50 Reasons to Smile

Focusing on the positive, that’s something I try to practice a lot lately.

The other day I was feeling kind of pooped for no real reason, so I challenged myself to think of 50 reasons to smile right at this moment (and it seems just about time I write a post like this, given my blog name).

There are so many little things that we quickly forget to appreciate, that has the power to cheer us up when we take the time to notice them. It’s not always something deep or profound – I like being silly and silly things makes me laugh (you’ll learn that in a moment).

This is what makes me smile

  1. Hugs = instant feel good
  3. This man’s excitement over discovering his own Cheetos
  4. The fact that chocolate exist
  6. Playground swings (I am in a fact a 6 year old child)
  7. Jenny Lawson’s book Let’s pretend this never happened – never fails to make me laugh
  8. Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy – I still haven’t had the time to read this book, but it’s hard not to giggle just a little looking at that cover
  9. Strangers that smile back
  10. Ryan Reynolds, my precious baby
  11. Disney movies
  12. The smell of cake in the oven
  13. This blog – I’m proud of all the work I’ve put into my blog
  14. My little sister <3
  15. And my brothers
  16. Shakespear’s Insults (yes that’s a thing)
    1. Do thou amend thy face, and I’ll amend my life
    2. His brain is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage
    3. Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon!
    4. I’ll carbonado your shanks
  17. Inside jokes
  18. Freshly washed bed sheets
  19. Pain free days
  20. Ed Sheeran singing
  21. Watching a League of Their Own. I love that show.
  22. Internet friends
  23. My boyfriend (I could write a post with 50 reasons just about him but I’ll spare you from that)
  24. The sweet comments on my posts
  25. Rhett & Link’s Good Mythical Morning
  26. Playing with my camera
  27. Skyping with my parents
  28. Laughing babies
  29. You know what’s even better than a laughing baby? FOUR BABIES LAUGHING
  30. Wait there’s more!
  31. Dancing to happy music
  32. Afternoon naps
  33. Deep breaths
  34. A good workout
  35. Licking off a spoonful of cake batter
  36. Snuggling with a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa (fun fact, I don’t drink tea or coffee, ever)
  37. My bed
  38. Looking at old family photos
  39. Feminism (had to sneak that one in)
  40. Kittens and boxes
  41. A homecooked meal
  42. Rainbows
  43. The smell of books
  44. Holding hands
  45. Watermelon in the summer
  46. The comics on this blog
  47. Reconnecting with an old friend
  48. All-you-can- eat buffets
  49. CORGIS
  50. It’s contagious 🙂

What are you reasons to smile? Let me know in the comments!

Gif that says lots of love, Anne xx

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  1. says: afrugaldesteny

    Glad to see you smiling! There are so many things to be thankful for and so many reasons to smile! Love this 🙂

  2. says: Justine

    Haha love the shakespeare insults! My favourite shakespeare insult is: “villainous rogue!”

    Nice post, smile on!

  3. says: Cah

    Have you ever read Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter? It’s a silly book, but it carries an important message. The lead character, Pollyanna, plays “the glad game”, in which she always thinks of a positive thing when faced with a negative situation.
    Being honest, it really works. I read the book when I was 12 or so, but ever since then I “play” this game. So, if I’m late to an appointment, I think “well, if I wasn’t late, this dog would’ve never crossed my path. And this dog is so cute!”. So I accept the fact that I’m late, embrace it even, and I stop worrying so much.
    And this can be applied to anything. “My grandma died suddenly, but at least she didn’t suffer for months”, “my boyfriend broke up with me, but at least I’m alive and well”, “today I feel like utter shit, but look at that beautiful sky outside”.
    Of course we can’t stop the pain, we can’t stop feeling like shit and so on, but things feel better when you think in a positive manner. And being positive is addicting!
    Sorry for writing so much and I hope you get better! <3

    1. says: Anne

      No, hadn’t heard of it until now! But that’s sounds like an amazing thing to do! I think it’s important not to make a bad situation worse by worrying to much, or blaming yourself for something you can’t change. I love that, thanks for your comment xx

  4. says: Sara

    Hi there lovely 🙂 I just came across your blog & I love it so much! I love how it’s all about being happy, living healthy & loving yourself – exactly the kind of posts I like to read & inspire me. I really enjoyed reading this list & I can definitely relate to some of the things you’ve mentioned. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend x