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9 Simple Pleasures That Don’t Cost a Thing But Time

Life isn’t about large or expensive things, in fact, our greatest treasures come from the smallest of places.

Let’s admit it. Finding time to do the things we absolutely need to get done doesn’t always happen. I know I wish there were more hours in a day and I have yet to find someone who is willing to share some of their “leftover” hours with me.

Time is short for all of us and it is our most precious commodity.

I will be honest. For years, I hurried through life. I was barely making it through my day, going at the speed of light on some days, let alone having time to doing anything else. My diet was horrible (sure, I will eat that last chicken nugget so as to not waste food), I didn’t make time for exercise (said the former athlete), and I stopped reading anything that didn’t remind me about upcoming parent-teacher conferences or include a baseball schedule.

That was me. Perhaps you can relate a little. Then, due to those same time constraints I found one of my favorite pleasures that is included on this list. And I didn’t just find it…I fell in love with it. Because of that one little thing, I became more aware of other little things that seem to fill my heart with joy in ways nothing else could.

Just in the last few weeks, I have seen a heron glide over a local pond with such grace and stillness that it appeared to be fake. I have seen baby bunnies hop and frolic with one another on a nearby hill. I have had a staring contest with a baby deer as it stumbled onto a park trail.

In short, I have become more in tune with what I have been missing all of these years and have chosen to embrace those moments – to make time for them – when they come. And if it has been too long since I last had one of these temporary reprieves from life, I create my own. 


Here are your 9 simple pleasures, in no particular order:

1. Laughing out loud.

We take laughing for granted, although numerous studies have been done to show that laughing is very good for us. Think about it, when was the last time you laughed out loud? More than a giggle and definitely more than a chuckle. One so loud that the person in the next booth could hear you.

Sometimes, those laughs come from something we are watching or just something we hear. Not one of us can watch a YouTube video of four laughing babies laying on the bed with their mom laughing at their dad and not laugh. Plus, laughing is contagious. Soon you won’t laugh alone but your friends and family will join in.

2. Playing with pets.

Who doesn’t love watching animals do funny things, even if we prompt those funny things? Today, a boxer walked up to me and my friend as we were walking and this gorgeous pooch just wanted us to pet her and show her some love.

Having animals to play with brings out the little kid in us all and even if we talk a bit differently (“well, hi shnookums” in our best baby talk), we are all a little better for those few minutes when the rest of the hustle and bustle of life just wasn’t as important as we watched our new friend almost shake herself out of her tail. Although my friend has an affinity for cats, I think she loved this “baby girl” just as much. 


3. Dancing to your own beat.

I’m love dancing though I often tell people that a “two-step” has one too many steps for me. Whether it be the last Justin Timberlake song where he “Can’t stop the feeling” or a little Leo Sayer who suggest we “dance the night away” – let the music become one with you and allow it to express itself any way it can.

We love it when we hear songs that we grew up with because not only do they take us back in time, but they also give us a little taste of our own youthfulness. Get your groove on and shake it. It will make you feel better.

4. Holding the hand of someone.

Holding someone’s hand is a way to show your concern for the other person or to remind them they are not alone. But it is not something we usually ask for, it just happens. It connects us without saying anything. It expresses love, comfort, and a sense of belonging that cannot be described. Even if you don’t know the person really well, it connects our human spirit and in that moment, we become one. We become united. We are together.

Aside from a good hug, one of my favorite simple things in life is holding someone’s hand. Not because they asked for it, but because it means a lot to both of us. In addition, when someone reaches for mine, whatever is going on in my heart and head seems to be easier to deal with because I’ve got someone right next to me…just in case. 


5. Watching a sunrise or sunset.

Here it is, the one that started it all. My first simple pleasure was found in a simple sunrise. I prefer the sunrise because it signals a new day and beginnings – something to look forward to and the sunset reminds me to take a moment to look back. But having no control over something that happens day after day just reminds me of how big the world can be and the littleness I am next to it.

With the passing of the sun as the Earth revolves around it, I am reminded of time and how quickly it seems to pass as well as how much I wish I could slow it down. But never again I adore the simpleness found in looking towards the horizon as the orange glow rises to say “Hello, World.”

6. Sharing a memory or story.

Too often, we get so caught up in moving forward that we forget to take a look back at where we have come, share an experience, or relive something funny. Sometimes, the specifics aren’t as important as the emotions felt in retelling the story. This connects us to our past in ways we forgot in the fast world of today.

Telling something from years past creates a connection bigger than between a few people – it connects generations and personal history that might otherwise be lost with the passing of the the people who experienced these moments first hand. Sitting together at the dinner table, over a campfire, or even snuggled in bed at night, we all want to hear the retelling of moments that confirm no only who we are but where we come from. 


