Why Small Pleasures Are A Big Deal

Why Small Pleasures Are A Big Deal

Remind yourself of the tiny sparks of happiness that are present in day-to-day life.
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We are surrounded by ideas of what is supposed to make us happy. These ideas are put in our heads and are expected to be what drives us through life and that, if we aren't constantly striving towards these things, there is something wrong with us. We are told that the things that make us most happy should be expensive or life-altering; however, being able to take moment to live in the present and appreciate what is around us can be one of the most satisfying feelings that we as human beings can have.

There is a sense of independence brought about by being happy with your life the way it is. You don't have to wait for the approval of others to make your happiness valid. Something that is considered as a small pleasure is actually a larger pleasure that has not received the acknowledgment that it is due. This is not meant to say that I think it is wrong to be pulled through life by a desire to change yourself or your life, just that there is a lot of angst that comes with that ideal and the small pleasures will undoubtedly give some relief to those who are always looking for something better.

Some may say that appreciating what is at hand is a solution for someone who is too lazy to work for a bigger cause. For some reason, society has implanted the idea in us that it is wrong to not be constantly restless and dreaming of changing something about our lives or ourselves. But there is no point in chasing the future until we are more attuned to the feelings of pleasure in seemingly simple, everyday moments.

The next time you eat some really good food, see a dog or experience some small thing that brings a little bit of joy to your day, remind yourself of the small sparks of happiness that are ever-present in your day-to-day life.

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12 Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself, Because You Deserve It

By putting these few things into practice you'd be surprised how much easier life will get.
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When you're in college, it can be hard to find ways to be kind to ourselves. Our schedules are booked, there's always something we should be studying for, and life gets overwhelming. We put so much stress on ourselves when that's actually not benefiting us at all. Here are just a few ways you can be kinder to yourself and reduce stress in your life.

1. Stop talking yourself down.

It's really easy to let self-doubt take over and think negative thoughts. That's not helping anyone though, so stop talking yourself down. Be confident in who you are. You cannot improve if you're caught up in your head anyways, so do yourself a favor and cut it out.

2. Give yourself alone time.

Even if you're not an introvert, you can still benefit from taking time aside for yourself. Alone time allows you to reflect and relax. Most people aren't 100% introverts or 100% extroverts, so everyone needs a little time to their self.

3. Set time aside to do things you enjoy.

Find your hobby or your passion and actually set time aside to pursue it. If your hobby is a musical instrument or sport, block out time every week to practice. If your hobby is Netflix, no worries, you can fit that in easily.

4. Exercise, but not too much.

It's important to stay fit and active, but it's also important to do it in moderation. Don't overdo it or you'll end up with an injury, and that's not very kind to your body.

5. Nourish your body.

No matter how busy you are, you need to eat. Trust me, I understand how hard this can be with a busy schedule, but breakfast and lunch are still meals! Give your body the fuel it needs to make it through the day.

6. Drink at least 60 oz of water a day.

You'd be surprised how much your health can improve by just drinking water. I'm serious, your skin, your hair, your entire body will reap the benefits if you just try to drink 60 oz a day.

7. Treat yourself occasionally.

Whether it's an actual treat like ice cream or buying that pair of shoes you've been eyeing for the past month or so, treat yourself once in a while. You deserve it.

8. Spend time with people who uplift you.

Surround yourself with people who uplift you and make you feel good about yourself. Don't waste your time around toxic people-- just eliminate them from your life. Life's too short for bad friends.

9. Stop procrastinating.

Procrastination is all fun and games until it's the night before your midterm and you haven't studied at all. Plan ahead so you don't go into major stress-mode.

10. Give yourself a day off.

In college, we tend to live a go-go-go lifestyle. We study and work hard all week long and then party it up on the weekends. Between school, Greek life, school clubs, work, and friends, we are really busy. When you get a chance to have a day to just relax, take advantage of it. They don't come very often.

11. Organize your life.

An effective organizational system will save you so much time, energy, and stress. Having a planner or bullet journal will really help you stay on top of your life.

12. Don't sweat the small stuff.

Your formal dress isn't here yet and there are only two days until formal? No biggie. Relax. Sometimes things that seem super stressful and important in the moment just don't matter in the grand scheme of life. Your formal dress will either come in on time or someone will let you borrow one of their old ones. Life goes on. I'm still working on this one, myself.

By putting these few things into practice you'd be surprised how much easier life will get. Be kind to yourself. Life is short.

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First, Love Yourself

You should be your own first priority.
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Do you ever going through your daily life and daily tasks and realize you’re doing so many things for other people but really not any for yourself? Helping a friend with homework, driving a friend to the grocery store, working on a project for a team, etc. Don’t get me wrong helping others is a great habit to get into, and something I really enjoy doing when I invest my time in others. However, you can’t forget to invest time in yourself too.

I recently got away from this personal investment. I’m a people pleaser, and I like taking time out of my day to benefit the lives of others in any way that I can. It brings me happiness in seeing the joy I can bring out in others, and I like being the person that people always know they can count on.

But, because of this, there have been times when I’ve forgotten about myself.

There have been times when I’ve been so wrapped up in doing something for someone, or so worried about pleasing someone, or focusing solely on them that that task or that person becomes my main focus in life. I’ve put my love in people, before putting it in myself. And this should never be the case.

Your main focus every day should only be yourself. You are your own first priority.

The statement, “I’m going to focus on myself for a while”, seems cliché I know, but it is actually so much more important than people realize. If you aren’t focusing on yourself, loving yourself, and taking care of yourself who else will? No one else has the power to care for you as deeply as you can care for yourself. You just have to realize that.

I’ve done so much soul searching lately and have only come to find that I am the one in charge of my own happiness, I am the one in charge of my actions, I am the one in charge of my thoughts and feelings. I am. Every decision that’s made in my life results from a choice that I made, and no one else can make those choices for me.

You should never give that personal power away to people because when you put others before yourself, that gives them the power to put others before you.

Do the things that you want to do. Go out and treat yourself to ice cream, or a new manicure, if you want to. Go with your group of girlfriends to see the newest Nicholas Sparks movie and cry your eyes out, if you want to. Stay up till 3 am studying for a test you are really worried about, if you want to. Go to the gym instead of going out to dinner, if you want to.

Do the things that you personally love to do, the things that make you happy, and the things that help benefit yourself and the person you are because this personal investment can go along way, and it can teach you a lot of things about yourself that you haven’t realized yet.

My deep care for others is one of the things I love about myself, and I take pride in it. But, the deep care I am now figuring out that I have for myself too, has only opened doors for me, never closed them.

First, be open to a life of loving yourself, and then be open to sharing that love and care with others. Because how will someone ever love you, if you don't even love yourself?

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