A Complete Guide on How to Let Go of Expectations

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Letting go of expectations is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It allows you to be in the present moment and to be open to what is happening around you.

We all know that expectations can be a serious burden, but it’s hard to let go of them.

We cling to our expectations because we want things to go the way we planned, but life never goes according to plan. When things don’t turn out the way we expect them to, we’re left feeling disappointed, frustrated, and even resentful.

What to do about that, in short: The next time you find yourself feeling disappointed or frustrated because something didn’t go the way you expected it to, try to let go of your expectations. Accept that life is unpredictable and that’s okay. Be open to whatever comes your way, and you may just find that you’re pleasantly surprised.

What are expectations?

Expectations are simply ideas or beliefs that we hold about how something should be. We often develop expectations based on our past experiences or what we’ve been told by others.

Often, our expectations are based on our own biases and preferences. We might expect that our favorite team will win the game, or that our friends will always be available to hang out with us.

We can also expect that our partner will always behave in a certain way, or that our boss will give us the raise we deserve.

The difference between expectations and goals

It’s important to distinguish between expectations and goals. These two words are often used interchangeably, but they actually have very different meanings.

Goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). In other words, they are concrete and realistic.

On the other hand, expectations are often vague and unrealistic. We might expect our partner to always make us feel loved and supported, but that’s not really something that can be measured.

Additionally, they often put pressure on the other person to meet our needs, which can be unfair and unrealistic.

An example: It’s important to set goals in our relationships because they give us something specific to strive for. However, it’s just as important to let go of expectations because they can often lead to disappointment.

Related: Setting Summer Goals

Realistic vs. unrealistic expectations

Realistic expectations are those that are achievable and based on reality. For example, it’s realistic to expect your partner to be honest with you or to expect your boss to give you feedback on your work.

Unrealistic expectations are those that are impossible to achieve or based on our own biases and preferences.

For example, it’s unrealistic to expect your partner to always be in a good mood or to expect your boss to give you a raise every year.

It’s important to be aware of the difference between realistic and unrealistic expectations because unrealistic expectations often lead to disappointment.

When we have unrealistic expectations, we set ourselves up for disappointment because we’re expecting something that is impossible to achieve.

Today we are trying to let go of unrealistic expectations. The realistic ones will still be there, just without the disappointment that usually comes with them.

Examples of expectations

  • I expect that my partner will always be available to spend time with me.
  • I expect that my friends will always be interested in hearing about my day.
  • I expect that I will have x amount of money in 3 years.
  • I expect that I’ll always get the promotion I deserve.
  • I expect that my boss will give me a raise if I do a good job.
  • I expect that I’ll get an A on the test if I study hard.
  • I expect that life will always be fair.
  • I expect that people will always be polite.

Why having expectations is a problem?

The problem with unrealistic expectations is that they often set us up for disappointment.

This is because our expectations are based on our own biases and preferences, which means that they’re not always realistic. We often expect others to behave in a certain way, or for things to go a certain way, but this is not always possible.

Another problem with expectations is that they can foster a sense of entitlement.

When we have high expectations, we often feel like we deserve certain things, even if we haven’t worked for them. This sense of entitlement can lead to frustration and disappointment when things don’t go our way.

The paradox of expectations

One of the most difficult things about letting go of expectations is that we often don’t even realize we have them.

They can be so ingrained in our thinking that we don’t even question them.

For example, you might expect your partner to always remember your birthday, or you might expect your boss to give you a raise if you do a good job.

These beliefs can be difficult to let go of because they often feel like basic requirements in our relationships.

You have to try hard to catch yourself when you’re having these thoughts, and remind yourself that not everything will always go the way you want it to.

The key is to be flexible and open-minded and to remember that people are fallible.

What happens when our expectations are not met?

When our expectations are not met, we can often feel disappointed and frustrated. We might think that something is unfair, or that someone has let us down.

It’s important to remember that just because our suppositions are not met, it doesn’t mean that reality is wrong. It just means that our expectations were different from what actually happened.

If we can learn to let go of them, we may find that life is more enjoyable and easier to manage. We can also become more flexible and adaptable, which can help us in many different areas of our lives.

What are some benefits of letting go of expectations?

There are many benefits to letting go of our expectations. When we let go of our expectations, we may find that life is more enjoyable and easier to manage. We can also become more flexible and adaptable, which can help us in many different areas of our lives. Moreover, we may discover that we are more open to new experiences and opportunities when we let go of our expectations.

Steps to letting go of expectations

Acknowledge your expectations

When you catch yourself having a specific expectation, take a moment to stop and acknowledge it. Acknowledging our expectations is important because it helps us to be aware of them. When we are aware of our beliefs, we can better understand why they might not have been met, and we can work towards letting go of them.

Determine whether the expectation is realistic

After you have acknowledged your expectation, ask yourself whether it is realistic. It can be helpful to think about whether or not the thing you are expecting is actually under your control. If it is not under your control, then it might be time to let go of that expectation.

If the expectation is realistic, then go for it and work towards making it happen! But, if it’s not realistic, then move to the next step.

Think about why you had those expectations

It can be helpful to think about why we had certain expectations in the first place. Oftentimes, they come from our own preconceptions or from outside influences. Once we identify where our expectations came from, it can be easier to let them go.

For example, if our expectations come from a place of insecurity, such as needing to be perfect in order to be loved, we might want to work on our self-esteem.

Consider the possible outcomes

When we’re holding onto expectations, we’re usually only thinking about one possible outcome. But in reality, there are often many different outcomes that could occur.

By considering all of the possible outcomes, we can start to let go of our attachment to any one particular outcome.

Accept that things might not go the way you want them to

This can be a difficult step, but it’s an important one. Accepting that things might not go the way we want them to is a key part of letting go of our expectations. It’s important to remember that even if things don’t go the way we want them to, it doesn’t mean that they’re wrong or that we’re bad.

For instance, we might not get the job we interviewed for, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not good enough for the job.

Give yourself permission to let go

After we’ve taken the time to acknowledge, understand, and accept our expectations, we can then give ourselves permission to let them go.

This step is about making a conscious decision to let go of our attachment to a certain outcome.

It can be helpful to imagine yourself releasing your beliefs, or to write them down and then let them go physically.

Practice mindfulness and acceptance

Even after we’ve let go of our expectations, we might still find ourselves holding onto them from time to time. When this happens, it’s important to be mindful of our thoughts and emotions and to accept them without judgment.

Tips for letting go of expectations

In order to let go of our expectations, it can be helpful to:

  • Be present.

When we are fully present in the moment, it can be easier to let go of our attachment to future outcomes.

  • Breathe.

Taking a few deep breaths can help us to relax and to let go of our expectations.

  • Meditate.

Meditation can help us to be more mindful of our thoughts and emotions, which can make it easier to let go of our expectations.

  • Practice gratitude.

Focusing on the things that we are grateful for can help us to let go of our attachment to the things that we want.

Here is a list of 101 things to be grateful for.

  • Let go of perfectionism.

Perfectionism can often be at the root of our expectations. If we can let go of our need for perfection, it can be easier to let go of our assumptions.

  • Be flexible.

Being flexible and open-minded can help us to let go of our attachment to any one particular outcome.

  • Be patient.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and let go of our expectations won’t happen overnight. It’s important to be patient with ourselves and to allow ourselves the time we need to let go.

  • Be gentle with yourself.

If we’re feeling frustrated or stuck, it’s important to be gentle with ourselves. Remember that this is a process and that we’re doing the best we can.

  • Practice forgiveness.

If we’re having trouble letting go of our expectations, it can be helpful to practice forgiveness. We can forgive ourselves for having certain assumptions and for not being able to let them go immediately. We can also forgive others who might have contributed to our expectations.

Expectations and minimalism

Since this is a blog about minimalism, I want to quickly make a note of the bonding between expectations and a minimalist lifestyle.

A minimalist lifestyle can be a helpful way to let go of our expectations. When we live minimally, we focus on the things that are most important to us and let go of the things that we don’t need. This can help us to let go of our attachment to material objects, and thoughts (including our beliefs) and focus on what’s truly important in life. Moreover, minimalism can help us to live more in the present moment, which can make it easier to let go of our assumptions and beliefs.

Final thoughts

Letting go of our expectations can be a challenge, but it’s also an important and beneficial process. By taking the time to understand our beliefs, we can then let them go and enjoy the present moment.

Additionally, by embracing a more positive outlook, we can open ourselves up to new and wonderful experiences.

Life is full of surprises, so let go of your expectations and enjoy the ride!

I hope you enjoyed this article on letting go of expectations. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!

Have an expectation-free day!


14 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life and Feel Happier

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To simplify your life doesn’t mean becoming lazy. It means deliberately choosing to live with less stress and struggle.

Life can get complicated and messy, especially if we don’t know how to manage our time, energy, and other resources properly.

We are all busy people with a lot of responsibilities. We need to somehow divide our day between family, friends, work, love, hobbies, working out, improving our mental well-being, and so on.

Sounds like a lot, and it is. But there are ways to make things simpler and more manageable.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the chaos of life, it’s time to start to simplify your life.

What does it mean to simplify life?

For some people, it might mean decluttering their homes and getting rid of material possessions they don’t need. For others, it might mean streamlining their work schedule or creating more structure in their daily routine.

It might also involve letting go of relationships that are no longer healthy or positive or making changes to the way you spend your free time.

There is no single right way to simplify your life. The key is to figure out what works for you and what will make you feel more relaxed, happy, and in control.

Why does life get so complicated?

It is so sad when people say “life is so complicated“. It doesn’t have to be! If you feel like your life is one big mess, it is time to make some changes.

However, why is life so complicated anyway?

There are a few reasons:

  • We try to find a balance between work and personal life but sometimes it is hard to find the time for both.
  • We have too many things on our minds and we can’t focus on one thing.
  • We try to do too many things at the same time and we end up doing none of them well.
  • We compare our lives to others and we think that we should have what they have.
  • We don’t know how to say “no” to people.
  • We are afraid of change.
  • We don’t know how to manage our time.
  • We hold onto things that we don’t need, physically or emotionally.
  • We don’t prioritize what’s important to us, so we end up feeling unfulfilled.

