The Little Things

Inspired by another little things blog I ran across many years ago:

What is a little thing?

It’s basically things or moments or feelings that happen throughout your day that makes your day better, but you may not consciously recognize it. Example: Stepping into an air-conditioned room after being outside on a hot day.

My goal for sharing this?

I started The Little Things e-mail list to my family, friends, and colleagues around eight or nine years ago. It’s a habit in my life I love doing because it allows me to walk through life with a new perspective and it grounds me to reality during hard times. My hope is that after you read this list, you will walk away feeling inspired or feeling more uplifted!

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Master List

  1. Coming home after being away for a while
  2. The fresh feeling after washing your face
  3. Getting in line just before it gets long
  4. Being in the car while it is going through the car wash
  5. Finding out that you’re having your favorite meal for dinner
  6. Accomplishing something people thought you couldn’t
  7. The look of vacuumed carpet
  8. When someone wants to take a picture with you
  9. When everybody’s in a good mood
  10. Immature moments with your friends
  11. When your scissors glide across wrapping paper
  12. Getting using to a cold shower…especially in the heat of Africa
  13. Beautiful skies
  14. When you actually like the assigned reading
  15. The sound of the ocean
  16. Walking into an air-conditioned building after being outside in the heat
  17. The color of people’s eyes
  18. Everlasting friendships
  19. Watching bloopers
  20. City lights at night
  21. Letting your hair down after it’s been tied up all day
  22. People who love their job
  23. Hearing interesting stories about yourself when you were little
  24. Hearing and seeing crumbs getting sucked up by the vacuum cleaner
  25. Receiving an invitation
  26. The smell of popcorn in the movie theatre
  27. Having exact change
  28. When a person genuinely asks you how your day was
  29. Answering a question correctly in class
  30. Being ahead of schedule
  31. Being able to fall asleep right away
  32. Feeling confident when turning in an exam
  33. The smell of a barbecue
  34. Discovering a new song and instantly loving it
  35. Finally remembering the word you had on the tip of your tongue
  36. Tearing out a piece of perforated paper perfectly
  37. The feeling of relief after finding something you lost
  38. Changing into sweatpants
  39. When the stoplight turns green before you begin to brake
  40. When someone saves you a seat
  41. The feeling you get after you sneeze
  42. Receiving a dog’s unconditional love
  43. Hearing someone refer to you as their friend for the first time
  44. Finding out there isn’t a back side to a worksheet
  45. Turning on the TV just in time
  46. Feeling accomplished at the end of the day
  47. Finding out that someone likes you
  48. Andes mint chocolate
  49. Hearing people cheer for you
  50. Finding out that something is cheaper than you thought it was
  51. Logging onto Facebook on your birthday
  52. When you see your food coming in a restaurant
  53. The smell of a campfire
  54. Finding out that someone does the same weird things as you do
  55. When one of your favorite movies is on television
  56. Re-reading old conversations
  57. The smell of fresh laundry
  58. Walking through puddles in rain boots
  59. Being called beautiful.
  60. Accomplishing something before the microwave beeps
  61. Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin after being in a cold place
  62. The moment you realize your hiccups are gone
  63. When someone texts back instantly
  64. When the vending machine gives you more than you paid for
  65. Finally laughing after trying to hold it in
  66. Not wearing makeup and being able to rub your eyes
  67. Wearing new clothes for the first time
  68. Being told that you’ve made someone’s day
  69. The first bite of food when you’re really hungry
  70. Questions on a test that give away answers to other questions
  71. Running through the sprinklers in the summer
  72. Free stuff
  73. Looking at hold yearbook photos and autographs
  74. When your parents say “yes” instead of the expected “no”
  75. When somebody actually says “bless you” when you sneeze in class
  76. Fresh air
  77. Watching old home videos
  78. Accents
  79. A family-sized bag of your favorite chips all for yourself
  80. Nicknames
  81. Perfectly peeling off a price sticker
  82. The fresh feeling after brushing your teeth
  83. Twisting the lid of a jar when no one else was able to
  84. Taking a perfect picture
  85. The first drop of a rollercoaster ride
  86. When people enjoy the food you make
  87. A warm towel after a shower
  88. Your favorite part of a song
  89. Untouched snow
  90. The moment when you find a comfortable sleeping position
  91. Stapling a finished essay together
  92. Knowing all the words to a song
  93. Friendship bracelets
  94. Easy to peel citrus fruits
  95. When the lights start to dim before a movie
  96. The good commercials before a movie starts
  97. Being lifted off the ground during a hug
  98. The feeling of pulling out contacts
  99. Waking up and not being tired
  100. Sleeping in your own bed after being away
  101. Solving a really long math problem correctly
  102. Reading your old journals
  103. Hitting the high note
  104. Flipping to the right page of a book on the first try
  105. When the weather feels just right
  106. Collapsing into your bed after a long, tiring day
  107. The feeling after a good workout
  108. Christmas lights at night
  109. When someone holds the door open for you
  110. The sound a soda can makes when you open it
  111. Achieving the perfect milk to cereal ratio
  112. Remembering stories about how you met someone
  113. When your fortune cookie knows what’s up
  114. When a stranger helps you pick up something you accidentally dropped
  115. Family
  116. Overhearing someone say nice things about you
  117. Waking up with clear skin
  118. Piggy-back rides
  119. Crossing things off your to-do list
