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Things that make me smile

on August 28, 2013

As much bad news there is on a daily basis, sometimes we need a little reminder of all the good there is out there. Sometimes we need to be reminded to smile. Recently, my friends over at Celebrate the Hero tweeted some reasons to smile. I thought that was great and that it would make a wonderful blog post. More as reminder to myself because some days I need reminding.

With that in mind, here are some of the things that make me smile (in no particular order):

My friends. I have some of the best friends anyone could ever ask for. They are just fabulous.

My husband. He accepts all of me, good and not-so-good. He’s a great man. We recently celebrated our 15th anniversary.

My cats. As much as they sometimes drive me crazy, I could not imagine not having them around. I love them with all their quirkyness.

My family. My brothers, my dad, my aunt, my cousins, my nieces, my nephews, my in-laws. I love the whole crazy bunch.

Memories of my mom. My mom died 2 years ago. I still miss her every day. When I first lost her, things that reminded me of her brought tears and sadness. But now, those memories, while sometimes still bring tears, make me smile.

Scooby Doo. Okay this one might seem silly, but I have loved Scooby Doo since I was very little. I’m not ashamed to say I have a rather large collection of Scooby Doo stuff. I just love him.

Rainbows. There is just something about seeing a rainbow in the sky that is just so breathtaking.

The smell of freshly cut grass. I don’t know what it is, but I just love the smell of freshly cut grass, ever since I was a kid.

Rain. I’m not talking about a downpour, but that light rain that just lightly wets the ground. It brings out the smell of the earth, the pavement, the flowers, everything. Another thing that goes back to childhood I think.

Baking. This one ties into memories of my mom. My mom was a great baker and she started teaching me when I was young. I still love to bake. It’s my passion. I find it very soothing and calming, even when the kitchen looks like chaos. I just love the creativeness of it. And the smells it produces that seem to linger for days and days.

Reading a good book. I have loved to read since I was a kid. And there is just something about holding a book in your hand, the cracking of the spine as you open it, the smell of the pages, the sound the pages make as you turn them. Best of all is finishing that book. If you’re a reader like me, you totally understand.

Coffee. I love coffee. I love the taste. I love the smell. And flavoured coffees? OMG.

When you walk into a store or a restaurant, and the people there remember you. It’s even better when they remember your name too.

When someone says things like “Wow! You look amazing!” That never gets old.

When I get a new personal record at the gym.

When someone tells me how proud they are of me.

When someone tells me they miss me.

When I’m finally able to do something I hadn’t been able to do before.

When you’re out somewhere and you unexpectedly run into an old friend.

When you smile at someone and they smile back.. It just makes you smile even bigger.

Fall. I love fall. The smells, the leaves changing colours, the abundance of apples, the crispness in the air. I love it all.

Getting a text message or email at just the moment you need to hear from someone.

Christmas. Putting up and decorating the tree. Hunting for the perfect gifts. Watching loved ones open their gifts. Selecting the cards you’ll be sending out. Christmas music. Baking. The gathering of family and friends. Christmas movies. I could go on and on.

Watching my favourite sports teams.  Whether it be in person or on television, I love to watch my teams in action.

Having a good conversation.  Sometimes people don’t appreciate the art of having a good conversation.  I love sitting and talking to people.  When the talk is good, it can go on and on for hours.  The person or persons I’m talking to don’t have to necessarily agree with the things I’m saying either.  A good debate can make for a great conversation.

Going on vacation.  I love to travel, although I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like.  I love going to new places.  And I love returning to places I’ve been before.  There is just something almost magical about it all.

Watching a good movie.  There are some movies that I watch over and over again simply because I love them.  Even though I know exactly what will happen, and I can even repeat a lot of the dialogue, I still watch them because they make me smile.

Writing.  I have always loved to write, for a long as I can remember.  There is something almost calming about putting pen and thoughts to paper, or letting my fingers fly across the keyboard.  Even if I’m not in the greatest mood when I start, by the time I’m finished I’m feeling better.

This is just a partial list.  As you can see, when you stop to think about it, there is a lot to smile about.

So when you’re having a bad day, stop and think about what makes you smile.  You might be surprised how easy it is.

So tell me, what makes you smile?

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2 responses to “Things that make me smile

  1. allangilmour says:

    Mr Midnight, from the blog of Sir Winston, Mr Midnight and myself, says a smile costs nothing. Although he is a very happy creature, he would love to smile more but has not yet purrfected it in the style of Smiling Cheshire Cat. Cheshire Cat is Mr Midnight´s hero.
    As for Sir Winston and myself; we appreciate your nice, postitive words of wisdom. 🙂
    Best regards.

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