Life is not made up of big duties and grand gestures, but of the little things - a random act of kindness from a stranger or finding a pair of old jeans that fit perfectly. Small things that add up to make our day or our lives better without us even realizing it! And they come and go so fast that we often fail to take notice and enjoy them. Triggering a happy feeling and wiping that frown off of our faces, here are ten things that make us smile and make our lives beautiful:
1. Taking the first hot shower of the year
Getting to finally take a nice shower with running hot water and doodling on the bathroom mirror fogged with steam. No better way to welcome winter, is there?
2. Finding money when you’re broke
When you fish out an old pair of jeans from the back of your cupboard and find money in one of the pockets. “Thank you, universe! And my past self!”
3. Getting a surprise gift from someone
That moment of absolute happiness and excitement when someone presents you with that cute, kitschy bag you were eyeing for so long!
There is something undeniably calming about listening to the pouring rain on the roof. Whether you’re sleeping, studying or simply relaxing...nothing beats the sweet sound of rain.
5. Walking barefoot on fresh grass or the beach
Those rare instances when we hit the park and walk barefoot with crisp grass under our feet. The same way the sand feels when it runs between our toes on the beach. Just thinking about that reminds us of one of those happy carefree days and we can’t wait to do it again!
6. Getting into a bed with freshly changed sheets
Ah, heaven! Nothing like sinking into a bed with clean and crisp sheets after a long day. The faint smell of detergent and the lingering crispness of the sun...DIVINE!
7. Finding the perfect dress when you’re not even looking to buy one
When you’re casually hitting the mall or browsing online and the cutest dress catches your eye. And you grab the last one left...in your size! “Someone up there must really like me....”
8. Getting honest appreciation for something you did
Whether it’s your job or your cooking or you working out...it sure does feel great to be noticed and appreciated for all the hard work you’ve put into making something happen.
9. Putting your hands into a bag of uncooked rice
Yes, we’ve all done this. We don’t know why we do it but we do know we absolutely love it. Something about the way the cold grains of rice slipping off of your fingers triggers a happy childhood memory!
10. Seeing someone else’s smile and knowing you put it there
Nothing feels better than being the reason behind someone else’s happiness and smile. Whether it’s giving them a compliment or simply calling them up to ask how they are doing- the feeling of seeing smile because of you? Priceless.