The list can go on. Some of these reasons can be easily changed, while others might take some time. But the point is that it is possible to make your life simpler and more manageable – you just have to be willing to put in the effort.

Why do you need to simplify your life?

Here are some benefits of simplifying life:

  • To reduce stress. A hectic lifestyle can lead to burnout, anxiety, and other mental and physical health problems.
  • It can help you focus on what’s important, make better choices, and enjoy a more peaceful existence.
  • It can save you time. If you have a complicated life, you probably spend a lot of time running around trying to get everything done. It can be exhausting and leave you with little energy for the things you enjoy.
  • It can save space. If your life is complicated, chances are your home is too. It can be cluttered with things you don’t need and full of clutter. Simplifying can help you get rid of the physical clutter in your life so you can focus on what’s important.

Ways to simplify your life

Simplifying life is life-changing. It can help you become happier, healthier, and more productive.

In order to do that, I have created a list of ways that can help you simplify your life and finally breathe with ease!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Be mindful

A lot of the time, life is simple and easy, but we make it complicated in our heads.

For example, you might be worried to travel with your newborn by plane, but when you get there, you realize that it was not that bad. Situations like this happen all the time IN OUR HEADS.

We are constantly thinking about the past and future. We worry about what could happen, second-guess our decisions, and ruminate on things that have already happened.

All of this is just running in our heads all the time, and it can be exhausting.

I once heard someone saying that we are limitless beings, but we put limits on ourselves. This is often because we don’t know how to deal with all the thoughts running through our minds.

So, one of the best ways to simplify your life is to simplify your thoughts.

Start by paying attention to your thoughts and see if you can identify any negative thought patterns. Once you’re aware of them, you can start to challenge and reframe them.

For example, if you’re constantly worrying about the future, try to focus on the present moment. If you’re ruminating on a past event, try to let it go and focus on the present.

It takes practice but simplifying your thoughts can have a major impact on your life.

Reduce your possessions

We tend to hold onto things we don’t need, both physically and emotionally. We hang onto clothes we never wear, books we’ll never read, and trinkets that hold no sentimental value.

It makes our lives so much more complicated without us even realizing it!

Reducing clutter can not only make more space in your house but it can also lead to more gratitude, less attachment, and a more minimalist lifestyle. And you are going to start enjoying simple pleasures in life more, such as a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, a sunny day, or a good conversation with a friend.

Start by decluttering your home, one room at a time. Get rid of anything you don’t use, need, or love.

If you’re not sure, ask yourself when was the last time you used it? If you can’t remember, chances are you don’t need it.

Some relevant articles to read:

Meal plan your week

I’ve noticed this myself: when I meal plan my week, I spend so much less time and money on food and eat healthier! But when I go to the grocery store and buy random things, I end up being in control over the food that I eat, and I always know what is the next meal I am going to eat. It is so much less stressful, I can’t emphasize this enough!

Therefore, meal planning is a great way to save time, money, and stress.

When you have a plan for your meals, you’re less likely to waste food, eat out, or make unhealthy choices.

To get started, sit down and make a list of all the meals you want to eat for the week. Then, make a grocery list of all the ingredients you need to make those meals.

There are plenty of resources online in case you are stuck. My recent finding is this One-pot pasta that I now make almost weekly.

Reduce social media

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating! Reducing the amount of time you spend on social media can simplify your life in so many ways.

Social media can:

  • reduce the amount of time you spend comparing yourself to others.
  • help you focus on the things that are important to you, such as your relationships, hobbies, and goals.
  • lead to fewer distractions and more productive time.

Storytime: Personally, I deleted my Instagram account. It was a really tough decision because I loved taking and sharing photos, but I realized that it was no longer adding value to my life. I was always catching myself comparing my life to others and feeling like I wasn’t good enough.

I also was spending way too much time following people that I didn’t even know and didn’t care about. I felt like I was wasting my time.

After that, I made a decision to focus on the things that were important to me and social media was no longer one of those things. Deleting Instagram was one of the reasons I started this blog actually! Now, I can just do the things that matter to me a lot and be productive (writing articles), without being distracted.

How about you? Is social media simplifying or complicating your life?

Have a routine

What I love about having a simple routine is that it can make you so much more organized and productive with minimum effort.

However, don’t think that your routine needs to be complicated or time-consuming, or boring. It can be as simple as having some time for yourself in the morning in order to gather your thoughts for the day ahead, or taking some time at night to reflect on your day.

It can also be something as simple as making your bed every morning or taking a few minutes to tidy up your room before you go to sleep at night.

The point is that a routine can help you focus on what’s important to you and simplify your life by giving you a sense of order.

Read this article about creating a simple routine that sticks.

Get rid of negative people

You know the saying, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” There is also a book in this sense that has a scientific background.

This means that if you surround yourself with negative people, you’re more likely to be negative yourself.

What does it have to do with simplifying your life?

Well, if you’re constantly surrounded by negative people, it’s going to be harder for you to focus on the positive things in your life. You’re also more likely to get caught up in the drama, which can be a huge time and energy suck.

This might mean unfollowing them on social media or even taking a break from hanging out with some people. After a while, you might even find that you don’t miss them as much as you thought you would.

It’s not always easy, but it’s so worth it to surround yourself with positive, like-minded people.

Manage your finances

Another way to simplify your life is to get your finances in order. This might mean creating a budget, tracking your spending, or automating your finances.

Getting your finances in order can help you reduce stress, save money, and achieve your financial goals. It can also simplify your life by giving you a better understanding of where your money is going.

  • Creating a budget. It is important to remember that a budget is not about depriving yourself of the things you enjoy. It’s about making sure that your spending aligns with your values and goals.
  • Tracking your finances can also be a helpful way to see where your money is going. This can be done through a simple spreadsheet or budgeting app. Once you have a better understanding of where your money is going, you can make adjustments to simplify your life and save money.
  • Automating your finances is another great way to simplify your life. This can be done by setting up automatic payments for your bills and savings goals. This way, you don’t have to think about it every month and you can be sure that your bills are being paid on time.

Have clear goals

It’s so important to have clear goals in life. Without goals, it’s easy to lose focus and direction.

Having a direction is an important part of having a simple life because it makes you not waste your time and energy on things that don’t matter.

Be sure to keep your goals realistic. You don’t want to set yourself up for disappointment by setting goals that are impossible to achieve.

But at the same time, don’t be afraid to dream big. After all, your goals are what will motivate and inspire you to keep going.

Some of your goals might include something like:

I want to…

  • save $X amount of money by X date.
  • declutter my home and get rid of X number of things by X date.
  • ill exercise X times per week.
  • eat healthy meals.
  • read X number of books this year (Having a library as a minimalist).
  • get a promotion at work.

No matter what your goals are, be sure to write them down and keep them somewhere where you can see them every day. This will help to keep you focused and on track.

Also, again, it gives you a clear direction to focus on, which means a simpler life, and this is what we want.

Plus, once you achieve your goals, you can cross them off your list and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Start saying “no”

It’s easy to say yes. Yes is the path of least resistance. It’s the safe choice, the comfortable choice.

But sometimes, saying yes isn’t necessarily the best decision. In fact, sometimes, the best thing you can do is to start saying no. Saying no doesn’t mean you’re a negative person, or that you’re not open to new experiences.

It simply means that you’re prioritizing your time and energy in a way that aligns with your values and goals. And that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it can be incredibly liberating.

When you start saying no to things that don’t matter, you free up time and space for things that do. And that can make all the difference in the world.

Related: People make time for what they want

Stop comparing yourself to others

When you compare yourself to others, you’re always going to come up short. There will always be someone who is smarter, more successful, and more talented than you.

This is not because you are a loser, of course, but because you are unique. And that’s a good thing.

So instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own unique talents and gifts. And use those to your advantage.

Remember, the only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday. As long as you’re making progress, you’re doing just fine.

Related: Comparison is the thief of joy, but it doesn’t have to be

Learn to let go

One of the most important things you can do for a simpler life is to learn to let go. This doesn’t mean giving up on your dreams or goals.

Instead, it means learning to let go of the negative thoughts and emotions that are holding you back. It means forgiving yourself for your mistakes and moving on.

It means letting go of the past and living in the present.

Let go of your possessions, let go of your grudges, and let go of your fears. These things are weighing you down and they’re keeping you from living your best life.

When you learn to let go, you make room for more positive things in your life. And that can make all the difference.

Learn to let go of everything that no longer serves you.

Organize everything

This means creating systems and routines for everything in your life, from your electronics to the way you keep your home.

Once you have a system in place for everything, it will be much easier to keep track of what needs to be done and when. Plus, you’ll save a ton of time in the long run.

Let’s take a lot of what we can organize:

  • Desktop and files. Create folders and subfolders to keep everything in its place.
  • Digital photos. Create a system for downloading, backing up, and organizing your photos.
  • Email inbox. Create folders and labels to keep your inbox organized and unsubscribe from any emails that you don’t need or want.
  • Social media accounts. Unfollow any accounts that don’t bring you joy or add value to your life.
  • Home. Declutter and organize your space so that it’s more functional and efficient.
  • Day. Plan out your day so that you can make the most of your time.
  • Wardrobe. Put every piece of clothing in its own place and only keep the items that you love and wear regularly (How to get rid of clothes?).
  • Goals. Organizing and streamlining your goals will make them feel more manageable and achievable.

Organizing everything will surely simplify your life! It is a big process of organizing everything, but once established, it will make your life much easier.

After organizing, you can start implementing a Minimalist Aesthetic Style in your house, here is how to do it.

Do one task at a time

Multi-tasking is overrated.

In fact, studies have shown that trying to do multiple things at once can actually make you less productive.

So instead of trying to do a million things at once, focus on one task at a time.

A simple life is a life that is free of distractions and clutter. So when you’re trying to simplify your life, it’s important to focus on one task at a time.

This means that you should turn off all distractions, including your phone, email, and social media notifications. Once you’ve eliminated all distractions, focus on one task and see it through to completion. You’ll be surprised at how much more productive you are when you focus on one task at a time.

Also, focusing on one thing at a time helps to really engage in what you are doing, being in a state of flow and enjoying the task at hand. This is opposed to multi-tasking where you are never really fully present in any one task.

Enjoy the life you have

Whether you think that your life is complicated and that there is a lot to do in order to simplify it, or you feel like you have a handle on things, remember to enjoy your life as it is.

Good or bad, life is happening and you don’t want to miss it.

Don’t strive for simplicity and just live.

Striving for simplicity is good, but don’t think that now you can’t be happy. Don’t chase happiness.

Just be here, at this moment, and be happy with what you have.

Related: 65 Simple Living Tips

Final thoughts

A simple life is a life that is free from unnecessary stress or struggle. It is a life that allows you to enjoy the moment and appreciate the simple things in life.

Try to live each day with intention and purpose. Slow down, be present, and savor the moment.

Following the tips above will help you feel less overwhelmed by your responsibilities, and daily struggles, and will bring more peace and joy into your life.

Start small, and remember that even the simplest changes can make a big difference in your overall happiness.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and that it will help you on your journey to a more simple life!

Have a simple life! Cheers!

Related: How to Set Powerful Daily intentions?

How to stop chasing happiness?

When we chase happiness, we end up unhappy.

It seems like everywhere we turn, somebody is telling us to be happy. We’re told that if we just had this new car or this bigger house, or if we could only lose those last 10 pounds, then we would finally be happy.

But chasing happiness never works. We always end up disappointed because we can never quite catch up to it.

Henry David Thoreau once said, “Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it, the more it will evade you, but if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.”

And this is so true.

We have to finally understand that chasing happiness is a state of being. Do you want to always chase happiness? Do you want to always live in the future without enjoying life and in the end, you get nothing but the opposite of happiness?

It’s time to stop chasing happiness and start living.

What does it mean to chase happiness?

Chasing happiness is the never-ending pursuit of an emotion that’s just out of reach. It’s the belief that if we could only achieve this one thing, or get to this one place, then we would finally be happy.

Also, chasing happiness is often about trying to escape from pain or discomfort. We believe that if we could just make our lives perfect, then we would never have to feel pain again.

But the problem is that life is never perfect.

There will always be ups and downs, no matter what we do. And even if we could achieve that perfect life, it would only be temporary. Sooner or later, something would happen to upset the equilibrium.

Why do we chase happiness?

There are a few reasons why we chase happiness.

1. We live in a culture that tells us we need to be happy. For instance, commercials, social media, and even some songs tell us that we need to be happy. This can put a lot of pressure on us to feel happy all the time.

2. We think happiness will make our lives better. We often believe that if we just achieve this or get that, we’ll finally be happy. But chasing after things rarely leads to lasting happiness.

3. We think that if we are happy, we will be more successful. This is a myth that needs to be put to rest. Success comes from hard work and dedication, not from happiness.

Why is chasing happiness a problem?

The main problem with chasing happiness is that it keeps us from enjoying the present moment. We’re so focused on trying to achieve this future goal that we don’t take the time to appreciate what we have right now.

And even if we do achieve our goal, we’re never really satisfied because we always think that there’s something else we need to be happy. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Another problem with chasing happiness is that it can lead to unhealthy behaviors. We might become obsessed with our diet or exercise regimen in our quest for happiness.

Also, a study shows that chasing happiness actually leads to the opposite – sadness. Which makes sense, although it is so paradoxical!

Ultimately, chasing happiness is a fruitless endeavor. It’s an endless cycle that keeps us from enjoying the life we have right now.

A general guide on how to stop chasing happiness

The moment you realize that you chase happiness, do this:

  • Acknowledge it: the first step is always becoming aware of the fact that you are chasing happiness. Say “Hi” to the thought that needs a new car in order to be happy for example. Doing so already creates some distance between you and the thought.
  • Examine the thought: Now it’s time to examine the thought. Why do you believe that you need a new car in order to be happy? Is it because of something someone said? Or because you saw a commercial where everyone was driving a new car and looked happy? Or is it because you think that having a new car will make your life better in some way?
  • Challenge the thought: After you’ve examined the thought, it’s time to challenge it. This is where you ask yourself if the thought is really true. For example, “Just because everyone in the commercial was driving a new car doesn’t mean that they were actually happy.” Or “I don’t need a new car to be happy, I can be happy with the car I have.”
  • Realize that you can be happy at this moment if you would like to. Happiness is inside of us all the time. It’s not something that we need to chase after. Just think that some people don’t have a car at all or even a home. You are so lucky that you were born this way, as you are and where you are.
  • Move on. Now that you’ve challenged the thought, you can let it go and move on. It’s not worth your time and energy to chase after something that isn’t real. Happiness is something that we create from the inside out, not from the outside in.
a guide of how to stop chasing happiness

Ways to Stop chasing happiness

You know that you should stop chasing happiness, we all know it. But it’s easier said than done. So how do you actually stop chasing happiness?

There are ways that can help you to stop doing it. But remember, that it is a slow process, and you should be patient.

Here are some ways to stop chasing happiness:

Be mindful of your thoughts

Mindfulness means being aware of your thoughts and emotions in the present moment. When you’re mindful, you can observe your thoughts without judging them or getting caught up in them. By being mindful and practicing meditation, you can learn to control your thoughts and stop chasing happiness.

For example, let’s say you’re thinking, “I can’t way to have my own house! I will be so much happier!” Instead of getting caught up in that thought, you can observe it without getting caught up in it. Probably short after you will have that house, you will be thinking about something else you want, or about another bigger house, and the cycle starts again.

Be grateful for what you have

A lot of times, we chase happiness because we think that if we just had this one thing, our lives would be perfect. But the truth is, we often take for granted the things we have. So instead of chasing happiness, be grateful for what you already have.

For example, be grateful for having a car. Some people don’t have it, but you want a newer one. Or be grateful for your health. Some people are sick, but you want to be thinner.

Here is a list of 101 things to be grateful for.

Focus on your journey, not the destination.

Often, we chase happiness because we think it’s at the end of a long journey. When in reality, happiness is the journey itself. So instead of chasing happiness, focus on your journey and enjoy the ride.

The journey takes 99% of your time, do you want to spend it on chasing happiness? Would be wiser to spend it on the journey, and enjoy the process, even if it’s hard! Think about the journey as life itself. The whole life is a journey, seize every moment.

Don’t compare yourself to others

Comparison is the thief of joy. When you compare yourself to others, you’re not only setting yourself up for disappointment, but you’re also missing out on the beauty of your own journey. So instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own journey!

There might be people who have more than you, but there are also people who have less! So, instead of complaining about what you don’t have, be grateful for what you do have.

Accept yourself for who you are

This doesn’t mean that you should like everything about yourself. But it does mean that you should accept yourself as a work in progress. By accepting yourself, you can stop chasing happiness and start enjoying your life.

You are imperfect, and that is okay! You are not supposed to be perfect. No one is!

Just because you’re not perfect, doesn’t mean you’re not good enough. You are good enough, just the way you are.

By accepting yourself, flaws and all, you will be able to find true happiness.

Live in the present moment

The past is gone, and the future is not guaranteed. All you have is right now, so make the most of it!

Don’t think that tomorrow you are going to be happier, or that today is a bad day. Every day is your day because luckily you are alive.

So don’t think that you will be happier when you achieve your goals. Because again, you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.

Give without expecting anything in return

One of the ways to stop chasing happiness is to give without expecting anything in return. When you give selflessly, you will be amazed at how much happiness comes back to you.

And it doesn’t have to be anything big. It can be as simple as giving a compliment or helping someone with their groceries.

Giving doesn’t just make the other person happy, it makes you happy too. And if you don’t expect anything in return, you will be truly happy.

Do what you love

When you do what you love, you will never feel like you’re working a day in your life. And that’s because you’re not! You’re doing what you love, so it doesn’t feel like work.

You probably know this feeling when you are waiting for the day to pass by, so the working hours are over and you can finally be happy. But what if you could just do what you love all the time?

This means that there are no end results because you’re doing it for the sake of doing it. And not because you are expecting something to happen in the far future. And that is true happiness.

I know that this is easier said than done, but if you are lucky to have this type of job, I am so glad for you!

Realize that you were chasing happiness before but in vain

Think about events in the past that you were thinking will make you happy. And ask yourself, did they?

  • You were probably thinking that getting a new job will make you happy. But after some time, you realize that it’s not the job that you wanted.
  • You were thinking that moving to a new city will make you happy. But after some time, you realize that you miss your old friends and the familiar places.
  • You were thinking that getting married will make you happy. But after some time, you realize that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.

The list goes on, but I think you get the point.

The point is, that the things you thought will make you happy, didn’t. And again, that’s because happiness is not a destination. It’s a journey.

Understand that happiness comes from within, not from things

This is probably the most important thing to understand if you want to stop chasing happiness.

External things will never make you truly happy. They might make you happy for a while, but the happiness will eventually fade away.

And that’s because happiness comes from within. It comes from your own thoughts and emotions.

If you want to be truly happy, you need to find a way to be happy from within. You need to find a way to be happy with yourself, just the way you are.

Don’t expect other people or some items to control you. You are in control of your life, and you are the only one who can make yourself happy.

Final thoughts

Happiness is a state of mind, not a destination. And no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to find true happiness if you are constantly chasing it.

The only way to be truly happy is to understand that happiness comes from within. It comes from your own thoughts and emotions.

So if you want to stop chasing happiness, start by changing the way you think. Start by accepting yourself for who you are.

And once you do that, happiness will find its way to you.

I hope this article was helpful in some way. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy day! Cheers!

The reasons why focusing on quality over quantity is important

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Focusing on quality over quantity makes you happier.

When it comes to living a minimalist lifestyle, quality over quantity is key. This means that you focus on acquiring only the things that are truly important to you and getting rid of the rest.

A minimalist, instead of buying more things, will invest in fewer, higher-quality items that will last longer and serve them better. This philosophy is applied to anything from clothing to furniture to experiences.

When you focus on quality over quantity, you end up with a life that is more fulfilling and satisfying because you are surrounding yourself with things that you truly love and value.

In today’s world of over-saturation, it can be difficult to focus on quality over quantity. We are constantly being bombarded with new things, new ideas, and new ways of doing things. And as a result, we often sacrifice quality for the sake of quantity.

So it’s important to remember that quality is always more important than quantity. When you focus on quality, you are focused on doing things the right way, rather than just getting things done. You are focused on creating something of value, rather than just completing a task.

What is quality over quantity?

In a nutshell, quality over quantity is the idea that it is better to have a few things that are high-quality than to have many things that are of lower quality.

This philosophy is applied to anything in your life, from the clothes you wear to the food you eat to the experiences you have.

Also, it is important to remember that being expensive doesn’t necessarily mean that it is more high quality. Just because something is expensive does not mean it is automatically high-quality.

But generally yes, high-quality items are more expensive.

Keep in mind, though, that overall, your wallet will thank you for buying fewer high-quality items than a lot of low quality. It is because quality items last longer, and in the long run, you save money. Also, buying a lot of unnecessary stuff could lead to spending more money than buying only one high-class item.

The bottom line is that quality is always better than quantity. When you focus on quality, you end up with a better result overall.

Areas in which you can apply quality over quantity

-Material possessions. Rather than filling your home with a bunch of things you don’t need, focus on buying fewer, higher-quality items that will last longer.

-Experiences. Instead of attempting to do everything and see everything, concentrate on savoring a smaller number of activities more fully.

-Relationships. Instead of trying to maintain a large number of shallow relationships, focus on developing fewer, deeper relationships.

-Personal growth. Rather than attempting to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible, concentrate on learning fewer things better.

-Projects and work. Rather than taking on too many commitments and spreading yourself thin, focus on fewer projects and put more effort into the ones you do undertake.

The list might be bigger, but these are some of the areas in which I think quality over quantity can make a big difference in your life.

Examples of focusing on quality over quantity

It is better to:

  • have a few great friends than a lot of mediocre ones.
  • eat a healthy, nutritious meal than stuff yourself with junk food.
  • travel to a few amazing places and really see them, rather than going on a ton of different vacations but not really getting to know any of the places you visit.
  • focus on becoming the best version of yourself than trying to be everything to everyone.
  • watch a few good movies that you really enjoy and remember, rather than trying to watch everything that comes out.
  • attend a few workshops or courses that are really going to help you reach your goals, rather than signing up for everything under the sun but never actually completing anything.
  • look after your health and fitness by exercising regularly and eating well, rather than neglecting your body and then trying to make up for it with fad diets and crash courses.
  • select a few meaningful projects or goals to focus on, rather than taking on too many commitments.

How can you tell if something is high quality?

There are a few ways that you can tell if something is high quality.

  • Look at the materials that it is made from. If it is made from sustainable, high-quality materials, then it is likely to be a high-quality item.
  • Research the brand. If the brand is known for making high-quality items, then the item you are looking at is also high quality.
  • Look at the reviews. If the item has mostly positive reviews, it is likely to be high quality.
  • Look at the price. Generally, high-quality items cost more than their lower-quality counterparts. But don’t be afraid to pay more, because you will likely save money in the long run.
  • Use your intuition. Sometimes you can just tell if something is high quality. If it feels like it is well-made and durable, then it is likely to be high quality.

Why quality is better than quantity?

Here I focus only on material possessions since it is the area which is the most problematic one in my opinion.

There are a few reasons why quality is better than quantity. Here are some:

1. High-quality items tend to last longer than those of lower quality.

It is no secret that high-quality items tend to last longer than those of lower quality. This is because they are made with better materials and construction methods.

In addition, high-quality items are often more user-friendly, meaning that they are easier to use and care for.

As a result, they tend to experience less wear and tear over time. Not only does this mean that you will get more use out of a high-quality item, but it also means that you will save money in the long run.

So next time you are shopping for an item, be sure to consider its quality as well as its price tag. You may find that you end up saving money in the long run by choosing the higher-quality option.

2. High-quality items are often better made and better designed than their lower-quality counterparts.

When it comes to the quality of an item, there are usually three factors to consider: materials, construction, and design.

Higher-quality items are typically made with better materials, more carefully constructed, and more thoughtfully designed than their lower-quality counterparts. This is why high-quality items often cost more money: because they are simply better made.

However, the higher price tag is often worth it, as high-quality items tend to last longer and perform better than their lower-quality counterparts.

3. High-quality items are usually made sustainable, so you can feel good about using them without harming the environment.

We all know that feeling good about the purchases we make is important.

Whether it’s a new pair of shoes or a new car, we want to feel like we made a smart purchase that we’ll be happy with for years to come.

But as consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of the products they buy, they’re also looking for ways to make sustainable choices that will help protect the planet.

Fortunately, many manufacturers are now making high-quality items that are friendly to the environment, so you can feel good about using them without harming the planet.

From recycled materials to renewable energy sources, there are a variety of sustainable options available to choose from. So next time you’re in the market for a new product, be sure to look for one that is made sustainably. Do your research!

4. By choosing quality over quantity, you end up with a higher level of satisfaction and more happiness.

This is especially true when it comes to material possessions. Too much clutter can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of anxiety and stress. By paring down your belongings to only those things that bring you joy, you’ll be able to create a calm and inviting space that is friendly to both your mind and body (and home).

In addition, by choosing quality over quantity, you’ll have more time and energy for experiences, which are ultimately what bring us lasting happiness. Whether it’s spending time with loved ones, exploring new places, or learning new skills, making memories is what life is all about.

So next time you’re tempted to purchase something simply because it’s a good deal, take a step back and ask yourself if it’s something you really need or if it’s just going to add to the clutter in your home. Chances are, you’ll be much happier in the long run if you focus on quality over quantity.

5. You’re investing in your future.

Many people think of material possessions as simply that: things that we own and use on a daily basis. When actually, our belongings can also be viewed as investments.

Just like we invest money in stocks and mutual funds, we also invest money in the things we purchase.

And like any investment, we want to be sure that we’re getting the best return on our investment. This is why it’s so important to focus on quality over quantity.

By choosing to invest in high-quality items, we are ensuring that we’re getting the most bang for our buck. Not only will we be happier with our purchases, but we’ll also be able to enjoy them for years (or even decades) to come.

6. You’re supporting sustainable businesses and the people who work for them.

As consumers, we have the power to vote with our money.

Every time we make a purchase, we’re essentially casting a vote for the type of business we want to see more of in the world.

So, if you care about sustainability, it’s important to support businesses that are making sustainable products.

By doing so, you’re not only helping to protect the environment, but you’re also supporting the people who work for these businesses. These workers are often paid fair wages and have access to good working conditions. This is something that all of us can feel good about.

On the other hand, unsustainable brands often rely on child labor or unfair working conditions in order to keep their prices low.

So, the next time you’re shopping for a new product, be sure to research the company and see if they are committed to sustainability.

7. You’re investing in your health.

This may seem like a strange concept, but it’s true.

The quality of the products we use has a direct impact on our health.

For example, when you buy a high-quality mattress, you’re investing in your sleep health. A good night’s sleep is essential for our overall health and well-being, so it’s important to make sure we’re doing everything we can to get the best possible sleep.

In addition, by choosing quality over quantity, you’re more likely to buy products that are free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

These chemicals can have a negative impact on our health, so it’s important to be mindful of what we’re exposing ourselves to.

8. You’re creating less waste.

One of the biggest problems with our throw-away culture is the amount of waste it creates.

In the United States alone, we generate about 4.5 pounds of trash per person per day.

That’s a lot of garbage!

And much of it ends up in landfills, which can have a negative impact on our environment.

But when you focus on quality over quantity, you’re automatically creating less waste. This is because high-quality items are built to last. They won’t need to be replaced as often.

In addition, when you do need to replace an item, you can often recycle or donate it instead of throwing it away.

9. You’re setting a good example for others.

As consumers, we have a lot of influence. The choices we make can have a ripple effect on the world around us.

So, if you want to set a good example for others, it’s important to focus on quality over quantity.

It is especially true if you have children.

They are watching you and learning from your example.

If you want them to value quality over quantity, it’s important to lead by example.

Final thoughts

As you can see, there are many good reasons to focus on quality over quantity.

The next time you’re shopping for a new item, take a moment to consider the long-term benefits of choosing quality over quantity.

Keep in mind that the choices you make as a consumer can have a positive impact on the world around you. Just don’t forget to do your research before making any final decisions.

And be sure to enjoy the quality of the things that you buy. You truly deserve it!

How to create a simple daily routine that sticks?

A simple daily routine can be life-changing!

A simple daily routine is a set of simple activities that are repeated every day.

It can be as simple as brushing your teeth and taking a shower, or it can be more complex, like following a strict work schedule. A daily routine can help to structure your day and make it more efficient. For example, if you always brush your teeth after breakfast, you won’t have to waste time and energy thinking about when to do it.

I want to make it clear that not everybody thrives on strict routines. But a simple daily routine has a lot of space for flexibility and is very powerful if you use it correctly.

What are the benefits of having a simple daily routine?

A daily routine can seem like it constricts your life rather than freeing it up. But having a healthy and simple daily routine is one of the best ways to stay productive and feel in control of your life. It can also literally change your life!

When you have a set daily routine, you’re more likely to get things done and less likely to waste time. That’s because you’re not trying to figure out what you should do next, you already know what comes next in your day. This frees up your brain to focus on the task at hand, making you more productive. And when you’re more productive, you have more time for the things you enjoy outside of work.

Additionally, a daily routine can help reduce stress because it provides a sense of structure and predictability in your life. When everything feels chaotic, a daily routine can help you feel more grounded and in control.

So if you’re looking to boost your productivity and improve your quality of life, creating a healthy and simple daily routine is a great place to start.

How to stick to your routine?

The key to sticking to your routine is to make it as easy as possible for yourself. If you’re trying to establish a new routine, start small and gradually add more activities to your day. And if you’re struggling to stick to your current routine, see if there are any ways you can simplify it or make it more enjoyable. For example, if you hate going to the gym but you do want to exercise, try working out at home or going for a walk outside.

It’s also important to be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day. If your routine is too ambitious, you’re likely to get overwhelmed and give up. So start with a few key activities that you really want to focus on, and then add more later as you get more comfortable with the new routine.

Moreover, try to be flexible and go with the flow on days when things don’t go as planned. If you miss a workout or can’t make it to the grocery store, don’t beat yourself up. Just try to do better tomorrow.

And finally, remember that it takes time to form new habits. So be patient and keep at it, even if you have a few setbacks along the way.

How to create a simple daily routine that works for you?

The best way to create a healthy and simple daily routine is to start by brainstorming a list of activities that you want to do every day. This can include things like exercise, eating healthy meals, spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, or meditating (more on that below).

Once you have a list of activities, try to order them in a way that makes sense for your day. For example, you may want to start your day with a cup of coffee and some quiet time to yourself, followed by breakfast and getting ready for the day. Then you could head to work, and after work, you may want to go for a run or to the gym.

Again, try to be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day. And don’t forget to leave some time for relaxation and fun! A simple daily routine should make your life easier, not harder.

If you’re struggling to come up with a routine, you can find some examples below.

Related: 65 Simple Living Tips

21 powerful simple daily routines

Life can be hectic and chaotic, but a simple daily routine can help you feel more grounded.

Here are some examples of healthy and simple daily routines that can work for you:

  1. Start your day with some quiet time to yourself. Even if for only a few minutes. This is a great way to center yourself and start the day on a positive note. Having time for yourself in the morning can also help you avoid feeling rushed and stressed later in the day. Also, it makes you feel in control of your life and your day.
  2. Set intention for the day. Each day, wake up and set an intention. Some examples are: I will be productive today, I will be kind to others, I will take care of my health, etc. By setting an intention, you will be more mindful of your actions and how they align with your goal. (Learn How to Set Powerful Daily Intentions).
  3. Don’t skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast can make you feel tired and sluggish later in the day. It can also lead to overeating later on. So even if you’re not a morning person, try to eat at least some kind of breakfast.
  4. Meditate. Creating a habit of meditating can help you focus and concentrate better during the day. It will also improve your sleep quality at night. You don’t need to meditate for hours. Even a few minutes of mindfulness can make a difference. Meditation is also a great way to make you aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
  5. Practice gratitude each day. We often forget to be grateful for what we have. A great way to become more mindful of the good things in your life is to practice gratitude. Simply think of three things that you’re grateful for each day. This can be anything from your partner to your pet, or something as small as a sunny day.
  6. Journal. A journal is a great way to track your thoughts, feelings, and progress. It can also be used as a tool to vent your frustrations. Writing in a journal can help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
  7. spouse during dinner time, and talk with your kids about their day. This will help you feel connected to the people you love and care about. We are social creatures and we need human interaction to feel good.
  8. Read. Reading is a great way to learn new things, escape reality, and relax. Make sure to schedule some time each day to read. This can be for leisure or for work. Either way, you will reap the benefits of reading (Having books as a minimalist).
  9. Always have a bottle of water with you. Staying hydrated is important for your health. It will not only keep you hydrated but also will prevent binge eating since sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re actually just thirsty.
  10. Disconnect from social media for 1 hour every day. Social media can be a huge time waster. If you find yourself spending too much time on social media, make a commitment to disconnect from it for one hour each day. This will help you focus on more important things and avoid getting sucked into the social media black hole.
  11. Eat fresh fruits. Instead of reaching for that chocolate, eat a fruit. A tip for you is to always keep fruits on the table and sweets somewhere hidden. This way you’ll be more likely to eat fruit when you see it.
  12. Move your body. A short stretching or a long hardcore workout, anything that moves your body is good. I am sure you have heard “exercise is good” a million times but it’s because it’s true. It makes you happier, healthier, and more energetic.
  13. Go outside. Spend some time in nature. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. This will help you clear your mind and feel more connected to the world around you. Do not get into the trap of being glued to your phone or computer all day.
  14. Get social. Reserve some time each day to ask your mom how is she, fully commit your attention to your spouse during dinner time, and talk with your kids about their day. This will help you feel connected to the people you love and care about. We are social creatures and we need human interaction to feel good.
  15. Do something creative. Use your imagination and let your creative juices flow. Draw, paint, write or bake. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re being creative. By doing so, you will express yourself and get to know yourself better.
  16. Do a negative visualization practice. Negative visualization is a mental technique where you visualize the worst-case scenario. This might sound counterproductive, but it’s actually a very effective way to appreciate what you have. Just as a stupid example: if you don’t like your job, visualize yourself getting fired. What would you do? How would you support yourself? This exercise will help you put things into perspective and realize that you have a lot to be grateful for. Doing this every day will help you appreciate your life more.
  17. Take small breaks during work. If you have a desk job or something that requires a lot of concentration, it’s important to take small breaks throughout the day. Get up and walk around for a few minutes every couple of hours or so. The movement will do you good.
  18. Make time for cooking. A home-cooked meal is so much healthier and cheaper than a takeaway. If you care about your health, make time for cooking. This doesn’t mean that you have to cook elaborate meals. Even simple meals are better than no meal at all. For example, you can make some whole grain pasta with veggies. It is such a satisfying and filling meal.
  19. Plan the next day. Before going to bed, take a few minutes to plan for the next day. This can include doing laundry, cleaning the fridge, making pizza for dinner, or a million other things. Planning ahead will help you feel more prepared and organized for the next day.
  20. Tidy up before bedtime. A clean house creates a sense of order and calm. So, take a few minutes each night to tidy up your living space. This will help you relax and feel more comfortable at home. It could also help you sleep better. Also, you won’t get overwhelmed with cleaning because you will already be in the habit of doing it every day.
  21. Take time to relax in the evening. Make sure to schedule some time each day to relax and do something that you enjoy. For example, you could take a bath, read your favorite book, or listen to calming music. This will help you wind down and avoid feeling stressed.
  22. Go to bed at the same hour every night. This will help you establish a sleep routine. The sleep routine is important because it helps your body know when it’s time to wind down and go to bed. Preferably you shouldn’t go to bed past 10 pm, but of course, listen to your body and lifestyle.

Customize the routine according to your preferences

You don’t need to incorporate all of these daily routines into your day. These are just some examples to get you started.

Start with a couple of them that resonate with you and that you think you can stick to. As you get used to them, you can add more. The most important thing is to find a routine that works for you and that you can stick to.

And don’t forget, a routine is supposed to make your life easier, not harder. So if you find that a certain routine is too much for you or that it’s stressing you out, ditch it and try something else.

I follow some of these routines myself. I do eat breakfast every morning and I always find time for myself in the morning as well. Also, I love drinking a cup of tea or coffee and just being with myself, even if only for a short time.

Also, I make sure to take small breaks throughout the day. I take a break after every hour or so. During my break, I stretch a little bit, drink some water, or get a snack (usually fruit, but sometimes chocolate).

Every evening, I try to cook a meal. I feel like my stomach is really happy about it. And the next day for lunch I usually have leftovers from last evening. Leftovers are such a blessing!

I enjoy having a conversation with my husband every evening during dinner time. This is our time to connect with each other and catch up on our day.

Before bedtime, I try to remind myself about the things that I am grateful for in this life. For example, I am so grateful that my son is healthy! A few months ago I was so worried that he might have a serious health problem, but it turned out that he is all good. And yes, I am so, so grateful for that.

Besides that, I always have a glass or bottle of water nearby to stay hydrated. I tidy up before bedtime every evening. And I go outside for walks, or just to breathe some fresh air on the balcony every day.

Right now, I am trying to incorporate meditation into my daily routine. I do it almost every day. But my goal is to do it every day. It really makes me feel better overall and to feel more present.

Final thoughts

There are countless ways to structure your day and find what works best for you.

Hopefully, the tips and examples we’ve shared in this article will give you a good starting point as you begin creating your own healthy simple daily routine.

Remember to be patient, take things one step at a time, and don’t be afraid to experiment until you find what works best for you.

As mentioned before, creating a healthy simple daily routine can be a great way to improve your overall well-being, so it’s definitely worth the effort!

And finally, don’t forget to create some fun daily routines, such as watching your favorite show, taking a relaxing bath, or eating popcorn at 7 pm every day. These activities will help balance out the more challenging aspects of your routine and make it more sustainable in the long term.

9 ways to be intentional every day

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Be intentional. If you do it, you’ll go places.

We are constantly being told to be intentional with our lives. But what does it mean to be intentional? And how can we be more intentional every day?

We all know that being intentional is important, but it’s hard to be intentional when we’re always in hurry.

It seems like every day there’s more to do and less time to do it. How can we be expected to be productive when we’re constantly under pressure?

Well, the idea of being intentional is that you don’t have to do everything at once. In fact, being intentional often means taking a step back and evaluating what’s really important. Also, it means being present in the moment and savoring the simple things.

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What does it mean to be intentional?

Intentionality is all about being aware of your actions and making conscious decisions. To be more intentional in your life, you need to be mindful of the different areas of your life.

This might include being more conscious about how you spend your time and where you focus your energy, or it might mean paying attention to how you manage your finances and make financial decisions. It could also mean being more attentive towards your loved ones. Or it might be about being more intentional in your career or your goals for personal growth.

Being intentional also means being purposeful and deliberate in your actions. It’s about making choices that are in alignment with your values and what you want to achieve.

Also, being intentional is not about perfection. It’s about progress. So don’t strive for perfection, but instead focus on making small steps each day that will get you closer to your goals.

How does intentionality influence your life?

When you start to be more intentional with your life, you’ll find that you have more peace of mind and a greater sense of fulfillment. You’ll be better able to manage stress and obstacles because you’ll be clear about what’s important to you. And you’ll be better equipped to make choices that align with your values and goals.

Another benefit of being intentional is that you’ll be able to savor the moments in your life, whether they are positive or negative. This will help you stay focused on what truly matters and live a more meaningful life.

Moreover, by being mindful of your actions, thoughts, and feelings, you’ll be able to fully engage with others and be more empathetic.

Ways to be intentional

There are many different ways to be more intentional every day, depending on what areas of your life you want to focus on. Some practical tips include:

  1. Setting clear goals and priorities
  2. Creating and following a budget. 
  3. Making time for things that matter most to you. 
  4. Making time for self-care. 
  5. Breaking down larger tasks into smaller steps.
  6. Using a planner or calendar to keep track of your commitments.
  7. Setting aside time each day for reflection.
  8. Practicing gratitude.
  9. Be mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Setting clear goals and priorities.

