Have you ever given thought to your favorite sounds and smells? The ones that you come across in life, and they make you feel good all over? I have found that it is these little things I take for granted, yet they bring me immense joy. 
The sound of ocean waves crashing
A cork popping from a bottle of champagne 
Birds singing in the wee hours of the morning
Leaves crunching under my feet while taking a walk on a fall day
My husband walking through the front door, after work, and saying, "Hey, Babe!"
The thump of our horse's hooves when they run through the pasture
The voices of my two children when they come home to visit 
The smell of chicken roasting in the oven
Peach Pie cooling on the counter
A delicious Cabernet Sauvignon
Apples right off the tree
Fresh basil from the garden
Freshly brewed coffee in the morning
Pausing a few minutes to pinpoint some sounds and smells that open up your feelings of appreciation can be insightful. You can use these sounds and smells to help reduce your stress level and anxiety. They can even enhance feelings of happiness and relaxation. So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed, try listening to or smelling items that bring you comfort and joy. 
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