What are the finer things in life?

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‘The finer things in life’ is a well-known English phrase. For some people the phrase refers to items of luxury and elegance, while others prefer to consider the finer things as those more simple or natural that are often taken for granted.

As discussed on the forum at The Free Dictionary, the meaning of the phrase depends upon the context in which it is used.

The finer things in life, such as the sun rising

Holding hands on a beach with the one you love, and watching the early morning Sun dance across the waves

Are the finer things in life, luxury items?

Depending on your outlook on life, the finer things in life could be luxury items. They might include

  • expensive sports cars
  • rare and expensive wines
  • classy gifts
  • designer clothing
  • priceless art
  • fine dining
  • antiques
  • Cuban cigars
  • a Caribbean holiday

“He prefers the finer things in life.”

When the phrase is used in a statement like the one above, it generally means the person enjoys living a high lifestyle with access to more expensive things, like personally tailored suits.

The finer things - quote by author Mark Hyman

The finer things – quote by author Mark Hyman

Are the finer things in life, things I choose for special occasions?

The finer things in life can be those things we chose to experience on special occasions, such as weddings and birthdays.  They are the things we chose to do as treats; to spoil ourselves every now and then. Finer things could include

  • champagne breakfasts
  • a spa bath, sauna or massage
  • a weekend away
  • dining out
  • a favorite bar of chocolate

Are the finer things in life, things we value and appreciate?

Yes, the finer things in life can mean the things that you personally value and appreciate.  The finer things are not limited to expensive trinkets or things we can rarely afford.

The finest things can be the things that we sometimes take for granted in everyday living, like a sunset or a smile. When we begin to appreciate their simple beauty, when we value them above others, these things are the things we consider the finest in life.

The finer things in life

  • an awakening forest as the sun rises
  • the sound of the ocean’s waves as they roll across the shore
  • the soft purr and caress of a happy cat
  • the laughter of children
  • the setting sun
  • a smile
  • a hay ride
  • a delicious, creamy flat white
  • time spent in the company of friends and family
  • the taste of fruit picked fresh from a tree
  • a warm log fire on a cold night
  • a good book on a rainy day
  • writing
  • a starry night
  • the smell of wet grass
  • losing oneself in imagining
  • a sip of port
  • the peacefulness of the countryside
  • fireworks
  • a slow waltz in the arms of your beloved
  • singing around a piano with a group of soulful friends
  • Auld Lang Syne

Addendum

This article was originally published at U-Foria – The finer things in life on August 1, 2014.

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