“Enjoy the little things in life…for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big thing”

What is perfect happiness to you? The joy of jumping out of the bed to kick start the day you’re looking forward to, or to sit back and enjoy the beautiful sunset with your cup of aromatic masala chai? Reaching the finishing line of the first marathon, or the sound of giggle of a little child playing in the puddle? Hitting the road with your gang of friends to a destination unknown, or a serene moment of self-absorption, meditating by the sea? Finding money in the pocket, you didn’t expect, or taking an extra long shower, because you have some free time, some ME time!?

Over the years, I have come to a realization that the word ‘Perfect’ has the power to make almost every moment imperfect. Do you even believe in phrases like : Perfect life, perfect plan, perfect career, perfect happiness? In fact perfect is a very over-estimated word, and surely has an additional power to ruin a not-so-perfect but naturally beautiful moment.

Photo by Willian Justen De Vasconcello

So, instead of searching for perfect happiness, create some blissful moments of joy. I can assure you, it isn’t difficult at all. Here are some little things in daily life that brings us true joy :

  1. A conversation with a friend, you haven’t spoken for a while.
  2. Painting on a fresh canva.
  3. Having some time to read a book you love.
  4. Trying out a new recipe, and it turns out great.
  5. Planting a new sapling.
  6. A walk in the rain.
  7. The smell of the freshly baked bread, or that “perfectly” brewed coffee 😉
  8. Get to stargaze or just watch the floating clouds.
  9. Eating dessert or may be a midnight binge.
  10. Listening to some music, just listening.
  11. Having a good hair day.
  12. Getting your favorite parking spot.
  13. Completing a business proposition you planned for ages, to finish.
  14.  Waking just a minute before your alarm clock.
  15. Dancing like nobody is seeing.
  16. Singing under the shower, at your loudest best.
  17. Popping bubble wrap.
  18. Someone calls, when you were just thinking about them.
  19. The moment when you realize, all the work/chores are done and you have plenty of time to :

Because one of my all time favorite Italian sayings is “Dolce far Niente“, which means “the sweetness of doing nothing.” Would you like to share, what are the little things that bring you joy? I would love to add them to my list for sure. Until then, Obrigada Amiga!

Photo by Angelo Pantazis






Puja Mj

A corporate trainer by the day. A slow fashion campaigner, social media creator and a mindful lifestyle blogger by moonlight. Through her work in advocacy and environmentalism with non-profits like the Slow Fashion Movement and Remake, she has lead multiple campaigns in the landscape of sustainable and ethical fashion, establishing a robust outreach program for the global slow fashion community.