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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.” 

The Little Things That Make Me Smile

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?


  1. […] morning walk with Pablo. I don’t walk him every day – Jose does. But on days that I do, his excitement about a walk is so infectious, you can’t help enjoying it […]

  2. Privy Trifles Privy Trifles February 27, 2013

    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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  3. Joe Joe February 8, 2013

    How simple things can make one happy.
    Those ten points are something everyone goes through, but we seldom pause and smile πŸ™‚
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  4. bhavana bhavana February 7, 2013

    How interesting– as I comment on this I note you start the article with “101 reasons” why one may not smile and there are 101 comments saying how people smiled. That makes me smile πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
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  5. Rachna Rachna February 7, 2013

    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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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues February 8, 2013

      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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  6. Susan Deborah Susan Deborah February 7, 2013

    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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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues February 8, 2013

      Thanks, Sus. Now I’m ever so curious about R’s talk in super cute mode – video please! πŸ˜‰ You’re welcome to using as much space as you want here, anytime!
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  7. Punam Punam February 7, 2013

    Pheww. so many comments!! I had to scroll down soooooooo much! he he…
    My niece’s smile is so divine.. it’s contagious. She is barely 3 months old. πŸ™‚
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues February 8, 2013

      Thanks, Jincy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your list – I’m sure it’s adding to the smiles of many others!
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  8. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl February 6, 2013

    Glad I’m late to the party because I got to enjoy all the commenters’ reasons to smile. And you have a gazillion comments to make you smile! I call smiling one of the two starter habits in the 10 Steps. (The other starter habit is belly breathing.)
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  9. Latha Latha February 5, 2013

    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 πŸ™‚
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  10. AdrianaIris AdrianaIris February 5, 2013

    I love this post. I too get happy with my favorite soap. I thought I was odd.
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  11. Andy Andy February 4, 2013

    My dear friend,
    It is always nice when we lift each other’s spirit. You are very good at this. Nice post as always.

  12. Dangerous Linda Dangerous Linda February 4, 2013

    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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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues February 5, 2013

      The Artist’s Way is a huge part of my conversation too these days, Linda. It’s amazing how it affects us – when all it does is remind us to be ourselves. You are one of my reasons for smiling too! β™₯
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  13. Susan Dusterhoft Susan Dusterhoft February 4, 2013

    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

  14. Pixie Pixie February 4, 2013

    Such a fab idea!! I am going to do this as my next post!!
    So many things make me smile, and it would be lovely to make a list! πŸ™‚

    Thank you Corinne πŸ™‚
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  15. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick February 4, 2013

    –Just reading what makes you smile makes me SMILE πŸ™‚ Xxx

  16. Mary Stephenson Mary Stephenson February 4, 2013

    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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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues February 5, 2013

      So true, Mary. A smile can be mood changing. Pets are a huge source of joy, aren’t they? I’m not a cat person, but our Pablo (a boxer) brings us much joy and madness!
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  17. Brenda Brenda February 4, 2013

    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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  18. Smita Beohar Smita Beohar February 3, 2013

    I was not following ur blog and I realised this today πŸ™

    What made me smile today? Well write my brat is sleeping in my lap feeling very secure and here I am typing away…a serene moment but very precious πŸ™‚
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  19. Inspiring Citizen Rafi Inspiring Citizen Rafi February 3, 2013


    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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      • Inspiring Citizen Rafi Inspiring Citizen Rafi February 5, 2013

        Hello Corrine,

        Yes, you are rite..I am a foodie..How about you?

        I am not from Hydreabad..A crossbreed infact..he he he..

  20. femmefrugality femmefrugality February 3, 2013

    This is beautiful! I’m going to start doing this in my life. I find verbalizing the fact that I’m enjoying a moment helps, too. Just saying, “I’m so happy right now,” really affirms it in my being.
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  21. Akanksha Dureja Akanksha Dureja February 3, 2013

    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 πŸ™‚

  22. melissa melissa February 2, 2013

    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 πŸ™‚ 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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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues February 5, 2013

      Thanks for sharing all that makes you smile, Melissa. The one that’s missing made me smile – knowing that someday soon it will be on your list! Wishing, hoping, praying….
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  23. Rachel Harper Rachel Harper February 1, 2013

    I think it’s so easy to focus on the bad things, the uncomfortable things, and the sad things that happen to us day to day, but it takes a strong person to focus on the small things that make you smile, because that is really what get’s us through. Thank you for sharing!
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  24. sapna sapna February 1, 2013

    HI Corinne,
    This is the post of the day for me, I was down and out because of some personal reasons but your post lifted the spirit. We at times overlook some small things and search for the joy in big things.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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  25. Sakshi Sakshi February 1, 2013

    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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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues February 5, 2013

      Thanks for sharing your joy with us, Sakshi. They’re lovely little fellows and it’s so great to see Mother-love in action! πŸ™‚
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  26. Roshni Roshni February 1, 2013

    Totally agree with your sentiment! Everything depends on our attitude towards life!
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  28. Janine Huldie Janine Huldie February 1, 2013

    Beautiful post and was so very happy to link up this week with my post of what makes me happy. Thanks for hosting Corinne πŸ™‚

  29. Debbie Debbie January 31, 2013

    What a marvellous idea and an instant mood brightener! Thank you, Corinne, for this great post. I found it on the Writer’s Post group and will be joining your blog hop shortly. Cheers!
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