10 Simple Pleasures that also Happen to be Free! 

In life we try to fill our hearts and our homes with things, people, experiences all in search for meaning and happiness. For the majority of us we focus on life’s milestones and forget that it’s comprised of those tiny moments we often overlook. Here are a few things to consider…. that are remarkably simple.

1. Knowing you were right. 

This doesn’t hold true in every situation but for the most part getting the pleasure of knowing you were right is simply satisfying. There’s nothing cute about a know-it-all or a stubborn fool.  However, if you have an argument worthy of a google search and it’s a a matter of facts and not opinions, then knowing you were right on point is the best feeling. No ones feelings get hurt. No one really cares, but deep down you get the satisfaction of knowing.

2. A pat on the back.

When someone tells you how good you’re doing. It’s nice you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. When you do something for another person and they reinforce your efforts it pushes you to continue.

3. Getting exactly what you want, when you want it. 

Example: I have a hankering for some ice cream but not just any ice cream, cake batter froyo. I get in my car, go to froyo and get it.

I have just given you an example of getting exactly what you crave when you crave it. This can be true for other mediums such as going to a place you really want to go or seeing someone you really want to see. The goal is you get what you want when you want it and it’s awesome!

4. Finding something you lost or forgot about!

When you clean out your closet and locate $5 in your old jeans. It’s like the money gods came down and handed you a gift for  getting rid of stuff you don’t like anymore. The bonus is you get to experience the “brand new feeling” for that shirt in the back of your closet first when you buy it then again when you locate it while cleaning out the closet! So it’s the bonus of a new shirt without the cost! Brilliant!

5. When you get more than 8 hours of sleep and leisurely wake up. 

I don’t know if I’m the only  one who really enjoys sleep but it’s the greatest form of relaxation. If you work a 9-5, chances are at some point during the work week you are cutting your sleep short because of obligations. When the weekend rolls around you may or may not have a chance to sleep in… but when you do… it’s pure joy.  Sure when you sleep “too much” you feel worse… but, frankly if you get restful sleep it’s sure to set you up for success.

Sleep is the greatest form of meditation. There are few feelings better than waking up cozy on a rainy Saturday, and if you don’t think so, we can’t agree on anything.

6. Completing a list, finishing a project or simply getting some daughting task over with. 

Some people live by lists, I am one of them, and honestly when I can say I’ve checked everything off my list, the feeling is euphoric. Others have tasks they know they need to get done, procrastinate until the very end, but even those people can agree when it’s done it’s DONE! Booyah! Shablam! No more stuff to do! Nailed it!

As a former college student I know each college attendee can attest to this feeling of finishing another semester, or getting through finals week without dying.  It’s just the same as cleaning your house and making yourself a cup of tea, you success you! So hey, maybe we should bare those obstacles, if not for anything else but the sheer feeling of accomplishment!

7. Being on time. 

Say what you want about being late but it’s stressful. If you show up late to work, you run the risk of being fired. If you are late to meet a client, it makes an impression. If you are late meetings with friends you are showing them no respect. In most ways being late is rude. However, outside of the rudensss,  there’s the excessive speeding that comes along with it. When you don’t manage your time you can’t be at peace. It’s simple. When you know you have time to spare you inevidibly feel more at ease. Whether you are a morning person or not, when you give yourself time, you ultimately save yourself the anxiety and stress of making excuses for your recklessness.

When you are on time, even early, you feel good. It may be a simple pleasure, but that’s the point of this list. Also be on time, because you should be, it’s the right thing to do.

8. Free time. Nothing but whatever you want to do. 

It’s part of the adult struggle, time =money. Every thing is worth time. If you have time to spare on something you truly love to do, that’s spectacular. When you steal a moment to read a book, or a magazine, or browse Pinterest. It’s freedom. When you have time or make time to do something you are passionate about, you feel recharged. If you don’t know what it’s like to have spare time or to separate time for yourself, we need to have an intervention. No matter how crazy life gets, you need to be selfish at least 3 hours a week, for your sanity.

9. Being given a “no-reason- gift”!

Who doesn’t like presents!?  Better yet, who doesn’t like surprises (really). So what is better than getting a present on your birthday or Christmas, I’ll tell you, a present for NO REASON. It’s like the universe just said here ya go you little prince(ss) you earned it! The opposite is true for “sorry about that” gifts, no one wants these, ever. No, gifts for no reason are the epitome of sweet and satisfying!

10. Making a connection.

You know that moment you are talking to a stranger and all of a sudden it turns into “me too”, the common ground has been broken. It’s an interesting feeling when you meet a new person and you hit it off, not romantically just personally. I’m talking about those people who you see in passing at your yoga class and chit chat with, those people in the grocery store you see but never talk to. It’s the moment when you decide that today’s the day you’re going to ask what their name is that your brain has a tiny eruption of excitement. It’s weird how humans make these connections but some say it’s because we all have vibes and some of our vibes match others vibes. I tend to think that you feel comfortable and then you find out that those people you have seen and not spoken to are actually just like you. It’s satisfying to know we aren’t all alone in this world and others share our views.
So there you have it, these simple pleasures in life are not only free but super satisfying. Focusing on the details tends to make you value to big picture. Life isn’t always beautiful, but finding moments that reinforce our happiness is.