Why We Need to Relish the Little Things


Great happiness often blossoms from life’s littlest pleasures.

Flour dusted on button noses. Teaspoons of batter filling a mini-donut maker. Tiny tongues licking frosting-covered fingertips. Nibbles. Smiles. Sticky kisses.

My creative girl planning a party complete with homemade games and prizes to honor her favorite animal … the platypus.
Heart tugs. Applause. High-fives.

Wandering down twisty paths to get a peek at spring buds before they disappear.
Awe. Witty observations. Spontaneous conversation.


Stolen moments of fun and sweetness hold my heart  and turn the corners of my mouth upward.

They aren’t milestones or “big deals,” so to speak … but they are moments that matter. Moments that add beauty and perspective and second chances.

If I’m not careful to relish the significance of the small, I’m too easily distracted by big, in-your-face demands that end up being meaningless in the long term. These distractions often remind me of what I don’t have. They tell me that something is missing. You deserve more, they whisper.

When I delight in simple pleasures and give thanks for the seemingly ordinary, my life blooms radiance.

Annoyances don’t have space to root and grow.

Bitterness has no breathing room.

Shame is smothered by  the grace I inhale.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5

What about you? What are some little things that have happened to you recently that brought big-time happiness?

A version of this post, which was titled “Little Things” and was about 100 words shorter, was first published several years ago on (in)Courage.

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