Learning To Enjoy The Simple Things In Life

Is life moving too fast for you to keep up, let alone enjoy the simple things? It’s easy to say we need more enjoyment in life, but far more difficult to figure out how to accomplish it. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I do have some ideas, tips, and Bible verses for how to start practicing slowing down and appreciating the days of the life God has given us. 

I am a serious offender of running from one big thing to another while missing out on God’s gifts in the moment. I don’t even like to think of how many of these simple pleasures I have failed to notice every day. 

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Do not be comformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what I the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

Romans 12:2

What Are The Simple Things In Life?

The simple things in life are the things we don’t even acknowledge when we are wrapped up in getting everybody to the right place at the right time and getting all of our tasks to fit into the short time we have to complete them. 

They are small, seemingly insignificant, things that may not even have anything to do with our day. These are most often the important things we whip by without notice, the things that would benefit us the most at a time when we aren’t thinking about what’s good for us. 

These simple things are the basics of everyday life, yet they are the tools we can use to keep our lives in perspective. They may seem like insignificant extras but are absolute essentials when we see their value. 

If you stop to notice the simplest things, you may hear and see the birds outside in the trees, you may see a mama kiss her child’s knee after she falls. You may notice the color of your husband’s eyes, the lovely taste of your ice cream, the softness, or the scent of the clean towels. But only if you’re paying attention. 

Maybe these simple things don’t seem essential. But they are a drink of cold water to a dry and thirsty soul. What a benefit to ourselves and everyone around us when we can appreciate what’s going on outside of our own lives, daily routines, and thoughts. 

Being oblivious to the simple pleasures of life can raise stress levels, and is a sign of self-absorption or self-centeredness. Most of us wouldn’t want that label, but looking inside may reveal a side we weren’t aware of. 

Enjoy The Simple Things In Life

Solomon says in his book of Ecclesiastes that we should enjoy life because it is a gift from God. Could it be that we must learn to live how to live life with the joy of the Lord rather than just plod through the days without notice?

Noticing life’s simple pleasures is impossible when we are constantly in a state of urgency, running rather than walking along the path of life. To enjoy life we must learn to look and listen around us. Try to do this and I guarantee that you will see or hear something you didn’t know was there. 

We can learn to retrain our minds to be aware of and to enjoy these simple little pleasures. You’ll be surprised at the things you notice when you stop your mind and body from racing and notice the simple joys you have been missing. 

Each of the suggestions below contains a list of actions and ways to practice experiencing the small pleasures all around. 

Pay Attention – God Is In The Details

  • Stop what you are doing to really listen to what the other person is saying
  • Listen to the sounds around you – laughter, the wind, raindrops
  • Observe people
  • Use your senses (smell, taste, touch)
  • Let a smell, a sound, or a taste take you back to a pleasant memory
“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (NASB) 

Psalm 34:8

Spend Time With Your People

  • Don’t miss get-togethers. Enjoy a delicious meal or a cup of tea with someone you enjoy being with
  • Give a gift, and if practical, enjoy it with the person you gave it to (play the game together, gather flowers for the flower press, etc.)
  • Go on walks or bike rides with someone you love
  • Reminisce and remember good times or happy times of life
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (ESV) 

Proverbs 17:22

Listen To Music You Enjoy

  • Try to listen well enough to pick out to each instrument that makes up your favorite music
  • Sing and praise God out loud
  • Dance, even if you’re alone
  • Listen to music of the past (if that includes hymns, they have some of the most insightful lyrics)
  • The human heart is often touched by music, so in times when you don’t know what you need, turn on Christian music and allow God to speak to you through the songs He chooses for you to hear. 
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wondrous works (ESV)

Psalm 105:2

Overcome By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

  • Forgive someone you have struggled with. 
  • Don’t respond with your emotions; instead, take a moment to control the emotions and respond thoughtfully.
  • Assume the best. No matter what. 
  • Pray before being with a difficult friend or family member in your life, and when you’re together, just enjoy their company.
  • Choose not to be offended.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (ESV) 

