Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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The 22 Little Joys of Happiness in Life


Quote of the day: 

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. -William Arthur Ward




Petrichor is a term used to describe the smell of rain, after the drops hit the ground and mixes with dirt. It is the earthy scent produced when it rains and often lingers in the air long afterwards. It is hard not to fall in love with this smell. When you inhale, pause, and exhale, such a simple act but also liberating. Rain has no smell, as it falls from the sky. But upon hitting the ground there is a reaction, a bonding, like two souls interlaced, to produce this fragrance of rain. This is one of the joys of life.

We sometimes cross paths in life with people and situations. We may become better off with great energy and purpose, or worse off being less fortunate. Especially at this time of the year, pressure can build up. Losing sight of our basic values, dreams planted, goals set and promises made. It is not too late to get right back on track, to find our trail again and it shouldn't take an affliction or tragedy to remind us all of the important things in life. Our time is not limitless, but the potential of our mind is.

Start thinking of yourself as a raindrop. You are a raindrop. A LITTLE speck in a vast world. You nourish others with your presence, values and ideas. And because of it you are better off in the end. And you understand that there will be days when your presence or ideas would not be appreciated. It is therefore okay to take a moment to enjoy the little joys of life.

Simple pleasures in life can go a long way. And I can imagine mine would include some of these shared below.


1. Taking a cold shower on a hot day -and vice versa
2. Getting things done after procrastinating -goodbye lazy days.
3. Looking in the mirror - and admiring the near perfection staring back.
4. Being valued when least expected.
5. Finding happiness in different places and circumstances. Playful squirrel and pigeon, I see you.
6. Intense laughter carried over by the wind.
7. The moon glowing in the sky on a cloudless night.
8. The sight of a sunset after a long day-painting a wonderful picture.


9. A cozy shelter and environment -no place like home
10. Rain showers after a lengthy and dry spell -run and play in the rain if you can.
11. The earthy smell of rain that lingers in the air after a rainfall.
12. Finding an old but memorable photo -no one has to see how I dressed back then.
13. Burping aloud after downing a fizzy drink -sorry not sorry.
14. Learning something new every day.
15. A hot cup of tea on a cold day. Nothing warms your insides better.



16. Making almost perfect pancakes. Too good to eat with just jam. 
17. Finding money in your pocket -my past self knew I would need it now.
18. The heavenly taste of ice cream. Insert your craving here.
19. The thrill of flipping through a book. Sorry kindle.
20. Being grateful.
21. Giving a helping hand to the needy. We all need help at some point.
22. Choosing happiness and contentment over everything.


What are some of your little joys in life? Have a joyful week!


Peace. Love. Light* 


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Current Listen: Charlie Parker - All the things you are



53 comments:

  1. One of my great joys is the smile of a child.

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  2. I love the work you do on your blog, I hope to see you on my blog very soon!!
    💚💚💚

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  3. Ahhh, one just needs your articles on a Sunday like this... So motivational, refreshing and beautiful! Thank you! ♥

    Have a fabulous new week!
    xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥
    THE KAWAII PLANET

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  4. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. This has allowed me to find your beautiful blog. I stopped by after I posted a little while ago and it struck me how you wrote about so much of what I've been feeling lately. I've been trying to focus on the simple things. Choosing to focus on only the good when there is just so much overwhelming sadness in this world. By the way, rain is my favorite kind of weather. : ) I look forward to catching up on your posts!!

    Namaste ~ Wendy

    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  5. I used to hide money in all of my winter pockets when I put them away for the season! It was always a nice little surprise for me and every year I forgot about it! :)

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  6. Very inspirational and uplifting post... and we are very grateful for the "little things" in my life, good Sir... a very pleasant Sunday to you and yours...

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  7. Petrichor - I didn't know there was a name for that smell. (My something new for the day, which I will doubtless forget, but it is nice to know for the now.)
    I just spent some time on my front porch, doing nothing except enjoying the breeze and listening to the various birds calling. Lovely.

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  8. Very good points :-) I like to make somebody else happy ;-)

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  9. Thank you for the joys you have set off in me!

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  10. Lovely post! Have a great week!

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  11. A great post Blogoratti! I love the smell of the air after rainfall! One of my little joys in life is resting my aching bones in bed after a physically tiring day at work and allowing myself to sink into the mattress. :)

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  12. I have been practicing finding delight in the simple joys for many years now; they are everywhere if you take time to observe and listen to the world and people around you. I also keep a Gratitude Journal where I list seven things per day for which I am thankful. Can't begin to tell you how great this makes one feel!
    Thanks for sharing the little joys here!

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  13. I remember the joy of walking in the rain, but I was young then and somehow it didn't matter that I was getting the best clothes drenched.

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  14. One of my enjoyments is walking and seeing all the beauty around me. I love the smell of the rain and never knew there was a word for it so I learned something new. Great inspirational post.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  15. Lovely blog you have ! Very inspiring...
    Love the smell of the rain after a very hot day...
    One of my joy is taking my breakfast (hot coffee with milk and toast with butter and jam) and watching the Sunrise...
    Have a delighful week !
    Anna

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  16. Brilliant post, a great read and I love the first shot with the little boy. The second is so peaceful looking and the third makes me want a tranquil cup of tea :)

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  17. Petrichor? Not familiar with that term, but I'll remember it the next time it rains. Since I live in Oregon that shouldn't be a long wait.

