post written by: Angel Chernoff

30 Beautiful Things Happening Now


30 Beautiful Things Happening Now

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…
not for another hour, but this hour.”
―Walt Whitman

All around the world, the present moment is filled with beauty.

If you are attentive, you will see it.  If you are willing, you will help create it.

Let’s take a moment to think about the beautiful things happening around us.

Right now, at this exact moment…

  1. A newborn infant just took her first breath.
  2. Two teenage romantics just received their very first kiss, from each other.
  3. Someone is driving their car with the windows down and singing to their favorite song at the top of their lungs.
  4. Volunteers in different cities are actively assisting and standing up for the powerless, the homeless, and the neglected who need someone to speak up for them.
  5. Someone is in the middle of complimenting a stranger who desperately needed a reason to smile.
  6. Two coworkers are cracking each other up and laughing so hard they aren’t even making any noise.
  7. A high school guidance counselor is contributing her time, encouragement, and a listening ear to help a student realize his passion and ability.
  8. People near and far are holding hands with the person they love.
  9. A husband and wife who were drowning in debt ten years ago proudly hold a balance of zero on all their lines of credit.
  10. Someone is going above and beyond and doing a little extra work to make someone else’s life a little easier.
  11. People from all over the world are online at crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe pledging online donations to help strangers in need.
  12. Responsible designated drivers are getting their friends home safely.
  13. A student tutor is volunteering her time to help a fellow student learn.
  14. Someone who has struggled with their weight for years is looking down at the scale, smiling.
  15. A long-term alcoholic just celebrated exactly one full year of sobriety.
  16. Somewhere someone is admiring a breathtaking sunrise, and somewhere else a surreal sunset.
  17. A friend is helping a friend rise above feelings of depression and suicide.
  18. Someone is holding the door open for the person behind them.
  19. A Good Samaritan is pulled over on the side of the road assisting a stranger who’s having car trouble.
  20. Someone is celebrating the fact that they just broke their own personal best record.
  21. An active duty military member stationed overseas just received an email from a loved one.
  22. Hundreds of people are spending a few clicks of their time online at Free Rice.
  23. Someone just accidentally overheard someone else say something nice about them.
  24. An emergency room surgeon just saved her patient’s life.
  25. Two best friends are hugging each other after being apart for a while.
  26. Honest people are working tirelessly at various government agencies to help protect the basic human rights and civil liberties of their fellow citizens.
  27. Someone who suffered from a severe injury a while back is back on their feet.
  28. Several of the world’s next great inventors, artists and entrepreneurs are working diligently on perfecting their breakthrough ideas and crafts.
  29. Someone is sitting quietly and smiling about the fact that there’s nowhere else in the world they would rather be right now.
  30. Somewhere on the Internet someone is writing an encouraging comment on a blog post that will make others smile.  :)

There truly is beauty to be seen in every imaginable direction if you are willing to see it and help create it.  (Read 1,000 Little Things.)

Your turn…

In your eyes, what makes this moment beautiful?  Please let us know by leaving a comment below.

Photo by: Eduardo Amorim

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134 Comments

  • Hello Angel! I love these beautiful acknowledgments of the wonderful things happening right now. Too often people focus on the negative and many things on your list simply made me smile. Thank you for such a lovely article.

  • I have recently been going through a difficult time, and reading this really changes my thoughts on a few things. Lately I’ve been thinking, “poor me” to too often, but after reading this I realize I have plenty enough to help others who have far less.

    My change in perspective makes this moment beautiful to me. Thank you.

  • A short, refreshing read. Thanks. And to answer your question:

    My one-year-old son curled up and sleeping in my lap right now is what makes this moment beautiful.

  • This is a great pick me up article and you can’t help but smile at the probability of each second being amazing for someone somewhere. Thank you, Angel. I’m going to have to remember even in my darkest hour there are people out there who are ok.

  • Thank you so, so very much for this! We often overlook the positive to focus on trying to fix or get rid of the negative. It can consume us; thank you for sharing these everyday blessings that we all tend to miss.

  • Every moment is beautiful when I think of my four little nephews. I didn’t think it was possible to love anyone as much as I love them! They truly make the world an amazing place.

  • What makes this moment beautiful is that I am sitting in my new apartment in Austin. At the ripe young age of 44, I moved across the country by myself to live a lifelong dream of living out west. I left my childhood friends & family in the mid west. Not an easy thing for a gal who has been “set in her ways” for so many years. I feel so excited about the future and plan on challenging myself in so many ways. I have truly faced my fears and can feel my spirit soar!

  • A 101-year-old great-grandmother and her 5-year-old great-grandson are sitting in a chair together watching a baseball game right now.

  • Some one is planting a garden that will enrich the lives of others and encourage someone to do the same.

  • Having my delicious Tea with the perfect amount of sugar!

  • Thank-you!!

    This post made me realize how many wonderful things I have been a part of since this morning. Great Job. I love reading your articles, they always make me smile.. :)

  • Really enjoyed this post.

    It is always important to take a moment and reflect on all the beautiful things around us.

  • Having my morning coffee and chocolate which I am passionate about while reading my favorite blog that I look forward to checking every single morning.

  • This is what life is really about and the way we should try to live it everyday…

    Our thoughts and moments are very precious. Why waste them on negativity?

    Great post!

  • No. 14 actually just happened to me :)
    Great list, as every post here, it was very inspiring.

  • Beautiful! :) I loveeeeeeee… this post. Thumbs up!

  • Just made the perfect breakfast with all the ingredients ready at the righ time and at the right temperature: coffee, toast and soft-boiled eggs.
    Rare moment! :)

  • How great it was growing up and have Roger Ebert and Gene Sikel in my life making me NOT feel different and weird. That was beautiful.

  • Wish this could be making me smile instead of cry right now. I know there are things to be grateful for but all I can see are the opportunities to be happy that I keep letting slip through my fingers. I still really appreciate these lovely posts.

  • Every day I smile in the knowledge that I have three happy healthy children whom I love with all my heart. This blog inspires me to be the best woman and mother I can, and lets me know that even such little things as complimenting a stranger can add a touch more happiness in this world.

  • Anyone else got goosebumps while reading this? I can’t get the smile off my face!

  • Sitting at my kitchen table with the quiet all around me…read papers, enjoyed coffee and breakfast …enjoying the calm of the early morning before the busy day ahead

  • Just witnessed a couple being baptized and then welcoming them into the family of God.

    Someone has prepaid meals for the needy in the community.

    A customer returning the extra change given by the cashier.

  • The new buds sprouting up from winter, welcoming spring into our lives again.

  • Another new day and a chance to start over.

  • Right now a gentleman is promising a loving lady friend that he is going to marry her.

  • Enjoying a little me time with a book that takes me away to another place and time.

  • A toddler is taking his/her first step in life.

  • What makes this moment beautiful to me is looking all around me and realizing how I loved I am and how loved I’ve always been.

  • Somewhere, a teacher has helped a student grasp the challenging code of reading/math - when they have struggled with it for years.

    This was truly uplifting. Thanks for sharing this positive article.

  • GREAT reminders of the good in life… So often we are hit with the bad. Thank you! Instantly warms the heart.

  • What a beautiful, inspiring list. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Just now a NYC bus driver stopped to wait for someone running for the bus.

  • I just helped a cat who came to my door in bad shape. It looks like he was in terrible battle and lost. He’s in a spare bedroom resting (due to the fact that I have other cats). He is so sweet, even using a litter box, its been 3 days and looks so much better than when he arrived… I feel so much happiness when i know that I helped this injured animal…

  • What makes this a beautiful moment is to finally hear the birds chirp in the morning. To see my two cats sit on their window seats and look out the window. Their tails flick back and forth.

    I do believe Father Winter has finally packed his bags and left for the season. It’s about time. No offense. :)

  • I truly enjoy reading this blog almost daily. In this moment, I am thankful to have saved the money & to have the freedom to be traveling to Denver to see a dear friend that I haven’t seen in a year.

  • Wouldn’t it be neat to turn on the news one night and only hear these stories??

