Finding joy in the little things.

HAPPINESS–the one elusive thing we are in pursuit of, all our lives. Funnily, we look for it in all the wrong places! We look for it in everything we work hard for and expect to work out for us. Little do we realise, that it is not the big things that hold the key to our happiness, but the tiny things in the here and the now that we are so oblivious to–things that are right in front of our eyes, but, which we fail to even acknowledge.

Last year, I wrote a post on 20 things that bring me happiness. Ironically, just after that post, Life took a U-turn and changed my world, completely. It felt like the Universe meant to make sure I practised what I preached:

“Look for happiness in the little things!” it told me.

And, I did!

I am grateful to the Universe for making me aware of the fickleness of Life. I have, since, learned to be truly happy for every thing that happens in Life. And, hence, this post.

Happiness means different things for different people. For me…


1. My winged babies who fill my world with their shrill whistles and adorable bird-speak, give me happiness.

2. Working from home makes me happy and feel good about myself.

3. Making art, especially Mandala and illustrations makes me happy and relieves my stress and anxiety.

4. Writing–in my diary, or a post/article. Sheer bliss!

5. Connecting with friends and sisters through phone calls is rejuvenating.

6. Soaking in the early morning sunshine in my kitchen window. Those few quiet moments of feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, the gentle caress of the cool, morning breeze, feeling one with the Universe, makes me feel blessed!


Feeling the warmth of the early morning sun.

7. My workout sessions in the mornings and my walks in the evenings–without any company! How I love those silent moments, when all I hear is my breathing and my heartbeat.

8. Dancing to the tune of songs that lift my spirits and leave me feeling energised.

9. Humming a song, with Cookie on my shoulder, humming along in her own parrot-y way…is something I will cherish all my life!


Cookie rules my world!

10. Realising how possessive Cookie is about me–I just can’t get over this one!

11. Realising how emotionally independent I have become in the past year, makes me feel empowered and liberated.

12. Counting my blessings and appreciating every little thing that worked out for me, and every little thing that did not. There are reasons why the things you wish for, don’t come your way. Be grateful for all your dreams that did not come true. There are better dreams waiting to become a reality!

13. Noticing the improvement in my overall health since I began working on myself–mentally, physically and emotionally. I realise every day how awesome I am!!!

14. Every little victory that comes my way–makes me understand what it is that I am doing right.

15. Watching my friends happy in their world, makes me truly happy.

16. Being showered with love and warmth by an aged neighbour–the way she hugs me, makes me feel like I am with mom (coincidently, her daughter’s name is Shilpa, too!)

17. The canine babies in my neighbourhood, when they leap at me in joy and go crazy demanding my attention, makes me feel special.

18. Hearing my babies learning to speak the words I teach them is a wonderful feeling (although, each time I try to record their chatter, they clam up!).

19. Solving puzzles at bedtime gives me happiness (much to hubby’s amusement!).

20. And, finally, connecting with you, dear readers, gives me unlimited joy! So, thank you for visiting me, here.

I keep counting all the little things that fill my world with happiness–some, I note down in my diary, and others, I store away in the ‘Happiness’ file, in my memory. And, each time I do so, I send a ‘Thank you’ to the Universe, which is doing its job brilliantly!

What are the little things that bring you joy? Do share with me, or in your blogs. I would love to know.



Where do you look for happiness?


Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

39 thoughts on “Finding joy in the little things.

  1. What a happy and feel good post this is, Shilpa. Yes, it is the small things in life that give us unexpected pleasures and make us smile each and every day! I think I have done a similar post some years ago. Oh, I think I must do a new one soon. Thanks for the inspiration, Shilpa ♥

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    1. I did this post because I wanted to add to my last year’s list of things that bring me happiness, Shilpa. I would love to read your new post now, whenever you write it. These posts help us look clearly at Life and notice the little things we often tend to ignore.
      ❤ Much love!


  2. I envy you for that early morning sunshine on your kitchen window. My kitchen is always dark and has to keep the lights on always. Would love to dance with you one day. BTW you are looking younger with each day, you almost look like a college girl. The glow of happiness is evident on your face. Much love.

