Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.

Do you ever get so caught up in life that you forget to appreciate the little things? If so, you’re certainly not alone. We are all so busy and rushing from one task to the next, mentally working through all the things on our to-do lists, that we don’t take the time to appreciate all those small details that make it all worth while.

Do you ever get so caught up in life that you forget to appreciate the little things? If so, you're certainly not alone. Read on ...

In light of last week’s atrocity in London I think we all hugged our children a little tighter and appreciated how lucky we are. But it shouldn’t take an event like that to make us sit up and take notice of all the good in our lives.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault

I’m a firm believer in having goals and dreaming big (see Dream Big), but what is the point of it all if you let the little things pass you by? So many people believe that if they can get a certain thing done, achieve a certain goal, buy a certain thing, then they’ll be happy. But true happiness isn’t found in the big things, it’s the small things that are around us every day. We just need to open our eyes and see them.

Learning how to love the little things in life, is called learning how to be happy. Marcela Reka

Children don’t have any problems with this and can find happiness in the smallest of things. If you have ever watched a child exploring outside, finding delight in a flower or a twig or rock, you will know what I mean. We need to take a leaf out of their book.

Delight in the little things. Rudyard Kipling

This week I’m going to make a conscious effort to really notice and appreciate the little things that make me smile on a daily basis and I hope you’ll join me. After all:

The little things? The little moments? They aren't little. John Kabat-Zinn

To get you started, here are just a few of life’s little things that can bring so much joy:

  • rainbows
  • a smile from a stranger
  • a smile form your child or a loved one
  • your child’s laughter
  • holding hands
  • a hot cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate
  • a glass of wine
  • soaking in a hot bath
  • flowers
  • a cosy blanket
  • reading a good book
  • watching your favourite program/film
  • enjoying a family meal
  • a hug
  • the stars on a clear night
  • the smell of rain
  • the smell of freshly cut grass
  • a compliment
  • the wind in the trees
  • small acts of kindness (see Be Kind)
  • freshly washed sheets
  • the sun on your face

Do you take time to appreciate the little things in life? What else would you add to the list above? Let me know in the comments below.

When searching for quotes for this post I found so many great ones and I really wanted to include them all. However, I think it would have cluttered up the post and detracted from the simple message. So, I’ve included printouts of my favourite 16 (including the four above) in the FREE workbook below.

Click to download the FREE Appreciate The Little Things Workbook including the quote printables
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46 thoughts on “Words To Live By #20: Appreciate The Little Things

  1. It’s really important to enjoy the little things, isn’t it? In our race for bigger, better, faster, we seem to miss out on all the small things that brought us so much joy when we were younger. My favorite was (and still is) watching the shapes in the clouds. #mg
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    Posted on 27 March, 2017 at 7:13 am
  2. This is lovely, and love the list of little things. Fresh sheets are definitely high up on my list! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays x
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    Posted on 27 March, 2017 at 7:49 am
  3. Thank you so much for sharing this with #mg, and I totally agree, it is those little things. I needed this today, I am having a few rough days and feeling really low, reading your list made me happier, thank you lovely xx

    Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 9:33 am
  4. The Robert Brault quote is one of my favourites, I completely relate to it and know that I have very much been guilty of over looking the things that really matter. Lovely post as always. #candidcuddles
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    Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 10:56 am
  5. Acts of kindness are my favourite little things, I always try to be kind and appreciate others kindness. Lovely post, continue appreciating the little things and you will be happy.
    #candidcuddles
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    Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 11:44 am
  6. I love this one! I am learning to appreciate the little things more, daily life definitely seems brighter now! #DreamTeam

    Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  7. You can’t beat a child’s laughter to make you happy. Don’t get many smiling strangers these days, maybe my folks should smile more at people x #DreamTeam
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    Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  8. I just loved this post and it was much needed for me today. I’ve had a bad week with my 90 y.old MIL taking a very bad fall at here aged care facility. I love quotes and the ones you have chosen are perfect for me today. Have a beautiful day and thank you!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

    Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 10:03 pm
    1. So sorry to hear this Sue, hope she gets better soon x

      Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 10:08 am
  9. Slowing down and appreciating the little things is bliss. #mg
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    Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 10:42 pm
  10. Loving the words to live by this week! So so so so so true! I constantly overwhelm my life with enjoying all the little things I can because to me, they aren’t so little. #BestandWorst
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    Posted on 29 March, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  11. I love looking out for little things that make me smile. Makes the day so much nicer 🙂
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    Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  12. I love the way children love the simple things in life and I definitely take my lead from them. I could definitely better at it though. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 4:11 pm
  13. That Robert Brault quote is my absolute favourite. I’ve used it on my photo posts in the past as I love it so much. I have been guilty of rushing around and forgetting this so thanks for the reminder. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉
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    Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    1. Popping back from ##MG too 💙
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  14. It’s so easy in day to day to forget about the little things! Thank you for the reminder 🙂 #MarvMondays
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    Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 7:50 pm
  15. I love this – it’s such an important message! I have a fridge magnet with the quote about how the little things really are the big things on it, and I think I really appreciate that since having my son. I know when I look back it’ll be little memories I treasure – reading a book together, chasing each other round the house giggling, an unexpected cuddle while I’m busy getting jobs done – that’s what I’ll miss when those times are over. #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 8:05 pm
  16. This post is so true. It’s so easy to let little frustrations play on your mind – yet forget the little nuggets of wonderful that are also there! Thanks for the reminder – we all need it sometimes! #BloggerClubUK

    Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 9:29 pm
  17. Some lovely quotes here – I especially like the one about looking back and seeing the little things as the big things one day. Appreciating the little things is definitely a skill. Your list is fab – right at this moment I have a cosy blanket over me, I enjoyed a lovely glass of wine earlier and I LOVE holding hands with my loved ones (as long as they are doing it willingly and they’re not trying to wriggle free from me!). I might add watching snowflakes fall to your list or walking on freshly settled snow….. but I’m thinking about my upcoming skiing holiday I suppose! #ablogginggoodtime x
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    Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 9:51 pm
  18. I’m guilty of often forgetting to appreciate the little things, especially on a stressful day. Then my son starts giggling or comes over for a hug and it makes everything alright again 🙂
    #TheListLinky
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    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 8:55 am
  19. Aww this is a lovely post. I do try to appreciate the little things as much as possible. I do automatically when it comes to my children though. xx

    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 1:23 pm
  20. I am completely on board with this! I started focussing on the little things at the start of 2016 when I set-up Gratitude Journal. It has made a definite difference to my life as now the smallest thing can make my day. Great post #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 2:10 pm
  21. I love this! I truly believe that it’s appreciating the little things that is the key to being happy and content in life. You’re spot on about children too – having my son has opened my eyes to so many things that I might have just overlooked and it’s made me a much happier person. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 2:23 pm
  22. Oh, I love this. What a fantastic idea to encourage your family to live by a different phrase/ goal/ motto each week. And this is such an important life lesson. I’m trying to make a real effort to be mindful and live in the moment. Appreciating the little things is a big part of this. Fab post. Hugs Lucy xxxx #MarvMondays
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    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 7:15 pm
  23. Great words to live by! #CandidCuddles
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    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 9:17 pm
  24. Last night we had fresh sheets and I had cleaned the room…it just smelt so fresh and nice! I so get this post. Watching my kids gets excited over a flower…puts things in perspective. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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    Posted on 1 April, 2017 at 10:10 am
  25. popping back from #sharingthebloglove xx Happy weekend

    Posted on 1 April, 2017 at 1:05 pm
  26. Totally agree with all of this. For me now it is a movie night with my teens, glass of wine in hand and a hug from each. #familyfun
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    Posted on 1 April, 2017 at 8:43 pm
  27. For me nowadays it is the a movie night with the teens – they are rare and need to be cherished. #familyfun
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    Posted on 1 April, 2017 at 8:44 pm
  28. I really love this. I absolutely believe that life is all about the little things. x #CandidCuddles
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    Posted on 1 April, 2017 at 10:13 pm
  29. Oh absolutely big goals and achievements are brilliant but so are the little things. They are what our everyday. I love fresh sheets and the sun on my face and had both yesterday. It was amazing. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx
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    Posted on 2 April, 2017 at 6:59 am
  30. This is a great post. I’m actually snuggled in a blanket now. Love the lists of items! #sharingtheBlogLove

