Describe one unusual small thing that brings you joy, e.g. driving under an underpass in the rain.

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Written by Haleigh Oberkirsch on June 4, 2013 6:05 pm
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I really enjoy playing in mud…in my husband’s and my car. I especially enjoy doing this on the back road to his parents’ house and watching his face as I do so. He really enjoys having a clean car and I think it’s really funny when it’s covered in mud because well, I love mud and have loved the feeling of it since I was the tender age of two. The irony of it all is that I hate being dirty so if I get out of the car and brush it on my way out, I’m not a happy camper.

It’s the little things in life

Written by Watkins @ampersanddragon on March 24, 2013 7:37 pm
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I love to have elegant solutions to the little problems in life. For instance, when I couldn’t find a small bag that could easily handle carrying a wallet, notebook, and various small items in a durable and organized manner, my solution was to crochet one. However much I’d like to, I can’t make solutions to all of my sundry issues. Thus my greatest simple joy is when someone else has designed a solution that near-perfectly solves one. The most recent was the Spider Bluetooth Keyboard. I found it a pain (and distraction) to carry my overlarge laptop around. I found the Spider keyboard that could work with my mobile phone to create a note-taking and email-writing portable solution. I have to answer questions whenever I whip it out in company- it’s so elegant, people are always curious. It is lightweight, thin, and has clicky keys that are the perfect solution for a trained, speedy touch-typer. I also love that it is rechargeable – I don’t have to rely on non-sustainable AA batteries – and the internal battery lasts about a month! The only disadvantages are the position of the on/off button (under the keyboard) and the smallness on the screen on which I type. The angle of the screen is no problem, because I was able to 3D print a serviceable stand (another nifty solution!). One solution I hope to find soon is a way to hook my phone up to a larger screen while I’m at home – I love typing with the spider keyboard so much I’d rather type with it on my lap than a large heavy laptop.

The hunt for or design of a solution for an irking mundane issue gives me simple joy.

Sewing By Hand

Written by bellekid on March 23, 2013 3:36 pm
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I love sewing by hand. It sounds odd, when I have a nice sewing machine but some times it is nice to just stitch things with a simple needle and thread. It is stress relieving in a way, which may be why I also cross stitch and do needle point on occasion.

Catching Kisses and Hugs

Written by Tobie on March 23, 2013 12:00 pm
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Each morning starts with my beautiful three year old greeting me with a real hug and a kiss. I love those moments, but I love catching kisses and hugs just as much. Whether it is leaving her or saying goodbye over the phone, it is not complete until she blows me a kiss and throws me a hug. When I hear her say, “Did you catch it Momma?” it brings a smile to my face. Then I give her one back. I love her smile when she catches mine. There is no better way to say goodbye than to to catch a kiss and hug from my sweet little girl.

Unusual thing

Written by Kayak girl on March 23, 2013 11:54 am
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I love kayaking on a calm humid spring day in central Texas. These days do not happen often. As I paddle, I often feel the presence of Mother Nature and the past souls of the area whispering their secrets in my ear. And whispering encouragement into my heart.

The Small Thing That Brings Me Joy

Written by Karen W. on March 23, 2013 11:50 am
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An operable skylight in my car

Must love dogs

Written by MommaJ on March 23, 2013 11:49 am
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Taking my dogs for a ride to Mcdonalds……..we share an order of fries ;-)


Written by Wilson geo on March 23, 2013 11:47 am
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The warmth of your bed after you press that snooze for the first time

Waking up early

Written by Brittany on March 17, 2013 2:28 pm
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While most people hate it, one thing that I adore is when I wake up five minutes before my alarm goes off. I always feel like I won a prize by getting those five minutes to lay in my bed and have to do absolutely nothing. I can stay in my warm bed and not even feel kind of guilty for not getting up and starting my day.


Written by Fairuz Maggio on March 17, 2013 2:26 pm
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Nothing gives me more joy in my day than to sit down and browse through pintrest. Might sound a bit sad but it really does. It means I have enough time to sit on the Internet and not do homework. But mostly I love it because it gives me inspiration do things like craft, travel, dress nicer, cook, and a million other things. I used to hate this website (because I couldn’t figure out how to use it when it first came out) and now I’m obsessed with it and try to make it a part of my daily routine.