One of the most important things you can do to be intentional is to be clear about what matters most to you and make a plan for achieving your goals.

This might involve creating a personal mission statement or a personal manifesto, or simply making a list of things that are important to you that could be considered “non-negotiables.”

An example of a non-negotiable for some people might be spending time with family and loved ones, whereas other people may prioritize their careers. It’s up to you to be clear about what matters most to you and focus your energy on those things first.

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Creating and following a budget.

Another way to be intentional is to be mindful of your spending and create a budget limit that aligns with your goals. This can be a helpful way to ensure you’re not overspending on things that aren’t important to you and that you’re staying on track with your financial goals.

For instance, if you want to be able to take regular vacations or save for retirement, you may need to be more mindful about your spending on non-essential items like clothes or meals out.

Creating a budget can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and even depression. This is due to the fact that money is a huge source of anxiety for many individuals.

Following a budget will also make you feel in control of your life, which can be super empowering.

Making time for things that matter most to you.

If you have a busy lifestyle, it can be easy to let the things that matter most to you fall by the wayside.

But if you want to be more intentional in your life, it’s important to be dedicated to making time for the things that are most important to you.

This may mean setting aside time each week for your hobbies or taking a trip to visit loved ones, even if it’s just for a day.

So, take control of your time and make sure that you are prioritizing the things that are important to you, rather than letting other things take over.

Making time for self-care.

It’s also important to be intentional about taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. This might involve making time for regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks when you need them.

It’s important to remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup, so be sure to take care of yourself first and foremost.

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Breaking down larger tasks into smaller steps.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed by a project or goal, it can be helpful to break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces.

This will not only make the task seem less daunting, but it will also help you track your progress and feel a sense of accomplishment along the way.

For instance, if you have a goal to write a book, you might break it down into smaller steps like researching your topic, outlining the chapters, doing some writing each day, and editing the final draft.

By taking things one step at a time, you’ll be more likely to stick with your goals and be successful in achieving them.

Using a planner or calendar to keep track of your commitments.

Another helpful way to be more intentional is to use a planner or calendar to keep track of your commitments and make sure you’re using your time in the most efficient way possible.

This can be especially helpful if you have a lot of tasks and meetings, or if you’re trying to be more mindful of your time and energy throughout the day.

A planner will also help you see where most of your time is spent and make adjustments as needed to be sure you’re prioritizing what is important to you.

Setting aside time for reflection.

Regularly setting aside time for self-reflection is another important step toward being more intentional. This might be done through journaling, meditation, or other forms of mindfulness practice.

Put aside your phone or laptop, and give yourself some time and space to be alone with your thoughts.

Reflect on your day, your week, your goals, and anything else that is on your mind. This can be a helpful way to identify any areas where you may need to make changes.

It can also help you get in touch with your feelings and be more aware of your needs, both physically and emotionally.

Practicing gratitude.

Another way to be intentional and live a more mindful life is to be grateful for all the good things in your life. For example, take a few minutes each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for, be it your friends and family, your health and well-being, your job, or anything else that brings you happiness.

You can also keep a gratitude journal where you write down a few things you’re thankful for each day.

Not only will this help you appreciate the good things more, but it can also shift your focus away from negative to positive.

If you need some inspiration in this area, check out my articles about 101 things to be grateful for even on gloomy days and How to write a gratitude list?

Be mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

This means being aware of your internal experience and paying attention to what’s happening around you. It also involves letting go of judgment and reacting with kindness and compassion.

An example might be taking a moment to pause before reacting when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

Try to be present in the moment, and be aware of your thoughts and feelings without getting carried away by them.

By being mindful of your actions, feelings, and thoughts, you can be more goal-oriented, and intentional in your life.

Related: 35 Intentional Living Quotes

Areas to be intentional in life

There are many areas in life where we can be more intentional, here are some of the most important ones that we have to pay attention to every day.

be intentional with your time. It is so easy to let time get away from us, especially with the demands of work and other daily duties.

be intentional with your words. The words we speak have power. They can be used to build others up or tear them down.

be intentional with your actions. We all have the capacity to be kind and compassionate, but sometimes we need to be intentional about choosing those actions.

be intentional with your focus. It’s so easy to get caught up in our own thoughts and worries. So be intentional about focusing on the present moment and what is happening around you.

be intentional with your health. This includes not only eating well and getting enough exercise but also making sure you get enough sleep and taking time to de-stress.

– be intentional with your relationships. We all need meaningful and supportive relationships in our lives. But sometimes we need to be intentional about cultivating those relationships.

be intentional with your thoughts. This means learning to let go of negative thoughts and beliefs and replacing them with positive ones.

be intentional with your feelings. This includes acknowledging your feelings and responding to them in a healthy way, rather than repressing or acting on them in an unhealthy way.

be intentional with your goals and priorities. This means taking the time to figure out what is truly important to you and making sure your actions reflect your priorities.

be intentional about self-care and wellbeing. This includes everything from taking care of your physical body to nurturing your mental and emotional health.

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Final words

In short, being intentional is a skill that can help you live a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

As someone who values mindfulness and intentionality, I believe that being intentional about our thoughts, feelings, and actions is essential for a happy and fulfilling life. I hope that this article has inspired you to be more intentional in your own life!

Have an intentional rest of the day!

101 things to be grateful for even on gloomy days

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You are alive. This is the most important thing to be grateful for in each moment.

There are so many things to be grateful for every day. Even on the days when things don’t go our way, we can find something to appreciate.

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation for simple things in life that we normally don’t pay attention to. It is associated with positive emotions, such as joy, happiness, love, and peace. Moreover, it is considered to be a good habit and has many mental benefits.

Gratitude can give us hope and help us see the light at the end of every dark tunnel. It helps us overcome hardships and allows us to recognize our blessings even in difficult times.

Overall, gratitude is an important part of living a healthy life.

How to practice gratitude?

There are many ways to practice gratitude. One way is to keep a gratitude journal in which you write down all the things you are grateful for every day. This can help you stay mindful and increase your happiness levels.

Another way to practice gratitude is by expressing gratitude to the people who have helped you in some way. This can be done by sending a thoughtful email or handwritten letter, making a phone call, or simply saying “thank you” in person.

Additionally, it may help to cultivate gratitude through mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga. These activities can help you connect with your body and surroundings, increasing your awareness of the present moment and the things you have to be grateful for.

Lastly, practicing random acts of kindness is a great way to show gratitude. By doing something nice for someone else, you can not only make their day but also feel good yourself.

So, make an effort to integrate gratitude into your life today and see how it can improve your overall wellbeing.

If you’re not sure how to get started, do this:

Keep a gratitude journal. Each day, write down three things you’re grateful for. This can be anything from your family and friends to your favorite food or a beautiful sunset. The key is to focus on the positive things in your life. You can also read this article about How to Write a Gratitude List.

Benefits of practicing gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can have a positive impact on our lives. When we express gratitude, we feel happier and more fulfilled. We also tend to have better relationships.

Gratitude has been shown to improve our physical health as well. People who practice gratitude have lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system. Moreover, gratitude is associated with better sleep.

Another benefit of practicing gratitude is that it can help us stay focused on the present moment. Rather than dwelling on what we lack, we can focus our attention on all that is good in our lives. With regular practice, gratitude becomes a habit and helps us better appreciate what we have.

Challenge for you

Next time you’re feeling down, take a moment to think of things you’re grateful for. It just might make your day a little brighter.

There are so many things to be grateful for each day – things big and small, things that are known and unknown. No matter what the circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for – even if it is simply the fact that we are alive on this beautiful planet.

So today, I challenge you to focus on all of the things in life that fill you with gratitude, happiness, and joy. Let’s take a moment to reflect on what makes our lives special – after all, it is the little things that often mean the most.

Moreover, I challenge you to make a list of things that fill your heart with gratitude. The things that make you smile, laugh and feel loved.

If you need some inspiration to get started, down you can find 101 things to be grateful for.