  • Yes, there are beautiful happening now. I was sick a while ago, I am OK now. Someone who insulted me two days ago has come to apologize for his wrong doings. Thank you Marc and Angel for your wonderful write-up here.

  • I have just helped my beautiful friend from Taiwan fill in her insurance forms, as she is still learning English. The smile and excitement on her face is beautiful and priceless.

  • Going to visit my love who is in prison and enjoying a little quiet time with him.

  • You are amazing. I don’t know how you keep coming up with this stuff. This is a terrific post. We live in a giant world and so often we forget that, only seeing the little circle around us. What a great reminder to stop and think about all the amazing things constantly happening everywhere. Thanks!

  • Love this!

    My addition: listening to my husband sing off-key in the shower. It makes me smile every morning!

  • Seeing the feeling of real love and acceptance in my daughter’s eyes this morning when I told her I love her for being exactly the person she is.

  • After a very difficult two years, too often full of poor me and jadedness, this really helped me.

    Right now I’m smiling with my yellow lab curled up by me on the bed. She keeps me going. I volunteered herr as a therapy dog at a hospice.

    Seeing the positive is a big challenge and I am healing a bit everyday. Thank you all!

  • I’m relaxing and listening to a nice and sweet melody. Great. Up and down. Slow at first, quicker later.
    http://grooveshark.com/s/Oltremare/3eBGT2?src=5

    Thanks for these lovely reminders.

  • Someone is walking their dog through a farmers field enjoying the sun shinning down on them… and thanking each day for their loyal companion.

  • Guadalupe Gómez Aguado
    April 5th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Reading this post really make my day beautiful. Thank you very much!

  • Every moment in life is beautiful if we know the value of It… I love this post for reminding me of this. It makes me smile and look forward to beautiful moments with the people I care about them. Marc and Angel you’re awesome! ;)

  • Every item put a smile on my face and for each item I have experienced first-hand, it put extra warmth in my heart. Thanks for the positive perspective.

  • Very timely… I have a big operation tomorrow and was counting all my blessings when I got this email. Another 30 beautiful blessings that put a smile on my dial. Thank you.

  • The sun is shining, the temperature is raising and my teenage daughters left for school this morning amid smiles and laughter. It is a beautiful day!
    Thank you for the wonderful words, they always inspire me.

  • Right now I look down to see my heart on four legs, beagle, pressed up against me in bed and I realize nothing in my life is ever as bad as it seems. Life is good; thank you God.

  • This is very nice to read. It makes me smile. I would like to say thanks to Angel for putting this together.

    My moment is when I saw one Black Colored Butterfly slowly flying nearby in the air near road. A Volkswagen comes fast and suddenly and appears to hit this butterfly. I thought that butterfly is no more, but it turns out that the car’s air/wind force pushed the butterfly away and when I looked again after the car passed this butterfly was flying as usual. Little amazing moment, but cute…

  • Sitting in the quiet, remembering the giggles of the morning.

  • This moment is beautiful because I have a wonderful man in my life that loves me, his sons and daughter in law are great, I have 2 amazing sons of my own, my dad has outlived doctors predictions several times, my mom has outlived almost everyone else in her family, we have 2 crazy dogs, a silly cat and I have never been happier.

  • So beautifully thought-out. Love the image of two coworkers enjoying life!

  • I am siting on the couch with a cup of coffee in my hand and my best friend, my dog, warming my feet. Doesn’t get better.

  • Somewhere out there someone had given up some of their hope that life could ever return to some sense of “normal.” Then they read this and hope was restored…

    Thank you Marc and Angel!

  • Coffee!
    Even though the first K-cup exploded and leaked all over the machine… After cleaning it and the mess it created… Sitting here now peacefully enjoying a cup of coffee and reading your inspirational blog to start my 12 hour shift is my moment.

  • This has made so many people stop and think; and so easily find something to celebrate. I will keep my bitter-sweet moment private, it is better that way but it has made me appreciate something I may have let slip by.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you for always making a beautiful difference in my day.

  • I saw a beautiful moment today. Two 6-year-olds read to a class of 5th and 6th graders. Watching these new readers blossom into confident young people is amazing. One of those readers was my son. My heart smiled.