Romans 15:13

Look For The Hand Of God On Your Life

  • Reminisce about His perfect timing, considering the great things and the everyday miracles He has done.
  • Think about God’s healing of relationships, His healing from illness, and His help in overcoming obstacles.
  • Take a little time to list people, opportunities, or other big things He has put in your path.
  • Thank Him for the things He has protected you from that you had not considered. 
  • Pray for God’s purpose for your life, and follow Him willingly in it. 
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (ESV)
Isaiah 41:10

Look For The Beauty

  • Notice the beautiful colors, and simple things of nature and realize that each of these is a free gift of God. 
  • Read Beloved Daughter Of The King Of Kings – and make sure you look at the pictures!
  • Visit an art museum or other type of display and notice the talent and hard work God has inspired.
  • Look up. The sky is always awe-inspiring. 
  • Try to see the beauty even in something unattractive to most people, seeing good things in what others are missing.

To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (NKJV) Isaiah 61:3

Get Your Rest

  • Slow down in this moment. Ann Voskamp says: “Hurry always empties a soul.”
  • God’s Word says in 2 Timothy 4:5 to keep a clear mind in every situation. Consciously clearing your mind, if even for a few minutes, will give you a chance to refresh and reset.  
  • Read a good book. You can stop everything and pick up a book. If you can’t make the time to sit down to read, you can even read on the run by listening to audiobooks (I subscribe to the Everand app and have read hundreds of books I would otherwise never have had the time for).
  • Take a much-needed nap. Get enough sleep. Rest is one of God’s gifts that we often overlook. 
  • Look out the window on a cold night or a sunny day and relax
"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." (NIV) 

Jeremiah 31:25

Love Others

  • Exercise God’s good grace by seeing through another person’s outer behavior and noticing what they’re feeling.
  • Write an encouraging note to someone.
  • Touch someone who needs it (give a hug, or hold a hand).
  • Show love in small ways, not to be noticed, but to simply reflect God’s love in all you do.
  • When you’re having trouble loving, try to see that person through God’s eyes. Only He knows what’s going on inside of them.
Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one other.(ESV)  

1 Thessalonians 4:9

Wait

  • Stop hurrying – remember God is never in a hurry but always on time – trust His timing
  • Be patient with someone or something that you feel impatient about
  • Pray for God’s perfect timing for and in every situation 
  • Stop where you are/whatever you’re doing, taking a little time until you are ready to take the next steps in moving on. 
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.(NKJV)

Isaiah 40:31

Be Quiet

  • Don’t say something that you may regret. 
  • Allow God’s presence to speak. We can’t hear Him when we are talking over HIm. 
  • Sometimes comfort is best given without words.
  • Go about your work without extra noise, just listening to the sounds around you
  • Don’t talk just to make conversation, but take a time out and listen to someone else talk.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! (ESV) 

Psalm 37:7

Be Thankful For God’s Good Gifts

  • Start a habit of listing one or two things you are thankful for each day.
  • Be polite by speaking thanks to people who help you in little ways.
  • Be grateful to those who have gone out of their way to help you.
  • Learn to be content. This is the cure for a negative attitude. 5 Steps To Living A Life Of Contentment may help
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  (ESV) 

James 1:17

If you choose to do just one or two of these small steps each day, you will develop a powerful tool for learning to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. These little changes can help you feel more accomplished, less worried, and able to find a peace you didn’t know was possible. 

Adjusting your attitude can open the door to enjoying life’s simple joys and even show others how to do the same—no extra cost required.  

No one wants to come across as thoughtless or self-centered, but it’s easy to slip into that image when we’re constantly busy and inward-focused. 

 I’ve found these simple practices make a big difference, especially when I’m having a bad day or when emotions start to take over. 

Remember, God has given us beauty even amid chaos and pain. We just need to look past the negatives and seek Him to regain His perspective on our everyday lives. 

For further inspiration, check out these quotes on gratitude: The Power Of Gratitude: 20 Quotes That Inspire Thankfulness.

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