101 things to be grateful for

  1. Waking up this morning. You are alive. What can be better than that?
  2. Having a family. A sister, brother, parent, spouse, and children. No matter how often you interact with them, the most important thing is that they exist and are alive.
  3. Having a roof over your head. Historically speaking, most of our ancestors’ lives was spent without them having a house. We are so lucky to live in a century where people know how to build a house and have the necessary resources.
  4. Being healthy, you and your loved ones. Seize every moment that you and the people that you love are healthy and sane. You never know when it will end.
  5. Living in peace with no war. Having the privilege to stay in peace, with no war in your country is so beautiful.
  6. Having friends. Social life fills our hearts and makes life meaningful, so be grateful for each one of your friends, whether they are close friends or not.
  7. Having food in the refrigerator. Oh, you can eat as much as you want, you don’t have to starve. Lucky you!
  8. Your job. Even if you hate it, at least you have a job and can earn money to buy the things you need and want.
  9. The Internet and the smartphone. Technology has definitely changed our lives for the better, so let’s be grateful for it.
  10. Having a car that you can use to drive from one place to another with ease. Driving is a privilege not everyone in the world has this day, be thankful for every time you get behind a wheel.
  11. Trees, and flowers. These are some of nature’s best works of art and we should be grateful for them whenever we see them!
  12. Rain and snow. Having the ability to witness nature’s magical elements is a true blessing, so be thankful for them whenever they appear.
  13. Music. The freedom to listen to music every day and create your own playlists will always be something worth being grateful for.
  14. The fact that we are alive and can enjoy a simple life.
  15. The sun shining. What a beautiful coincidence is that the sun is shining directly over planet Earth and that we can live!
  16. The moonlight. So beautiful and romantic to watch the moonlight. Thank you, moonlight for existing.
  17. Hugs. It is ridiculous how much we underestimate a hug. It could mean nothing or a world.
  18. Clean water to drink. You should view hydration as a privilege, and not as a boring thing to do.
  19. Warm clothing in the winter.
  20. A cozy bed to sleep in at night. Some people are still sleeping on the floor or on very uncomfortable, rusty beds. So, be grateful for having a bed to sleep on.
  21. Having electricity.
  22. Transportation.
  23. Opportunities for education and growth.
  24. Freedom of speech
  25. Freedom of religion
  26. The ability to breathe fresh air and feel the wind on our skin.
  27. The beauty and wonders of nature around us, from the ocean waves crashing on the shore to the myriad colors of a summer sunset.
  28. The flowers blooming in the spring.
  29. Quality time. Having time to spend with your friends and family is such a blessing. Enjoy every moment.
  30. Books. Having books is such a smart way to convey knowledge. Without them, we would lose a lot of time trying to learn things that have already been learned by someone else.
  31. Fire. Before people discovered fire, our lives were so much worse. We couldn’t cook properly, or get warm. Now, we can lighten a candle so easily, we should be grateful for this!
  32. Aesthetically pleasing surroundings.
  33. Art that delights our senses.
  34. Beautiful weather. Remember, a rainy day could be considered beautiful weather as well.
  35. A comfortable chair to sit on.
  36. Comfortable shoes to walk in.
  37. Pleasant temperatures outside or inside the house, especially during winter and summer.
  38. Fresh fruits that are available any time of the year, no matter what season it is.
  39. A massage or a spa day to relax our muscles and minds.
  40. Cuddles with a loved one.
  41. Creativity. We should be thankful for our creativity because it allows us to express ourselves in so many ways.
  42. Dancing. It is a great way to express our joy and happiness, and it’s also a great workout.
  43. A healthy body that allows us to be active and live freely.
  44. Chocolate. Thank you, chocolate, for existing!
  45. Time spend alone. No matter how much you love people, being alone is amazing and it’s something to be grateful for every day.
  46. Having the ability to choose. People around the world don’t have this privilege, and you should be grateful for being able to make your own decisions.
  47. Laughter. It’s the best medicine, and it’s free!
  48. A sense of humor. Being able to laugh at yourself is one of the best qualities a person can have.
  49. Imagination. It allows us to dream and be creative.
  50. Intelligence. It’s what sets us apart from other animals, and it allows us to achieve great things.
  51. Love. Whether it’s the love for a loved one, for a pet, for your home country, or even just for the universe itself, we should be grateful for its existence.
  52. Passion. Without a passion for something, we would be very bored indeed.
  53. An interesting conversation. Be grateful for the people in your life who make you think and expand your knowledge.
  54. A cup of hot coffee or tea on a cold day. There’s nothing like a warm drink to make you feel better.
  55. A hot shower or bath.
  56. Open-minded people. Remember to be grateful for them and learn from them.
  57. Streaming service options. Some people can’t afford to pay for Netflix or other streaming services, and you should be grateful for having the opportunity to watch movies, documentaries, and TV series.
  58. A quiet room with no distractions. This is the perfect environment to think and focus on your work or creativity. Be grateful for being able to have this kind of environment.
  59. Weekends. During the weekend is your chance to relax and do all the things you’ve been putting off during the week, like watching movies, reading books, or going out. You understand how precious weekends are only during the other days of the week.
  60. Pets that keep your company, even when you’re feeling blue.
  61. Having dinner with family.
  62. The smell of flowers. In a parallel universe, flowers could have no smell, but in this one they do! So nice of them.
  63. Overnight delivery. Whether you’ve forgotten to buy a gift or want something delivered urgently, there’s nothing better than having it delivered extremely fast.
  64. Weather forecasts. Being able to check the weather forecast every day and plan our activities accordingly is such a luxury!
  65. People who are willing to help others. This is a rare quality among humans, and you should be grateful for the people in your life who are willing to give a helping hand to those in need.
  66. The people who work behind the scenes to bring us entertainment, whether through television shows, movies, or books.
  67. The ability to learn a new language.
  68. The ability to travel and explore the world. Even though it may not be always possible, you should still be grateful for that one time when you were able to visit a faraway place and discover its culture and history.
  69. The ability to read. You’re so lucky because you can access so many books, articles, and other sources of information just by opening a book or browsing the internet.
  70. The ability to write. This is a great way to express your thoughts and feelings, and it’s also a great study tool, so be grateful for it.
  71. The fact that we live in a privileged part of the world, where peace reigns and people have access to live’s necessities.
  72. Technology. It makes life so much easier and allows us to connect with others in ways never imagined before.
  73. Ice cream.
  74. Board games. They’re a great way to spend time with family and friends.
  75. Medication. It’s a lifesaver, literally.
  76. Hospitals and doctors. They work tirelessly to save lives and improve our health.
  77. Hard times. They help us appreciate more our lives.
  78. Dreams. They help us escape reality for a little while and relax.
  79. A day off from work or school. We all need a break from time to time, and we should be grateful when we can take one.
  80. Birds. The world would be so silent without them.
  81. Bach’s music.
  82. Your ability to think critically and put yourself in others’ shoes. These are qualities that will help you build amazing relationships and improve your understanding of the world.
  83. Magazines, newspapers, and other sources of information. They help us stay informed about what’s going on in the world.
  84. The fact that you can choose your own path in life. You’re not restricted by anyone or anything, and you can do whatever you want with your life.
  85. The ability to speak. This allows you to express your thoughts, ideas, and feelings freely.
  86. The ability to walk and move your body. This is something we often take for granted, but it’s actually a great privilege.
  87. The ability to see. This is another one of those senses we often take for granted, but without it, we would miss out on so much beauty in the world.
  88. The ability to hear. This is another sense that allows us to experience the world more richly and enjoy music, conversations, and nature sounds.
  89. The ability to smell. This is yet another sense that allows us to enjoy the world around us, whether it’s the smell of a flower or the scent of a freshly-baked pie.
  90. The ability to touch. This sense allows us to experience the world and connect with others in a very special way.
  91. The ability to taste. This is the last of our senses, and it’s the one that allows us to enjoy food and drink, which are essential for survival.
  92. Horses. These beautiful creatures have been helping us since ancient times and are still an important part of many cultures around the world.
  93. Artificial intelligence. AI is becoming more and more present in our lives, and it’s been a huge help to the progress of humanity.
  94. Carbon dioxide. Even though it’s a greenhouse gas, it’s also essential for the survival of plants, and without them, we would all perish.
  95. Amazon. A company that has changed the way we shop and has made buying things so much more convenient than it was in the past.
  96. The color blue. It’s such a peaceful and calming color.
  97. The color green. It’s the color of life.
  98. Rainbows.
  99. Wireless headphones. They are such a blessing.
  100. Bicycles. Thank you to whoever invented bicycles, you are the best. Thank you, Baron Karl von Drais.
  101. Cotton. We take it for granted now, but this soft and versatile fabric has helped us stay warm and comfortable throughout the centuries.

There are so many things to be grateful for, and this list is just a small sampling of all the amazing things that we have in our lives. Be grateful for everything, big or small, and you’ll find that your life is much more fulfilling and joyful.

Interesting things to be grateful for

A bonus section, which is mostly personal, where you can see that everything can be transformed into something to be grateful for.

  • I am grateful to Italians for inventing pizza.
  • I am grateful to waffles that they exist (I am obsessed with waffles).
  • I am grateful for colorful socks.
  • I am grateful that my neighbors don’t listen to loud music.
  • I am grateful to have a grocery store nearby.
  • I am grateful that I haven’t died yet.
  • I am grateful that I have a nice cup to drink coffee from.
  • I am grateful for cold weather, it makes me appreciate the warmth.

Final words

Gratitude is a powerful emotion with the ability to change our lives for the better. It can shift our focus from what we lack to all that we have. In this article, we’ve outlined some of the benefits of gratitude and shared ways you can start practicing it, plus a long list of things to be grateful for each day.

So, whether you are having a good or a bad day, you can always choose to focus only on things that go well. And be thankful for having them.

76 simple pleasures in life that are completely free

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Being grateful for small things is what matters the most. Cherish these simple pleasures in life and don’t take them for granted.

Sometimes we tend to overlook the simple pleasures in life because we are too busy with other “more important” things. We are so wrapped up in our heads thinking about what is going to happen next that we forget about the present moment.

How do you define simple pleasures in life? It is rather hard to describe this sensation. But for me, it feels like a warm sensation throughout all of my body. It is like the air hugs me and I just want to smile and relax.
These simple moments are not anticipated or planned too much. They just happen.

Sometimes we even don’t enjoy it at the moment but feel so nostalgic after. For example, I remember going cycling about 20 km to a nearby city with my boyfriend. It was so far for me, lots of high hills, cold and tiring.
When we arrived there, we went to a cafe and I ordered myself a coffee and ate some takeaway sushi. I didn’t realize back then what a precious but simple moment it was. After I had been cycling 15 km in cold weather, I was sitting in that cafe drinking a hot coffee with my boyfriend and eating the best sushi of my life. Simple moments in life.

See, it doesn’t have to be something extraordinary like going on a vacation or buying a new house. These simple moments we usually enjoy the most.

Why simple pleasures in life are important?

Not rushing toward the finish and taking things step by step is what makes life meaningful.
We should enjoy the process, not the outcome.

When you are making yourself a coffee, are you just mechanically pouring water, turning on the coffee machine, and at the same time thinking about what you are going to do next?
Think about the senses that you can experience during the process of making coffee: the sound of boiling water, the sound of the coffee machine, and the smell of freshly ground coffee. Doesn’t that sound lovely? It does.

I love the sounds, touches, and odors of everyday life.

Usually, we think about something else, forgetting to emerge in the present moment.
If we succeed in being more mindful and present, we tend to be happier, and have more positive energy throughout the day. It is because we are not thinking but just observing what surrounds us.
That is why the simple pleasures in life are important. They improve our mental well-being.

The importance of slowing down

Enjoying simple pleasures in life can be done only if slowing down.

It is not a good idea to always be in rush, trying to get things done without taking a moment to simply breathe deeply and surrender. I understand that sometimes we are late for the bus, or that dinner has to be served soon. But being always on the go will stress you out even more.

It is sometimes essential to stop and take a breath, to slow down. Remind yourself that it is ok if not everything is done in one day. Give yourself mercy.

The act of slowing down helps to enjoy the process and be present, it helps you to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Again, appreciate not only the coffee but also the process of making it.

Slow down.

List of simple pleasures in life

  1. Drinking water when you are very thirsty.
    This is like being reborn. Nothing can be better than a big, cold glass of water (or more) after longing for it for a long time.