Ice Baths

Written by cwyrough on March 17, 2013 11:59 am
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Everyone hates them, but I love sitting in the cold, 50 degree water. You shiver and freeze and it’s the most painful thing, but getting out is so relieving and everything relaxes. On warm days you can lay out in the sun and there is no better feeling than that.

Dog Ears

Written by The Fandom Princess on March 16, 2013 6:03 pm
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Something small that brings me complete and UTTER joy is when I get a book that I have lent to someone back and they return it to me in the exact condition that it was in when I let them borrow it. I have an unusual connection to my books, so I always freak out about whether the person I’m going to let borrow the book will ruin it or not. This possibly stems from the fact that the last few times I’ve lent my dear books out to others, I get it back with those stupid dog earred corners. My philosophy? You are NOT allowed to dog ear MY book. Only I am, and I rarely do that! In order to solve that problem, I developed a plan. Every time someone decides to borrow a book for me, I say no… just kidding. I make them a book mark. A nice and pretty one with my rules on it (which include: not eating messy things while reading my book, try not to spill anything on it, don’t crumple the pages, don’t let other people I don’t know touch my book at all, and most importantly, DO NOT DOG EAR!)

I know it seems like much, but wouldn’t you be the same way about your prized possessions? That’s what I thought.

New England Losing

Written by on March 16, 2013 10:11 am
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An unusual thing that I enjoy is watching the New England Patriots lose a football game. There is no more satisfying feeling. I’m sure that most New York sports fans would also agree with me.

A Night Drive

Written by bparker5 on March 15, 2013 4:23 pm
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I love driving at night on the highway when there are no cars behind you shining their headlights into your mirrors. Probably my favorite thing when I’m driving.

It’s just dark.

Now I know you can usually flip down your rearview mirror, but then I lose my perception of distance when cars are behind me.


Written by Chelsea Fuller on March 13, 2013 10:28 pm
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For most people even the idea that you must put things in order is horrible. But for me its like the sweet relaxation in my day. I often find myself making piles, color coordinating, and alphabetizing things! I guess I’ve just always enjoyed a clean environment and being able to find exactly what I need when I need it!

Perfectly Sliced Tomatoes

Written by Above the Clouds on March 13, 2013 12:53 pm
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A perfectly sliced tomato on a sandwich is second to none. Nothing is worse than when a tomato is either unevenly sliced, or too thick and it ruins the sandwich entirely cause you can’t quite crunch down on it completely and/or pull it out completely. Even on pizza, or whatever else people put tomatoes on, it makes the food that much better.

Cut it Out

Written by Owl Be Reading on March 12, 2013 7:19 pm
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Lots of little things annoy me, but there are many little things that make me smile. One of my favorites is the sound of a paper cutter slicing through paper. Not only does it sound cool, you can manipulate it. For instance a quick cut and a slow cut sound quite different. The best part is you get a feeling of accomplishment when you’re done!

Watching wedding videos

Written by kncrotty on March 10, 2013 10:19 pm
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I really love to watch other people’s wedding videos, regardless of whether I know the couple or not. The couple and the video, in general, are so happy and it just makes me smile! I’m not married, nor do I have any intent on getting married in the near future. I just love seeing the bride’s dress and just everything about the videos! I might be the only person who does this, but that’s okay because I enjoy it!

An odd thing I enjoy

Written by Stephan Brown on March 10, 2013 5:18 pm
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I don’t know if I’d call it rebellious behavior exactly… But I get an odd sense of joy from driving through places I’m not supposed to. For example, sidewalks, people’s yards, closed off roads, private property, or basically anywhere a car isn’t supposed to be able to travel. I do take my little 4 door sedan mudding frequently. So, yeah I’m the only person I know that does this…


Written by Colleen Venson @ caven1921 on March 9, 2013 7:02 pm
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I hate being in the kitchen although I am a great cook.
To make the time exciting, I will turn the radio on to 106.7 lite FM, 105.1, 107.5 WBLS and a few others and dance like crazy while I am doing a task in the kitchen. My daughter also enjoys this and we end up dancing together many times.