  • My son walked into the kitchen and at the exact same moment we both realized he has grown taller than me!

  • A little puppy just found her meal location (:-)

  • Great post! I appreciate some of these 30 things whenever I see them happen. Just yesterday I talked with someone who is struggling and I told him to get away from a bad relationship with someone he knows. I hope this person can rebuild his life.

  • Numbers 27 and 14 have hit me personally. I thank God every day for the ability to walk again without crutches and be able to step on the scales and smile as the numbers continue to drop! Thank you for such a wonderful and uplifting list. I want to be able to do more of them.

  • What makes this moment beautiful is realizing that I have finally fallen in love with myself. :)

  • Learning natural remedies to help heal my sons sinus infection and not be so dependent on doctors. It’s amazing all the blessings our Creator put in this world for us.

  • My dog just came looking for me.

  • Thank you for this post! I am a high school guidance counselor, and I appreciate being mentioned for the painstaking work we do each day! I LOVED this blog… I smiled at each mentioned moment :)

  • Angel, this made me smile a lot. Thank you.

  • Thank you so very much for this wonderful blog which I read almost every day. It speaks directly to me and it is so inspiring.

    I just returned home after spending some time with two of my very close friends… friends for over 30 years. We talked, we joked, and now I am at home still smiling about it. I also returned home from a trip abroad and it too makes my this time special as i realize that there is no place like home… how wonderful it is to be home with my family. Thank you once again

  • I was having a really crappy day and this made me smile.

    Thank you!

  • Yesterday I was told I had months - not years, left.
    Today I saw the most wonderful rainbow of my life.

  • A wonderful way to look at the world. Most people find my way of thinking (always positive and happy) like I’m delusional. But there is so much to be thankful for, no matter what your situation someone has it worse somewhere. Be thankful and gracious for what you already have and stop dwelling on all the negative. Accept that everything happens for a reason. We are not in full control of our lives there is a higher being no matter what your beliefs are. Illness, death, heartache all these things WILL happen it’s called LIFE! Be happy enough to start everyday with a smile… but don’t be delusional that’s all. Blessings.

  • And also, a married couple that has been trying to have a kid for years just realized they’re pregnant. :)

  • Loved these! Thank you Angel and all who have shared their moment. And to add…

    As I read this and catch up on more emails, my baby girl is sleeping peacefully on my shoulder as I enjoy our first full day of sunshine in a long time.

  • Discovering yet another pianist’s interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and hearing it fresh — once again — for the first time.

  • After knowing each other for 35 years, a good friend and I are finally realizing how wonderfully perfect we are for each other =)

  • This moment is just perfect. I’m smiling and almost crying, so much beauty even though I’m just in front of my desk right now. I can see the beauty around me and feel the beauty through these stories all around the world.

  • That’s a nice list of beautiful moments of what has or will happen. Makes me think differently.

  • Someone out there in the world is sending this link to all her friends and family to share this little piece of joy

  • Sitting in my lounger reading this inspirational post and simultaneously watching PBS News makes this moment beautiful for me. And knowing that there is someone out there at this moment writing another inspirational blog post. Thank you.

  • @All:

    Wow! You all are so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful moments and thoughts with us. I’m absolutely blown away by every one of them. I think I may revisit all of your comments again soon for another quick fix of inspiration. =)

    As Marc and I have said many times before, thank you for continuing to move us with your positivity and kindness.

  • Thank you so much for sharing all these postitive and happy vibes :)

  • My husband made it back from the brink of death. He was severely sick all last year, but he recovered. Every day I tried to acknowledge the good, the positive and the beautiful all around me and it helped me get through the ordeal. Your posts were one of the things that helped me through it all. Thank you!

  • Its a glorious day and I’m in it!

  • What makes me happy right now is the fact that I’m back with my wife after missing her so much after a long and endless week of work. To me, right now, it’s paradise… I love you Isabelle <3

  • Somewhere two magnificent people enjoying their work, to put up an inspiring, feel good article upon their blog, to make people smile whom they don’t even know, or whom hey may never meet…

  • Someone somewhere is happy and smiling now… and so am I.

