Life’s Top Simple Pleasures

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Feeling the sun on your face or watching the waves break are among the top 50 simple pleasures Australians enjoy.

According to survey results from the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, listening to a favourite songs, sleeping in a freshly-made bed, and making someone smile are others.


Researchers polled 1,000 Australians to determine all the little things that bring a little bit of joy without breaking the bank.

Other favourites include receiving a compliment from a stranger, having a good hair day and going to the beach.

Seek Simplicity Poet

Small Luxury Hotels of the World also commissioned poet Laurie Bolger to come-up with a piece titled “Seek Simplicity” expressing life’s simple pleasures.

The wordsmith said: “I wanted my poem to remind people about the feeling you get when you are able to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. But on the other hand, I also wanted to highlight that the reason some of these things are so enjoyable is because they are a break from the norm. Feeling the sun on my face is definitely one of my favourite simple pleasures in life, and I’m glad the survey reflected that – and that we’re starting to see brighter weather too.”

Study Results

The study also found 31 per cent of adults simply named ‘cake’ as one of their favourite small pleasures, while a quarter enjoy catching up with friends.

More than a third enjoy seeing flowers and trees blossom, and 31 per cent enjoy exercise enough to put it on their list.

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Seven Moments of Simple Pleasure

Australians polled indicate that they enjoy an average of seven moments of simple pleasure each week – around once a day, with the satisfaction of a moment’s pleasure lasting for about 31 minutes on average, although a fifth get a glow for an hour or more.

However, more than half of those polled, via OnePoll, believe they don’t get to enjoy life’s simplest pleasures often enough for their liking, while 41 per cent feel don’t have enough time in their day-to-day to take advantage of small pleasures as much as they should.

Almost a third said endless to-do lists are a major hindrance, while anxiety about COVID-19, lack of sleep and health-related issues has left them with less time to enjoy simple pleasures although they appreciate it more when they do.

Mark Wong, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Small Luxury Hotels of the World added: “Our list found many of life’s pleasures are ones often found on holiday, such as seeing a stunning view, discovering new places, taking long walks or visiting the beach.

“It’s on our travels that we are able to experience an abundance of life’s simple pleasures which have a longer lasting effect on us. Now that travel bubbles are are coming in place, we are optimistic that people will be able to safely enjoy some of these simple pleasures abroad before too much longer.”

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Life’s Top 50 Simple Pleasures.

Listening to your favourite songs

Sleeping in a freshly made bed

Making someone smile or laugh

A nice dinner


Sleeping in a big incredibly comfy bed

Sound of rain on the window

Stunning views

Watching your favourite movie

Going to the beach

Having dinner made for you

Finding money in a purse/wallet you had forgotten about

Dining out

Discovering new places

Getting a delivery in the post

Home cooking

Wearing an outfit that makes you feel good

Staying in bed on a Sunday morning

Feeling of sun on your face

Receiving a compliment from a stranger

Having a gossip or catch up with friends

Laughing out loud at a film

Not having to set the alarm at the weekend or on a day off

Seeing flowers and trees blossom

Long walks

Having a picnic

Waking up to sun

Travelling across the state


Doing exercise

Discovering new food

Getting a cuddle from your children

Discovering new music

Seeing old people hold hands

Seeing a butterfly

A roaring fire

Having a good hair day

Buying fresh local food produce

Finishing a really good book

Swimming outside

Having a coffee/tea in bed

Someone making you a cup of tea

Hearing nothing but birds chirping

Smell of toast in the morning

Hearing the wind blow through the trees

Meeting new people

Sitting in a pub garden

Playing sport with friends or family

Donating to charity

Spontaneous mid-week dinners