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    1. I am fortunate enough to have sunshine streaming into my kitchen in the early mornings, B. And, the glow of happiness takes a lot of work–working on my thoughts, emotions and will power!
      Thanks so much! Would love to dance with you, too!


    1. Haha! Sunita, mornings are for half an hour of Yoga and evenings are for my walk, and I usually think about what to make for breakfast/lunch and dinner the day before. Of course, your’s being a large family and more responsibilities, I can understand how you must be hard pressed for time to spend for yourself.


  3. You look happy and content. The whistles of your birds might be contributing a lot because I got to listen to them in you doodling post videos and it perked me up 🙂 Your artwork is an inspiration and the one in this post is your best work in recent times. It is so so so beautiful. I love to see dog pictures and observing them and you got too many of them in one place to pose for you. Writing is cathartic, a fact many readers here will agree with and earning through it is like the cherry on the cake, isn’t it? Cheers to emotionally independent times.

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    1. Oh thank you, Anu!
      I hit upon this idea some months back that Life is always going to cause anxiety and stress. Why not focus on stuff that gives me joy and work on improving myself in the activities I so enjoy. Frankly, I am not earning much, but at least it is a beginning and makes me feel good when I realise how far I have come since I began blogging in 2013 (all thanks to the friend who showed me the way).


  4. Indeed, often it is the smallest of things that give us the grandest of joys! And you have got wonderful company – Cookie and your other winged friends and your pawed friends too. Lucky you. Speaking from personal experience, they would the best of friends one can ever have and surely one of the biggest reasons of happiness. Their innocence can easily fill up one’s heart with joy in no time

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    1. Oh yes, that is so so true! Animals and birds make for better company, any day! Their love isn’t conditional, their emotions are all genuine and speak of their innocence and purity of heart. Maybe that’s the reason I find more happiness in their company. 😀
      Thank you so much for visiting, Amit! 🙂


  5. I’m so happy to read this happy post, Shilpa. Last year when you posted 20 things which made you happy, it encouraged me to do a similar post and it was so wonderful to write that. You are looking so peaceful, Shilpa. I love that in you. 🙂 And your artworks, they are great and improving with each new one. Way to go, dear. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Vini! I am doing my best to stay peaceful in spite of everything. It can get difficult at times, keeping a peaceful mind, but one has to do it!
      I am working on my art a lot these days–it’s something that brings me solace–and I really wish to work on it more.
      Much love! ❤


  6. You got THAT view from your window 😍 I would wake up early every day to watch the sunrise. So beautiful and refreshing. Love your little feathery and fur babies. It must be so awesome to spend time with them. Glad you are doing well healthwise. This is such a feel good post Shilpa. Made me smile 😊

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  7. Hi, Shilpa, I’m glad that I landed here. The vibes are soothing, and the piece of art you shared is heartening. Happiness indeed lies in small things. Knowing this and finding these are two different things. I’m glad that you’re able to find those. Stay blessed! 🙂

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  8. Knock on wood Shilpa. Happy to see you in a happy space. Your post is so uplifting, it makes me feel good too. Cookie is adorable, and she’s possessive – that’s the cutest thing I’ve heard. Do try to record her new learnings.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tulika!
      It does take a lot of work trying to create the happy space. I am grateful for all the things that help me stay peaceful and happy…grateful that I ‘see’ those things today!

      Yes, Cookie is one possessive little bird! She doesn’t ‘talk’, like the others. All she says is, “Shilpppa…!” 😛

      Will record the other babies’ chatter someday, for sure. 🙂


  9. Lovely post, Shilpa! You and your birds were meant for each other. 🙂 How wonderful that you take care of the neighbourhood dogs, as well. As for your art, you have an abundance of talent and we can see the joy in your creations. Wishing you continued happiness!

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie!
      It’s thanks to Chikoo that I started looking at dogs from a new angle and now, they matter to me much more than the people of my neighbourhood!
      Yes, me and my babies are meant for each other, no doubt. They prove it to me everyday.

      Thanks for your lovely wishes, Debbie!
      Wishing happiness for you, too! ❤

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