The little things in life aren’t really little. They become the cornerstone of our days and they create the life we live. They gradually paint the masterpiece that is life, yet we mistakenly believe that only the big things make a profound difference. Let this be your happy challenge today: be mindful of the smaller details of your moments.
“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” – Bruce Burton
Regard the Little Things
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” – Arthur Conan Doyle
Open your eyes to the details, and relish in what you see. Find beauty in the forgotten path. Enjoy the little things that are happening around you, because it’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.
Celebrate the small victories and cherish the seemingly insignificant moments, for you’ll one day realize these were the big moments. Appreciate the small things because they add up to everything.“Delight in the little things.” – Rudyard Kipling Click To Tweet
Through mindfulness of the little things, we can settle into the present, viewing ordinary things and “mundane” moments with much more curiosity, interest, and awe.
By rediscovering your childlike wonder and a sensation of awe, you may feel like you have more time available to you, and that life is more satisfying. You may find that you are less impatient, less concerned with material items, and more focused on your experiences, particularly your present moment experience.
Think about and watch for the everyday moments that you would like to remember. What kind of words are you using? What actions would you commit today that you could look back on, lovingly? What small things can you do today that you will be thankful for tomorrow?
As John Wooden said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
Do Small Things with Love
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
You don’t have to do something momentous or monumental to change the world. You can begin one step at a time to transform the smallest areas of your life, or the life of someone else. As the saying goes, “Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things.”
Small things matter—small acts of kindness, moments of compassion, selfless giving, half-steps in the right direction—and when we do them mindfully, purposefully, and with love, we can make a big difference.“The little things are feathers in the wings on which love flies.” – Isaac Fowler Click To Tweet
We often think that we need the big, difficult steps to make the change happen, but that’s not true. It’s the little steps we take that bring in the energy of change. No matter how small, start something that matters. You can start anything…
- Thinking supportive thoughts. Anything that has ever been manifested in this world always began as a thought, an idea.
- Cultivating strong relationships. Connecting to others in meaningful ways in a loving spirit has the power to transform everything in your life.
- Getting clear on what you want and on how you want to be doing it.
- Following your heart, your dreams, your happiness, or your own inner wisdom.
- Expressingyourself and being yourself.
- Letting go of what’s no longer supporting your peace and happiness.
- Truly caring about how you show up in the world each day, and making a commitment to living as many moments as possible with presence, gratitude, and awe.
Remarkable amounts of anything starts with one small step, and each small step creates momentum towards the life you love. The possibilities that once were invisible become visible. The things that once seemed impossible become possible. It all begins with that first, tiny step in the direction of your happiness.
“When it comes down to it, it really is the little things that count most.” – Robert Cheeke
Reflect on and grow your awareness of the good moments in your day. Focus on the positive experiences, and try to approach the seemingly less-than-ideal moments with some self-compassion. When you give daily attention to the good things happening around you, it’ll be reflected in the quality of your life.“A good life is a collection of happy moments.” – Denis Waitley Click To Tweet
Life happens moment by moment, always right now. There are small opportunities each day brings, and they are brought in moments. Miracles happen in moments. Value these moments in your life and vow to fully show up for them today.
Vow to see the detail, beauty, character, and harmony that’s here at all times.
Redefine what extraordinary should describe today… The ordinary is somehow the most extraordinary. It’s the part of our world where beauty is interlaced into each detail, woven into the next moment. Vow to see everything, and everything becomes beautiful. Everything becomes extraordinary.
- What small moments will you savor today?
- What small things can you do to help yourself or someone else?
- What little things, now looking back, mean everything to you?
Please share your own thoughts, lessons, and experiences with me in the comments.
Share this post with someone who has a lot of little things they can enjoy, appreciate, and love right now.
It was the million tiny little things that, when I added them all up, meant everything to me.
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What does it mean to appreciate the little things in life?
Appreciating the little things in life involves focusing our attention on what is pleasurable, nurturing, and sustaining in our lives and away from those events that are annoying, frustrating, or hurtful. It means practicing gratitude for those everyday things that are easy to take for granted or miss altogether. Adopting this outlook won’t stop negative events from occurring, but it may help prevent us from over-emphasising their importance in our lives.
What do we know about gratitude?
Gratitude research is a relatively new, but fascinating area of study. The practice of keeping a gratitude journal, further explored below, is one area that has been evaluated. Studies have been conducted in which participants who kept gratitude journals were compared to those who did not or those who kept a record of daily hassles. Those recording their daily blessings were found to do better in a range of measures of wellbeing including having a more optimistic view of one’s life, experiencing a generally more positive mood, showing a greater propensity to help others, and even exercising more.
How else will this build my resilience?
Developing skills in experiencing and expressing gratitude can help us connect with others. When we take the time to appreciate an act of kindness from a loved one or even a stranger we become more fully aware of our connectedness within our community, and the positive regard others have for us. Reciprocating these kind actions further cements these social bonds which we then have as a resource to draw on in times of need.
How does positive emotion relate to our mental health?
Positive emotions have been shown to be linked to good physical health. According to some researchers people who experience positive emotions are likely to live longer, enjoy better immune functioning, and recover more effectively from treatment for heart disease. It’s not just our physical resilience that is affected by positive emotions, our psychological wellbeing can be assisted also. Theory has it that when we experience positive emotions we are able to think and behave more creatively and flexibly than when we experience negative emotions. This 'broadening' of the way we think and act builds resources for us that we are able to use in more difficult times. Many studies have shown that resilient individuals experience positive emotions and that they use these emotions to help them cope with difficult situations. There are many things we can do to enhance and increase the presence of positive emotions for us. Learning how to appreciate the little things in life is one good way.
What can I do to appreciate the litle things in life?
Here are three ideas you might like to try in order to develop your ability to appreciate the little things in life.
Keep a gratitude journal
Spending ten or 15 minutes each day writing down three to five things you are grateful for is a great way to boost your appreciation for the little things in life, and indeed the big things as well. Think creatively – the little things could be a text message from a friend, hearing a joke that made you laugh out loud, a wonderful meal, or even the experience of spending 15 minutes doing something nurturing just for you.
Perhaps after completing this exercise for a number of weeks you might like to spend some additional time writing in your journal about how this daily discipline has changed your outlook and perspective on your life.
Celebrate the little things
We are generally pretty good at marking the big moments in our own and others’ lives; birthdays, weddings, graduations, once-a-year family gettogethers. What would happen if we gave ourselves permission to celebrate the little things? The how and what of celebration will depend on what’s important to you. Here are some ideas.
- Keep some gold stars in your desk at work. Give one to your colleague when he or she masters a new skill or completes a challenging task.
- When the sun finally appears after a week of grey skies grab a friend or loved one and go for a walk to celebrate the good weather and regenerative effects of rain.
- Pamper yourself after getting through a daunting or tedious task, such as cleaning your room or writing a report, by doing something you enjoy.
Slow down and savour
This idea falls into the 'take time to smell the roses' tradition. Try these tips to get even more out of positive emotions when you are experiencing an uplifting event.
- Try and keep a souvenir of the experience to prompt your memory later on.
- Enter as fully as you can into a positive experience. Use all your senses. Notice the details.
- Share the experience with others either as it happens or by reminiscing later on.
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