Reasons to Smile

Everyone has struggles.  Everyone has disappointments.

At times, our


can become

so large

that they consume us

and obscure our view of the good things in our lives.  

This page is a place where we can work together to make a list of the things we are thankful for and the things that bring us happiness.  Focusing on positive things can add a little light to a dark day and bring a breath of fresh air amid sorrow or stress.

I plan to add new things to the list now and then.  When someone or something brings you joy or thankfulness, please return here as often as you’d like and share your thoughts, too!  The things you list might also be blessings in my life, possibly things I take for granted that could bring me joy if I thought more about it.  I’m hoping I can do the same for you.

Let’s work together to build a resource for increasing thankfulness and happiness!

OK, I’ll start by saying I’m thankful for my family and friends, of course.  My father and mother have had a long, stable marriage and raised me in a loving home.  I have one friend in particular who has stood by my side through ups and downs for over 20 years, and that’s a special blessing.

Hmmm…let’s seeScripture--"A merry heart does good like a medicine." Proverbs 17:22  On a more specific and less important note, I’m thankful for my sweet dog I see cuddled on her bed across the room.  She is the best little house dog I’ve ever seen.  She gives us nothing but love, rarely barks, and never chews up a thing in the house, though she will gobble down any food that gets left within her reach!

Now it’s your turn.  🙂  Before you leave this page, please take a moment to share something that makes you happy!

Don’t forget to follow the comments or come back often so you can see how our list of blessings grows!  Thanks!

197 thoughts on “Reasons to Smile

  1. Justin Clarke says:

    This is a great idea!

    I’m thankful for all of the standard things like my family, health, and opportunities I’ve been given in this world.

    One exercise I like to do every day is to be thankful for those obscure random things in life. That way I’m not repeating the same things day after day which means I have to come up with different things to be thankful for. Today I was thinking about how I’m thankful for those little extra buttons they add on to dress shirts. That way if I lose or break a button, I don’t have to go looking for similar sized and colored button to attach since I already have one!

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful article. Today, I feel grateful and happy for being alive. Though my body feels sick these days, I feel grateful towards that disease which will help me to become even more conscious, honest and brave towards my life.
    I’m also happy to be in love with Music and everything that Life has to offer me.
    I just feel in love with life, whether the colours look dark or bright. Always feel blessed and surrounded. How could I not be grateful towards it? 🙂 Thank you! 🙂 Bini

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  3. Hi there! Right now I’m grateful for finding your blog. I love the idea. We need more folks like you in this world!

    I am grateful for the same kinds of things that most other folks are grateful for. However, I am an oddball of sorts. I believe that you can find something good in everything no matter how bad or negative that “thing” may look/feel/seem in the beginning.

    One of the things I am MOST grateful for is the seven months I spent being homeless. I was in a shelter in Arizona. We had no a/c. We did have an ABUNDANCE of roaches, mice and a constant supply of women going through crack or heroin withdrawals. I ended up with a staff position before my 10 day stay ran out. No pay. Just room and board which included really crappy food. The starting position for everyone that ended up on staff was housekeeping. Housekeeping services included cleaning up all of the “accidents” that went along with drug withdrawals. Having been raised in a middle to upper class home, I somehow found this task to be beneath me.

    That is precisely why I am extremely grateful for that experience. I was so clueless that I hadn’t even realized what a total jerk I had become. I hated people who looked down on others and yet there I was doing that exact same thing. Because of my experiences at that shelter, I am a MUCH better person.

    I am so sorry for making this post so long. I just wanted to show that there is always something to be grateful for, even in the worst situations.

    Thank you so much for creating this blog! I hope you don’t mind if I come back. I will try to keep it shorter next time.


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    • Thank you for your kind compliments and for sharing your positive viewpoint of what most people would consider a completely horrible experience. Not everyone experiences the “blessing” in their lives of being humbled like you were, though most of us need it! It’s hard to face your own flaws and grow from it to become a wiser person. Thanks, again, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  4. I love your pictures. We do not get snow here the Phoenix desert, but pictures of it speak magic to me. I believe that happiness is a choice and I choose it every day. Somedays it is harder than others, but it is always the right choice. I also love to hang out with people who are passionate about something. It does not matter what it is. It can be dancing, singing, gardening, etc. When people are pursuing their passion and have an opportunity to share it with others, I find that they are at their very best.

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    • Thanks for the compliment. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Phoenix. I guess if you get desperate to see snow, you can always drive up to Flagstaff, tromp around in some, and go back home where it’s warmer. 🙂 We get just enough snow here to enjoy it without altering life too much.

      Your words are well-spoken — thanks for sharing your encouraging thoughts!


  5. It is true, there is more snow than usual this year up north. I just saw the new Di Caprio film “The Renevent” It was amazing. The scenery was breathtaking, he did a great job. I kept thinking “How can someone not only live through all that the character lived through, but he was so cold the whole time”.

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  6. speciallearninghouse says:

    I love this idea! Thanks for this post! 🙂 I am so grateful for my husband and the beautiful life we create and share and for all of the families with children with special needs I work with every day at my learning center! ❤

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    • I think life is all about relationships, not stuff. Family and friends are some of the best blessings we can have; and sadly, are often the ones we take for granted the most.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I peeked at your blog, and it looks great. 🙂 It sounds like you have a fulfilling job working with those kids and their families. That’s a wonderful work you are doing.

      I’m thankful for people like you who reach out to those who need a little extra help!

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  7. Ioana says:

    Wow, this is an awesome idea! See?! Now I’m really glad I started following you :D. I am a bit sick right now, I am still in between jobs/projects, I’m in a transition period and it’s taking longer than I thought it would…as always :), but I am happy I’m not where I used to be and I’m on my way to something new, something fresh, something different where I can thrive. And I am happy that through this process I have my awesome friends and even my family, surprisingly, supporting me. It’s like a big hug :). Thank you for this opportunity, we have to just stop sometimes to look around.

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  8. Love this idea! I would have to agree with you that I am so incredibly grateful everyday for the big things like my family, friends, a home, a car, etc… but a lot of times I find myself forgetting to be thankful for the littlest of things, like shampoo for example. I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro a few years ago and couldn’t wash my hair for 6 days. I didn’t realize how much I took it for granted until I was without it. Now almost every time I wash my hair, I thank God for shampoo! 🙂 Most of the time it’s the little things that make the big things BIG. xxoo

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    • Well said! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have you ever tried to make a list of the “little” blessings you have? If you keep adding to it when you think of things like shampoo, the list becomes overwhelmingly long after a while! We are so favored and blessed!


  9. I am thankful that I have never had to struggle with addiction. A beautiful, intelligent, talented, young woman, that has been serving as our dog groomer has been recently been charged with violating her 7 year probation on a drug possession charge. Her probation would have ended in June. Yet, she slipped up and is now sitting in jail on a $100K bond. Addiction is a horrible thing and it happens to good people, every single day. I would like to ask everyone to say a short prayer for those suffering from addiction. Thanks.

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    • Thank you for your wonderful words. Addiction can come in many forms, but it always seems to cause major problems. I have traveled through some dark valleys in my life due to loved-ones addictions. Prayers are much needed indeed! Sorry to hear about your dog groomer. These are the stories I share with my daughter to teacher her about the dangers of addictions.

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  10. I smile when my wife sends me a text message with an exclamation point at the end. The punctuation marks carries with it the sound of my wife’s voice; she speaks when happy or excited with a singsong tone that has become for me over the years synonymous with smiling. I can’t not smile when she speaks this way, and I can’t not smile when she sends me exclamatory texts because they read as though she’s infused her words with that same joy.

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  11. Firstly, thanks a lot for bringing me to this page. It’s a very thoughtful initiative and keep it growing!

    I’m thankful for the loving and supportive family I’m blessed with. Also I’m thankful for the little acts of kindness that I receive from strangers, friends and family that makes life worth it!

    Have a great day!
    Arcane owl

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  12. Christina says:

    This is such a great idea, and I thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts. My sister recently sent me a journal in which I was to record why I’m grateful each day. It’s a great way to train your mind to be more positive. 🙂
    I am truly grateful for my amazing family … The family I was born into, the family I gained through marriage, and the family my husband and I have built together. I am truly blessed. 🙂
    I am grateful that I was able to go back to work part time rather than full time after the birth of my second son. This has allowed me to spend more time at home … time that I cherish. ❤

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  13. This is a very inspiring page, great idea! I am happy for all of my life lessons that I have gone through. Without those trials to overcome I would not be the person I am today. I have transformed my whole being, strong body, positive thoughts and loving heart. I hope to continue on a journey of awareness, love, trusting and having faith in God’s plan. Love and hugs!

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  14. I am thankful for my family and friends, and my dog. My God and my church family for I have learned so much since being a Christian three years ago.
    I’m really thankful for being able to write again for I felt and thought I had lost my creativity awhile back. Having my blog has really helped me with my writing and I have met some really nice people. So I am grateful for the bloggers that I follow and follow me. I am very thankful that you responded to my post and invited me to come to this post so thank you! 🙂

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  15. I am thankful for my parents and my close friends.
    For the ability to write. It keeps me sane.
    I never thought that I would be able to say it but I have spent the past few years in depression.
    But I am thankful for breaking down because only because of that I have been able to look at life with different eyes, appreciate the little things, accept and understand other people’s problems and grow 🙂

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  16. My daughter, yes she is my reason to smile. She is only 2.5 yrs old, still does not not know the difficult side of life. She is happy with for no reason and spread the happiness to us. Now I am going through a challenging time because of health issue of my husband. Sometimes we thought ‘she is so small she do not understand the crisis.’ Then we realize that it is good she do not understand the problem that’s why she is so happy and making us happy.

