Why Small Pleasures Are a Big Deal

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β€œWe’re surrounded by some powerful ideas about the sort of things that will make us happy. We think that really to deliver satisfaction, the pleasures we should aim for need to be…”
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With surrounded by some powerful ideas about the sort of things that will make us happy we tend to think that really to deliver satisfaction the pleasures we should aim for need to be rare we've inherited a romantic suspicion of the ordinary which is taken to be mediocre dull and uninspiring and work with a corresponding assumption that things that are unique hard to find exotic or unfamiliar and naturally fitted to delight us more than we want things to be expensive we like economic endorsement if something is cheap or free it's a little harder to appreciate the pineapple for instance dropped off a lot of people's wish list of fruit when its price fell from exhorbitant they used to cost the equivalent of hundreds of pounds to unremarkable caviar continues to sound somehow more interesting than chicken eggs then we want things to be famous in a fascinating experiment a celebrated violinist once don scruffy clothes and bust a street corner and was largely ignored the people would flock to the world's greatest concert halls to hear just the same man play just the same pieces lastly we want things to be large scale we mostly focused on big schemes that we hope will deliver big kind of enjoyment marriage career travel getting a new house these approaches aren't entirely wrong but unwittingly they collectively exhibit of vicious and unhelpful bias against the cheap be easily available the ordinary familiar and the small-scale as a result if someone says they've been on a trip to belize by private jet we automatically assumed they had a better time than someone who went to the local park by bike we imagine that visiting the fec gallery in florence is always going to be nicer than reading a paperback novel in the back garden a restaurant dinner at which lobster thermidor is served sounds a good deal more impressive than a supper of a cheese sandwich at home it feels more normal that the highlight of the weekend should be a hang-gliding lesson rather than a few minutes spent looking at the cloudy sky it feels odd to suggest that a modest far as of lily-of-the-valley the cheapest bloom at many florists might yield more satisfaction van gogh original and yet the paradoxical and cheering aspect of pleasure is how weird and promiscuous it can prove to be it doesn't need to collect in the most expensive boutiques it can refuse to stick with us on fancy holidays it's remarkably vulnerable to emotional trouble sucks and casual bad moods a fight that began with a small disagreement about how to pronounce the word can end up destroying every benefit of a five-star resort a pleasure may look very minor eating a fig having a bath with spring in bed in the dark talking to a grandparent or scanning through old photos of when you were a child and yet these pleasures can be anything but small if properly grasped and elaborated upon these sort of activities may be among the most moving and satisfying we can have appreciating what is to hand isn't a slacker solution it isn't an attack on ambition but there's no point in chasing the future until and unless we are better at being more attuned to the modest moments and things that are presently already available to us more fundamentally the smallness of small pleasures isn't really an assessment of how much they have to offer us it's a reflection of how many good things the world unfairly neglects a small pleasure is a great pleasure in waiting it's a great pleasure which has not yet received the collective acknowledgement it is jus appreciating small pleasures means trusting our own responses a little more we can't wait for everything that's lovely in charming to be approved by others before we allow ourselves to be enchanted we need to follow the muted signals of our own brains and allow that we are onto something important even though others may not yet be an agreement
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