I haven’t always been one to walk around with a big smile on my face. In fact, when I was younger, in my late teens/early 20′s, people I didn’t know used to approach me – at the gym, on the street – and say, “You should smile more! Life’s not that bad!”
Has this ever happened to you? At the time it drove me crazy. I realize now I got upset because deep down I wasn’t happy and didn’t feel like I had anything to smile about. Now that I’m older and have worked through that unhappiness, I find myself smiling a lot more.
On Thanksgiving morning when I woke my husband asked, “What are you thankful for?” My answer was easy and included all of the things in my life that make me smile. Since smiling more definitely feels good, I thought I’d share a few of these things today.
Recently I had a week when I wasn’t feeling so good. My husband took the following picture and emailed it to me. I couldn’t help but smile. (I’m sorry if this grosses some of you out, it made me laugh).
For those who know me well, you know how I feel about my “boys”. Even when mischievous, they always make me smile.
My family has always been my #1. Near or far, I am so lucky they are my family. (Pic #1 Me with my niece and nephew. Pic #2 Me, my sister, my mom, my uncle. Pic #3 Me and my dad)
My husband. My best friend, biggest fan and a big reason I am where I am today.
Additionally, I’m thankful for my health, my work and my ability to think and choose freely. Also for my home. After 7.5 years, I still walk down the stairs sometimes and say, “Wow, I love this house!” All of those things put a smile on my face.
And finally to everyone out there who has ever read my blog, attended a program, subscribed to my newsletter, sent me an email, made me laugh, or benefited in some way from my words and let me know, “Thanks that felt good”. All of you put a smile on my face. And I appreciate that.
No longer do I hear from strangers, “Hey you should smile more!” And on those days when I don’t feel like smiling, knowing I have tools available to me to get through it, that it’s a temporary phase and soon I will smile again, that is feel good living.
What puts a smile on your face? Have you shared a smile with someone recently?