Always look on the bright side....
Our general feeling of happiness and well-being can take a dip at any time. Whether you are feeling blue or you've just had a tough day and the kids have been whining or grizzling (or the baby has been crying) and you feel worn out and fed up life can really get you down.
This page is inspired by a popular thread on the site where Netmums members have beensharing the little things in life which pick up their spirits and make them feel happy. We loved it so much we thought we'd create a page for anyone who needs a little boost to see them through a hard day.
Through a child's eyes
If you look at the world through a child's eyes you cannot help but share the simple thing
s that make them smile and laugh. How often have you headed out on a walk to the shops, hurrying people along as you need to buy bread for lunch, to be stopped by a cry of glee as your toddler discovers a ladybird on top of a wall or points out a funny shaped cloud in the sky?
Children take time to notice and delight in the odd and funny and beautiful things in life. They smile and laugh more than adults do. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of their books and stop to appreciate life's simple pleasures too?
Life's simple pleasures
So what is it that makes mums happy? What simple pleasures in life lift our mood and brighten our day?
Here are just a few of life's simple pleasures that our netmums members shared.
- Soaking in the bath and then stepping into clean pyjamas and a bed with clean bedding - bliss! - Liz
- Curling up with a book and finding a quiet hour to read - Jackie
- Stepping outside on a chilly day and 'smelling' the frost and cold - Shona
- Having a child fall asleep on your lap - Veda
- Reading a trashy magazine on the sofa, with a hot cuppa - Claire
- Getting up early whilst the house is quiet and enjoying a hot cup of tea on the back step - Holly
- Seeing the first snowdrops of spring - Alison
- Walking on a windy day - Claire
- Snuggling up in bad in the mornings all together, enjoying cuddles and giggles - Alison
- Watching my children as they sleep - Lucy
- Sitting curled up in front of an open fire - Paula
- Making footprints in the snow - Clare
- When your children say 'I love you mummy' - Sally
- The smell of home baked bread - Donna
- Going to sleep listening to the rain beating against the windows - Eleanor
- Listening to my children as they play - Wendy
- The smell of fresh laundry - Kirsty
- Driving and singing to music (loudly) - Lola
What are your simple pleasures?
We would love you to add the things that make you stop and smile to the list. Why not pop over to the thread and add your ideas too? Whenever life all gets a bit too much or you feel glum, refer back to the list and take a minute to stop and think about the little things that make you smile.