The #1 Key to Happiness

Dr. Christine Sauer, MD ND
11 min readMar 27, 2022

Appreciate the Little Things in Life

You may have been told to appreciate the little things in life. But why should the little things matter? Aren’t the big things more important?

People spend their days worrying and thinking about the big things: acing that big test, getting that big paying job, going on that big date. They fail to notice the sweet little things that make life so special:

The bird that is warbling in the tree branch outside of your office window is a call to enjoy the prettiness of nature rather than the stress of work, yet you probably do not take the time to notice it because you just must get your proposal done for your demanding boss.

The smell of baked bread can awaken pleasant memories of your childhood visiting grandma, yet you are too busy thinking about what you will make for dinner instead of enjoying the nostalgic loveliness.”

“Life is full of small, beautiful things, but we often fail to notice them because we are so focused on the future. As a result, we feel worried and anxious.”

Life is full of small, beautiful things, but we often fail to notice them because we are so focused on the future. As a result, we feel worried and anxious. The world seems dark. Where did all the beauty go that we remember from our childhood?

The world is not completely dark and the beauty that you saw as a kid did not go anywhere. You have simply stopped seeing the world’s subtle beauty.

Noticing a million little things that make you feel joyful can sum up to one big joyful mood in your heart.

The little things really do matter.

So here is my “advice”:

Open your eyes, ears and all senses and notice and take in the little things in life. When you then appreciate the little things, you begin to appreciate all of life. You become happier. Throughout the day, you receive little tidbits of happiness to even out the stress and depression that your job and other worries may bring with them.

I found out the hard way how important the little things are. When I lost my profession and my husband in the same year, I thought that I would break. All I could focus on was the huge…

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Dr. Christine Sauer, MD ND

German-trained physician, Brain & Mental Health Professional, Educator and Coach; Helping Rising Stars to Sparkle — https://docchristine.com