The Little Things That Make Me Smile

Good Morning!!!

There may be a 101 reasons why you don’t feel like smiling, but for every one of those reasons, I’m sure you’ll probably also find a reason to smile – if you look carefully.

A recent newsletter I received from Cheryl Richardson read:

This week, become aware of the little things that make you smile. As you notice them, pay attention to how they make you feel. If they feel good, really good, attach value to them immediately. Tell yourself, “This is the kind of experience that matters. I want more of this in my life.”Β 

So I start to notice and pay attention to the little things that make me smile. And I realize that my list of things that make me smile grows – if only I let it. Today my list reads:

  1. Pablo giving me an early morning nuzzle to let me know he’s awake.
  2. An early morning cuddle from my husband.
  3. My first cup of coffee in the morning.
  4. A little quiet time at the start of the morning to write/ read.
  5. A warm shower.
  6. The scent of my soap, shampoo, talc and cream.
  7. Making a salad that I know we both will enjoy.
  8. A crazy online conversation with my friends.
  9. Watching a video of the twin baby boys of my blogging pal.
  10. Looking at pictures of the same (as above) precious babies.

This list is only from today and it’s certainly not complete.

There’s lots more where that came from – thousands of other moments that I haven’t listed here. Isn’t that reason to smile?

What are the things that made you smile today?

This is Week #66 of the Thursday BlogHop over at The Writer’s Post. I’m so glad to be hosting it. Please write a post on the prompt ‘The Little Things That Make Me Smile’ and add the URL of the post to the Linky.

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  1. says

    a very interesting topic – Little things that make me smile

    Firstly would be the beautiful mornings – I simply love them, chirping of birds, that peaceful silence just before the rush hour begins!
    Secondly it would be my books.
    thirdly my job
    Fourth – my blogs and lovely comments on them
    5- my wonderful online friends whom I have met through your corinne
    6- ofcourse posts like this that remind us to live love and laugh no matter what.
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  2. Rachna says

    Indeed, and sometimes it is these small things that we neglect while we go over stressing about the larger challenges we face in our lives. Your post definitely made me think of my own list. And like you pointed out, it is the really simple things that bring us joy while we go chasing happiness elsewhere.
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    • says

      I’ve learned the awesome power of focusing on the small things that we so take for granted in our daily routine, Rachna. I’ve seen how gratitude automatically accompanies this practice and then leaves not much room for cribbing. Thanks for sharing. β™₯
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  3. says

    Ah, I am late here otherwise would have joined the linky love. Reading your list made me smile wide this morning adding to the quota of morning smiles. Points 2, 4, 8 and 9 are absolute lovely reasons to smile. I would also add some more here,

    * Listening to the talk R gives in super cute mode
    * A thoughtful comment on my post
    * Smiling at a random stranger

    I have many more things that make me smile but I wouldn’t want to take a lot of space.

    Keep smiling and loving.

    Joy always,
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  4. says

    You are right, Corinne. There are many things we fail to notice that brings a smile on our face. Today, the thing that brought a smile on my face…umm…the small brownies with orange and pink shaded cream on top of it..I was passing by to heat my food at work and saw them on a table…got so tempted that I went back and grabbed one…yummyy…and my son’s everyday good night hug and kiss are the best…no matter what happens..we yell at him, scold him, punish him, he does are so forgetful..and that’s a blessing :)
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  5. says

    so sweet! what made me smile today? first thing this morning, feeling appreciation for the work i’m doing in The Artists Way. my girlfriend texting me just to say ‘i love you!’ the beautiful photos i was processing from last night — i’m amazed by the quality of the ‘capture’ and also reminded of the fun of the event. talking with another girlfriend about something i learned in The Artists Way this morning about handling anger and seeing the light come on behind her eyes about a challenge she was facing with that subject — realizing again we’re all connected. reading your post and reliving my smiles. thank you! xoxoxo
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  6. Susan Dusterhoft says

    Great topic! I am so glad you shared. This is just the sort of topic to help me get back into the swing of things. I’ve been gone for awhile, but I am back to blogging.

