“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our heart.” – Winnie The Pooh
All of us are working round the clock, some staying away from our loved ones and sometimes even working strenuously to be able to have every luxury for ourselves and our family. All this for what? To be satisfied and content when we reach home after toiling all day long. Then what about finding happiness in the little things around you?
What is Finding Happiness in the Little Things?
Have you ever noticed that children are happier than adults? Wonder why is it so?
If ever asked an average aged adult, where do they see themselves in five/ten years from now then what would be a general answer? Maybe getting a more luxurious lifestyle, or being promoted to a higher position at work. What if the same question is asked to a kid? They would probably answer saying they want to go out and play or learn any new instrument they saw at school the other day.
“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with the leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” – Leo Buscaglia
Growing up, we all thought that adulting would be amazing but our definitions of happiness have changed. We get up early in the morning, not to feel the fresh breeze but to check our phones, and work mails.
Are the little things really little?
Ever noticed your parents when you bring them presents? They are so happy; they are not happy because you brought them presents but because you took out time from your work schedule and thought about them.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. – Khalil Gibran
Amidst our fast-paced lives, rare are the moments we feel at peace and content with ourselves. Capture those rare moments. Sometimes taking out time for yourself between your packed schedule and listening to your favourite artist’s song while watching the sunset can bring a great amount of happiness to you.
It would be no surprise if we take these things for granted; as all of us are grappled by the spell of capitalism which disables us to build deeper connections with ourselves.
“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” – Bruce Burton
4 Simple ways to feel the bliss of Finding Happiness in Little Things
1. Not comparing ourselves
It is human to be affected by the people around us but letting others’ achievements and growth affect us in a demotivating way can harm our growth.
Start giving yourself the attention and time you give comparing your growth to others. Loving yourself can be difficult in a society like ours when we are conditioned to put others over ourselves but once we start focusing on ourselves, nothing can stop anyone from being content and happy with themselves and finding the little things we love about ourselves.
― Marilyn Monroe
2. Practising Mindfulness
Many of us may find happiness in our big achievements but are those achievements an outcome of your one big effort, or the small steps you took towards your goal? Or you may have been putting a lot of effort towards your goals but do you feel you are not able to achieve them?
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
When you don’t lose yourself in the hustle but enjoy the hustle, it’s when you can feel the peace amidst the hustle. To believe in ourselves in these situations requires us to build deeper connections with ourselves i.e. our inner selves.
3. Trying New Hobbies
Getting stuck in deadlines is obvious when we avoid ourselves and our choices. Trying out new hobbies opens new doors of self-exploration. The aim is not to excel in that hobby or activity but to find our peace of mind.
Hobbies may sound like little things we do to pass time but are an artistic way to express ourselves and reflect upon our emotions. You may have been feeling sad for some time but you may not know the reason behind this feeling. Art is the best way to build a deeper connection with ourselves and feel the sense of being happy by yourself.
4. Being Grateful and Optimistic
Being hopeful that good will happen. Not losing our inner child. Being grateful for the air you breathe, sunlight that shines upon you, the moonlight that falls upon you.
Do you remember, as a kid, being happy after watching your favourite cartoon or playing your favourite game? These may sound like little things now but then our lives used to revolve around these things. We don’t anymore get excited about seeing the fireworks.
Be grateful. Be grateful for your parents, your friends, and your work. Feel this contentment of finding happiness of just being with the people you love or doing the things you enjoy, the little things.
“Learn to appreciate small quiet moments, the ocean, a walk on the beach, time alone, your health, your strength, your smile, your life.” – Germany Kent