For some reason the other day I started thinking about some of favorite things. I like to enjoy the little things in life, and I think that every now and again you should take some time to think about the things in life that really make you happy. There are so many wonderful pieces of everyday life that give us pleasure. Here are a few of my favorite things:

  1. The aroma of chocolate chip cookies baking.
  2. Warm summer rain. 
  3. Cute notebooks.
  4. Watching movies. 
  5. Snuggling. 
  6. Inspirational quotes. 
  7. G2 Pens–0.38mm.
  8. Thin mints.
  9. 3 am talks. 
  10. The view from an airplane.
  11. Coffee mugs.
  12. Book stores and they way they smell.
  13. The ways the waves crash into the shore.
  14. Hugs.
  15. My little sister’s giggle.
  16. Stand-up comedy.
  17. Memorial Union Terrace.
    Memorial Union Terrace
  18. The butterflies you get when you really like someone. 
  19. Peppermint Bon Bon ice cream.
  20. Looking at the stars.
  21. Singing along to the radio with friends.
  22. Stop-motion animation.
  23. Coffee shops. Sometimes.
  24. Car talks.
  25. Finding new blogs.
  26. Summer Nights.
  27. Late-night swimming (see 26).
  28. Yoga.
  29. The Shirley Temples at Olive Garden–no shame. I still get them. They’re delicious.
  30. Watching the sunset over the ocean.
  31.  Laughter.
  32. Christmas lights.
  33. Driving with the windows down and no particular destination. 
  34. Candles.
  35. Trader Joe’s.
  36. Cute cupcake shops. 
  37. Videos of puppies, because how can that not make you smile?
  38. The guitar solo in “Free Bird.” 
  39. Staying up until the middle of the night because you lose track of time. 
  40. Outdoor concerts. 
  41. Blowing bubbles.
  42. Finding new TV shows. 
  43. Deep talks with friends about life. 
  44. Catching up with friends you haven’t seen in a while.
  45. Walking around the lake.
  46. Getting a seat by the window (and outlets) in the library.
  47. Arnie Palmers.
  48. Unexpected adventures.
  49. Hammocks. 
  50. Making lists.
 There are so many more, but these are some that came to me right away. It’s funny how we can find something to complain about so easily when there are so many things that we have to be grateful for. I think sometimes we just forget to stop and think about the little things that make us happy. Life is busy, I get it. But slow down every once in a while and try to appreciate the small things. You won’t regret it.

What are some of your favorite things? What makes you smile?