The Little Things That Make You Happy

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things.”

~Robert Brault

I’m a big Calvin and Hobbes fan, and I think Bill Waterson–the man who brought to life the ADHD kid and his stuffed tiger–is a freaking genius. I’ve read every strip and collection I could get my hands on, and I think that everyone else should read it too since it reminds us to indulge our inner child once in a while and be more like Calvin, a little kid content to play with his stuffed tiger all afternoon because that’s what makes him happy. Can we say the same thing about how we go about our lives?

Life is in the details. Your whole existence shouldn’t revolve around the goal you’ve set for yourself somewhere in the distant future. As another author opined, “small gestures can mean so much more than one grand display of love. Simple pleasures throughout the day can be far more gratifying than one amazing weekend. When you connect the dots between all these little joys, life seems fuller and more satisfying.”

With this in mind, I asked the people around me what made them happy–and not the grand things like giving birth or world peace, but the small things like seeing a dog play with a ball or a kid running around without a care in the world. Below are just some of the answers I got. And yes, there are a lot since I couldn’t possibly filter what makes other people (and, perhaps, you) happy. If you have anything to add, don’t hesitate to put it in the comments or contact me here.

Here we go.

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I Love You Even Though: The Man’s Perspective

This article is a continuation of this post. As I mentioned in that post I linked to,  I recently got requests from my friends to make ‘I love you even though…’ posts. It seemed like a lot of people wanted to show their partners that they love them despite the flaws, despite their shortcomings. As William Faulkner once said, “You don’t love because–you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” And when you look at it that way, you’d realize that our differences are what makes relationships strong enough to weather storms. (Yes, I copy-pasted. Sue me.)

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I Love You Even Though: The Woman’s Perspective

Falling in love with someone isn’t always going to be easy… Anger… tears… laughter.. It’s when you want to be together despite it all. That’s when you truly love another. I’m sure of it.

-Helen Rowland

As I’ve mentioned on my Twitter and Facebook, I recently got requests from my friends to make ‘I love you even though…’ posts. It seemed like a lot of people wanted to show their partners that they love them despite the flaws, despite their shortcomings. As William Faulkner once said, “You don’t love because–you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” And when you look at it that way, you’d realize that our differences are what makes relationships strong enough to weather storms.

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