This article is an extract of chapter #14 in Karl Moore’s best-selling book, “The 18 Rules of Happiness”.
“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.” – Cedric Bledsoe
Too often, our lives are filled with complex demands and desires.
We get upset because our new Sony Vaio has a deep red fascia rather than the grey-black we preferred. We’re annoyed because our restroom under floor heating isn’t quite as warm as we’d like – and, come to think of it, those bathroom tiles are a little out-of-date, too.
How often do you find yourself criticizing what exists in your life – rather than appreciating it?
And how often do you take time out to truly enjoy the really SIMPLE pleasures in life?
Enjoying simple pleasures is, truly, one of the real secrets to happiness.
It’s an attitude. The ability to appreciate the happiness, the beauty, the pleasure in the simple things around us.
The gloriously rich taste of a British Sunday roast. The cool sensation of a spring breeze. That familiar, homely smell of your dog. Sitting around with your family, laughing at some television comedy.
Not only that, happiness can also be found in simple routines, too.
That daily “thinking space” walk around a nearby river. That warm early morning cup of coffee before the working day begins. The weekly game of chess you play with an elderly neighbor. That sneaky glass of wine while unwinding with your husband.
These are the simple pleasures and routines that bring us happiness.
Happiness does not have to be complex.
For me, happiness can be found on a cold Friday night, wrapped up in my quilt, a re-run of Columbo playing on television, and a warm mug of tea in my hand. To me, that’s true bliss. It gives me a warm, cozy feeling even as I write this.
So, what simple pleasures and rituals currently exist in your life?
And if you don’t have any, take time out to generate a few for yourself.
Soak up the sunset tomorrow evening. Go to church every week, if only for the atmosphere. Cook yourself an experimental, flavor-filled meal. Indulge your senses. Drive to the sea.
Remember the simple things that you truly enjoy. Then take time out to experience them again. Or even better, turn them into little daily or weekly rituals, filling your life with sunshine.
Quite simply, enjoy simple pleasures and rituals – and you will be happy.
It will look like this: Enjoy Simple Pleasures