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Yesterday my aunt sent me this article, Reasons I Have Smiled That Were Not “to Look Prettier” by Kristen Mulrooney and it gave me pause. The world in the winter seems cold and harsh, add too it the last two years and sometimes it is hard to smile.
I pulled out my notebook and I took five minutes to write down my own “reasons I have smiled lately.” I urge you to do the same, I promise you that at the end you will be smiling and if you have a touch of the winter blues you will definitely be feeling better.
Reasons That I Have Smiled Lately
Because it is finally winter here and it snowed last week. Ok, it was only a few flakes but it was still snow.
Because I received a handmade card in the mail from my grandkids and it included drawings of us together and frankly as stick figures go I looked pretty cute.
Because I LOVE my new house. Even with the quirky kitchen, and the oven that burns everything and makes it difficult to bake and the cooktop that has the hottest burners, that even if you turn them on low, cause whatever you are cooking to boil. Don’t get me started on the bathrooms. Even with all of this I love our house. God gave me what I always wanted, a little cottage that is comfy, and cosy and is the place I will call home until I am called home.
Because my new neighbors have lived next door since my house was built and they know every owner, every room and every plant in my yard. They solved the mystery of the master bedroom, which is the largest room in the entire house, with windows on three walls, a set of French doors, sky lights and even a sink which has since been removed. It turns out the original owner was an artist of some note, he designed and built the house and the master bedroom is actually his studio. When he became ill they removed the sink and put in a built in desk and called the room the master bedroom.
Because I have always loved pinecones now I live in a house and a town that is surrounded by trees that drop pinecones like little gifts from Mother Nature every day, all day in my yard, on the patio, on the driveway and everywhere else. I will never run out of pinecones for my wreaths, garland or any other craft that I want to make. They also get me outside every day for a little exercise when I have to pick them up so that we do not get a fine from the HOA.
Because I have my own family of deer that visit every morning and every evening. Last week they were munching on my plants in the morning and sleeping under a tree in the evening.
Because my three pups and their antics give me something to smile about everyday. Chasing squirrels, rolling in deer poop, jockeying with one another for the best spot on their electric blanket, coming in from the cold for a snuggle.
Because I went to the library and got the chair closest to the fireplace. Then they had every book I was looking for.
Because every day I start the day with a steaming cup of chocolate.
These are just a few of the things that have made me smile lately, what has made you smile?
Reasons to Smile
- Smiling Improves Your Mood
- Smiling Relieves Stress
- Smiling Reduces Pain
- Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
- Smiling Helps Your Heart
- Smiling Help You Live Longer
These are just a few of the benefits of smiling, can you think of any others?
I hope that you have a great day! Thank you so much for stopping by today friends, I appreciate you spending part of your day here.
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