Give Me the Simple Life: The Habit of Happiness


In last week’s “Simple Life” feature, we talked about a recent study that found optimistic people live longer, happier lives. Such a good reminder that happiness is not an expendable luxury! It’s a habit of necessity.

Perhaps you think you’ll be happy when you get a newer house, or a better paying job, or the perfect someone with whom to share your life. And you might! But you might not.

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It’s so much better to start making happiness a habit right now. Each new morning when you wake up, you’ve been given a wonderful gift–another day of life.

It starts with the little things. Finding pleasure in enjoying the life you’re living right now–savoring the small moments. Turning the soil in the garden, having coffee with a friend, experimenting with a new cookie recipe, taking the dog for a walk, starting a new project.The habit of happiness, I think, starts in the mind.

Finding joy is just that . . . a search. Simple pleasures are waiting to be enjoyed. Simple pleasures are often overlooked. Simple pleasures are available to all of us, every single day.

God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
(Psalm 19:1, The Message)

Today, what is your simple pleasure? Me, it’s the sun rising in our backyard. Takes my breath away!



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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. “Savoring the small moments” that is so true Suzanne! There is joy to be found all around us if we simply look for it. For me, it’s the smell of fresh air, how beautifully blue the sky can be, the multitude of stars at night. Thank you for a good reminder to be thankful!

  2. Melanie Backus says:

    A simple pleasure for me is listening to the birds singing as our weather starts to warm. God is so good.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  3. Renee says:

    My simple pleasure is enjoying time with my kids. I love watching them. They sure grow quickly!

  4. Linda Laws says:

    I love Suzanne’s web site!!!
    I also love to wake up and read about an or so , then take a long HOT shower!!!
    I set and I always hear this one Dove every morning! It’s beautiful!!!
    Oh, I pray Suzanne keeps this going!!!