Understanding and appreciating the “little things in life” is a skill not everyone has. This ability is not about grand gestures or dramatic moments but rather about recognizing and valuing the small, everyday details.
People with this ability often share common personality traits. They might be more patient, display higher curiosity levels, or be more mindful of their surroundings.
Let’s dig into their personality and see what we can learn from them to find joy in life’s simplest parts.
1) They’re present in the moment
One of the best qualities you can have these days, and one that’s highly desirable, is to be able to disconnect from the world around you.
This doesn’t mean you have to go into the woods where no one’s around you, although that’s also good for you.
I’m talking about having your thoughts under control and enjoying or doing one thing at a time without letting your mind be all over the place.
It’s also called being mindful. People that appreciate the little things often notice and enjoy the details many others overlook.
This could be the beauty of a sunset, the taste of a good meal, or the sound of a bird singing. To put it more bluntly, I’m telling you to stop and smell the roses.
It’s similar to this next personality trait.
2) They appreciate simplicity and minimalism
Minimalism is an excellent way to start enjoying the little things. When you declutter your surroundings and mind, you’ll see that life is much simpler and more enjoyable.
You’ll worry less, notice things more, and have the time to do things slowly.
I found that enjoying basic pleasures and experiences without needing grand or elaborate situations to find happiness is the way to go.
In a world where something’s constantly happening, checking out and quiet-quitting are terms that are gaining popularity.
The pandemic was a big catalyst for many people that had a good look at their lives and decided that the rat race wasn’t for them.
Doing less, or nothing at all, has become a way of life for many. Most famously, the secluded Japanese men called hikikomori that play video games in their rooms that they NEVER leave.
Let’s return to people who enjoy life and don’t run away from it.
3) They have patience and don’t rush
If you can have patience and the ability to slow down, you might have what it takes to enjoy the little things.
You probably thought it over and now understand that life is a journey and that true happiness often lies in the journey itself and not solely in reaching a specific destination.
After all, good things often come to those that wait.
On the other side, having patience doesn’t mean you have to stay still all the time.
4) They possess a natural curiosity about the world
In my quest to enjoy the “little things in life” a bit more, I try to find wonder in discovering new things, exploring my surroundings, and seeking out unknown experiences, even in mundane things.
Life is much easier to digest when you have a child-like wonder about nature, animals, and space and their intriguing details and fascinating stories.
It’s really unfair that at some point in life, most of us “grow up” and lose interest in how stuff works as we get buried under mountains of stress and responsibilities.
To help with that, we should also find a way to do the following thing.
5) They find inspiration in everyday life
Finding inspiration in everyday life is quintessential to enjoying life. You almost can’t have one without the other.
I always remember how monks are happy even though they live stripped-down lives. They live in communal settings, supporting and serving one another and their broader communities.
The bonds they form within these communities bring them a sense of belonging and fulfillment, fostering happiness through shared spiritual practices and a shared sense of purpose.
While they let go of many of life’s pleasures and comforts, they generally live life with a sense of liberation and freedom from the distractions and burdens of materialistic pursuits.
Instead, they experience a deep sense of fulfillment and joy in their spiritual experiences.
6) They focus on others
Like monks, people who enjoy the “little things in life” focus their thoughts on others.
Here’s what Matthieu Ricard, “the happiest person in the world” and a Tibetan Buddhist monk, had to say:
“It’s simply that me, me, me all day long is very stuffy. And it’s quite miserable, because you instrumentalize the whole world as a threat, or as a potential sort of interest [to yourself].”
In other words, stop thinking about yourself all the time and think about others and the ways you could help them.
7) They love what they do
Those among us that enjoy the small stuff love doing what they do. They engross themselves in their work, hobbies, or passion projects.
They don’t find these things boring at all and wake up happy to know they get to do it yet again. It gives them a sense of purpose, a reason for living.
If you’ve never felt like that about what you do, you don’t know what you’re missing.
It’s such a relief to do what you love most of the day. People with that mindset, or luck, can’t wait for Mondays.
In fact, when I think about it, they’re the opposites of Garfield.
8) They are content
Another important trait is contentment. They find joy in the present moment rather than constantly striving for more.
Imagine a person named Adrian who lives a relatively simple life in a small coastal town.
Adrian finds contentment in the little things that bring him joy and fulfillment. Like spending time with his family and friends and going to the beach.
He wakes up in the morning and takes a moment to savor a warm cup of coffee while sitting on his terrace overlooking the city and feeling the gentle breeze and listening to the sound of seagulls in the distance while everyone’s still asleep.
He does a job he treasures and enjoys and spends his afternoons out and about.
You guessed it, it’s, in fact, me!
9) They have a humble nature
Humility is another important personality trait that reflects a modest and unpretentious attitude toward ourselves, others, and life in general.
It’s characterized by a genuine sense of self-awareness and not being preoccupied with seeking validation or attention from others.
If you go through life not showing off on social media or in real life, you aren’t threatened by the success of others and can genuinely celebrate the accomplishments of your peers without feeling envy or a need to compete.
That’s something that fewer people possess these days, unfortunately.
10) They reflect on things and experiences
We’ve come to one of my favorite things to do – reflect on my past, experiences, and the world around me.
I mostly do this by journaling in the morning or in the evenings when my wife and kid are asleep. It’s a simple exercise with a significant impact on my psyche and outlook on life.
Apart from journaling, some people meditate or simply take time each day to think about what they’ve observed and learned.
It helps with keeping the mind in check but also deepens the appreciation and awareness of experiences.
Reflection, for me, is a powerful tool for personal growth, cultivating a positive mindset, and nurturing a richer and more fulfilling life.
With that, we’ve come to the last personality trait.
11) They are positive
Positivity and an optimistic outlook on life help you find joy in small victories and help maintain a hopeful attitude even during challenging times.
I now tend to have a positive outlook on things that include my work and family life. When it comes to the world in general, I’m a bit less optimistic as things seem to be going out of hand.
Nevertheless, people that are optimistic tend to have a contagious effect on those around them.
Their positive energy and hopeful attitude can inspire and uplift others, creating a supportive and motivating environment. Because of that, there might just be hope for the planet people.
The planet will be all right, with or without us.
I ended this article in a somewhat bittersweet way. Hopefully, the overall feel of it was a bit more uplifting, motivating you to start seeing and enjoying the “little things in life” more.