How To Be Happy: Find Thin Slices Of Joy Every Day

March is a weird month. Not winter, not spring. Everyone seems to be waiting for something, and that waiting can be uninspiring. So we decided to spend March considering actionable ways to BE HAPPY. Up this week: Finding thin slices of joy during your day.

You know the feeling you get when you are thirsty and take that first blessed sip of water? Or, when picking up the mail, you spot a handwritten envelope mixed in with all the bills and catalogs? Or when you finally hit send on an email that took you forever to write? Those, friends, are all thin slices of joy, a term aptly coined by New York Times-bestselling author Chade-Meng Tan that refers to the small, sweet moments that we should be actively noticing throughout our day. And so, since this month’s focus is How To Be Happy, here is a list of thin slices of joy we believe to be universal. Happy noticing!

  1. Realizing that the birds are chirping because it is, indeed, spring.
  2. Wrapping your hands around on that first cup of coffee in the morning.
  3. Heck, catching the first whiff of coffee being brewed in the morning.
  4. Seeing this baby try wasabi for the first time.
  5. Hitting “pause” on your music, heart pounding and breath heavy and muscles burning, after finishing your daily workout.
  6. Removing whatever it is you are baking (vegan cupcakes!?) from the oven.
  7. Unexpectedly catching a sunrise.
  8. Purposefully catching a sunset. Drink of choice in hand.
  9. Remembering that a rest day is actually good for you.
  10. Checking in on the penguins at The California Academy of Sciences.
  11. Treating yourself to $5 deli flowers.
  12. Saying “OM” with a roomful of strangers.
  13. Rewatching E.T.
  14. Finding out cows love accordions.
  15. Plucking a basil leaf from a plant you grew — and using it in your homemade pesto.
  16. Tasting that homemade pesto and noting it is, in fact, quite good.
  17. Opening that bottle of wine you got at that vineyard on your birthday.
  18. Crossing the last of the day’s to-dos of your list.

We could go on and on. What are some of your tiny slices of joy?


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