  120. Breakfast in bed
  121. 121. The feeling of a good stretch after sleeping
  122. When someone plays with your hair
  123. Contagious laughter
  124. Midnight snacks
  125. Getting an A on a ridiculously hard test
  126. Licking the yogurt lid
  127. Falling asleep to the sound of rain
  128. Teachers you can joke with
  129. Teachers that become life-time friends and mentors
  130. Handwritten letters
  131. Bubble baths
  132. Finding money in your pocket
  133. Driving on a newly paved road
  134. Wearing your pajamas all day
  135. A cup of tea made perfectly right
  136. Cookies straight out of the oven
  137. Perfect shower temperature
  138. Spotless, bruise-free bananas
  139. The fresh, clean feeling after a shower
  140. The satisfying feeling of making someone laugh really hard
  141. Perfectly painted nails
  142. Scented candles
  143. A clean room
  144. Snow days
  145. Taking off high heels at the end of the day
  146. Not being able to finish a sentence because you’re laughing so hard about the ending
  147. Dresses with pockets
  148. Actually finding food in the fridge
  149. When the food you enjoy eating is healthy
  150. Your favorite perfume or cologne smell on someone
  151. When he smiles at you
  152. Picking/peeling off dried glue
  153. The first hug from someone you haven’t seen in a long time
  154. When the school week goes by really fast
  155. A perfect cup of coffee
  156. Late night phone conversations
  157. Eating with chopsticks
  158. When someone tells you that you smell nice
  159. Young children with good manners
  160. Eating ice cream straight from the tub
  161. Running through the sprinklers in the summer
  162. Free stuff
  163. Looking at old yearbook photos and autographs
  164. When your parents actually say “yes” instead of the expected “no”
  165. When somebody actually says “bless you” when you sneeze in class
  166. Fresh air
  167. Watching old home videos
  168. Accents
  169. A family-sized bag of your favorite chips all for yourself
  170. Nicknames
  171. The smell of just-shampoo’d hair
  172. Being dismissed on the last day of school
  173. Waking up and actually remembering your dream
  174. Seedless grapes
  175. When you finally remember the name of the song that’s been stuck in your head
  176. Drinking cold water when you’re thirsty
  177. Giving random acts of kindness
  178. Getting the perfect parking spot
  179. People who treat their parents lovingly
  180. Correct grammar
  181. Finishing a final exam
  182. Taking your bra off at the end of the day
  183. The moment you realize your period is over
  184. When a little kid draws you a picture
  185. The smell of your mom’s homemade cooking
  186. Hearing that you were in someone’s dream (if it’s a good dream!)
  187. Being in a fantastic mood, just because
  188. Waking up and realizing you have more time to sleep
  189. Writing/drawing on foggy windows
  190. Finally getting the food you’ve been craving
  191. Deep conversations
  192. Bendy straw
  193. Riding a shopping cart
  194. Catching up with an old friend
  195. Being home alone, blasting music, singing loudly, and dancing crazily
  196. Jeans that fit perfectly
  197. Singing in the shower
  198. Watching a really good movie/TV trailer
  199. Finding something you lost a long time ago
  200. A pen that works really well
  201. Good morning texts
  202. Stumbling across really old songs, but still being able to remember all the lyrics
  203. Continuous green lights when driving
  204. The feeling of holding a book just bought
  205. The sound of popcorn popping
  206. Getting backed-up in an argument
  207. Hearing your favorite song on the radio
  208. Peeing after holding it in for a long time
  209. Getting gifts for no reason at all
  210. Cuddling
  211. Silence that isn’t awkward
  212. Being healthy after being horribly ill
  213. Dimples
  214. Popping bubble wrap
  215. Having breakfast for dinner
  216. Candid photos
  217. Hot chocolate on rainy or cold days
  218. Being missed
  219. The cold side of the pillow
  220. When your parents talk about you with pride
  221. Finishing a good book or story
  222. Inside jokes
  223. When someone cooks you a fancy meal
  224. When a friendly stranger smiles at you
  225. Getting new clothes
  226. When your music player is on shuffle and your favorite song comes up
  227. Getting mail
  228. Star gazing
  229. Tight, meaningful hugs
  230. When your bangs actually cooperate with you
  231. Seeing a baby laugh
  232. Kisses on the forehead
  233. Playground swings
  234. Looking at the water droplets travel across your window
  235. People who remember you after meeting you only once
  236. Hugs from behind
  237. Recalling good memories with friends
  238. When a baby holds your finger
  239. The sound of little kids’ uncontrollable laughter
  240. Driving on an empty road
  241. Holding hands
  242. Laughing until your stomach hurts
  243. The smell after it rains
  244. The first swim of the summer
  245. Using a clean, crisp towel
  246. When someone remembers the things you say
  247. People who smile despite their circumstances
  248. Positive feedback on an essay you worked hard on
  249. Hot showers
  250. Looking through old photographs
  251. Sleeping late and waking up at noon
  252. Finding out that a person feels the same way as you do
  253. Someone telling you a secret. Just you.
  254. Finally understanding something
  255. Opening a brand new book
  256. Making someone who looks sad smile
  257. A clean public bathroom
  258. Classic Disney movies
  259. When the vending machine finally accepts the dollar
  260. Common Ground
  261. Hot chocolate
  262. Doing a medical procedure perfectly
  263. Sweet iced tea
  264. Taco Tuesday
  265. A full pantry/fridge after grocery shopping
  266. Pizza with interesting toppings
  267. Chips with interesting flavors
  268. Trying a new gelato or ice cream flavor
  269. The accomplishment of catching a bubble
  270. The feel of India ink paper

Do you have little things of your own? Comment below and I will add them to the list to be featured!


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