No matter where you are in the world, the ability to take pleasure in the small things can make your life better.
Here in Dublin, since moving to the second apartment, nearly every night, I've seen a gorgeous sunset. Dublin is on the coast, and the apartment looks out over the Liffey river. The frequent cloud cover, and unblocked sun from all around makes for gorgeous colors and a daily art show.
In addition, I'm often awake for the twilights at the beginning and the end of the days. Despite the short nights, the pleasures of these skies are worth every lost hour of sleep.
I've also had the pleasure of watching the early moments of life for the pair of seagull fledgelings only 50m from my window. I've seen ups and downs, as they fell from their nest, beat their wings furiously trying to get home again, and finally began flying.
The gulls fly around here constantly, and roost on the roof of the college next door. They reel and dance and caper constantly, and their voices are a song throughout my day. Often, they will fly almost straight at my window, just topping the roof above me.
What have you noticed lately that made your life better? Are you seeing what is right around you?