We all know that life can sometimes be hard. Even brutal. Being kind to yourself is the least you can do. There is only one of you and its time to start treating yourself as well as you treat others. Inviting simple pleasures into your life is a start on crafting a life you deserve.
“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhileness I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It would have been enough.” – Audrey Hepburn
Treating yourself well doesn’t have to cost much. You just have to look around and find ways to add more pleasure to your day.
Here are 55 Simple Pleasures to Sweeten Your Day:
1) Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar
Drench your strawberries in a high quality balsamic vinegar for dessert and savor every bite.
2) Create an Inspiration Board
What you look at every day influences your life. Make sure you have an inspiration board that displays your hopes and dreams.
3) Make Your Garden into a Slice of Heaven
Reconnect with nature every day. The easiest way to do this is to create a small space in the garden just for you. Add a chair and small side table. Plant your favorite flowers and plants in this area. Remember to add plants with your favorite fragrance. Lilacs, lavender, mint and roses are just some examples.
4) Read Every Day
Even if you can only steal away 10 minutes a day, make sure to read something every day. You also want it to be a book you’ve always wanted to read and it’s for pleasure, not business or self-improvement.
5) Look at the Moon
How often do you take the time to look at the moon? It’s a miracle and every night we rush through our lives and forget that something magical is right outside our front door. Make it a weekly tradition and bundle your whole family up and take a look.
6) Make a Friend of Uncertainty
Why are we so afraid to live our dreams? We need to learn that uncertainty can be a friend. When it enters your life, you know you’re doing something a little dangerous and getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing.
7) Go on a Puppy Date
It’s time you and your best friend go on a date together. You can treat your furry friend to an outing to the lake or a restaurant with patio seating. Happy dog = happy you.
8) Write a Love Letter
If someone talked to you the way that you talk to yourself, they would no longer be a friend. It’s time to turn that around and start noticing how really great you are. The best way to do this is to write down in a love letter to yourself. When you hear yourself criticizing something you did again, it’s time to pull out the letter and remember how special you are.
9) Keep a Record
Start keeping track of how far you’ve come. Every week you learn something new and stretch yourself just a little bit further. It’s time to start taking note and recognizing the strides you’re making in your life.
10) Find a New Friend
Look for a new friend that has a different perspective in life than most of your other friends. If all of your friends are young, then look for an older friend. What about adding someone with a little wild side to your circle. By expanding your associations to include people who you’re not normally around, it can add energy to your life.
When was the last time you danced in your living room? If it’s been more than a year, it’s time to get your groove on.
12) Make a Wish.
Find one of those pesky dandelions and make a wish. Take your time and really think about what you would like to see entering your life and then blow.
13) Use Those Pipes.
You can sing. Ok – so you might not be able to sing very well – but you can definitely sing. So…what’s stopping you? Put on a song that forces you to belt out the song and let it go.
14) Believe in Magic.
Spend a day looking for ways that make it magical. When you look for something you will find more of it.
15) Smell the Rain.
The next time it rains, celebrate it. Sit on your front porch and give thanks for this natural wonder.
16) Bathe in Candlelight.
Take a bubblebath in candlelight.
“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
17) Ride a Bike.
Riding a bike forces you to take in your surroundings. If you live close to town, bike there. Cruise around your neighborhood and take note of the seasonal surprises you find along the way.
18) Do Nothing.
Spend a day doing absolutely nothing. There’s nowhere to go, nobody to meet and accept no phone calls or text messages. Today is the day you just relax.
19) Go Horseback Riding.
Find out where is the closest place that you can go riding and make the appointment. There’s something about getting on a such a beautiful animal and riding off that unleashes your wild side.
Take a paintbrush and create something beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you paint a rock or create a masterpiece – it’s time to bring your creative side back to life.
21) Bake Yourself a Treat.
Make yourself something you love. Whether you bake an apple cobbler or a cupcake, it’s time to make something for you and only you.
22) Go Through Pictures.
Spend some time alone and go through your photo history. Look at your younger self and thank him or her for getting you through the hard parts.
23) Learn that Language.
You know what I’m talking about. Learn that language that you’ve always dreamed about speaking. Is it French…or maybe Italian? Start today.
24) Take a Catnap
Sneak off and take a little nap in the pocket of a day.
“Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.” – Norman Lear
25) Look at Yourself and Smile.
Really look at yourself and give yourself a smile. After all…you definitely deserve it.
26) Reread a Book from your Childhood.
