There are many things in life that make me happy. Spending time walking along the coast collecting seashells, walking among trees, learning something new and of course, my family. Cooking and creating are also top of my list. Of all the things that make me happy, it's the "little things" that make me the most happy...
What are the "little things?"
The way nothing feels like the skin of a newborn baby. Sunlight shining through the trees in the winter time. The way the air feels just before it begins to snow. The salmon-pink sky of sunrise and the violet-colored sky of sunset. Laughter. Red, orange and gold nasturtiums blowing in the fall breeze.
I bet you're thinking right now, 'Dah Mary! Of course those things make you happy. Those are things that make anyone happy! What are you a zombie?'
Jeez! Dear Readers... Be nice! Okay! Okay! You would be correct. Those things would make anyone happy, even a zombie. How about these less poetic "little things?"
Someone cleaning your kitchen or taking the time to tidy their bed before they go to school. Here's a good one, shut their closet door before they go to school! (If you have a school-aged child, especially a teenage girl, you know what I'm talking about. What is it about kids and closet doors anyway?) What about somebody holding a door for you or lending you something or picking up your child from school for you? How about when you bake a cake and the ENTIRE cake release from the pan? "WOOT! WOOT!" and "Double Joy!" I say! Does the way your dog make certain everyone has given her a "good morning" pat on her head make you happy? What if a leaf blows past the window and your dog does not bark? (Now I bet you're thinking the "little things" need to be based in reality. Again Dear Reader, you would be correct.) Okay. I will give you this one...
If you take a moment to notice the "little things" happening all about you, you too may come to see they're not such "little things" after all. Although it's cliché, it is true, the "little things" in life make us happy.
Please share a "little thing" you noticed today in the comment section.
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