101 Simple Pleasures

I found this list online today of 101 simple pleasures. You can experience these any day of the week–and for the most part, they’re free. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself saying “I love that” many times! Just reading this list made me smile–I hope it does the same for you.

1. Coloring (yes, grown-ups can do it, too)

2. Crisp cotton sheets

3. Soft skin

4. Old family recipes

5. The first daffodils of spring

6. Sleeping in

7. An exercise endorphin high

8. Window boxes

9. A perfect cup of coffee

10. A genuine compliment (giving or receiving)

11. The way babies smell

12. A handwritten letter

13. Waking up in a good mood…for no real reason

14. Singing in the shower

15. Finding a couple forgotten dollars in your pocket

16. Doing something nice for your neighbor

17. A home cooked meal

18. Laughing

19. Movie theater popcorn

20. Playing hookey

21. A bubble bath

22. Swimming

23. An afternoon nap

24. Street musicians

25. Your favorite song

26. Saying thank you

27. Helping someone in need

28. Old fashioned photo booths

29. Fresh whipped cream

30. Inspiring blogs

31. A glass of wine

32. Rainy afternoons

33. The funny things kids say

34. A novel you can get lost in

35. Finding the perfect piece of clothing…on sale

36. Clean laundry

37. The wind in your hair

38. Treating the person behind you at the drive-thru

39. Sharing an umbrella

40. The smell of lavender

41. A long walk that clears your head

42. A bear hug

43. The Beatles

44. Smiling at a stranger

45. Eating with chopsticks (Chinese food optional)

46. Butterflies

47. Staying in your pj’s all day

48. Singing along to the radio and knowing all the words

49. Fresh herbs

50. Ordering in pizza

51. Happy endings…even if they’re fictional

52. flying a kite

53. Puppies

54. Root beer floats

55. Holding open the door…

56. …or having someone hold the door for you

57. Fountain soda

58. White, fluffy towels

59. Sunshine

60. Spending an afternoon at a museum

61. Really great advice

62. Green lights all the way home

63. The sound of rain hitting the windows

64. Sitting in a booth

65. Holding hands

66. A great hair day with no effort

67. Building a fort with your kids

68. When someone falls asleep with their head on your shoulder

69. Fireflies

70. The perfect taco

71. Geraniums on a windowsill

72. Slow dancing

73. The smell of fresh-baked bread

74. Cheesy, uplifting musicals

75. Great stories

76. The smell of gasoline

77. The cold side of the pillow

78. Love letters

79.  Old friends…

80. …new friends

81. A pull-through parking space

82. A baguette — crisp on the outside, airy on the inside

83. When a dog licks your hand

84. Sitting at the counter at an old-fashioned diner

85. Using your favorite dishes

86. Reading your child a bedtime story

87. Girl Scout Cookies

88. Flossing

89. Kissing someone you love

90. The smell of onions and garlic cooking

91. Hot chocolate

92. Jumping in puddles

93. Old photographs

94. Birds hopping on the sidewalk

95. Ella Fitzgerald

96. A spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar

97. Your softest t-shirt

98. A new magazine in the mail

99. Fireplaces

100. Having exact change

101. Bacon and pancakes cooking on Saturday morning

Which one is your favorite? Is there one you have that’s not on the list? Please share!


6 thoughts on “101 Simple Pleasures

  1. I’m going to save this, share this, add to this. What great reminders on those days when we’re in the dumps and need a lift.

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