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Best Things List

A while back, I created a note in my phone called "Best Things." Since then, whenever I'm reminded of a little thing that I love, I mark it down. Keeping a list of my favorite small treasures in life has offered me a ton of gratitude and joy. I've pasted the list below in case it helps bring to mind some of your favorite things!

  • When strangers join in singing "Happy Birthday to You" with another table at a restaurant

  • Seeing the vending machine opened up while the snacks are replaced

  • Checking out someone's book collection

  • Driving past perfectly aligned soybean fields

  • Hidden compartments

  • Getting a lawnmower to start

  • When a window lets you see food like donuts or tortillas get made

  • Bowling alley animations

  • Rotating pie displays at diners

  • Urban parks

  • Seeing voice actors do characters' voices

  • Dog noises (collar chiming, pitter-patter of paws on floor)

  • Hotel brochure stands

  • When a business has been around for so long that they don't include an area code in their phone number

  • When you ask a stranger to take a photo of you, and they smile because you're smiling

  • Free refills

  • Globes with little bumps for mountains

  • First seeing the playing surface at a sports stadium

  • When snow looks blue as it's getting dark outside

  • Movie theater aesthetics: neon colors, retro fonts, polygonal signs and carpet designs

  • The sound of shoes on the wet ground in 80s movies

  • People excitedly realizing they're on the Jumbotron at a game

  • Can crushers near the recycling bin

  • Histories/write-ups on the backs of menus

  • Dogs' eyebrow expressions

  • The reveal of seeing your hotel room

  • Haunted houses

  • That the first and last sips of hot cocoa are the best ones

  • Buildings without a 13th floor

  • The exact amount we know about outer space

  • Static fuzz on old TVs

  • Televised sporting events picking up single voices very clearly

  • Cutting a corner in a plastic bag to make a frosting dispenser

  • Color swatch books

  • Swings

  • Seeing what's on the TVs for sale on Craigslist

  • Kicking the snow/ice that collects in cars' wheel wells

  • Moving walkways

  • When a stranger says goodbye even if you didn't converse (e.g. on an elevator)

  • Old computer screensavers

  • New TV screensavers (city flyovers preferred)

  • Seeing the latest cover of a magazine for the first time

  • Sneaking a few pepperonis off of a pre-cooked frozen pizza

  • Tackle boxes that open up into various compartments

  • Tiny holiday town dioramas

  • Pushing the buttons on a soft drink lid

  • The moon during the day

  • Three-nut peanuts

  • Fire escapes on old brick buildings

  • Houses that used to be schools

  • Businesses that used to be houses

  • Learning about landmarks from the sides of U-Haul trucks

  • The pizza reveal when you crack open the box

  • Seeing the other side of a train platform through the brief spaces between cars of a passing train

  • Books with ribbons/bookmarks built into them

  • Those POV driving/countdown sequences before the movie starts at a theater

  • Subway station tiles

  • When a movie based on real life shows the actual people as the closing credits start

  • Striped railroad crossing gates (bonus points if aloft)

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