Remember the last time you felt peacefully happy? When you felt an overwhelming sense of wellbeing? Chances are, you got that way enjoying the joy of simple pleasures.
Modern life exchanges many a simple delight for something complicated and, most often, it takes plenty of effort to pay for it. But the humbler moments of pleasure offer something more in the doing. Somehow, life is more satisfying when we step away from the complex to engage in simplicity.
What are simple pleasures? Well there are many. Gardening is one and for those who put in the effort, tending to it can bring an abiding sense of contentment.
Then there is cooking which, unlike the flamboyance of ego and show, is more about hearth, home, and creating a sense of togetherness. Through the pleasure of cooking, people don’t just enjoy good food. They connect.
Offering hospitality is another simple pleasure that seems to be something of a lost art in many households. How to put people at ease in your presence and soothe away their cares can be immensely gratifying. Yet, hospitality frequently seems to be misunderstood as “impressing guests”.
Simple pleasures are numerous and personal. But they all have elements in common. Each reflects a kind of creativity, which invites personal involvement. In the process, the satisfaction they give offers something lovely to others. So there is an outward expression to modest pursuits that inevitably shares the pleasure.
- Playing sport
- Arranging flowers
- Engaging in conversation
- Walking the dog
- Renovating a home
- Sewing or knitting
- Playing cards or board games
- Enjoying fitness
- Tidying & homemaking
- Reading to your kids
…or something else fundamental that brings you satisfaction, do it and do it often. For in the doing we are more likely to feel at ease and find our own version of calmness that agrees with out nature.
So if you ever feel overwhelmed by too much to think about, factor in, and find out, find time for simplicity. Avoid multitasking and rushing and just enjoy the pleasure of doing something well. Because enjoying simple things makes a good life better.
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