  2. Walking in the rain.
    We can either choose to run away from the rain or embrace it. Sometimes we can just let ourselves get wet. Especially if it’s warm enough outside and we are not going to an interview meeting.

  3. Seeing the rainbow.
    Wondering like a child when seeing the rainbow is such a simple pleasure in life. Feels like magic.

  4. The change of a season.
    The first signs of a new season can bring so much joy. After a long winter, the air finally smells like spring, and you can hear the birds, and see nature blooming.

  5. Trying new meals that are actually delicious.
    Getting out of the comfort zone can feel uncomfortable. But when deciding to try a new meal and actually enjoying it, feels like internal fireworks.

  6. Stretching muscles after a long day.
    Releasing the stiffness from the body brings so much relaxation. In particular after a long and stressful day.

  7. The smell of coffee.
    Doesn’t it feel cozy and pleasant when you come into someone’s house and it smells like coffee? Or when entering a coffee shop? It is like being in heaven.

  8. Rediscover a song that you liked.
    An old song can bring up so many beautiful memories. It is so nostalgic to remember some of the highlights from the past. Feels like being a child again.

  9. A hot shower when you feel stinky.
    This is the best feeling, taking a shower after you have cleaned your house, gone to the gym, or just didn’t have a chance to take a shower in a long time. Taking a shower is good anyway, but especially when feeling stinky.

  10. Taking a walk after the rain.
    There is something magical about the air after it has rained. It is much fresher and cleaner. The air makes your mind fresh and up to date as well.

  11. Waking up realizing that you can sleep in today.
    It feels so good to wake up and go back to sleep in the morning because you have a day off or it is the weekend. Especially on one of those rainy, gloomy days.

  12. Having a clean, tidy, and organized house.
    This one might be for cleaner lovers mostly, but there is something special when you know that it is all clean, and you don’t have to worry about tidying up for a few days. You can just do your stuff.

  13. The sound of the sea.
    It is so easy to relax your body and mind when you hear the sounds of the waves! It just makes you forget about all the worries in this world.

  14. Swaddling in a soft blanket.
    That is what all of us need during cold winter or autumn days. Such a simple pleasure, and completely free.

  15. Ordering something extraordinarily delicious from the restaurant.
    You never know if the meal that you order is going to be delicious. But when you taste it and realize that it is very good, you feel lucky.

  16. Walking barefoot on the sand.
    Felling the sand under your feet is such a nice sensation, in particular when the sand is warm and without stones. Just pure sand. Reconnection to mother nature.

  17. Hugging.
    Sometimes we underestimate the power of a hug. But we shouldn’t. A simple hug can bring so much happiness and warmth. You know how it feels.

  18. Taking a long walk.
    After spending a long time indoors, a long walk can be such a blessing. Just walking and not thinking where to go or how much is there left until you get home.

  19. Vacuuming.
    I love using a powerful vacuum cleaner to clean the floors. It’s just something about it that brings so much satisfaction: seeing how the dirt just vanishes, oh!

  20. Wearing a piece of clothing for the first time.
    We shouldn’t get too excited about material things, but it is pleasant to wear a brand new piece of clothing, isn’t it?

  21. Reading a book.
    Usually, we don’t have time to read, but it is delightful to sometimes let us read a good book. We deserve it.

  22. Feeling inspired to do something.
    That spike that goes throughout all body feels so good. If you have it, don’t lose it, seize it and take action.

  23. Helping a stranger.
    Whether he is lost or just wants a piece of advice on places to eat, it is a pleasant feeling to help that stranger.

  24. Baking.
    The process of baking itself brings so much happiness. Not talking here about the excitement of eating that pastry or cookie, just about the activity itself.

  25. Exploring a new place.
    Seeing new places can bring so much joy. It also makes us feel limitless and more inspired.

  26. Having clean linens.
    There is something about going to the bed in the evening and having fresh linens. Such a simple pleasure in life, but makes us so happy!

  27. Observing the clouds.
    You can not get bored while looking in the blue sky at the fluffy clouds that smoothly move and change.

  28. Eating a fruit.
    The fact that fruits are not only delicious but also healthy makes us enjoy eating them even more. Simple, healthy, delicious!

  29. Journaling.
    Writing your thoughts down feels amazing! No matter how sad or happy you are while writing.

  30. Watering plants.
    It is so therapeutic to simply water your plants, giving them the nourishment they need to thrive and oxygenate your house.

  31. Being in a state of flow.
    Forgetting about time and all the issues that we go through.

  32. Enjoying the present moment.
    Sometimes we forget about every problem that we have and simply emerge into the present moment, not thinking about the past or the future.

  33. Going to bed early.
    Knowing that going to bed early will give you extra time for sleep feels good!

  34. Waking up early and having lots of energy.
    Usually, we wake up sleepy and we want to sleep more, but this feeling of waking up with tons of energy is rare and amazing.

  35. Putting pajamas on after the shower.
    Oh, that moment after a long day when all you have to do for the rest of the day is just take a shower and put your comfy pajamas on.

  36. Crossing things off your checklist.
    There is something so satisfying about doing this. You are finally done!

  37. Making someone laugh
    The empathy toward others can be measured by the satisfaction that you receive when making someone laugh.

  38. Standing up after a long drive.
    Oh, stretching those muscles after you have been driving for an eternity feels incredibly good.

  39. The feeling that everything is under control.
    Of course, control is an illusion, but some days just feel like you’ve got this, you just feel limitless.

  40. The excitement about the future.
    Buying a new house or starting a family is so exciting! Let that excitement fill you within.

  41. Swimming.
    Whether you are a professional swimmer or you just swim for fun once a year, it feels good! Nothing can get wrong while swimming.

  42. Decluttering.
    Donating, recycling, and giving away items are lovely things that you can do. It is like you can fully breathe again!

  43. The first bite of a delicious dessert.
    “Oh, this dessert is so good! I don’t want it to finish ever! I want to it it all day long.”

  44. Popping bubble wrap.
    Just another simple pleasure in life.

  45. Seeing a friend on the street.
    You are just walking alone on the street with your earphones on and voila, a familiar face pops out! Nice feeling, isn’t it?

  46. Blowing out your birthday candles.
    Happens only once a year, so try to fully enjoy this simple moment.

  47. Seeing a beautiful sunset or sunrise.
    A stunning sunset or sunrise can definitely boost your mood and make your day better.

  48. Listening to the birds singing.
    The song of the birds is the best music that you can listen to. It is so peaceful and beautiful.

  49. Decorating for holidays.
    This is usually an activity that members of the family do together, which makes the decorating process even better.

  50. Collecting and eating fruits directly from nature.
    The fruits and veggies taste so much better right after you pick them up out of the tree or crop. A burst of flavors in your mouth.

  51. Receiving an unexpected gift/surprise.
    It could be as small as a love note from your partner on a random day. Even such a small surprise can cheer us up a lot.

  52. A conversation that never ends
    Sometimes we forget the notion of time when talking to someone, because of never running out of subjects to discuss. This is an amazing feeling.

  53. Buying yourself an ice cream.
    No comments. Just one of the simple pleasures in life.

  54. Giving someone a gift that you know they will love.
    It’s not making only you happy but also the person that receives the gift.

  55. Discovering a new song that you love.
    Playing it on repeat, non-stop, not only in your earphones but also in your head. All the time.

  56. Lighting up a candle and staring at it.
    Did you know that Danes light up candles every evening during the winter? And that they are among the happiest people in the world? See the connection?

  57. Smile to a stranger and receive a smile back.
    When this happens, it feels like we are all one, a trusting and loving community.

  58. Staring at the flying birds in the sky.
    Peaceful and beautiful.

  59. Drinking orange juice.
    Such a refreshing thing to do! Hm, especially if you have a croissant on hand.

  60. Smelling the fresh air in the morning or evening.
    Early mornings and evenings are when the air is cleaner, because of fewer people and therefore less pollution. Take a deep breath and let the air fill your entire chest!

  61. Laying down after a long day.
    You surely know that feeling of tiredness when all you want is finally get in the bed. And when you are finally there, is the best sensation ever.

  62. Laying down on the floor.
    There is nothing wrong with laying down on a couch or bed, but there is something about doing it on the floor. All the muscles feel much better.

  63. Swimming on a hot summer day.
    It is so revitalizing to swim on a hot day. The best way to chill out after getting sweaty and hot.

  64. Starting a bonfire.
    You know what I mean if you ever had a bonfire in the evening when it gets dark and cold outside. Marshmallows would fit great in here!

  65. Having green lights while driving.
    It’s not only about being in rush to arrive somewhere in time. Although if that’s the case, it’s even more rewarding. It’s about the deep satisfaction that some of us feel when things and processes in our lives run smoothly and efficiently.

  66. Seeing a falling star.
    The fact that it is quite rare to see a falling star makes it even more magical and beautiful.

  67. Finally received that email.
    Waiting for an email feels like ages! Therefore there is so much excitement when receiving it.

  68. Starting a new habit.
    Whether it is becoming more minimal or starting working out every morning, it feels exciting to start something new.

  69. The smell of freshly cut grass.
    You cannot pass through the smell of fresh-cut grass and not feel better. It just happens subconsciously.

  70. Taking a deep breath.
    In the middle of the chaotic and stressful life that most of us have, a pause for a deep breath feels amazing.

  71. Dancing in front of the mirror.
    Doesn’t matter if you dance well or not, nobody sees you. What matters the most is that it improves your mood and makes you smile.

  72. Eating popcorn.
    The smell and taste of popcorn are so delicious. Oh, and that crunch.

  73. A picnic on a sunny day.
    The food at the picnic is for some reason always so good. Goes well with that wine.

  74. Singing in the shower.
    Spiders are good listeners. Sing more!

  75. Putting cream on dry hands.
    That feeling of moisture and hydration is indescribable. After moisturizing your hands, you feel like you have no problems in this life.

  76. Sniffing in the scent of a flower.
    Be one with nature.

Final thoughts

We have so many beautiful moments in our lives. All of them are free to enjoy and we can choose to either appreciate them or neglect them.

Creating and enjoying these simple pleasures in life will make your life so much more meaningful. They are the ones that can make your gloomy day better. Let them fill you with joy and happiness!