7. Listening to the sounds of life.

This can mean anything from the birds singing to children playing in the sprinkler in your back yard. Taking time to notice and hear these sounds can get drowned out in the echoes we hear every day. Even hearing the sound of the coffee grinding at the local barista can make us appreciate the small things, like a great cup of coffee with someone we love.

Hear the sound of that engine firing up at the race track just down the road, hear the roar of the engine of the airplane soaring overhead, hear the whimper of an infant from the next room as she wakes up from her nap. hear the pitter patter of the feet as he runs down the hall to greet you on Christmas morning. Don’t miss another sound…just listen.

8. Smiling.

It sounds too good to be true, but smiling is one of life’s easiest and most special ways to communicate with one another. When you surprise your friend at work, what is the first thing you see? You see her smile because in that moment, in addition to the way she looks at you, she tells you, “I’m so glad to see you!”

Smile when your husband takes you out to dinner or gives you a nice back rub after a long day in the office. Smile at people you will never see again – as you do, you connect with them in a way that each of you will remember long after that moment is gone. When you give a smile away, the majority of the time you get one back as an added bonus. 


9. Saying “I love you”

Everyone needs to hear these words, several times during our lifetime and they are especially poignant when we aren’t expecting them. Sometimes, saying these three small words can be difficult, but they carry so much power. Sharing them connects us to one another and allows our hearts to not only be heard, but treasured.

It is easy for us to take this phrase for granted as we rush through life as it becomes something more to do out of habit than something we believe in. But love is love. And saying the words, “I love you” to another human being shows us how to be our best selves. Some of us can be afraid to talk about how we feel to the people in our lives, but hearing these words never get old.

There you have it: 9 simple pleasures that make our life better.

Ways that we can forget about all of the crazy things going on and the deadlines we are facing and instead think about the moments we really savor in our lives. Life is complicated enough as it is and a good chunk of change is inevitable. But when it comes down to it, there are so many great things out there that we dismiss every day.

When the time comes and we look back on our lives, I hope your life is littered with these simple pleasures — let them serve as a reminder that life isn’t about large or expensive things, in fact, our greatest treasures come from the smallest of places. So let’s slow down enough to witness them, participate in them, and hold onto them as long as we can.

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Michelle Homme

Michelle A. Homme is a published author and energetic speaker, bringing her personal experiences, life-oriented stories, and inspirational message to everyone she meets. Her company, Constant Change, LLC is an empowerment partner with FITGirl Inc, a non-profit organization in Omaha whose mission is to empower teenage girls.

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Sherryramlogan
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Nite, nite…so true it’s always the small things in life that matters..for me it’s praying, trying my utmost best to help people and always be thankful to god…not forgetting asking for forgiveness every day…. because you never know where you may go wrong…their are people who will always envy you and have negativity towards you…I always say in the very end it’s my master and myself…do good and karma will reward you…..

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Kerniece Reynolds

Really enjoy all the things you mentioned! I lost my husband of fifty-two years in 2017 and am just now beginning to live again. God healed me of essential tremors I had since 2006 and I am constantly reminded of his love for me. I have met a widower this year and we just “clicked”. We are from the same generation, we love the same things (except buttermilk), we are so much alike, we can sometimes finish each other’s sentences. I am no longer lonely and we love each other. Because we are both senior citizens, we continue to enjoy each day with each other! Keep on writing good articles like this one! 😍

Fran Merkh
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These freebies are indeed moments which can make up an abundant fuller life. I’m retired and although raising my kids took priority and I’ve mainly worked part time, I’ve experienced pressures and a life too busy. It’s these moments I’ve found peace, calm, reflection and the sweetness of life so I’m always on the hunt for such joy. Too busy is just too busy so what is a driven person to do but to skip over non essentials. When it comes down to it, these non essentials make life softer and indeed are important.

baya elbey
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very nice article insightful full of wisdom. Thank you so much for all these precious advices

Suphanut
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Suphanut

I agree.,9 things is best and I believed it

Kainaat Meesum
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Kainaat Meesum

A wonderful thought-provoking article !! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it 😊👍🏻

Mary Hamilton
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Mary Hamilton

Thank you so much”for reminding me of the Simple Beautiful Treasures of Love & Life❣️Have a Wonderful Day.😊M

Mary Davis
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Thanks Michelle, for the wonderful ideas – the pleasures and gifts that surround us all of the time. I will be walking through the day with a keen eye for beauty. xo

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

AMEN THANKS

Tar S. Duenas
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Tar S. Duenas

I love this article, truly a great reminder of things we really have forgotten because of other things that looked so important but it’s not. Thanks so much!

Arthur
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Arthur

This is so true. Life’s most simplest pleasures are simple, free, and priceless!!!

