- When your boss gives you a compliment.Genuine compliments are way more meaningful than superficial praise. If your boss gives you sincere accolades for your work on something, you know they mean it. (TAF: I have to agree. I know when I’ve been recognized, it only makes me want to work harder, but I feel that I’m truly appreciated for being a part of the team.)
- An upbeat conversation with a stranger. Research shows that social interactions with strangers can boost feelings of happiness.
- When the weather is perfect. That skip in your step on a spring day isn’t all in your head. Studies suggest weather has an influence on your mood.
- When your favorite artist comes out with new music. Music has a direct influence on your mood — even sad songs can evoke positive emotions. Turn the volume up.
- Finding money in your pocket. It’s like your own miniature version of winning the lottery.
- When you finally get some peace and quiet. A little silence is good for your soul. Research suggests it could relieve stress and give your brain a much-needed break. (TAF: When it’s quiet, I also tend to climb into bed, and curl up with a good book. This act rejuvenates my soul and temporarily takes me away from whatever stresses have been present in my life.)
- Snail mail. There’s just something about a tangible invitation or letter that brings glee. It’s way better than your inbox — which inevitably stresses you out. (TAF: You know this was definitely something I wanted to feature. A personal handwritten note makes Everyone’s day!)
- The first few moments after a fresh snowfall. Is there anything more serene? (TAF: … Or so beautiful. Seeing snow covering the branches is one of my favorite things.)
- Crawling into bed with fresh sheets. There’s just something about a well-made bed that instantly puts your mind at ease.
- When someone surprises you with flowers. Any expression of gratitude — whether you’re on the giving or receiving end — can improve your well-being.
- Listening to a baby giggle. Honestly, there’s no better sound in the world. Go on and laugh with them — studies show laughing can boost your happiness and even lower your blood pressure.
- The look on your pet’s face when they see you. Now that’s unconditional love. Research shows pet ownership makes you happier.” (TAF: My dad once told me how much he enjoyed how excited my brother’s dog was to see him. Max would jump around and bark gleefully the moment my father would walk in the door.)
What other things can you come up with that have brought you happiness in the moment?
Two that I came up with…
- Seeing the first buds of spring popping up. While we did have snow on Monday, I still see my crocus and daffodils making their annual entrance!
- How energized and accomplished I’ve felt after a completing challenging workout – especially one that I reluctantly went into because I really “didn’t feel like doing it” that day.
I’d love to hear what moments you came up with to add to this and Lindsay Holmes‘ list.
Again, my thanks and appreciation to Lindsay for the great article and reminder. Sometimes we really do need to stop and smell the flowers – or see them poking through the snow.
Be sure to check out her other articles and the links at the end of some of her moments – there’s some great research here.