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Word Booster: Finding Joy in Small Things

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor


When we’re so busy looking at the big picture, it becomes more difficult to appreciate the little aspects of life that can be so satisfying. Observing your surroundings every once in a while is a valuable contrast to everything whizzing by. Take a mental picture of where you are, even if you have never noticed it before, and preserve it in your thoughts. Here are some simple words to help you find joy in those simple moments!

Miniature: (adj) very small
I think of puppies as miniature dogs.

Contentment: (noun) the state of being happy and satisfied
Carlos found contentment in something as simple as a slice of his favorite pizza.

Compact: (adj) using little space and having parts that are close together
It’s hard to believe that all of your school books can fit into one compact bag!

Modest: (adj) limited in size, amount, or scope
Although the carnival could be considered modest, Alesha enjoyed it all the same.

Examine: (verb) to look at or check carefully
She examined the flower carefully for bugs before picking it.

Relish: (verb) to be pleased or gratified by
I relish autumn mornings because the leaves all look so beautiful.

(Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)