Sometimes we make dramatic plans that are expected to bring happiness into our lives, whether it be a vacation, graduation or wedding. But the simple pleasures in life are what we can count on to give us continuous joy. When we appreciate and enjoy the simple things, the gratitude we feel will extend to other areas as well. Here are some of the simple pleasures that are worth making an effort to experience often.Giving and Receiving SmilesWhat a better way to experience a simple pleasure for free? Give smiles not only to your friends and family, but also to random strangers you pass on the street. You will be amazed at how good it feels to see first the surprise of others, and then their own smile in return.Freshly Cut GrassFreshly cut grass is enjoyable in every way. The smell and feel of it under your bare feet are fresh, and invigorate the senses. Try to experience this at least a few times each year, as the weather allows it. We don’t mow as often as we should but I just love the smell of freshly cut grass!The Endorphin Rush after Working OutWhen you work out in a strenuous manner, you will get an endorphin rush as a reward. These natural, feel-good chemicals are sure to brighten your day. Work out in the morning in order to use this endorphin rush to help you be especially productive throughout the rest of your day. If you are unable to workout in the morning, an afternoon workout is also effective.Enjoying Your Favorite FoodEven if your favorite food is not especially healthy, allow yourself to have it every now and then. The feeling of your much-loved food will bring you a little boost of pleasure. Studies have shown that if you refrain from a particular food for a certain time, it will be even more enjoyable the next time you try it, so use this trick to make your favorite meal taste even better than usual. One of my favorite meals is strawberry crepes, which is our Christmas Day meal of choice!Hot Cup of Coffee or Tea or Hot ChocolateSome of us survive on our daily coffee, tea or cocoa. Even when it is a daily habit, it can bring much joy. As you sip on your beverage of choice, take some quiet time to enjoy every bit.Making Snow AngelsThis is not only for kids. Put on some warm clothes and simply fall into the snow. Feeling silly about this will not ruin the experience, just embrace the feeling of innocent fun that making snow angels can bring. Not only snow angels but how about a snowman? We do not get too much snow here in Whatcom County, WA but when we do, if I have the gear, I like to go outside and be a kid for a little bit!Laughing until It HurtsLaughter is like medicine. Everyone should have an opportunity to laugh until it hurts at least once a day. Whether it is with a friend who could write comedy, or watching a good movie, take some time to laugh away your stress. Or having a hubby who loves to tell jokes!Getting a MassageIf you have never had a massage, give it a try. This hour of total relaxation will make your troubles feel as though they are melting away. Many individuals are even entitled to massages through employee benefits. Massages are definitely a simple pleasure and are absolutely amazing to have! Swedish is the most popular for relaxing; however getting a hot stone massage is fantastic too.Walking in the RainWalking in the rain is one of life’s amazing simple pleasures. Dress warm, and go outside with or without an umbrella. Let the rain splash over your face as you stroll along, and be sure to jump in at least one puddle for old time’s sake. I love the smell of rain, especially one of the first rains of the year!Expensive fun is great, but can be hard to come by. Instead of waiting for your next vacation, indulge in one of these simple pleasures. By learning to appreciate the little things right next to you, you will find great fulfillment each and every day.