When our children were little, one of their favourite books was called "My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes" by Eve Sutton. Basically each page was about exciting cats from different countries and what they liked to do (the cat from Spain flew an aeroplane) but her cat liked to hide in boxes. That book pretty much sums up your average cat and their love of simple pleasures - boxes being top of their list - if there's a box it will be sat in (or slept in).
In today's consumer hungry world we need to take a step back and appreciate the simple pleasures too. You don't need to buy stuff all the time, you don't need to be constantly shopping and spending and being entertained. Those are lovely treats, but somewhere in the grand scheme of things we have replaced the simple with the loud and demanding.
Let's take a moment to think about the little things that make us happy.....for me it's a cup of coffee, a serve of hot, salty chips, a sunny day, seeing my children, holding my new granddaughter, holding hands with my husband, reading a good book, having a laugh with a friend, and the list could go on forever.
None of these simple pleasures cost much - a few dollars or nothing at all, and yet just thinking about them brings a smile to my face. Why not stop for a while, put down the glossy catalogs and think about something simple that you could do right now that would make you smile.