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It's a truism you hear often—happiness comes from simplicity. But the thing is, it really is true. Of course we all have complex lives, and frantic multi-tasking is sometimes the only way to survive. But in-between the hectic moments, take a deep breath, look around and be glad for the small delights.

"To be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
-- Naturalist John Burroughs

make it!

There's nothing quite as satisfying as making something with your own hands.

make it!
  • If you haven't done it lately, bake something from scratch. There's something incredibly peaceful about being in a warm kitchen sifting, measuring and stirring. Or start with Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry cups and make your own unique creation!
  • Knit a scarf, embroider a t-shirt, glaze a vase, crochet a pot-holder. Who cares if what you make is gorgeous? The fun is in the creation.
  • Make homemade cards. Draw a picture, glue on pieces of wrapping paper, use stickers, rubber stamps—anything you do, your original creation will make the recipient feel special.
look around look around

Take the time to be an observer.

  • Watch little kids playing games
  • Check out the beautiful variety of dogs at a dog run
  • Look at the interesting architectural details of buildings you pass by every day
  • Go to a local nursery and learn about unusual plants; buy one
  • Drive somewhere to see an outstanding view
be spontaneous

Do something different. An unexpected pleasure can be around every corner.

be spontaneous
  • Try karaoke or a dance class
  • Have a food adventure—get together with a few friends and try a new restaurant you never would have considered before
  • Introduce yourself to a stranger
  • Get extra tickets to a concert and treat a friend
  • Buy something totally unnecessary and fun (a feathered boa, glitter pen, cute vintage apron, bobble-head doll)
  • Send a funny postcard to a friend out of the blue
savor it

Why eat something if it doesn't bring you pleasure? Make the littlest nibble, the smallest sip a delight.

savor it
  • Uncork a nice bottle of wine, pour it in your best crystal glass, swirl it and admire the warm colors. Smell it—what does it bring to mind? Finally, close your eyes and taste it. Let the essence remain on your tongue—what flavors emerge?
  • Eat slowly. Take just one bite of a Milano® cookie. As the rich chocolate and crispy texture come together in your mouth, reflect on just how wonderful life can be.
  • Toast our Raisin Cinnamon Swirl bread. Let the aroma of the sweet swirls of cinnamon fill the air, and feel the promise of a great morning.

There are no guilty pleasures in life. If you like corny show tunes, vintage comic books, collectible stuffed animals—go for it. When no one else is looking, sing as loud as you can!