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Rules of Happiness #14 – Enjoy Simple Pleasures – January 19 Devotions


Enjoy life’s simple pleasures. What does this mean to you? In my life, simple pleasures include spending time with hubby Dave, whether we’re talking after supper about our days, or snuggling together on the couch watching a NASCAR race.  Simple pleasures for us also include cuddling with any one of our fur babies (2 dogs, 8 cats!) or just watching them play.

Time spent with family, especially the grandchildren, is definitely among the top simple pleasures: such as my 3-year-old granddaughter telling my daughter to call or Skype, because she wants to talk to “Grami” – or watching and listening to my almost  18-month-old granddaughter squeal with delight over a new toy!

For  me, simple pleasures also include sewing, crafting, and quilting; socializing online with family and friends; and blogging and interacting with others in the blogging community. This means YOU, dear readers of my blogs! 🙂 I really appreciate all of you who visit, and who take the time to leave comments (I must get into the habit of responding to comments, as well), and especially to know that what I share here is a blessing to you. That’s encouraging for me to know that, since that was the intended purpose of this blog!




So we are up to #14 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness. Only 4 to go! I should mention here again that these are NOT affiliate links to his book (which goes into more detail on each rule — I’m just sharing excerpts with the main ideas of each). I just thought it was worth sharing and it has made for a nice series of blog posts, and well-received, based on readers’ comments!


Here are #1 – #13  in case you have missed any, or would like to look back at them:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself.

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Happiness is Only Ever Now

Rule #8: Experience, Don’t Hoard!

Rule #9: Experience Both Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

Rule #11: Love More

Rule #12: Have a Dream 

Rule #13: Set Direction with Intention



Onto today’s rule…


Rule #14 – Enjoy Simple Pleasures


“It’s an attitude. The ability to appreciate the happiness, the beauty, the pleasure in the simple things around us.

Remember the simple things that you truly enjoy. Then take time out to experience them again.

Or even better, turn them into little daily or weekly rituals, filling your life with sunshine.

Quite simply, enjoy simple pleasures and rituals – and you will be happy.” –Karl Moore

Simplicity is the essence of happiness.”

– Cedric Bledsoe


My reflections:

As I said at the beginning of this post, I have so many things in life that I consider simple pleasures. I fully agree with this rule of happiness, because engaging in any of my favorite simple pleasures makes me happy and joyful!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do simple pleasures in your life make you happy? Have you taken time to think about them and pursue them more often?


Dave with our pups!
                                    Dave with our pups!


  1. Michelle

    You are a woman of my own heart. My greatest joy is spending time with my family!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  2. Linda Hampton

    Sometimes we look for a huge shift or something big to come along. But in reality it’s the simple pleasure in life that are most enjoyable. For me it’s taking a walk. Recently I was out of the country and taking a walk was not so easy. I have learned to appreciate these small simple pleasures. Thanks
    Linda Hampton recently posted..Living Without Fear Part 2 How To Use Self-Talk to Transform Your Fears

    19 . Jan . 2016
  3. tara pittman

    Simple pleasures are the best. Mine is a cup of coffee and watching a movie with the kids.
    tara pittman recently posted..How To Make Low-Fat Sugar- Free (no added sugar) Banana Muffins

    19 . Jan . 2016
  4. Ana De- Jesus

    I agree lifes simple pleasures are what makes life worth living. Great post.
    Ana De- Jesus recently posted..The History Of Androgyny

    19 . Jan . 2016
  5. Elizabeth Towns

    God uses the simple things to confound the wise. I think the pursuit of simple pleasures; the enjoyment of the most simple things, is what helps us to bear the rest of this world that we live in. I love the very concept of these rules of happiness!
    Elizabeth Towns recently posted..Complaining can be bested: Do Something

    19 . Jan . 2016
  6. Dreamhowl

    I think this is important advice. I’ve read so many books and things that say when you are feeling down, you should do something you love to bring your spirits back up. It resonates a lot with your blog post.
    Dreamhowl recently posted..My Top 5 Favorite Character Resources

    19 . Jan . 2016
  7. Patrice M Foster

    I agree with you life simple pleasure is spending quality time with family and friends you can’t ask for anything less. Great food, laughter a feast!
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    19 . Jan . 2016
  8. Terri Beavers

    Simple pleasures are what I live for. Time spent with family and the grand kids are all I need.
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    19 . Jan . 2016
  9. Jennifer Rollins

    Simple pleasures are the best! I love to spend time with my husband and kids. Time spent with them is better than anything!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  10. Shannon Peterson

    Walks outside with my son are my favorite simple pleasure to enjoy!
    Shannon Peterson recently posted..Warby Parker: Try Before You Buy

    19 . Jan . 2016
  11. Alana

    Our phone account was hacked in December, and it has been nothing but problems since – including a number of long phone calls with our phone carrier. Really makes me appreciate the simple pleasures of life – like having time for yourself, lol. I’ve been loving this series, by the way, when I have time to enjoy it.
    Alana recently posted..When Water is Toxic

    19 . Jan . 2016
  12. Kim Smyth

    Nice post which makes me have to think a moment about what I consider my simple pleasures, walking on the beach, reading and my morning cup of coffee come to mind! You are right, we should all take time to enjoy each and every one!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  13. Martha

    Simple is sometimes better. Hubby and I have been married almost 48 years and just spending time in the garden or home makes us happy. Of course add the grandchildren and we’re in heaven!
    Martha recently posted..National Popcorn Day

    19 . Jan . 2016
  14. Maddie

    I love these tips. I’ll have to use them.

    19 . Jan . 2016
  15. GiGi Eats

    I say yes way too much actually – I need to practice saying NO! 😉
    GiGi Eats recently posted..Fishing For Healthier Fish & Chips

    19 . Jan . 2016
  16. Elizabeth O.

    It’s important to enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life. That’s definitely one of the things that will make you happy!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  17. michelle

    simple pleasures make me happy like seeing a movie or spending quality time with friends and family. i purse them as much as possible
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    19 . Jan . 2016
  18. Claudette

    I am extremely happy with simple pleasures! Would not have it any other way.
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    19 . Jan . 2016
  19. top5life

    Happiness is an inner feeling. Keep beautiful and remain happy.

    20 . Jan . 2016
  20. OurFamilyWorld

    Some people think I am a shallow person because the simple pleasures make me happy.
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    20 . Jan . 2016
  21. Rocio Chavez

    Yes, yes, yes – we need more happiness in our lives and I love that your helping in the happiness movement too! Such a better place to be that mad at the world 😀
    Rocio Chavez recently posted..Black Bean Dip – Perfect Appetizer

    20 . Jan . 2016
  22. Shaylee @ Data Nerds

    Yes this is so great! I try to appreciate the simple things everyday – sometimes I do better than others – but it’s a great habit to get into!
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    20 . Jan . 2016
  23. Danielle Des

    8 cats – wow! I want to start paying more attention to my simple pleasures in the near future.

    20 . Jan . 2016
  24. Erica Brooks

    Simple pleasures like spending time with my family or my hubby making Sunday breakfast and our family sitting at the table to enjoy it together mean the world to me.
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    20 . Jan . 2016
  25. Victoria Sconion

    My simple pleasure is just enjoying a hot cup of coffee early in the morning and watch the sun rise while the house is silent. Rare, but its the best moment every single time.
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    20 . Jan . 2016
  26. Anosa

    Hit the nail on the head. The simple things tend to be the things we take for granted but every now and then I stop and think just how lucky I am and it fills my heart with happiness

    25 . Jan . 2016

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