Moments That Make Me Smile

Life is no big deal, it’s a lot of little daily ones.

The more we can fill our lives with joyous moments, the happier our lives will be.

The following come in no particular order other than as they came to me as I sat at my desk and pecked away at my laptop.

  • Sitting at home with my family gathered around, eating good food and talking or playing a game or just goofing off.
  • Hearing my daughter laugh and giggle. She has a beautiful smile and one of those contagious laughs that puts smiles on everyone else’s face when she laughs.
  • Swimming. Hiking. Escaping to nature. There is something soothing and invigorating and refreshing about water and nature.
  • Gratitude. I find the trait of gratitude in others to be an extremely attractive quality. I love when people give that standard open-palm hand acknowledgement when you let them merge into your lane. That simple gesture of gratitude goes a long way and makes me smile.
  • Sitting down with a well-written, thoughtful or inspiring book. Anything from Martin Seligman, a good biography or autobiography, such as Gandhi’s. I love reading history, current events, self-help, sociology and psychology. I find joy in books on productivity and leadership, the great wisdom literature and works from the likes of Plato and Aristotle, the Buddha, Lao Tse, and in scripture.
  • Simple Human Decency. People doing good to strangers inspires me and fills me with hope and joy. Simply put, it feels good to see others do good. It makes me smile and want to be better, more thoughtful and compassionate and loving and kind.
  • Writing…usually! I love thinking through a post idea, studying the issue, doing whatever research may be necessary and then crafting the sentences and arranging the ideas in some kind of sequence that makes sense to me. I love the process I go through. It’s a growing experience for me. As I write about becoming better and happier, I become better and happier!
  • Inspiration and Epiphanies. From others. From above. Insight. The “a-ha” moments in life. I just deeply enjoy those light bulb, sudden realization moments.
  • Hearing my daughter play instruments or sing, especially when she’s performing. She’s amazing! I especially love her original stuff that she wrote and arranged and performs. Just a huge slice of heaven!
  • Reading wonderful comments from wonderful people with wonderful insights or helpful suggestions or kind thoughts. You are all so amazing. Thank you.
  • Playing piano…sometimes. I can’t read a lick of music, but usually enjoy improvising. But I have to be in the right mood for it.
  • Children. I love to watch my daughter and her little 7-year-old friends play. They are so adventurous, so in the moment and spontaneous. If something seems funny or silly they say it, simply, without thought or adornment or self-censure, simply because it was fun or silly to say. I love to hear them laugh and giggle and hold simple conversations about Pokemon and what their favourite food is. I love when they make up knock-knock jokes that don’t make sense, and they laugh hysterically as though they did. The purity and innocents is refreshing, to say the least.
  • Rain. Perhaps oddly, I love the rain. It’s cool. It’s refreshing. It smells good. It brings with it a contemplative mood. And I love contemplating! And I grew up in Prince Rupert which says it all.
  • Simple and (usually) healthy food. I don’t need the caviar, the fancy restaurant, the high-priced menu. Give me a delicious meal of chicken breast on white rice with loads of olive-oil sautéed veggies, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a super greasy slice or two of pizza, or blueberries or corn chips and I’m a happy camper!
  • Seeing progress toward my goals. It always feels good to see progress, to know that due to a lot of persistent hard work, I’m moving, developing as a person, improving, growing as a blogger or as an entrepreneur or as a parent. It motivates me to set new goals and accomplish greater possibilities.

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