I’ll tell you what!

Written by Nicholas Simpson on March 8, 2013 3:53 pm
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I’m a little late doing this daily create, but here we go. Mike Judge is an awesome animator and voice actor. I love his voice for Hank Hill on “King of the Hill.” The one thing that makes me happy is when I imitate his voice to say “I’ll tell you what.” I always get a giggle out of it. Here’s a link to what I’m talking about:

Sprites Dancing Across the Ceiling

Written by Cris Crissman (Cris2B) on March 8, 2013 12:21 am
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Sometimes when the sunbeams strike the water on the deck’s birdbath at just the precise angle, a circle of swirling shadows dances across my ceiling from one end of my living room to the other. I like to think of the shadows as water sprites that come to visit and bring good fortune. Interestingly, a sprite as in computer graphics works, too, because the circle does have a collection of images within.

Order and Cleanliness

Written by @KristenLamb2 on March 7, 2013 11:29 pm
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Almost nothing makes me happier than having a freshly-cleaned and organized bedroom and going to sleep in it after having showered, shaved, and clipped my fingernails. I wouldn’t consider myself to be obsessive-compulsive, but there is a direct correlation between the cleanliness and order in my surrounding environment and my level of relaxation.

The wall of warm

Written by @NormWright on March 7, 2013 10:41 pm
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There are some buildings here and there which have large open entrance ways without doors. There are air handling systems at the entrance that create an invisible wall or curtain of air. On one side its nice indoor room temperature and on the other side its outdoor temperature. Walking into these buildings is so cool (or so hot), specially in winter when in one step you go from 10 degrees to 70 degrees. It amazes me every time, and the blast of warmth when crossing that line is great. I always feel like I just stepped through some trans-portal worm-hole time-warping device. This is not thrill-seeker stuff, but it amuses me anyway.

What brings me immense joy is making something antique like new again.

Written by antiquemystique on March 7, 2013 9:05 pm
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Especially when it comes to antique composition “crier” dolls that were made around the turn of the last century until the 1940’s, to my knowledge. I also receive joy servicing my own antique phonographs, e.g. Edison and Victrola. Not too many people that I know of find any joy in something that was produced long before their time. Same goes for the antique dolls. Most people take one look at those and find them seriously creepy. However, doing both has a hobby has helped me greatly to pay attention to detail and it’s like preserving history in a sense.

fuzzy lounge pants

Written by nurseEDvocate on March 7, 2013 8:21 pm
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The small thing that brings me immense joy is fuzzy lounge pants that fit properly. For some reason, cozy pants are not made for tall people, as if we don’t need to relax in our recliners and snuggle up like the rest of society… without half of our calves exposed. So when I DO find the fuzzy lounge pants that fit, it is a very joyful experience.

chewing on baking soda

Written by brittney harley, york ct 101 on March 7, 2013 5:46 pm
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one of my weird habbits and lil hobbies is chewing on dry baking soda untl its soggy and ready to spit out. i feel maybe this is the reason why my teeth are so white and i do not have any dental hygeine problems or malfunctions.. mainly because of the baking soda.
love the salty and powdery tatse and feelingit has in my mouth.

Throwing someones tennis ball somewhere they cant find it.

Written by huansolo on March 7, 2013 3:44 pm
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I know it sounds a bit mean, but for some reason it gives me so much joy. It might be because of my background of playing handball, but its just so fun. To justify why i love this is because i hate tennis players who uses a handball court to hit a ball. I mean, it doesnt bother me if youre good at it but if you suck? Just get the hell out!

The Best Chairs

Written by cwyrough on March 7, 2013 2:40 pm
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Nothing gives me more pleasure than farting in the chairs in Monroe Hall. The chairs just magnify everything–the most musical, magical tune in the world.


