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What Little Thing Can Make You Smile?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011

I thought I’d go in a different direction today because, well, we’re hoping our weather goes in a much different direction today. Yesterday was miserable in central New York.

The temperatures were initially predicted to get into the mid 50’s. Instead, we had periods of snow all day which brought along these very high winds. And it wasn’t that fluffy snow that people look at and say “awwww”, it was hard, beady snow that hurt. Most of us complained loudly; yeah, I was part of that crowd. It’s just the kind of day that makes us all miserable, even though we’ve had snow later in the season than this.

However, even with that misery there was some joy to be found. If you look to the right there you’ll see that I wrote a post on my business blog titled “Think Like You’re Awesome”; I think that’s a post you might enjoy checking out, and it’s something that made me happy.

In general I think it’s easier to be sad than happy, yet sometimes it doesn’t take much to get us laughing or smiling. For instance, I posted a video of a puppy falling asleep that people seemed to like a lot, and I posted a video of laughing babies, this first one having quads laughing, the second one on New Years Day with lots of videos of babies laughing.

Sometimes all it takes is someone else or something else having a good time. And to me, Fridays are the day for that type of thing, when we’re all hoping to unwind from what might have been a tense week of work or issues. To this end, I present Cookie the Penguin. Make sure you watch until the end, then try to tell me this didn’t make you smile:

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There are many little things that can make me smile and make my day. I would like to share something completely opposite that made me very sad. I was in Laos for about a week and I saw so many kids beggars which didn’t ask for money, but were walking around restaurants asking for little food to eat.

April 22nd, 2011 | 9:55 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

I hear about that type of thing in so many countries. In general it’s the one thing we don’t have here; anyone sees a hungry child they either try to feed them or call the police and they’ll take them somewhere to get something to eat.

April 22nd, 2011 | 1:08 PM

Hi Mitch

Thanks for giving us a really positive post even though your weather isn’t brilliant at the moment. We are still having warm weather even though it is meant to be autumn (I think you americans call it fall).

Hope that this has people smiling as the come visit and leave feeling happier for visiting. Thanks Mitch.

Patricia Perth Australia

April 22nd, 2011 | 9:38 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Actually Pat, we flip-flop on fall and autumn. And I’m all about the happy thought; need to write more on it, that’s for sure. Have a great weekend.

April 22nd, 2011 | 1:06 PM

There are many cute videos like this and the ones that you mentioned that can bring a smile. Something that makes me smile is my granddaughter when she says something funny or does something cute. Kids can be so wonderful.

The weather here in Los Angeles is beautiful and I’m smiling plenty today.

Tossing It Out

April 22nd, 2011 | 9:44 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

Sure Lee, depress me some. lol Actually, it was warmer today than yesterday and we had sun for maybe 30 minutes, so that’s an improvement as well. And I have no kids or grandkids or pets so I have to enjoy the kids and pets of others.

April 23rd, 2011 | 12:43 AM

Babies do it to me every time!

April 25th, 2011 | 6:10 PM

Good stuff Mitch. You are right, generally it is easier not to be happy…until one makes it a habit.
My friend Paul Shortino said to me “If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t me mad at the traffic or the other drivers, be grateful for the road underneath you or that you have a car.”
All one has to do is adopt / adapt that mindset, make that a habit and those happy thoughts will start to come more freely and naturally.
Troy S. recently posted…How to find a smile everywhereMy Profile

March 30th, 2015 | 10:12 AM

Great stuff Troy. Some stuff might seem goofy to a few people but if it makes you happy, go with it.

March 30th, 2015 | 12:19 PM