Finding Delight

Detail photo made at Bowman Gray Memorial Pool on September 14, 2020, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

No matter how stressful or distracted things may get, delights are all around us. Simple joys are what make life worth living! And as we practice noticing those moments, we might start to see them everywhere. Things like…

  • Laughing until you cry
  • Riding the bus, thinking about all the people around you
  •  An old, comfy chair
  • When someone remembers what you told them and asks you about it later
  • Catching a falling leaf
  • A tight, love-filled hug
  • Fixing something for someone
  • Putting a picture of family into a frame and setting it up where you can see it
  • A great workout
  • Eating your favorite food
  • Clean sheets
  • Finding something you thought you lost
  • When the Tar Heels win a big game
  • A haircut that transforms you a little bit
  • Setting up your camping gear after many months of not camping
  • Peeling the foil lid off of a container – so satisfying!
  • Coming home to pets
  • Watching someone learn something new
  • Listening to a song you forgot you love, and then listening to it again
  • Stretching and moving around – feeling good in your body
  • Putting on a cozy sweatshirt
  • Organizing a cluttered space
  • Finding the perfect word to say exactly what you want to say
  • Sitting on a porch

Noticing and reflecting on moments that bring you joy and the good feelings they elicit can make a difference in the texture of your day. For more on delight, check out The Book of Delights by Ross Gay or the Happiness Spells podcast.