, and marvel at the world in pastel hues.
If you don’t have a list of at least twenty things you like to do, then you don’t have a menu for enjoying life. You need to create a list of things that are fun for you, and you have to make a commitment to do at least one of the things on your list every day.
If your energy level is low, you might not feel like doing any of the items on your list. That is, your strategy might be to wait until your energy level is back up. However, by intentionally doing things you enjoy–even if it’s something small, such as drinking a cup of freshly roasted coffee as you read the Sunday funnies, or calling a dear friend to catch-up–, you’re actually building up your energy resources.
“A picnic evokes thoughts of leisure, relaxation, and enjoyment of the outdoors. It can be a still life in the open air or a boisterous frolic on the beach. Some picnics celebrate a special occasion, some offer the opportunity for friends to gather, and others provide an excuse for breaking the routine of daily life.”