I've recently started a series on my Instagram account entitled The Best Things In Life, (we are only on number 2 by the way but there are plenty more to come!) and I've received quite a few responses already.
The idea is that the best things in life are the really simple things, not the big gestures and things that cost a lot of money but stuff that does actually make you smile more often than not, things that can make a difference to your day with no money expended - number one in the series was: skirts with pockets.
Plenty of people agreed with me on that one - I'll basically buy any skirt that has pockets as it's just such a delight to find them! Number two was: the sound of the cork coming out of the wine bottle....again, many agreed.
It's the promise of a relaxing evening to come, of good company, or just a quiet evening at home enjoying wine and a film. When I started to think of things to add to the list, it was difficult at first to come up with ideas - the skirts with pockets thing just popped into my head one morning and that got me to thinking about these things. Once I got going though, the list was easy to write.
I have spent a lot of my life looking for fulfilment in all the wrong places when actually its the simplest of things, experiences, food, company you keep and so on that make the biggest difference to our lives and we often find happiness in the smallest and least likely places. It's important to recognise when we do have those moments and to savour them. They can add up to real contentment if you allow them to.
Number three in the series (to be posted soon) is: an unexpected gift from a friend. And that is because I've had a few recently. Lovely things from lovely people when I least expected anything, and boy does that make my day and even my week!
How awesome to know that people you care about, care about you and want you to know that. Special bonds are created that way and I do make sure that I return the thought and am often looking out for little things that I think my friends will like, or even just sending them something I've seen on Pinterest or tagging them into a Facebook event that I think they would be interested in going to. Small gestures but with a big impact.
How do you find contentment in life and what are the small things that make the biggest difference to you? Let me know in the comments and follow along on Instagram too and let me know if you agree with my list!
Until next time (I'm off to smell the roses in the garden!) x