Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Enjoying Things That Are Free

by Marie Vonow (follow)
Chief editor: readyforpets.com Blogs:www.quora.com/profile/Marie-Vonow/blogs Other:www.weekendnotes.com/profile/marie-vonow/
Happiness (231)      Gratitude (127)      Family (103)      Friends (39)      Nature (37)      Smile (11)      Free (5)     


Enjoying Things That Are Free
Image by Marie Vonow

I enjoy many things that are free. Some of those things aren't available for sale and it just isn't possible to buy them. Other things can be bought but there are ways of getting them for free. Sometimes the joy comes not in avoiding having to pay but because an item has been given with love.

Things that just can't be bought
These include-
a smile
a friendly greeting
a good conversation
company of a friend
love, understanding, empathy, loyalty
lovely weather
fresh air
rain
a gentle breeze
Nature
natural environments such as the beach, a river, mountains or forest
birds flying free
all forms of fauna in their natural habitat
wildflowers

Many of these things present themselves to us unbidden and unexpected. That smile from a stranger walking past or the friendly greeting from someone you don't know in a shop lifts the spirits. It can be lovely when one gets chatting for a couple of minutes, reminding one there are many trustworthy, friendly people in the world.

You can't buy true friends and catching up with family and friends is one of life's greatest joys. The positive emotions shared are priceless.

There is nothing like a day of lovely weather to make one glad to be alive. Different people have different ideas about what 'lovely weather' is. Some think it is a sunny day while others prefer a cool day. Rain gladdens the heart of gardeners, but please, not too much rain. Floods aren't fun.

I love a gentle breeze, rustling through the leaves. A cool breeze can stop a warm day from becoming too hot for comfort. The breeze allows one to smell the flowers in the garden. Obviously I don't suffer hayfever.



Lavender
Image by Marie Vonow

Many aspects of Nature are free gifts which money can not buy. As one enjoys these things with a sense of awe, the day gets better and better.

Things you can sometimes get for free
plant cuttings or seed from a friend
gifts of surplus fruit and vegetables
gifts of baked goods
books, furniture, clothes and the like handed on from friends or family
items left on the verge with a 'please take' note
items from Freecycle, giveaway listing with Gumtree, Facebook or similar
community groups who share excess produce
free magazines and newspapers
items redeemed with flybuys points (or similar scheme)
cup of coffee or food item from a loyalty card

Anything freely given by a friend, family member or neighbour has the added bonus of goodwill and perhaps love. This means not only do you not need to pay money for those plants, vegetables, biscuits or that coffee table, but you get a warm fuzzy feeling as well.

When people give away things to others they do not know they are building a sense of community. Some people are not looking to make money from something they no longer need. They are happy to believe it is going to a good home instead of gathering cobwebs in the shed or adding to landfill. Research shows donating things has numerous benefits for the person doing the donating



Free
Image courtesy of Pixabay

Free magazines and newspapers are available in various locations. Some supermarkets produce a free magazine containing recipes using products they sell. There may be seasonal articles with interesting information and ideas.

Every Wednesday a free local newspaper is delivered in my area. Sometimes I pick up free fashion magazines or a publication about a particular area from a coffee shop or tourist office. I enjoy reading these magazines. I also enjoy borrowing from the library, a wonderful free service.

One can also get free travel and products by redeeming flybuy points or similar. Then there are loyalty cards which provide the 5th or 6th cup of coffee, car wash or whatever for free. Of course one has to spend money first to get a freebie with these companies. Still, it can feel nice to get something for free.

Not everything costs money and indeed, some things cannot be purchased. Feeling gratitude for these things can boost one's level of happiness. Next time you are worrying about money, think of the things in your life that can't be bought and remember to enjoy those things.

# Family
# Free
# Friends
# Gratitude
# Happiness
# Nature
# Smile
I like this Article - 5
More Articles by Marie Vonow
Making your own Christmas presents can be satisfying and a part of the whole Christmas experience...
81 views
I usually have a positive approach to life
104 views
Today I was thinking about presents I have received over the years that I have particularly apprec...
197 views
Sometimes I get frustrated with myself for taking too long to make a decision
193 views
The other day when I was in Adelaide I saw the words,'That "Love Thy Neighbour" thing
90 views
Speaking in public is one of the biggest fears for many people
119 views
view all articles by Marie Vonow
Articles by Marie Vonow on Other Hubs
ID: 46174
[ Submit a Comment ]
A beautiful article and fine thoughts indeed. Money is only good up to a point, and then those amazing free things help to put the silver lining around every cloud, and the extra shine on the gold ring!
Thanks for your comments, Carolyn, and expressed so well.
Thank you for this article, Marie. The best things in life are free for sure!
Justine
At the moment I am getting great pleasure from 3 fledgling swallows in a nest above my back door. I just have to look up to watch them getting fed by their parents.
Trending Articles
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
10221 views
You donít have to be rich to make money, you just have to be practical
3246 views
Authenticity not only is necessary for true life satisfaction but also having integrity: What you s...
3972 views
The names of some phobias are pretty easy to work out and others aren't
94 views
While looking for something quite unrelated on the internet, I came across words we never hear now...
87 views
People generally donít want to feel sad or have their feelings hurt
2342 views
Why bother with friends? Anyone who has ever had a fight with, been hurt by or simply gotten ...
by Mia
818 views
Be clever, creative, a little bit fitter, before you even reach your desk Don't waste your jo...
63 views
You may be passionate about writing but still suffer from writer's block
5479 views
Categories
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version