70 small things that inspire me the most

Small things that inspire have the potential to turn life around. Inspirational things from unexpected places can be simple things that make you stop and appreciate, think or feel something amazing. Enjoying the small things in life because sometimes they are the big things. These are the things that can make you feel inspired to feel courage or appreciation.

Small things that inspire people can have the potential to turn things around. Ever had the worst day, then something small happens and you find yourself taken out of your own gloom and feeling inspired to make a change. Sometimes a small thing can inspire you to gain courage or inspire thoughts of appreciation. Inspirational things can come at you from unexpected places or it is consistent small things that become inspirational. When standing at a foot of an awe inspiring mountain, it may well be the silence that inspires you the most. In the end, no matter where your inspiration comes from, remember (as someone smarter than me said) to enjoy the small things in life, because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless - Mother Teresa


This is my list of small things that inspire me the most

  1. A listening ear
  2. A good laugh – a cure for almost anything
  3. A goofy smile
  4. Success that comes from many small efforts, day on day
  5. A kind word – you’ll never regret being kind
  6. An honest compliment
  7. The smallest act of caring – always better than the noblest of intentions
  8. Vintage – anything
  9. When someone remembers a small detail about you
  10. Good street art
  11. A touch intended to support
  12. Showing up – sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do
  13. A beautiful table setting
  14. Being able to shout ‘game changer!’ when something goes wrong, and moving on
  15. Effortless style
  16. focusing on new possibilities when you hit a problem
  17. The smell of a fine wine
  18. Reflections in a lake
  19. Being able to see things in a different perspective
  20. Looking up at giant trees
  21. Those times when family pull together
  22. Discovering a word that describes something perfectly
  23. My nan, dealing with Alzheimer’s, but every small thing she does is led with love
  24. People who speak more than one language
  25. Trust, shown and proven in hundreds of small ways.
  26. Children running through Autumn leaves
  27. Living in the moment, even just for a moment
  28. An empty beach
  29. Expecting nothing, appreciating everything
  30. A newborn baby gripping a finger
  31. People who can wear scarves in 15 different ways
  32. Water that catches the light
  33. Anything that makes me laugh out loud
  34. The smell of books
  35. Connecting with a stranger, then moving on feeling a little better
  36. Flattering lighting
  37. The respect shown when opposing views are shared
  38. Old couples, arm in arm
  39. Beautiful slideshows set to music
  40. The greetings of a dog
  41. How people come together in a crisis
  42. Bird song on a still morning
  43. Beautiful views from my window seat
  44. Clarity
  45. The memories of the old
  46. Giant old libraries
  47. Child like wonder, for the ordinary
  48. Finding the silver lining in a tough situation
  49. Touching trees
  50. Facing illness or disease with courage and thoughts of your loved ones
  51. The smell of fresh bread
  52. The face of my old Labrador when he splashes through a puddle
  53. Sunsets – almost everywhere
  54. Beautiful food
  55. Taking small painful steps, that turn into miles
  56. When animals cuddle each other
  57. Old glass bottles
  58. Optimism – creating happiness and success
  59. Fresh spring air
  60. Artists painting on canvas
  61. If you can’t do great things, doing small things in a great way
  62. Handwritten books
  63. A positive thought first thing in the morning – it could change the entire outcome of your day
  64. A heartfelt ‘thank you’
  65. Patience
  66. Small things done with love – because these become the great things
  67. the bravery it takes to start a difficult conversation
  68. Understanding that discontent can be the first thing needed to make changes towards your future happiness
  69. Sunlit clouds
  70. Old wooden tables and chairs
Sometimes its the smallest things that take up the most room in your heart - Winnie the Pooh

My Gallery of small moments or things that inspired

Parque Maria Luisa, Seville

Giant Red sequoia

Huka Lodge - passion fruit, paws and peonies

happy wet french bulldog

Solitaire Lodge, New Zealand

Afternoon Tea, The Goring

Hobbiton Tours

Hobbiton Tours

small things that inspire

small things that inspire

Eating out in style, Sydney

Eating out in style, Sydney

Parque Maria Luisa, Seville

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Library of Congress, Washington DC

river side walks in Henley on Thames

Georgetown, Washington DC

beautiful table setting

The Typing Room

The church of Fiquefleur-Equainville

Last but not least, prints like this one from Charlie’s Mercantile…


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  1. Andy
    February 1, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Love it! I’m inspired 😃👍 Perfect timing, as I have a big preso today! Thank you! For me, a beautiful sunrise and realising that you are alive🎉🎉 xxx

    • Maria Kelly
      February 1, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this post. Anything that takes you to the base feeling of being alive is inspiring! xxx

  2. February 4, 2017 / 12:11 am

    I love posts like this and love your beautiful pictures. The pure joy in my kids’ laughs, a helpful hand and an empathetic heart. Thanks for sharing! #TheList

    • Maria Kelly
      February 4, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I love your ‘small things’, especially the pure joy in your children’s laughter, so beautiful and inspiring!

  3. February 5, 2017 / 1:06 am

    Such gorgeous ‘feel good’ photos! The smell of a book and good wine; someone remembering just something little about me after we’ve just met; the touch of a tree….so many great things. #TheListLinky

    • Maria Kelly
      February 5, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Thank you Anna! I loved putting this list together. Thanks so much for leaving this message x