My name is Bee and I’m the writer behind Mind Beauty Simplicity. I focus on topics of intentional living, minimalism & self-growth. I’d like to thank Natalie of Let’s Take a Moment for giving me the opportunity to guest post on her blog. If you enjoy this post, be sure to check out my blog for more reads like this.
To those who may not know me or my story, I am a practicing minimalist. I live and breathe living more intentionally and with the mindset of ‘less is always more.’ Most people, when you hear the term minimalism, immediately go to Marie Kondo, the author of the book “Spark Joy.” In this book, she provides you tips and tricks to maintain a clutter-free home and the idea of focusing on what sparks ‘joy’ really resonates with me. As I bring new items into my home or absorb certain perspectives or ways of life, I always consider the question, “does it spark joy?” As I’ve been diving deep into this lifestyle, I find myself gravitating towards and appreciating the more simple moments of life.
Here’s why it’s important to find joy in the simple moments:
Sometimes The Extravagant Thing Isn’t Enough
Have you ever had those moments where you purchase an expensive new bag or go on an international vacation and still feel empty? We think these pricey items or trips fulfill us in so many ways. But I’ve found it is never the answer to your problems. It’s not to say, I don’t appreciate the finer things in life or even find some joy in it all. I’m saying at the end of the day, you are the same person you were with or without that material item or experience. What truly matters is within ourselves. To appreciate the bigger moments, we must first acknowledge the smaller victories and experiences. At times, I felt like I had it all, but I still felt empty. As I started to find gratitude in all aspects of my life, did I finally seek fulfillment?
Smaller Victories Have Value
We think these pricey items or trips fulfill us in so many ways. But I’ve found it is never the answer to your problems.
I think we tend to get into the habit of thinking smaller moments aren’t worth cheering about. So what if I treated myself to a Starbucks this morning? So what, if I took a shower and got ready with a full outfit and all? So what if I took a walk in the neighborhood? What do we mean by “so what?” This mindset has got to go. The fact you woke up this morning and got ready is something to be proud about. The fact you decided to treat yourself to a warm beverage in the middle of your busy day is a form of self-care. Getting outdoors and taking in that fresh air is beneficial to our physical and mental health. I think we need to have a round of applause for all of those achievements.
Getting outdoors and taking in that fresh air is beneficial to our physical & mental health
Small Moments Mean The World To Others
It may not seem like much, but that 15 minute phone call to a loved one may mean the world to them. Prioritizing relationships and friendships are probably number one on my list. These moments should mean the world to you as well. Quality time, showing kindness and appreciation are priceless. These are the moments that can make the world of a difference. Especially during this time of a pandemic, the moments I cherished were phone calls with my mom or sending funny memes back and forth to my brother or friends. Those actions may not seem like much, but keeping contact with your social circle during such isolating times have been monumental.
When we focus on the more simple moments of life, you develop a sense of gratitude to all aspects of it. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the luxuries and that I’m not planning our next week long getaway, but I’ve learned to have balance. I’ve become more of a homebody and someone who finds joys in binge watching tv shows in the evenings. I enjoy long conversations and taking in scenery around me even if it’s simply in my backyard. Life is precious. Instead of always wanting the next best thing or always trying to one up the last adventure; why not be content with the stillness, the mundane and the boring. Those moments are just as beautiful.
Read another guest blogpost from Bee, Mind, Beauty, Simplicity:
“BEING FURLOUGHED FROM MY JOB LED ME TO A HAPPIER LIFE“
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28 thoughts on “WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND JOY IN THE SIMPLE MOMENTS”
such a great reminder, I also tend to practice now becoming a minimalist and I found more joy having less things
It just happened to me earlier today haha. I had to choose between my relationship or work. I went with my heart and chose the relationship haha. Spent some time before working.
Lovely blog post, sometimes we need to be reminded.
Wonderful post here!
I absolutely agree, life is hard enough as it is. Taking time to treat ourselves and practice self care is SO important! Thank you for this!
Great post. I completely agree that the smaller things are usually overlooked yet they can bring the most beautiful experiences.
This was a great post. I’ve recently adapted this mindset into my life after realizing that many of the objects in my life weren’t bringing my joy. I’ve come to love going for daily walks, grabbing a coffee, etc. Sometimes it’s the little moments that bring us the most happiness.
I love this so much! It is so important to enjoy the simple moments, they can truly mean the world sometimes too, especially since COVID!
Yes, Covid really changed my perspective on life
Bee is so great! Thanks for sharing this one. I agree, sometimes the more extravagant things aren’t enough and it really causes some sadness when you expect it to help and it doesn’t.
Thank you Katie! 💕💕💕
I love this! Sometimes it is so hard to find joy in the simple moments! For me, that is in the form of taking afternoon walks listening to worship music!
Cherish your little moments not for sake of showing off to other people rather for your own happiness.
Yes it is so important to find joy in the small moments! Thanks so much for sharing this!
As I’ve gotten older, those simple things mean even more. “Does it spark joy” is a great guiding question for life.
Covid also changed my perspective in life and I decided that I had wring priopities. There are very few things that can truly bring happiness in our lives and very few those we actually need. Thank you for this post!
Its good to think about the positive side of life. I believe that when you think about joys in life you can be so much more happier.
What lovely reminders – I do find I feel so much better after a nice walk out in nature or after speaking with a loved one. Those really are impactful simple moments for me!
I agree with you, the little things can mean a lot to others. I call my mom for a couple of hours and that make her day. Sometimes she tells me that.
I love this Fransic. There are so many little things that we think do not matter or maybe we take lightly really do matter and are impacting our lives and the lives of others everyday. Thank you so much for taking moments with me and reading my blog.
I totally agree with everything you’ve written. It is so incredibly important to make the most of the simple moments and appreciate them. Once their gone, you’ll find the little moments are the ones you miss the most. Thank you so much for sharing this with us lovely, great read Xo
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Thank you so much reading and for sharing your thoughts. Everything whether big or small needs to be more appreciated for sure. I really appreciated Mind-Beauty-Simplicity sharing this guest post.
Small moments are absolutely worth celebrating. It’s basically how I love my life now. Small steps, to add to bigger goals.
So true Sam. Appreciating the little things truly makes a difference in our lives. We are so quick to recognize the large goals but must remember to be grateful about when the little ones are met too. Thank you so much for taking time to read and share your comments.
What a great reminder! It’s so easy to forget to appreciate the little things but they can truly change the way you see the world and carry yourself.
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. The little things impact so much of our lives for sure.