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  18. Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard today

    much love...

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  19. Nice little list. There are some nice ones on there, but I definitely have pleasures of my own. I think we all do. ;)

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  20. I would count reading blog entries like yours as one of my little joys. Blogging for me is a "happy place", to step away from the concerns of the world for a moment.

    Another joy? The looks of love that my dogs give me. Pure, unconditional love.

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  21. Love your positive list - and the scent of rain-washed ground.

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  22. I always find small joys, a reminder that there is life and happiness around us, we just need to open our eyes to truly see.

    Love, light and peace

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  23. Thank you for reminding us to cherish and appreciate those simple pleasures of life. We are often too distracted or busy with our cellphones to stop and notice them.

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  24. Great tips for better life. Thanks.
    The first photo is so lovely.

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  25. What a wonderful post about enjoying the simple things in life!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  26. Lovely tips, so positive... I love the first pic!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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  27. Hi Blogoratti - lovely list ... and that word Petrichor ... might make it over to PL at some stage - fascinating term. But I love the scent of rain on the earth - it always takes me back to Africa ...

    My thoughts - just the changing seasons, the greens, the flowers, the tide going in and out ... nature is so wonderful as is life, family and friends - cheers and have a good week -Hilary

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  28. Thank you for an inspiring way to start the week.

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  29. had to share you quote on twitter ... nice!! i think you can find inspiration and positivity (i have googled this and it says it is spelled correctly but google here doesn't like it, weird? i am not the best speller ... but the dictionary says other wise??!) in all things. no matter now negative. turning your frown upside down. ( ;

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  30. A hot cup of tea (or coffee) is the best for a cold winter day. And a hot bath for sure, nothing feels nicer than a hot bath!! x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  31. One of my joys is keeping in contact with friends, usually through the more personal ways of a written note in a card or letter and by talking on the phone. I also send rather long emails in between these contacts. A lot of the personal touch of keeping in touch seems to be lost.

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  32. I love a hot shower on a cold day :D

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  33. this post is my most favorite of all of yours that I have read. I love the smell of rain and did not know it is not the rain I smell. I step in the yard and say Smell the rain. I love this post. every single thing you listed is something I enjoy. 7 years after I retired from work, I opened the purse I used for work that had been on a shelf for 7 years and found 20 dollars in the side pocket. wow.. thank you for your comments about my hubby and thanks for this mind opening post. I am passing it on to friends. I can add one thing I love.. when I walk into the other room and see my husband with our dog on his lap, snoozing together..

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  34. Thanks a lot for this super beautiful post!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  35. Good least indeed, a warm shower on a cold day is nice. Finding happiness sure is a win to.

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  36. One of my favorite things is hearing children or babies laugh.

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  37. Great and inspirational! One of my favourite 'little' things to cherish is when I let my mind wander while staring at the sky full of stars (or observing moving clouds in the daylight).

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  38. A hot cup of tea is a good think, Blogoratti. I also think that warmth, summer gives me a feeling of happiness.

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  39. Lovely post! One of my favorite pleasures these days is listening to my grandchildren's laughter. I also love waking up to bird song in the mornings as I can keep the wondows open in summer.

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  40. This is inspiring me today--thank you! Love and light to you.

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  41. Ah, my pleasure of the day is recovering from the foods of yesterday. :)

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  42. Number 15 - a pleasure every day!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati
    Almost Stylish

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  43. Ah..I totally love that quote because it's so important to be thankful and grateful for the things we have, no matter how small. Reading a good book with a cheeseburger, or watching a good movie is just fun! Hugs...

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  44. Thank you for sharing these delights.

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  45. Thank you for spreading the joy!

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    Saat digerebek kedua pasangan itu sedang berhubungan intim. Dalam penggerebekan tersebut, warga hanya berhasil menangkap tiga orang yakni seorang laki-laki yang diketahui sebagai guru SD dan dua perempuan yang dikenal sebagai ustazah pengajar di sebuah SMP.
    see http://www.miablog.web.id/2015/12/dua-ustadzah-digerebeg-saat-pesta-sek.html

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  47. You always find and share the best quotes; this one has served as a particularly good reminder!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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  48. Aww I can totally relate to each point. I can't even pick a fave. One of my lil
    joys is watching my son eat his home cooked meal with relish. :D
    Great Post!

    ChiChi

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  49. Ah yes, I share many of those pleasures with you!
    My joys..... my weekly "dinner dates" with my grandchildren. So special.

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  50. It is so often the simpler things in life that do give so much pleasure.

    All the best Jan

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  51. We should more often list the simple things we are grateful of. What a lovely post.

    Thank you for your comment in my blog. Harry Potter is very popular in Finland too. Best wishes for a lovely day!

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  52. Hola Blogoratti, precioso tu blog, muchas gracias por darme la oportunidad de conocerte. Y como no me encanta el ese olor de la lluvia cuando cae sobre la tierra y la hierba, es un placer disfrutarlo. Yo amo la naturaleza y disfruto con las cosas que nos ofrece. Feliz fin de semana. Saludos.

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