The Greatest Simple Pleasures in Life Anything
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The Greatest Simple Pleasures in Life

List Criteria: Small things that make you happy.

The simpler, little things in life that make you feel content and happy are easier to come by and oftentimes more meaningful because of their simplicity. What are the small things that make you happy? Are you content to sit and enjoy a cold brew after a long day in the sun, or do you just get giddy thinking about having the house all to yourself? Vote for your favorite things, and add anything that you think is missing. You can also re-rank this list in any order you want.

You don't have to win the lottery and become instantly wealthy or even gain a small financial windfall like $100 to enjoy the simplest pleasures in life. They are almost always free of charge. Sipping morning coffee, enjoying the peace and quiet before the crazy day begins can be one of the best pleasures ever. Getting a (free) library book and reading a novel that can change your life costs exactly nothing (other than your time).
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Peace and Quiet

    100
    Nothing but the sound of the breeze and the birds
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    House to Yourself

    96
    Finally! Now you can be your true self!
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    How It Smells After the Rain

    85
    Take a deep breath
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    Sleeping In

    83
    added by: BostonBruins
    Zzzzzzzzzzz
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    No Traffic

    83
    Zoom zoom.
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    A Clear Night Under the Stars

    81
    Take a moment to soak it all in.
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    A Clean House

    81
    Makes you feel clean on the inside
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    Pets Curled Up Asleep Next to You

    79
    LOOK AT THAT FACE
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Morning Coffee

    79
    That first sip is all you need sometimes 
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    ranked low on reranks
    Freedom

    78
    added by: zxray
    Being your own boss with no one else to answer to
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    Massage

    78
    Get all the tension out of your body at last
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    Hug

    77
    added by: lyndyloo
    Sometimes that's all you need
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    Masturbation

    77
    added by: Jedralski
    Nothing wrong with a bit of self-help!
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    74
    added by: Clark Benson
    Do we need to say anything more?
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    Good Food

    71
    added by: fisher08
    Nothing like a home made meal to make you happy
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    Hot Chocolate On a Cold Day

    71
    Makes you think of winter!
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sound of the Sea

    71
    added by: zxray
    That's the sound of paradise
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    A Nice Fire

    70
    Crackle Crackle
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ice Cream On a Hot Day

    69
    Summer time!
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    Hearing Someone Say That They Love You

    66
    added by: pmmom38
    Makes you feel fuzzy inside
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    The Silence of Fresh Snowfall

    66
    added by: zxray
    Magical!
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    A Shady Spot On the Beach

    65
    It's your spot, and you ain't movin'!
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    Rain On the Roof

    61
    added by: zxray
    You've never felt so safe
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    Christmas Mornings

    61
    added by: zxray
    Get the family together
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    Down 41

    Smell of Flowers in the Air

    60
    Soak in mother nature!
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    60
    added by: deligiannismike
    Let's get it oooooon
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    Reading Outdoors in a Lounge Chair or Hammock

    60
    added by: Clark Benson
    Just relax!
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    Making Someone Happy

    59
    added by: pmmom38
    Cheering your friend up is the best feeling!
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    Patio Dining at Sunset

    56
    Quaint!
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    The Sound of a Loved One's Laughter

    56
    added by: AllyssaLynneEdwards
    They laugh, you laugh!
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Cold Beer After a Day in the Sun

    55
    You deserve it!
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    Dipping Your Feet in Cool Water

    53
    Makes your body shiver, in the good way
  33. 33
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    Hot Tub

    53
    added by: zxray
    Nothing to complain about!
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    Sleeping Baby

    52
    added by: zxray
    Well, at least they're quiet now!
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    The Sound of Your Child's Laughter

    51
    added by: pmmom38
    Makes you go gooey inside
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Watching the Big Game With Good Friends

    50
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    Down 14

    Completing a Difficult Project

    50
    added by: AllyssaLynneEdwards
    Finally!!!
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    Down 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Realizing That It Is Friday

    49
    added by: Robert Wabash
    There's no better feeling!
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    Down 62

    That Feeling An Hour After a Good Workout

    48
    added by: Clark Benson
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    Kids in Bed, Favorite Tv Show On

    47
    Now for that quality ME time
  41. 41
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    Down 45

    Ranking Stuff On Ranker

    47
    added by: zxray
    Rank it! Rank it! Rank it!
  42. 42
    Up 56
    Down 27

    Hearing My Cat Purr

    45
    added by: pmmom38
    Finally, a language you understand
  43. 43
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    Bubble Bath

    45
    added by: zxray
    Bubbles!
  44. 44
    Up 49
    Down 22

    The Smell of Freshly Cut Grass

    44
    added by: AllyssaLynneEdwards
    Breathe it in
  45. 45
    Up 49
    Down 13

    A Baby Curling Its Tiny Hand Around Your Finger

    44
    added by: AllyssaLynneEdwards
  46. 46
    Up 34
    Down 12

    Meaningful Work That Justifies One's Life

    43
    added by: rah1st
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    Up 13
    Down 1

    Listening to your favorite music

    43
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    Being in the Warmth While It's Cold Outside

    42
    added by: MarkusMarquisBiechl
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    Gardening

    41
    added by: LaurieM
    Get those green fingers out at last!
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    Leaving a generous tip

    41
    Makes you feel good inside!
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