If the simplest things

If a blade of grass springing up from a field has the power to move you, if the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simplest things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. – Eleanora Duse

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Clouds Smiley

Pleasure is not synonymous with happiness. Pleasure is dependent on the thing or the circumstance that is pleasing to you. They go away and the pleasure can slip away, too.

However, one certainly experiences more happiness when they allow themselves to be open to pleasure, when they give themselves permission to wallow in the pleasure. Enjoying pleasures increases your feelings of wellbeing, serenity, fulfillment, etc. In a nutshell, enjoying pleasures pumps up your sense that you are a happy person. And, that kind of happiness does not go away when the pleasant stimulus is gone.

Sunsets? Kitties? Flowers? Available everyday!

Recognize the things with the potential to give you happiness and then let them.

Look all around. Notice the good. Focus on that. We think that you should. From a SMILEY BOOK OF COLORS

Smile. Be happy. Ruth

Iced Latte? Muffin? Sourdough Toast? All of these make me SMILE!


Published on: March 15, 2012
About the Author
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Ruth Kaiser is a preschool teacher, TED Talk speaker, children's author, AND the creator of the popular online art project SpontaneousSmiley.com where thousands of people find, photograph and share Smiley Faces they find in everyday objects.

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