Finding Happiness in Simple Things

Many of the elders in the Legacy Project advise us that the present moment is what is critically important, and that we miss each happiness notemoment in our drive toward the future and our pursuit of material goods. Evette, 79, tells about the things that delight her and make life worth living – and none of them are “big ticket” items.

At my age you learn that “things” aren’t important; people are.

The love of your family, the sharing of their milestones and the joy when they ask you about yours.

The touch of their young smooth cheek or hand on your non-elastic skin sends warmth all over you.

I’ve learned that there’s no substitute for a good book while you’re under a down comforter.

I’ve learned that there’s no substitute for good hearty laughter that brings color to your cheeks and a jump to your heart.

I’ve learned that when you want to stay in bed because of aching joints, a brisk walk or a stationary bike does wonders!

I’ve learned that everyone has a story that’s worth listening to.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to ask your children for help even if you were fiercely independent before.

I’ve learned that the beat of your heart is dependent on the hearts of your children and grandchildren.

3 thoughts on “Finding Happiness in Simple Things

  1. Evette is one smart woman! Material possessions can’t be taken with us in the end… it’s the simple pleasures in life that bring the most joy to our lives and make life worth living every day.

  2. Very good advice. I need to think about this one more often too and I’m trying to do so on a daily basis. Too many of us do think our possessions make us happy. Thanks for posting.

  3. Hi Steve and Dee,

    Thanks for your comments! This piece of advice is one of the hardest for me, personally. But having heard hundreds of older people advise the same thing, it is finally sinking in. Somehow we have to slow down enough to take in the small pleasures of life!

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