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50 of life’s little joys

When I think of all I have to be grateful for, sometimes I get overwhelmed. I feel like I could go on forever, listing one thing after another.

There are the big ones like my health, family and friends, and having food to eat. But, the ones that I love to remember are the little things that are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of life.

I often find it is the small, simple things that bring us that natural bubbly feeling of happiness. Take a moment each day to appreciate these little joys that may otherwise just pass you by. I’ve noticed that when I do, bad days don’t seem so heavy. Life is to be enjoyed, savored, and experienced fully.

I’ve compiled a list of 50 itty bitty pleasures I am grateful for this Thanksgiving. I hope reading them gives you a smile.

1. Creamer swirling and twirling when being poured into a cup of coffee
2. The first time a new friend uses your nickname
3. The light in people’s eyes when they talk about something they are passionate about
4. The gooey core of a cinnamon roll
5. Long, comfortable silences between really close friends
6. The smell clementines leave on your fingers
7. Hitting that point in the book where you suddenly can’t stop reading
8. Putting a movie on mute and making up the dialogue
9. Dancing everywhere and anywhere, no matter how good or bad you are
10. Big, tight, squeezy, lovey-dovey hugs
11. Collapsing into bed when you’re completely, massively exhausted
12. The dancing trail of smoke after a candle is blown out
13. Getting the thank-you wave when you let someone merge ahead of you
14. Finding your old kindergarten class photo
15. Finally remembering where you recognize someone from after staring at them forever
16. Watching your favorite movie with a friend who hasn’t seen it before
17. Spinning in an office chair for absolutely no reason
18. When you catch a glimpse of the first parade float coming around the corner
19. Finding your name on some tacky souvenir in the gift shop
20. Watching butter melt on hot toast
21. Seeing baby photos of your girlfriend or boyfriend for the first time
22. When you ask the people in front of you if they’re in line and they’re not
23. The look on someone’s face when they realize they’re on the big screen at the game
24. Finally getting on a rollercoaster after a long line
25. When everything you’re cooking gets done at the same time
26. Finding your car in a massive, crowded parking lot
27. Peeling a hard boiled egg and getting a big chunk of shell all at once
28. When the music player’s shuffle reads your mind and picks exactly the perfect song
29. Enjoying all the fresh smells of spring after a long winter
30. Forgetting you ordered something online and then having it randomly show up
31. Getting buried under piles of heavy blankets on cold nights
32. Saying ‘See you next year!’ to everyone on New Year’s Eve and then laughing hysterically
33. Correctly guessing the secret ingredient
34. Finding out someone has the same birthday as you
35. Still remember the words to a song you haven’t heard in years
36. That one house on your street that gets really, really into holiday decorations
37. Eating the first freshly baked cookie from the oven even though it’s way too hot
38. Correctly guessing an old password you haven’t used in a while
39. The point on a road trip when you’re really close to where you’re going
40. Figuring out how you and a friend got on a topic after a long conversation
41. Staying up so late that everything becomes funny
42. Somehow waking up at the right time even though you forgot to set your alarm clock
43. The moment at the bar when everyone starts singing together
44. When you should have got a parking ticket but didn’t
45. Friends who makes sure you got into the house safe after dropping you off at the end of the night
46. Singing in the car on the way home from the concert
47. Finding something you lost a long time ago after you already gave up looking for it
48. Carrying all the groceries in from the car in one big trip
49. Passing under a bridge on the highway when it’s pouring rain
50. Realizing just how much you have to be grateful for

Have a safe and beautiful Thanksgiving. I hope you spend the day with those whom you love and cherish.

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