Dust off your favorite book from childhood and reread it. Why did you love the book so much? What about it was what drew you to it?
27) Use a Family Heirloom
Wear your mother’s favorite ring. Break out grandma’s rolling pin. Warm yourself with grandpa’s coat. Keeping loved one’s close that passed on is a way to connect to that positive energy.
28) Pick Wildflowers
Find a place that you can pick some gorgeous wildflowers. Bring them home and put them in a beautiful vase to look at and remind yourself you are just as wild as they are.
29) Build a fire.
There is something so calming about looking at a fire. Spend an evening in front of the fireplace and relax. You could even cook your dinner in it for a change of pace.
30) List the Loves of Your Life.
Write down everyone in your life that you love. Offer a blessing for each one.
31) Create your own Signature Cocktail.
Spend some time creating a cocktail that embodies your spirit. Make a toast to you!
32) Go Barefoot.
Place those tootsies in the grass and feel how nice it is to run around barefoot and free.
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” – Emma Goldman
33) Wear your Pajamas all Day.
No need to get dressed today. Just spend the day in your favorite Jammies and do whatever you want. Catch up on a series by watching back to back episodes, read a book or play with your cat.
34) Reconnect with Someone in Your Past.
Find that friend that you had in grade school. Call that co-worker that supported you back in the day.
35) Research your Name.
Find out what your name means and make a list of all the famous people that also share it. You’ll do the name justice living a life you love.
36) Favorite Songs.
Listen to all your favorite songs in one sitting. I’m doing that right now as I type this. Think about what each song has meant to you and why you love the song.
37) Story of your Life.
If you don’t have a journal…start one. Your life is worth recording.
38) Watch a Black & White Flick.
Take yourself to a different time in history. Watch that movie black and white movie you always heard of but never saw.
39) Take a Drive.
Find a small town that you’ve never been to and take a drive to see it. Treat yourself to lunch and find out the history of the place you’re visiting.
40) Start a New Hobby.
Learn something new. Pick up that embroidery kit or become a beekeeper. You decide.
“Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.” – Karolina Kurkova
41) Become a Photographer.
Take your camera and head outside. Capture a close-up of a leaf or take a series of pictures of various clouds.
42) Do Some Research.
Spend some time doing a little digging about something you’ve always wanted to know. How long has that sculpture been in town? What are the best places to go in Hawaii? Why do fireflies not live in my area?
43) Create a Plot Twist.
If you’re unhappy with one part of your life, change the plot. Surprise everyone you know by going in a different direction.
44) Taste Something New.
Go out on a limb and try something you’ve never had. Sample an exotic fruit. Taste a slice of that cheese you can’t pronounce. Sip on a beverage that sounds refreshing.
45) Go on an Adventure.
Visit that aquarium you never got to see. What artist is exhibiting at your local gallery? Take yourself on a mini-adventure and check out something new.
46) Buy Tickets.
Treat yourself to go see someone you admire. Is your favorite author coming to town? How about your favorite singer? There’s something different about seeing talent in person.
Have a party for you. It’s time to honor yourself with a party. Buy yourself a cake and ice cream. A party hat and a few horns couldn’t hurt anything. A party isn’t a party without confetti.
48) Climb a Mountain.
Lace up your hiking boots and take yourself to the mountains. Find a trail with a waterfall or an amazing view and head off on your trip.
“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
49) Bouquet of Balloons.
Buy a dozen balloons and spend the day giving them out. You’ll feel great spreading kindness in the world.
50) Give Thanks.
Reflect on all the good in your life and give thanks for your blessings.
51) Pick berries.
Or go apple picking. Maybe look for the perfect pumpkin patch. Take your bounty back home and preserve it.
52) You Time.
Send the kids on an adventure with hubby. It’s time for the hubster to take those kiddos off your hands and give yourself some alone time to finish a project or simply to take a nap.
53) Immerse yourself in poetry.
There’s a reason poetry stirs the heart. It’s time to find out why.
54) Art Review.
Take out your children’s artwork from when they were little and give thanks for having the experience of being with these miracles since they were born.
55) Welcome Home.
Make sure you smile each time you enter your front door by creating a welcoming entrance. Paint your front door a cheerful red, hang a beautiful wreath on the door and have seasonal welcome mats. Make sure your porch light is the one you want welcoming you and your friends and family to your home every night!
We have come to the end of 55 Simple Pleasures to Sweeten Your Day. I hope you enjoyed it and will refer back to it from time to time and include a few of these ideas into your days.
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