It began with a purchase of a wireless keyboard. I’ve had a desk top computer with everything attached by wires. Yes, somewhat dinosaurish considering smart phones and nearly everything wireless. Still, it was a perfect set up for me until recently. The problem arose with that injury I’ve mentioned previously making it painful to sit at the computer for any length of time. Like most of us these days, my computer is a necessity. My well being depends upon it. Pathetic, but true. What to do? Of course, get a wireless keyboard that would stay by my side whereever I happen to be. Since I use a screen reader, I could be anywhere within 33 feet of the computer and hear what I was typing. This was too much fun.
I feel very fortunate that the simplest of things can lift my spirits and elicit sustained happiness. At least for one entire day. I began considering what else lifts my spirits and lightens my heart. They are truly the most seemingly insignificant moments. How often do we not realize the value of those moments until they become memories? I believe it is important to be aware and notice those moments, those small actions as they occur.
Memories play an important part as well. Science has shown how recalling a positive experience including the feeling associated with that experience can bring happiness in the present. We actually have a treasure trove of simple pleasures we can engage in to brighten our day. I thought I would share a few things that can uplift my mood like magic. A cup of good coffee is always a great starter.
Some others include: home made chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, conversations with my grandkids, sharing some of my dinner with the family dog (he is too cute and cuddly for words), A visit to the Lemon & Lavender boutique, having lunch or brunch out with a friend, spending time in a special place in nature, roasted chestnuts from a vendor, spring rain, the smell of fresh mown grass, getting on public transit and visiting a neighboring hood, wearing my hot pink denim jacket, acknowledging with gratitude the caring people in my life. I have a seriously long list if I were to continue. There are numerous memories to recall and savor as well.
Just thinking about the items that bring us happiness can in and of itself lighten our hearts. What is on your list? What are your simple joys? What makes you smile or laugh?
Comments are welcome.