Do something just for fun. Pleasure is one of life’s essential nutrients.
— Cheryl Richardson
Our minds need relaxation, and give way
Unless we mix with work a little play.
— Jean Moliére
Unfortunately, many people do not consider fun an important item on their daily agenda. For me, that was always high priority in whatever I was doing.
— Charles “Chuck” Yeager
Take time every day to do something silly.
— Philipa Walker
Once in a while try making a point of actually playing the way you did as a child. Go to the park, climb in a swing, and try to touch the limb of a nearby tree with your toes. Pull out your son’s skateboard and enjoy the way the technology has improved since you rode one of your own.
— Thomas Kinkade
Life is for enjoying. It is not a race to see how much you can get done.
— Jill Clark
Life will sometimes hand you a magical moment. Savor it.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Do not miss a day’s enjoyment or forgo your share of innocent pleasures.
— Apocrypha: Ecclesiasticus
Every minute that goes by is a minute that’s lost if we don’t enjoy it. Your life can be as exciting as you want it to be. I love my life.
— Dot Richardson
The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.
— Sir Francis Bacon
Everything stress is, gardening is not. Stress is hurried and harried; gardening has the pace of nature’s season-long rhythms. Stress is feeling powerless and victimized; gardening is control over both your food supply and your immediate environment. As you garden, you are healed – body and mind, heart and soul.
— William Gottlieb
The kiss of sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth –
One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
— Dorothy Gurney
When in these fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness. In this hour divinely fresh and still, the fair face of every flower salutes me with a silent joy that fills me with infinite content; each gives me its color, its grace, its perfume, and enriches me with the consummation of its beauty.
— Celia Thaxter
There’s nothing like the unending delights of a garden. No matter how small my garden is, to me it is a place of tremendous peace and inspiration. I find that gardening releases my mind to drift away from whatever has been bugging me. I try to create a beautiful landscape, and I want my garden to inspire feelings of tranquility in the people who see it, just as it does for me.
— Angela Landsbury
The secret of happiness? Enjoy small pleasures.
— Samuel Smiles
The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.
— Robert Ingersoll
Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.
— Jonathan Edwards
Paraplegics and lottery winners do not differ significantly in their degree of reported happiness. If you will cease comparing yourself and your success with others and learn to attend more fully to the simple joyful moments of life, you are more likely to feel sweetly successful.
— Dr. Paul Pearsall
Giving, whether it be of time, labor, affection, advice, gifts or whatever, is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
— Rebecca Russell
Much has been said about the relative value of happiness; but write it on your heart that happiness is the cheapest thing in the world – when we buy it for someone else.
— Paul Flemming
He who is happiest is he who gives the most happiness.
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.
— Samuel Coleridge
When it comes to deep, lasting happiness, self-serving just isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Those who live only for themselves will be stuck with themselves – and little else. Those who give of themselves, on the other hand, move closer and closer to discovering the secrets of lasting joy.
— Thomas Kinkade
Make the most of every sense; glory in all of the pleasures and beauty which the world reveals to you.
— Helen Keller
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
— Søren Kierkegard
To live much and to take pleasure in life is to live twice.
— Baltasar Gracián
Most men that thrive in the world forget to take pleasure during the time that they are getting their estate, but reserve that till they have got one, and then it is too late for them to enjoy it.
— Samuel Pepys
Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines. Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger.
— Anna Quindlen
Sweet success is a life brought alive by our full attention to the joys of the many small moments. It is an enduring sense of sufficiency that allows the most simple of things to soothe and reenergize us.
— Paul Pearsall
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
— Anonymous, if a dog were your teacher
Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver on a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted.
— Anna Quindlen
I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
— Leo Buscaglia
Replace the quick shower with the long soak. Warm baths can lower your blood pressure, expand the vessels throughout your body and around your heart and provide a place to get away from it all. Take a leisurely warm bath with the lights out and practice ignoring the pestering of your hyperactive brain.
— Paul Pearsall