As human beings we seek to be happy.
We look to meet others who will “make” us happy and we work very hard to achieve what we think will bring us happiness. But we seem to be on a lifelong quest to find something that is elusive and undefined. We say, “If only it were this way, I would be happy” or, ”If only I had that, I would be content.” In the meantime, we overlook all the little opportunities for happiness that come to us each day.
Have you ever noticed that it is often the small comforts, the simple pleasures, that soothe us the most and make us feel that all is right in the world? Maybe it’s a favorite food that transports us to a childhood memory, or an unexpected kindness that makes our day, or seeing the first snowfall of the season. In the moment that we experience the simplest pleasures, we are not thinking about our quest for happiness or worrying that we may never find it. We are simply enjoying the moment and feeling alive.
Simple Pleasures is about recognizing the little gems of happiness that come to us each day and finding happiness in the moment. Let us share the small, but real, joys that we discover and see how our happiness grows!
My name is Annette. When I started this site, I was working with adolescents who have emotional disturbance and I LOVED my job. Throughout each day I would strive to be a loving, supportive, consistent force in the lives of my students. I found that being a great listener was essential. While my work was rewarding, at times it was highly stressful. That was one of my reasons for creating Simple Pleasures. Writing Simple Pleasures has been, and still is, my way to reflect on meaningful little joys and to share them with others.
I now work with first graders in an autistic support program where I continue to strive to be the same source of positive support for a new group of children. Through my work and in sharing my thoughts and experiences, my personal goal is this: to recognize the simple pleasures in life and to nurture my inner peace and balance.