Amazing Kids! Magazine

Word Booster: Simple Pleasures

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor


All too often, we whiz through life, barely taking the time to notice the world around us. We strive for the bigger picture, for big rewards that come from working hard, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, it’s important to slow down every once in a while and recognize the small gifts that you receive every day. Here are a few words to help you appreciate life’s simple pleasures.

Gratification: (noun) a source of satisfaction or pleasure
Petting his dog always gave Bennett an immense feeling of gratification as he could always find happiness in his friendly retriever.

Gregarious: (adjective) enjoying the company of other people
Alan was a very gregarious man, and he always shone the brightest among his friends.

Indelible: (adjective) impossible to remove or forget
The magnificent and indelible sight of the ocean stayed in Carolyn’s mind for the rest of her life.

Memorable: (adjective) worth remembering
The perfect score on her math test was the most memorable part of Elsie’s day.

Relish: (verb) to enjoy or take pleasure in
Ariel always relished sunsets—the beautiful colors stretching across the sky were the highlight of her day.

Satiate: (verb) to satisfy (as a need or desire) fully or to excess

One slice of pizza, and Desmond’s hunger was completely satiated.

Serene: (adjective) showing complete calm
Whenever James needed to relax, he visited the serene lakeside to enjoy the calming view.

(Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)