    One of the best articles i ever come across…!!

  • One of the best things that’s happened to me is stumbling upon your blog. Thank u so much Marc and Angel. You put smiles on people’s faces!! Always looking forward to your posts… you hit the nail on the head!

  • What makes me happy right now:
    - reading all 90 comments, that at times have brought tears to my eyes, laughter, joy and happiness
    - my son, who was going to throw in the towel with university but decided to keep his head to the sky and keep going…he’s my heart
    - my boss who is magnificent in everyway imagineable, she’s a blessing who saw the potential in me and picked me up when I was broken
    - my apartment, which I never thought I would start to feel comfortable and be at peace with, it is now home.
    - sending a thank you note to the management and staff at my apartment and the beautiful response from the owner.
    - my life…I was at a point where I never thought the clouds would clear…they slowly are and life is becoming surreal
    - realizing I’m going to pursue going back to school at 45 to become a Computer Programmer!!
    - last but not least, Marc and Angel who have kept me strong and faithful througout the darkest periods of my life…THANK YOU!

  • My body is tired from a hike in the springtime sun and I’m soaking some clams for dinner.

  • What makes this moment beautiful is that, as I was reading this post on my phone, I was able to look out at the sunset happening right now and know that many more people are experiencing the same. And it makes me smile.

  • Today my husband saw a cat get hit on a very busy road. He stopped, rescued it called animal rescue and sat with it until animal rescue came.

  • ah, so refreshing to read something positive. I love the way you have described what someone is DOING right this moment.

    - Making me happy so far today was a lovely run on the beach with my wife and our dog Coco followed by play time (playing ball) early this morning
    - The breathtaking views of the ocean and its sound of crashing waves on the beach and rocks
    - All followed by lovely cup of coffee sitting outside on the deck taking in the beauty around us

    Thank you for your inspiring and encouraging blog Marc and Angel. I think I have stumbled upon a gem of a site!

  • What makes this moment beautiful is to just 5 minutes ago receive a text message saying my friend is going to have a baby girl. And to read this amazing blog post. Makes you stop and think.

  • Hey, you know what’s beautiful? We’re alive!

  • Someone who once had nothing, now has everything they ever needed, for that is all that is needed.

  • WOW!!!
    You made my day Angel. :)

  • Someone is connecting up with people rather than lamenting her loneliness.

  • So many deeds done today are done for the wrong reasons, it is a refreshing ray of hope to be reminded that there are still good people doing good deeds for the sake of humanity and not for some alternative motivation.

  • I am happy right now because I love someone who loves me back. I’m IN LOVE and it’s the best feeling in the world!

  • Thank you! Just beautiful. I think of all the children right now who are looking at their parent/s with utter love and awe - that gorgeous look that only little people can give!

  • What makes this moment beautiful is feeling the warm hand of my 4 year old around my neck as he drifts off to sleep peacefully, while I sit next to his bed reading these inspiring words that make me grateful to have found this site!

  • Reading this post after being rejected few hours ago by my dream girlfriend.

  • Truly what makes this moment beautiful is that I’m read this blog almost every day and your stories truly inspire me; they are really amazing. And wow! Today’s post is very anointing and motivating. Blessings.

  • Thank you for such a wonderful article. Makes me feel grateful for all that I have right now. The most beautiful thing happening now is I’m able to get off work on time as compared to a lot of people whom I know needed to work late into the night.

  • I loved this, just what I needed to read after receiving a bad exam result. So far I’ve donated 500 grains of rice and I’ll continue doing that. It’s fun to do and I’m actually learning things as English is not my first language! :)
    Thanks for posting this! :)

  • Somewhere, teachers are teaching students something new that will change their lives forever.

  • After knowing I would be alone the rest of my life, I found the greatest love imaginable at age 43. Just before reading this article, my fiance called to share he booked an amazing 16-day honeymoon in Bora Bora. Thanks for reminding us that miracles happen every day and life jumps in to surprise us regardless of what we have planned.

  • Spending my first trip Europe with my sister. Love her more than my own life!!!

