Friday’s List of Simple Pleasures

Aren’t simple pleasures the very best ones?

Little things that don’t really cost a thing (or not much, anyway), but they are tremendously satisfying. They help us slow down and live “in the moment,” to fully appreciate our life. Most simple pleasures seem to be connected with appreciating nature, it seems.

So I thought it would be fun to compile a list of simple pleasures. Send me yours for next Friday’s list! Once you start…you can’t stop. As Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing.”

Tomatoes from the garden.
Walking the dog on a summer morning.
Listening to classical music.
Good coffee.
A great book.
Popcorn and an old movie on DVD.
The smell of fresh-cut grass.
Watching the sunrise.
Walking on the beach.
A gentle morning run.
Watching the sunset.
Hugging your child tightly.
Dark chocolate.
Laughing until your sides ache.
A long conversation with a good friend.
Root beer float.
Waking to a clean house.
An uncluttered room.
Watching your child play.
Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.
Helping someone in need.
Making someone smile.
Homemade pie.
A nature hike.
Laying back and watching the stars.
Watching your children on Christmas morning.
Laying back and looking up at clouds.
Watching the ocean.
Reese’s peanut butter cups. Right out of the freezer.
Iced tea.
Taking a hot bath on a winter night.
A gentle breeze.
The feeling after a good workout.
Checking something off your to-do list.
Writing on good paper with a good pen.
A clear desk.
Fresh popped popcorn.
A fresh snow.
Swinging on a swing.
Homemade strawberry shortcake.
Watching animals in nature.
An empty email inbox.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    Wow – that's a pretty great list! Not sure if I can think of any to add.

    Here's one: Soft towels warm from the dryer.

    I always say "curling up with a good book" but you got the book.

    Waking up when you want to.
    A gentle rain.
    An ice cream cone.
    Sitting in the dark by the lighted Christmas tree.
    A porch swing.
    A cold slide of watermelon.
    Licking the dasher from the ice cream maker.
    Singing hymns in church.
    The aroma of dinner cooking.

    I guess I came up with a few after all! LOL

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love to walk in the rain – and a
    good storm is always welcome!
    Another great freebie is….a full
    moon…and a (rare) harvest moon.

    What a great idea to collect these.

    Thanks, Suzanne!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Coffee with a friend.

    A momma cow's moo.

    Laughing til your cheeks hurt.

    Fresh sheets.

    Warm sun on a cold winter day.

    High blue skies with no clouds.

    Cooking with a friend…especially when her family does the dishes!

    Puppy breath

    with love from Tx,Kim

  4. Anonymous says:

    finishing the last thank you note.

    licking the beaters

    sending/writing a card/note, just because

    seeing your kid's smile and eyes light up over something simple

    walking into a room and having a puppy jiggle all over, happy to see you

  5. Anonymous says:

    Looking out over Hong Kong Harbor from The peak at night.

    Laying on a hammock on a nice sunny day in the shade with a breeze going.

    Witnessing your first grandchild being born.

    A baby's laugh

    Reuniting with friends