    Susan Dusterhoft
    Today’s Working Woman

  7. Mary Stephenson says

    Hi Corinne

    I try to smile when things aren’t so great, it is hard to stay stressed and angry when you use those smile muscles.
    My Siamese cat that I have a conversation with makes me laugh. I smile when both of the cats are asleep and they make little sounds, I wonder what they are dreaming about. Life would be pretty boring if they were not in it. They bring so much joy.
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  8. says

    My daughter who is living in Santa Fe and going to college, texting me to tell she found a job. She is keen to earn her own pocket money. I am proud of her determination and smile as I read her early morning greeting. “I got it, the job I wanted it. Made me smile.
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  9. Inspiring Citizen Rafi says


    A cuddle with my wife – of course..

    A sumptuous meal..

    Seeing my old friends at a function in our college.

    Got the opportunity to judge the various food stall at our college.

    Seeing my mother smile…

    I can add on to the list and you deserve a 21 gun salute for sharing this amazing article and making us realize the importance of small things that makes us smile..
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  10. Akanksha Dureja says

    Loved the list! If the beginning of the day was so good, i am sure the day went on the be one of the perfect days :)

  11. says

    Oh how beautiful! There are so many things to smile about each and everyday…and this day, what brought me to smile first thing in the morning is the sight of my mom… a wonderful breakfast… music… our newly painted stairs and walls, my Saturdate’s SMS, friends’ messages :) I feel so loved and blessed… what is just missing is a cuddle from my husband LOL…

    Lots of love BS ~ your list also made me smile πŸ˜‰
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  12. says

    aww I am the one who should be thankful to you for being part of this journey with my twins. All your lovely comments makes me feel blessed. Hugs and this is such a warm post that will bring a smile on anyone’s face
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  13. Delia Bourne says

    Nice post…we should take time to appreciate everything around us…but sometimes life gets in the way. Finishing Day 31 of the Blog Challenge made me smile today, mending my mobile phone and having fun at my French conversation class this morning also made me smile.

  14. says

    Hi Corinee,

    Very nice topic Corinee.It is a great thing that can give you happiness in the world “smile”.I have huge list to smile.When i wake up in the morning first thing i go to my pet dog silently and see his activity he at that time plays alot and looks very funny, i go to shower i remember some old things i smile, i come to my table to see the comments on my blog and smile. i have many thing to smile sometime i dont have anything still i smile i dont know why i realize it afterward. LOL its funny.

    Thank You
    Shorya Bist
    From Youthofest
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  15. Mary Hudak-Collins says

    Oh Corinne, your list made me smile :) As I’m just getting started in my day, the quiet of the morning makes me smile, the snowflakes slowly passing through the brisk air outside my window is certainly bringing a smile to my face. And, of course, my hot cup of coffee and my ‘blankie’ over my legs is bringing a smile to my face.
    I’ll have to check this blog hop out and maybe later I can join in. My father has been ill and in the bed for almost 2 weeks now and has consumed quite a bit of my time.
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  16. says

    What a great post! Very positive! It reminds me of the concept of finding gratitude in the small things of life.

    This morning, what made me smile, was meeting warm, not icy air, as I went outside to walk my dog.

    Having a home that hummed with electricity, children eating a nourishing breakfast, and reading a status update from a fb friend where he wrote the following:

    “Today I’m going to give to those who can’t repay. This includes giving hope to someone who has given up.”

    How beautiful is that??

    Hope today brings many smiles for you Corinne. <3

  17. says

    As I read this post and gave a thought to what makes me smile, my list looked like yours in some points ( esp.point no. 8 ) πŸ˜‰ Then slowly,as I mulled over it , the list became longer . You see, this in itself brought a smile to my lips.
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  18. Claire says

    Things that made me smile today so far and it’s only 10am here! Being woken by my precious five year old. Eating breakfast with him. Reading this post. Watching my boy sit at his school desk with his little pals. Seeing a dog on a lead determined to go his own way despite his owner tugging him the other way. My nine feral cats gathered in the garden awaiting breakfast.

  19. says

    What a wonderful thought for a post! Listing what makes us smile would certainly add more smiles in our day and also will help us to appreciate smaller things better!
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  20. Jenn says

    Corinne– I love this topic an your list here of things that make you smile made me smile reading it!! I am going to love the other entries to this, I’m sure.

    Thank you so much for hosting the blog hop this week!!

    Cheers, Jenn
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