Finding Joy in the Little Things – 14 Moments of Pure Happiness
“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Breault
During our recent Family Matters webinar, Striking a Balance: The Work/Life Equation, guest speakers Drs. Marti and Erin Erickson, mom/daughter co-hosts of Mom Enough, shared many strategies to help working parents manage the stress of juggling work and home life. One tip they recommended is to look for the small moments of joy that can be found in the everyday.
It’s the Little Things…
I asked The Family Room bloggers to share the small parts of their days that make them truly happy. If you think about your own day, which moments come to mind? Be sure to share them below.
- Coming home from work and seeing my son’s face light up when he realizes it’s me!
- Getting into bed after the electric blanket has warmed it.
- Watching as my son drifts off to sleep every night.
- The loud “whoa” that my son yells when dumping out his toy bin all over the floor.
- Talking to my best friend during our respective commute homes (we live quite a distance from each other, so being able to chat, even for a few minutes is something we try to do daily).
- Taking a long, hot shower every morning, even if I have to get up at 4:30 am to make it happen.
- Drop-off at childcare (on a good day) gets my day started on the right foot. My daughter runs into her center and is so eager to see her friends and teachers (okay, for her morning snack, too). This helps to assure me that my daughter is having fun all day allowing me to focus on my work.
- And even on bad days, seeing my daughter run for her mama with open arms is my mini moment of joy when I can switch gears to family time putting my workday behind me until the next day.
- When my son actually eats his dinner.
- The mischievous smile that spreads across my son’s face when he is up to no good.
- Giving my son the last kiss of the night – no matter what kind of day we’ve had, we go into his room long after he’s fall asleep before we turn in for the night to whisper one last I love you and kiss his forehead.
- I haven’t set my alarm since 2007 when I became a mom; I have early risers. But, there is no better way to wake up than a warm, sleepy, little body seeking a mom snuggle first thing in the morning. I start every single day that way.
- When my girls are playing and laughing together completely on their own.
- Every once in a great while, I’m completely alone at home. It’s glorious to have a few moments of silence and relaxation without anyone looking to mom for something.