  • 31. Someone is savouring a inspirational read on this blog!

  • I’m smiling right now because I’m almost at the point of being able to accept my past and the lessons it has taught me, rather than dwelling on it and letting it cloud my today…

  • Oh my god! The universe is uncanny! I just was talking to a teenage patient of mine who is leaving the hospital and she gave me a orange tissue flower she had made in thanks for the family work we did that has bought her closer to her mom. I was just thinking about how thankful I feel when I opened this post!

    In this moment, I’m thankful to be able to help someone, and to be able to feel vulnerability, both mine and my amazing patients…

    Rock on Angel!

    -Kavetha

  • Each act of kindness generates love and warmth towards fellow beings and bestows a smile upon the recipient spreading happiness upon this earth.

  • This moment is beautiful because my son is at school learning diligently which will bring him prosperity in his future and he is trusting me to raise him and be his mom. That makes me feel like I am doing a great job and I am a great mom!! All you mom’s who are struggling with doubt, know that you are doing a fine job;)

  • When you become self-less for your loved ones :)

  • Refreshing post… bursts out beautiful emotions of humanity!

    …holding on to my daughter, enjoying each others warmth on a cold rainy day :)

  • In this moment I am reading something POSITIVE.

  • Thank you for reminding us of these small but beautiful moments in life.
    Blessings! Spread Love!

  • One bad thing after another has happened to me this past year. A week ago today I found out what I thought was the most horrible thing in the world. I’ve felt sick and wanted to die for a week. Then today I woke up, the sun was shining! Nothing out of the ordinary happened today, I just suddenly realised that I control my happiness. I was overwhelmed with positive thoughts for the summer - it IS going to be my best one yet. I have spent the evening listening to all my favourite music, singing along with a big smile on my face. NOTHING will bring me down unless I let it. And I refuse to!
    My favourite on this list is that someone is driving in their car with the windows down singing along to their favourite song at the top of their voice!
    Be the change you wish to see in the world
    Peace and love to all xxx

  • I know its hard to smile always, but just a good read like this article of yours brought a smile to my face.

    I just started reading your blog yesterday and am already a big fan!

    Keep up the good work.

    I can add one more beautiful thing to the list :
    Someone somewhere is dancing like no is watching.

  • To Katrina April 5 6.36 am. I hear your sadness. Life doesn’t always go right for us even if we do the right things. Start your day on a positive note. Find your favourite happy song mine is “I gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, play it loud and SMILE! I swear that even if you do not feel like smiling that even after forcing yourself to - you do feel better. Don’t watch the news. Stop sad thoughts in their tracks. Get dressed every day and get outside. Say “Hi.” and smile at people. Katrina always remember that you are not on your own. People would love to help you. All you have got to do is ask. Good luck.

  • Love love love this post! <3

  • Breathtaking list…

  • Thank you ALL for sharing your thoughts it brought smiles and its made me feel so much better to know that we can really change how we feel by focusing on what’s good . Today when I was going out my daughter’s eyes followed me lovingly . Priceless.

  • Awww….thanks a ton Angel!!!! you just spread a smile on my face :) Esp this one “30. Somewhere on the Internet someone is writing an encouraging comment on a blog post that will make others smile.” Darn cute :)

  • Thank you so much for this post, it made me smile!

    To all the people in the world, I might not know you, but I truly love you all!

    Together we can all make this a better place for everyone :)

  • 31. Somewhere on the front line a soldier has refused to carry out his orders by not shooting a fellow human being and deliberately missing his shot.

  • Thank you for this moment of inspiration. It is similar to my own thoughts often… whenever I feel down or uninspired, I think about a cafe in Paris and the beauty of someone sitting quietly, sipping a cup of coffee. It makes me feel bigger than myself, to think of all the amazing things that are going on at this very moment.

  • In this moment two lovers got married and that active duty soldier just came home to his family. What a beautiful moment.

  • Right now, someone some where read this article and decided not to dwell on what saddens them in the past or what worries them in the future but to live the moment, right here, right now. :)

  • While reading this post, I felt tears running down my cheeks…

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