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The Best Experiences in Life are Still Free

Updated on October 6, 2014

Despite our fascination with money and material goods, the best things in life are still free. There are some experiences you cannot put a pricetag on. These are the experiences that enrich our lives, that make us feel whole, that give us a hope.

Here's a few that come to mind:

  • Viewing the majesty of the Northern Lights for the first time
  • Laughing with a friend 'til we both cry
  • Watching a baby smile for the first time
  • Waking up to a bright, sunny morning and feeling healthy
  • Experiencing the unconditional love of a loyal dog as he licks your face
  • Watching the sunset over the lake
  • Sharing in the wisdom of an elder
  • Hugging a loved one you haven't seen for a very long time
  • Feeling satisfied as you learn something through discovery
  • Discovering a new activity you are passinate about

As we wait for our next paycheck or consider the purchase of the next lottery ticket, take time to appreciate the things you cannot buy-- the intangible moments in time that are gone in the blink of an eye.

Too often we let these moments escape because we're to busy to stop and appreciate them-- these are the special times that can never be recaptured. These are times where we need to live in the moment and drink it all in. These are moments that allow us to grow and become better people!

Each day we should take time to appreciate the moments we experience intense joy, or awe, or peace. These are the moments we cannot really use words to describe, but we remember them forever. We all experience them, and often, we let them slip away without recognizing the impact they have on our lives.

To live in the moment and experience it fully is a gift we give to ourselves. Give yourself that gift today. Slow down, take time to appreciate the free things in life.

The beauty of the Northern Lights:

On the average, how many times during the week do you take time to truly experience a special moment?

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    • KayDeeJay profile image


      8 years ago

      As a broke college graduate, I really enjoyed this hub! Thanks!

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      Christina M. Castro 

      10 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Everyone has to stop and smell the flowers sometimes. It is essential for health to take a break! Thanks.

    • Julie A. Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie A. Johnson 

      12 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Hi Ripplemaker,

      Thanks for your response, and I will check out your hub soon--sounds interesting! Keep writing.


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      Michelle Simtoco 

      12 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Julie, indeed the best things in life are still free. Thank God for that! (GRIN) In fact I wrote a hub on 101 things to be grateful about just to remind me of this. :) Take care.

    • Julie A. Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie A. Johnson 

      12 years ago from Duluth, MN


      Thanks for your response. Yes, grandchildren as well as children, make you see the world in a different light. They are gifts we do not always appreciate.


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      12 years ago

      This is exactly what I was thinking about Julie. We get lost and tend to forget. Yesterday I met my Grandchildren for the first time. That brought things into a different light for me.

    • Julie A. Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie A. Johnson 

      12 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Thanks Zabimaru,

      I love the Northern Lights, too. Thet truly are what of the great beauties of nature. Keep writing.


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      12 years ago from Sweden

      Good post.

      I very much agree about the northern lights. I just to spend a lot of time in the northern parts of Sweden when I was younger, since I had a grandmother there. I loved it when we could see it there. Just staring up at the sky at the spectacle was a great way to end an evening.

    • Julie A. Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie A. Johnson 

      12 years ago from Duluth, MN

      J. Wells, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's important to take time to appreciate what is around us!

    • J.Wells profile image


      12 years ago

      Thanks for this message, I really appreciate it.

    • Julie A. Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie A. Johnson 

      12 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Thanks Agro. I hope you enjoy some of these moments in time. I hope to publish another hub related to this soon.

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      Agro Donkey 

      12 years ago from Ohio

      nice hub and great picture. Hope to hear more from you on this. Good job and keep writing


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