Written by innoventdesign on March 7, 2013 2:20 pm
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Yes I’m an adult, and yes I work a full time job, but nothing gives me more pleasure in my crazy hectic life then a nice quiet catnap.
I get up early, I go to the gym, I go to work, and then I have night class, but I always make time for a nap.
I think I was a cat in my last life, because nothing makes me happier then a midday snooze, in my snuggly warm bed, with the sun shining me. It’s just the most refreshing feeling in the world.
Every one should make time for catnaps. Catnaps are like milk…. it does a body good.

The retro experience

Written by @billgx on March 7, 2013 1:55 pm
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I have a GE toaster that was manufactured in 1953. I bought the toaster for $.50 at an estate auction. I was able to obtain it at this bargain price because it was marked “not working”. I found the same toaster in a 1950s era Montgomery Ward catalog in my grandmas house. I brought the toaster home, opened it up, found that one of the wires had become disconnected, soldered it back together, and it has worked ever since. That was at least 15 years ago, and my toaster has been making perfect toast all the while.

I like being able to restore perfectly good items to a useful state. I hate how we are a “throw away” society. I hate how the leather computer bag that I bought for my 486 gateway laptop has a longer usable life then the computer that cost 10 times the money. The bag is now carrying around my MacBook Pro, And the laptop is just taking up space somewhere. I hate to throw anything away. I’m holding out hope that the 486 laptop will again serve some useful purpose at some point in the future. Since computers no longer come with a nine pin serial port, this laptop might actually come in handy for configuring Cisco routers. I might just give that a try!

Podcasting and Eating Junk

Written by Trone Dowd on March 7, 2013 1:40 pm
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There’s one thing in this world that’s super specific, but still makes me happy when I do it. That thing is listening to podcasts while eating a food of my choice. The food ranges between anything from fried chicken to strawberry wafers to candy bars to gummy bears. It all started back in 2007 when I used to go to my aunt’s house in Philadelphia. She had stopped getting cable for my guest room (not much of a tv watcher anyway) so I made it a tradition to go to the store after dinner, grab as much candy as I could afford and listen to a week’s worth of podcasts until I was fast asleep. At the time I listened to about six to seven podcasts a week (all of them video game related). Over the years I’ve started listening to newer ones and have been on and off with some of older ones. But it’s really something I enjoy. It’s relaxing. I feel at ease when I do this.

My current list of shows I listen to?
Rebel FM (featuring former 1UP employees who talk about the industry in general. Successor to 1UP FM)
IGN GameScoop (IGN’s long running videogame podcast)

Laser Time Network Podcasts- (following are all under one umbrella)
Lasertime (pop culture podcast featuring the cast of the greatest video game podcast of all time, Talkradar)
CapeCrisis (Lasertime’s comicbook podcast)
VGMpire (Lasertime’s Video Game music show)
Cheap PopCast (Lasertime’s wrestling podcast)
Videogame Apocolypse (Lasertime’s videogame podcast, spiritual successor to Talkradar)


Written by @clippertreason on March 7, 2013 12:34 pm
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Bacon. Literally all forms of bacon. Bacon bits, bacon chips, bacon wrapped scallops, bacon wrapped bacon… Excuse me, I’m gonna go eat some bacon.


Written by sirons on March 7, 2013 10:30 am
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I find joy in balance, and I mean that to be entirely literal – not in the sense that all of my decor is symmetrical or I own an unusual amount of antique scales – but that I enjoy balancing loads on my outstretched arms or atop my head. I balance things while on my couch. I lay on my side and dorsal arm straight up, letting a book or my television remote lay in my palm. Then, I try to reach the position where my muscles perform the least amount of work to keep the object aloft – the point where the load is aligned with my bones. I relax my arms and feel the circulation seep out of my hand, my heart troubled to pump blood to such a height. As my hand tingles and numbs, the load becomes almost weightless, but remains perfectly supported and effortlessly balanced.

A Little Can Make Anyone Smile

Written by Charlie Koch on March 7, 2013 10:22 am
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There’s this little solar-powered plastic flower at my work that sways back and forth when the sunlight hits it. I drew a little smiley face on it one day and now whenever I look at it, regardless of my mood, I crack a smile. It’s a perpetually happy flower, blissful and content with nothing but sunlight.