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The 50 Little Things

Originally Published: July 23, 2014




Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don't have to do what everyone else is doing.


I am going to do what I do.


That's why this week I kept track of the little things in my life that made me happy. Some are simple and occur everyday, some are more complex and rare, and some are just plain weird. But, hey, the more weird you are, the more fun you are, right?


The 50 Little Things


1. A scenic view


2. A good country song


3. A pillow pet snuggled up perfectly on your bed


4. The feeling of your couch after a long day


5. A good book


6. The first sip of warm tea/coffee


7. A smile


8. Being told you are good at what you love doing


9. Dancing to your favorite song


10. Letting your hair down after it has been up all day


11. Laying in the grass, looking up at the clouds


12. When people remember you after only meeting you once


13. Freshly cleaned sheets


14. Hearing a child laugh


15. A free T-shirt


16. Runner's high


17. A good fortune cookie


18. When something you dread gets canceled


19. Days when you feel pretty


20. Summer walks


21. Freshly squeezed lemonade


22. Photo booth pictures


23. A hug


24. Over sized sweats


25. Payday


26. A pretty flower


27. A duck with babies


28. Crossing something off your to-do list


29. Driving home from work


30. Buying something you have been saving for


31. Smell of a candle


32. Fresh fruit


33. Cleaning your room


34. Finding the biggest potato chip in the bag


35. Doing nothing


36. Making someone laugh


37. Listening to the birds


38. Talking to your pet/someone else's pet


39. Seeing a shooting star


40. Quick downloads


41. Saying something that rhymes


42. Fuzzy socks


43. Having a full tank of gas


44. Having more fries in the bottom of the bag


45. The unique color of someone's eye


46. Pressing snooze on the alarm clock


47. A fully charged battery


48. A new pair of shoes


49. Receiving an unexpected message from a friend


50. Realizing the little things are the big things. They are life.


Not only is this list incomplete, it will never be perfect. There are so many things that make up happiness. The art of truly being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from the most common things. When you see the brightness of the sun, look deeper at the brightness of the dark. There is always a sparkle, a glimmer, and a chance of light at the end of the tunnel.


Life is dimensional, yet dimensionless. There are so many parts, yet the parts can all be blended onto one canvas. When you wake up, your canvas is blank. When you go to sleep, your canvas is full. Paint the little things and one day you will look back and realize you have created an entire portfolio. That was life and you lived it. One little thing at a time.


-Happiness in Handfulls

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