    Posted on 3 April, 2017 at 4:09 am
  31. I so agree with this – it is all about the little things. They are what makes up the bulk of our life. When we wish for the next holiday or weekend or anything in the future we are wishes away & wasting all of the beautiful every day moments! Lovely words to live by as always. Thanks for sharing the love with us at #candidcuddles xx
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    Posted on 3 April, 2017 at 11:39 am
  32. I love this. I think it kind of relates to mindfulness and just taking a moment to take a step back and take it all in. Having kids really helps because of how much joy they see in the world. We had a lovely weekend full of little moments that are definitely big memories xx #SharingtheBlogLove
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    Posted on 3 April, 2017 at 3:12 pm
  33. This is a great post and I do think we need to appreciate the little things and take more happiness from them. It’s wonderful to see my children find the smallest and simplest things so pleasurable, like you say 🙂 #thelistlinky

    Posted on 4 April, 2017 at 11:45 am
  34. What a gorgeous post. Our saying over on the 3 Little Buttons is ‘dream big and make the most of the little things’. This is exactly that. We all have big dreams we want to snap up, but happiness is in all the little things too, just as you have listed. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam. xx
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    Posted on 4 April, 2017 at 11:04 pm
  35. So true, I need reminding of this. Going out for a walk is something that always makes me feel better, looking up at the sky, watching flocks of birds fly across the sky in the early morning, valuable moments spent playing with and talking to my daughter, telling stories, cuddles…etc. They are a few of my favourite things 🙂 #CandidCuddles
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    Posted on 5 April, 2017 at 2:00 am
  36. Returning from #sharingthebloglove
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  37. One of the best and simplest pleasures in life is appreciating the little things and I find that my children show me this better than anyone else can #sharingthebloglove
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    Posted on 6 April, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  38. Lovely post. So true. I struggle with appreciating the little things. It is something I need to learn before it is too late.
    #sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 6 April, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  39. I think it’s so important to take time to enjoy and appreciate the little things, the good things! Some great ideas and a lot of those really give me joy. We lead such busy lives this days sometimes it’s easy to forget isn’t it? #sharingthebloglove

    Posted on 7 April, 2017 at 7:37 am
  40. Such a lovely list. Thank you. I’m reading about Mindfulness which is really helping me feel more present, in tune with the now, and focusing on the little things. I’m just loving it! #SharingtheBlogLove
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  41. How wonderful. It’s so easily forgotten to appreciate the little things in life! Thank you for writing this post and bringing us back to remembering the important things, because they are the important ones really! I really like the idea of changing the words each week too – clever! We’ve been quite lucky with the weather recently, and I’ve actually been able to sit and watch my two kids play nicely together in the back garden, so for me that is a little/big thing. Just watching them happy and content and running around. I’ll be sure to find more things to appreciate! #SharingTheBlogLove

    Posted on 8 April, 2017 at 8:46 am
  42. How wonderful. It’s so easily forgotten to appreciate the little things in life! Thank you for writing this post and bringing us back to remembering the important things, because they are the important ones really! I really like the idea of changing the words each week too – clever! We’ve been quite lucky with the weather recently, and I’ve actually been able to sit and watch my two kids play nicely together in the back garden, so for me that is a little/big thing. Just watching them happy and content and running around. I’ll be sure to find more things to appreciate! #SharingTheBlogLove

    Posted on 8 April, 2017 at 8:46 am
  43. #marvmondays #candidquotes yes to this! Quotes on my fridge is exactly how my blog was born, and I love the idea of loving little.
    Recently, I’ve realised that Instagram is awesome for capturing things / moments / thoughts that others make walk past. It’s my way of noticing and sharing the love 🙂

    Posted on 24 April, 2017 at 9:33 pm