Simple Joys

Like the rest of the world, I watched the video of the “Happy Chewbacca” and laughed until tears poured out of my eyes. If you missed it or just want to enjoy it again, I’ve added it below.

Besides how hysterically funny she is, I think her delight in that silly mask struck a chord with so many of us because sometimes our days can feel stressful or we are so busy running around trying to keep up with demands on our time, we don’t often enough slow down to take a deep breath and let ourselves delight in anything!

When we are always so distracted and stressed by too many things, we aren’t likely to look for an opportunity to create, experience or share the simple joys of this moment.

Creating a simple joy can be something as easy as taking a moment to cut spring flowers from the yard (or grab a inexpensive bouquet from the grocery store) and set them in an empty pitcher on the table. It’s such a little thing, but when I have flowers on the table I find myself shutting out the distractions and just lingering on their beauty many times a day. I can’t help but feel more joy in their presence.

A bouquet is a gift you can give yourself that will keep bringing you back to the present to remind you to embrace and enjoy what’s beautiful in your world right now. They perk up the mood and bring delight to even a dreary day.

Simple joys are contagious and multiply, they make you want to share or create more of it around you. They are worth EVERY PENNY!

Simple Joys
What is one thing you could make room for in your home or life, even right this moment, that would inspire you to be present and embrace more joy? How could you share that joy with someone else?


  1. Tracie

    One winter I bought a bouquet at the grocery store nearly every week, and it cheered our whole family. I was reminded of this because my son gave me one of those bouquets on Mother’s Day, and it gave me joy for two whole weeks! The purple flowers were something I wouldn’t have chosen and yet they turned out to be the best pop of color to liven up our great room. Flowers are worth the little splurge!

  2. Linda Stoll

    Closing this laptop down is a good start.

    And getting outside to fully appreciate this space we’re living in is the next right thing to do.

    And yes, there’ll be flowers to pluck along the way …


  3. Peggy

    I just put a new wreath on my front door–even made the bow– really takes me to my happy place which is home:)

  4. Kathleen Law

    Since I discovered The Inspired Room…I have been greatly inspired once again..Went through a season of life where I thought God was changing my desires…However..I am back to enjoying my passion of Decorating..And you have been used to inspire the once again…I LOVE your Doable Decorating…And yes FLOWERS are an amazing mood lifter and give you a different perspective on life…God made the flowers…Oh how He loves us…

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Kathleen! I love that we can share our love of the home and that joy even inspires others! Thank you for commenting, knowing this blog means something to someone else is what keeps me going here! Blessings to you xo.

  5. Kathleen Law

    Oops forgot to tell you..i have all your books and have bought several copies for gifts when we have guests that stay with us…

  6. Jo Jo

    I try to start my day in gratitude to the Lord for all His blessings and the biggest blessings are finding JOY in the little things! Because they are those God- winks that are put before us that we find if we’re looking! ???. This morning I cut a few buds from my Knock-out Rose bush…they are sitting in a small cut crystal vase ( found in a consignment shop years ago) atop my console table in the living room. PURE JOY! ❤️

  7. Linda Grubbs

    Oh my….I too laughed my head off the first time I saw it. Simple joy…that’s it! Thanks for the reminder!!

  8. Lisa E

    When at first I viewed that video, I thought it a bit odd, but was soon laughing with her and yes, experiencing simple joys. Did you know that not only has her video gone viral but she has been on t.v. shows and such because of it? There’s anothet video of her as a guest at a church talking about the video phenomenon and speaking to youth there. She is a Christian and I think Music Minister at her own church. I have been known to come back from grocery shopping with a bouquet and smile or just appreciate it’s beauty every time I see it.

  9. Lacy

    Oh I have to agree with you on the video. I watched it again last night. It definitely helps the stress level. Small things come into our lives to remind us to be thankful for each day. I could watch it a hundred more times. Thank you for sharing again!!!

  10. dawn@joyfulscribblings

    I had not seen that video. I love how much joy and fun she gets out of that mask. I have to admit it would not have the same effect on me. However, I do get a lot of joy out of journaling and I love to buy pretty journals. I’m trying to use what I have though before buying new ones. I loved Make Room For What You Love and you have so many great tips to share! As always thanks for the inspiration Melissa!

  11. zan

    LOL!! This video is so funny. I have to admit that I need to work on finding the simple joys.

  12. taylor

    Do you have links for the navy pillows in this photo?

  13. Abigail Bylo

    Hello! I stumbled across a picture on Pinterest of your fireplace that is in this post! Me and my husband would LOVE to know what paint color this is- it’s exactly what shade we want to paint our fireplace. Thank you!!

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