Australia’s top 50 ‘simple pleasures’ revealed, how many can you tick off?

2021 hasn’t brought the clean slate we thought it would, so here are our top 50 ‘simple pleasures’ that can bring a little brightness to your day-to-day.

We may have forgotten what a passport looks like and the elation of being completely stress-free in large crowds, but there’s so many things that we can do every day to make life that little more special.

Who needs Paris and festivals – right?

The hardest part about simple pleasures in life is actually noticing them. In between work stress, busy family lives and our *full on* workout routines, stopping to smell the roses can feel like more of a chore than a blessing.

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In fact, according to a new survey from travel company SLH, more than half of respondents said they don’t get to enjoy life’s simple pleasures often enough and 41% feel they don’t have enough time in the day to do so. Work and parenting were the two major hindrances – surprise, surprise.

Acclaimed self-help author Mark Manson (who wrote the best seller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck) has often covered the importance and meaning that life’s simple joys bring.

“What the paradox resolves into [is]: a devaluing of superficial pleasures and a greater appreciation for simple, authentic ones. I don’t really enjoy the presents at Christmas anymore, the fireworks at Fourth of July, or even the parties on New Year’s Eve…but unlike before, I appreciate every day spent with those who mean a lot to me. A quiet beer on a patio. Watching a basketball game together. Going to a birthday party or a barbecue. These are the events I look forward to now and get excited about, days and weeks ahead of time… And that’s probably the way it should be,” he writes on his blog Life Advice That Doesn’t Suck.

So – if you’re looking for a moment in your day to celebrate life and the beauty of living it, look no further. Courtesy of SLH, we have a list of Australia’s top 50 ‘simple pleasures’ that you can put to good use right this instant.

Go on, optimists. How many can you tick off?

The top 50 ‘simple pleasures’

1. Listening to your favourite songs

2. Sleeping in a freshly made bed

3. Making someone smile or laugh

4. A nice dinner

5. Payday

6. Sleeping in a big incredibly comfy bed

7. Sound of rain on the window

8. Stunning views

9. Watching your favourite movie

10. Going to the beach

11. Having dinner made for you

12. Finding money in a purse/wallet you had forgotten about

13. Dining out

14. Discovering new places

15. Getting a delivery in the post

16. Home cooking

17. Wearing an outfit that makes you feel good

18. Staying in bed on a Sunday morning

19. Feeling of sun on your face

20. Receiving a compliment from a stranger

21. Having a gossip or catchup with friends

22. Laughing out loud at a film

23. Not having to set the alarm at the weekend or on a day off

24. Seeing flowers and trees blossom

25. Long walks

26. Having a picnic

27. Waking up to sun

28. Travelling across the state

29. Cake

30. Doing exercise

31. Discovering new food

32. Getting a cuddle from your children

33. Discovering new music

34. Seeing old people hold hands

35. Seeing a butterfly

36. A roaring fire

37. Having a good hair day

38. Buying fresh local food produce

39. Finishing a really good book

40. Swimming outside

41. Having a coffee/tea in bed

42. Someone making you a cup of tea

43. Hearing nothing but birds chirping

44. Smell of toast in the morning

45. Hearing the wind blow through the trees

46. Meeting new people

47. Sitting in a pub garden

48. Playing sport with friends or family

49. Donating to charity

50. Spontaneous mid-week dinners

We have to admit, even just reading this list warms our hearts.