Let me tell you about five words that hit me like a ton of bricks:
“Pops, put your phone away!”

I mean, seriously, here I am in the park with my granddaughter, and I’m checking emails? What was I thinking?

Now, let me spill the beans on something real with you. As I gear up for a fresh year of purpose, fulfillment, and significance, I’ve got this burning desire to zero in on the simple pleasures. See, I used to be all about the “bigger is better” mantra, chasing after grand materialistic goals—houses, cars, vacations, you name it, all that flashy “STUFF.”

But in the post-pandemic reality check, I’ve had an epiphany. Happiness isn’t hiding in the big stuff; it’s chilling in the simple pleasures. So, I’m keeping it straight and simple in this post. I’m throwing down my top 25 simple pleasures that can sprinkle some serious joy into your daily grind.

Folks, let me tell you, if you can dial into those simple pleasures life hands you, it’s like armor against the storms. You stay positive, centered, and relaxed. It sounds basic, but that’s the beauty of it.

Take my folks, pushing into their 90s, and a few years back, they committed to catching the sunset every single day for a whole year. Rain or shine, at the ocean or in their backyard, they captured that moment. Now, that simple pleasure was more than just a routine – it was a darn inspiration for me to “find joy in each day.”

Here’s to life’s simple pleasures!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.