Erlinda Flores
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Erlinda Flores

I’d like to share my story as a teacher.I was teaching in yr 4 high school. I consider myself a busy teacher. I’m teaching both day and night classes I belong to Yr.4 advisory class..I’m teaching Science classes in yr 3and 4.I feit happy to make follow ups of the lives of my students who need help and guidance. to the point where I have to make visits. at home. I chose at least 2student who most needed help not financially but those having difficulty in parental upbringing plus outside temptations to bring them out of good family standard. Other students of interest particularly boys violent behavior inside and outside the classroom and making absences without parental knowledge.These type of students usually make the habit to frequently visit the Guidance Counselor. I found out they needed acceptance Ang thorough frequent follow ups.Reminding them of God’s goodness ,prayers, obedience to God’s Commandments, and forgiveness.,attending church services follow Jesus Christ teachings.Respect and love one another.Show patience, For the girls the Law of Chastity must be observed.Remind them that God Loves them and are mindful of them.They should have the moral courage to stand firm in obeying God’s will.Education will prepare them for greater service in the world.These and many more are a great help for them to be successful in life.

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

AMEN

Gina
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Gina

Living in this world is not easy.But whether you like it or not,you need to face the reality.Keep going,always do good and keep smilin,most of all,keep Prayin.

Fknothing
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Fknothing

This is a really serious subject. What will make our day filled with a drop of pure happiness..? It feels like embracing Love. Being able to see and feel these precious moments. You did mention dancing : this could be a way to switch off from daily stress. Sports is a way to find relief and listen to your body talk. It is supposed to be free too. Pushing your body to the max by yourself or with some friends can be very useful. We all should take some time for ourselves and enjoy truly what we’ll be doing.

Maureen
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Maureen

Most of these these ‘little’ things we neglect are the important ones that make for good health of mind and body.

Vasudevan Bhattathir
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I agree with all points mentioned here this a nice article thank you for such a nice article

Margo
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I was on a different wavelength. It says 9 simple “pleasures”. I didn’t think smiling was a pleasure. Chatting to someone I like, watching the moon, listening to traffic in the distance, having a laugh/joke with someone. Looking through a magazine, listening to the rain,

Janet mcbride
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Janet mcbride

Thank you for this.I’ve done all these things today.From an early moring walk to holding my elderly neighbours hand as she said goodbye to her husband this afternoon at his funeral .These words have meant so much . Thank you xx

Robina fazal
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Thanks!Michelle dear..💖👑💐for Sharing a beautiful ..inspiring..encouraging…article..Who to get happy momrbts..in Simple ways…and by enjoying them in our daily tough and hectic routines…that can boost positive..energy into us..and yeah.if we know the art to be happy…and enjoy Simply the little things..we can live our moments with happiness..and ease of our Soul’s..and can do best works..and responsibilities we are bound to cope in our daily routines….💖👑

gl1815
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Beautiful article and I agree100 percent thank you

Angeliki Anastasia
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Hello beautiful Michelle!! How beautiful is your name and your mind!! Sooo many fun things to do in your happy article!! Personally I love being a clown from top to bottom! Maybe people think I am crazy but I don’t care because they laugh sooo much and I laugh sooo much more!!! Thank you for your incredible kindness Genius Michelle!!! 🙏🏆🥇😇🦋🦄🌹🌺🌹

JuliaPathfider
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Love this Michelle! Fabulous article, and really important reminders, of the simple things that can bring us joy. Thank you.

Beth Lee
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Beth Lee

I love to walk in nature while connecting in prayer/meditation 💕

Beatrice Hernandez
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Thank you for your nine reminders..
It is so true a smile is free and means so much to others.
I really like your suggestion of remembering our late Family members and Friends.
My Sister and I do this when we see each
other on the weekends.
Always grateful for every day which is a blessing.
I try to express my gratitude and love for Family and Friends.
Thank you for your wonderful writing.

Debby
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Debby

I love lightning candles, and using oil diffusers right after I clean. I make a cup of tea, sit back, and listen to the Peace. It’s calming for me.
Plus I enjoy cleaning the house! Most folks don’t, but I find it therapeutic.

Ruben
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Ruben

I go for a walk in the forest 😉

Jenna
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Jenna

I love to listen to the sounds of nature.. shutting my eyes and breathing in deeply and letting it out slowly and just listening.. a nice breeze, warmth of the sun, and if you’re really lucky the sound of water somewhere behind you or around you… yes my Lord I do love the Earth we are blessed with.. and thankful for all the beautiful people that share the world with me…

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

AMEN THANK YOU GOOD ARTICLE

Melissa Rose Rothschild
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Thank you Michelle…
Priceless.