“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda

If you asked an 8-year old version of me to list all the things I loved, it might have looked something like this:

  • Swings
  • Snow days
  • Beach days
  • Ice cream
  • Saturday morning cartoons

It didn’t occur to me until later in life that some of the best things are intangible; and that I could experience them at any time if I just opened my heart and mind to let them in. I think most of us know this intellectually—that pride in our job can be more valuable than what it buys, for example. But sometimes we get so caught up in securing the trappings of the good life—the house, the furnishings, the clothes—we’re too distracted to notice and appreciate the intangibles.

I revamped my list about what to love about life. Including a compilation of all my blogs. “What do you love about life?” Some of my favorites include:

1. Love

2. Family

3. Just being able to wake up to the sun shining in the morning

4. The ability to overcome hardships and appriciate the little things in life instead of wishing I had more.

5. Our ability to empathize. It allows us to connect and support each.

6. They live in the moment and enjoy being alive, and it reminds me to do the same

7. That I am someone who makes a real difference in the world

8.Moments of realization that I’m not as alone as I too often think I am

9. Every breath I take reminds me I’m still here and still have much to enjoy

10. I love the moments when more than one person ‘get’s’ the illusory joke and for a moment sees that we are one

11. Being alive and happy at this moment because is the only thing that exists

12. Affecting people without realizing it

13. The beauty of it. No matter how bad things get, there is always something beautiful to keep us going forward

14. It’s the little things that matter the most to me, like kisses on my forehead

15.  Being at peace

16. All of you