1. Birds at sunrise.
Alia Coldwell: Most days I am awoken by—or to—wildlife. The enthusiasm that birds show towards sunrise is amazing. My house is surrounded by trees which are filled with birds (many tuis). I often sleep with a window open. If I sleep in, the dog wakes me with a nose lick.
2. Hiking on an unfamiliar trail.
Rick Bruno: Long time friends. Baseball (at any level). Career satisfaction (not to be confused with salary). Good books. A long hike on a trail you’ve never been on. Teaching a child. Helping someone.
3. Crunchy maple leaves.
Erin Bourque: A warm bed on a chilly winter morning. A thought-provoking conversation. The crunch from stepping on a fallen maple leaf in autumn.
Kyle Pennell: The right song at the right moment. Campfires.
5. Branches encased in frosty snow.
Erin Bourque: Sharpened skates and fresh, hard ice. A grandparent’s anecdotes.Freshly fallen snow and the fragility of tree branches encased in ice.
6. Raw nature.
Elizabeth Leclair: A smile from one or both of my grandchildren. The feeling you get when the wind catches your sails, and the motor gets turned off. The sheer awe of nature in its most raw forms.
7. Random acts of kindness.
Jennifer Dowdy: My son’s laugh. My son’s face when my husband comes home. A good cry. Random acts of kindness.
8. Smiles from loved ones who are happy to see you.
Carl Grant: The smile of a loved one you haven’t seen for awhile. Starting a book and knowing it’s going to be great. Waking after a good nights sleep to a beautiful day. My cat’s welcome when I return from a trip. I could go on.
Neha Kariyaniya: Laughing so hard that your laugh becomes silent and you feel a six pack coming on.
10. Being cozy inside when it’s raining outside.
Heidi M. Peterson: The first sip of coffee in the morning. Sitting in a cozy spot with hot tea and a book listening to the rain.
11. A dog’s greeting.
Heidi M. Petersen: Hiking in the countryside. Swimming in warm water. The love of a dog. The joy of animals. Happy people. Music. Being outdoors. Being.
12. A cold beer on a hot day.
Deborah Shortt: Walking past a bush and seeing a budding rose. Driving along and an old song comes on the radio. A cold beer on a hot day. Watching a sunrise with your lover. The best is often found in the smallest things.
13. Crisp clean sheets.
Aimee Worlds: Crisp clean sheets and a warm blanket after a hot shower! Oils like Frankincense & Myrrh, Bergamont, Vetiver, Sandalwood.
14. That first spring breeze.
Aimee Worlds: The smell of a newborn baby’s breath. The feel of warm spring air dancing across your skin while lying in the sun. Haggen Daz ice cream: Butter Pecan.
15. Fresh air and silence.
Shruti Nayak: To be able to experience this. All that you need to do is sit quietly and let the clouds pass through you. The fresh air, the silence and the beauty of nature leaves you in awe! Travelling to good places - One of the best things in life.
16. That summer rain smell.
Akriti Sinha: The smell of the first rain after summer. Weekend starts tomorrow. The most awaited vacation’s count down.
17. A warm bed on a bleak winter morning.
Akriti Sinha: A cool breeze on a hot day. A warm bed during winters. A glass of water after a prolonged thirst.
18. A starry night.
Usman Naeem: I enjoy a stroll (walking around my garden) and looking at the insects and ants. Looking at stars at night at times. A cloudy day always brings a smile on my face.
19. Loving mothers.
Pavithra Balachandran: My mom stepping out into the balcony every morning, in between all her hassles, just to wave bye to me.. even though she has already done so a 100 times just 5 minutes back :)
20. Walks on the beach.
Chiranjeevi Alti: Wise advice, unexpected help, wishes, complimentary drink, a walk on the beach, candle light dinner, pets, unconditional love, free meals at work and the A2A’s on quora.