How Small Details Lead to Greater Joy

In March 1845, Henry David Thoreau borrowed an ax and went into the woods by Walden Pond, which was owned by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. There, Thoreau built his house. It cost all of $28. "I did not wish to live what was not life … living is so dear." 


Thoreau chose to be rich by making his wants few in his own way. He taught us that, while we may not want to live in a cabin in the woods, life is too short for us to be caretakers of the wrong details.

 At The Joy Spa, we believe when the small things are right, you have more time to focus on your lofty ideas. If the little things are done well, you can get your best ideas while participating in daily rituals. The details matter: having towels that absorb well after showering, face serums that soothe and smell delightful, napkins that are soft to the face, matches that light, can openers that open. The useful small things shore us up. 

A life well-lived is one where paying attention matters. It's up to us to improve the environment we live in by giving greater attention to the details that help us create beautiful and beneficial personal rituals.


1.         Find a pen you love – it will make the process of writing more enjoyable. 

2.         Put a bar of great smelling soap in your lingerie drawer. 

3.         Invest in pretty and soft underwear. 

4.         Buy some socks that bring a smile to your face every time you put them on. 

5.         Buy nice sturdy hangers for your clothes to avoid frustration … and hanger marks.

We can live in the little joyously if we pay a bit more attention to the simple details of life. 

Carlina Scalf