I've found that one of the best ways to clear my mind is to drive. And if it weren't for the soaring gas prices, I would love to just drive around town, all the time, with no real destination. There's something strangely therapeutic about driving. I love the feeling of having complete control of where I am headed. I love hearing the hum of cars passing by and driving under the glow of the streetlights at night. I love feeling the nice, cool air rushing in from outside, and singing along to the songs on the radio. All of these little things are what makes driving one of my favorite comfort zones.
With so many things on our to-do lists and worries in our minds, it can be really difficult to stop and appreciate the "little things" in life. With our type of culture and lifestyle, it is easy for simple pleasures to be left unnoticed. We should celebrate the "little things" in life that make life worth living. Simple joys are everywhere. They are a part of everyone's lives. If you adjust your perspective and notice them, you will quickly realize how absolutely amazing life is.
In December 2010, I created a blog--JustLittleThings.net--that compiles all of the simple pleasures in life, from "Sleeping on freshly washed sheets" to "Making a baby laugh," as my own "happy list," in the hope that other people also cherish the same things. I also created the blog so I can share this viewpoint to others. I'm very fortunate to say that the blog has been successful, now with hundreds of thousands of readers from all over the world.
Based on this blog, my book Just Little Things: A Celebration of Life's Simple Pleasures is a collection of colorful pages that exhibits some of the many "little things" in life. I hope that you can check it out and realize how much value life holds, and share it with your family and friends.
Here are a few of my favorites from the book. Enjoy!