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    • Oh, my! I didn’t expect such a compliment — thank you! It’s good to count the tiny blessings, too. 🙂 Finding a fellow Anne of Green Gables fan is always a sweet thing. Lol Oh, have you seen The Princess Bride? It’s my other big favorite from childhood that Anne fans seem to enjoy. I bet it would give you a laugh for sure!

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  17. LemonSherbet says:

    I love your blog and the feel good vibes it gives out – great work Merry Hearts Medicine – love the name too which for me has a special kind of energy – love for all.

    What makes me happy is hanging out with my children and grandchildren. It doesn’t matter if we’re out and about or sitting in front of the fire doing nothing in particular. It’s more than happiness for me, it’s contentedness and peace.

    With love xox

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    • Thanks for the compliments and for sharing your thoughts! There’s enough focus on the negative things in life without me adding to it, so I’d rather count my blessings and enjoy the positive.

      The simple pleasures you listed sound wonderful! I always think that life is about relationships, not stuff. You have achieved something priceless if you have found contentment and peace!

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    • I agree! Music can change my whole day. It can make me laugh, make me cry, inspire me, and touch my heart, I can’t sit still when I hear a good beat! 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by again. I think you are the first person to come back here and leave a new, separate comment about thankfulness. I’m so encouraged by that, thanks! I love having this page full of so many positive thoughts, and I appreciate you contributing to it twice!

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  18. cynthiahm says:

    Great idea for a blog! Blogging makes me smile and so do a lot of other things: children, music, my family, nature, going to the beach and hiking just to name a few 🙂

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    • Thanks for stopping by! I like all the things you mentioned. When we are able to appreciate the small blessings in life, the list can be nearly endless! I could definitely go for an afternoon at the beach. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to one. 🙂

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  19. This is a great idea as I agree with the others who posted. Today, although I have some major challenges I am facing, I am grateful for my friend Cassandra. I have known her for about forty years. We knew each other before babies, husbands and careers. She had stroke about three weeks ago and could not walk or talk. I am so grateful that she will make a full recovery. There are others who have not been so lucky. It will take some work, physical and speech therapy, but I know she can do it because she is a fighter. It also makes me grateful for the challenges I have. I could have them without being able to walk or talk. There are many things we take for granted and as we age, this cannot remain that way. I am grateful that I do have my health and even though I don’t want to work three part-time jobs, I am grateful I can. I know this may seem a little mixed up but I wanted to make sure it is clear why I am grateful. It helps others to see clearly what they have to be grateful for. I look forward to participating…thanks for sharing and posting this, Laura.

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  20. Wow, this page certainly makes me happy. I took great delight in scrolling and seeing what people were happy for. I am going for something bizarre that I have been happy for: my feet, no matter how many steps they have been they always have the stamina for one more; hot showers, seriously every time I have one I am thanking God for it; my new fridge that doesn’t leak water all over the floor; bar keepers friend cleaner that gets the Orange goo out of my shower (the one that has all the hot water); and a daughter who is a make-up artist who can do magic for me when I need it.

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    • I love it! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your fun comments! 🙂

      There are often little things that catch my attention, and I have to stop for a second and say “Thank you, Lord, this is so nice!” It makes the day more pleasant to take note of the small blessings.


  21. Oh, my! Today I’m thankful for my husband who just did a silly dance across the living room and made me laugh so hard I almost spewed my drink of water across the room.

    Then he sneaked onto my daughter’s computer and sent an email to her best friend saying “What’s up, Home Fry?”

    Now they are on the couch wrestling over the TV remote. The dog is so excited about it she’s nipping at her tail.

    My family is so crazy! Lol  We all have more energy to play and have fun since we began our healthier diet experiment!

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  22. I love this idea! I am thankful for so many things. But it is all the little things I am really thankful for……sitting on the porch in the morning sun drinking my tea before the heat of the day. That is definitely one of the little things I am so grateful for.

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    • Life is so much richer when we take the time to notice those little things! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      Mmm…tea sounds great right now. I should go pull some chocolate mint out of the garden and make a tall glass of iced tea with it. 🙂

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  23. I’m thankful to have stumbled upon your blog by God’s gracious accident, Hello! And I’m very grateful that HE is quick to respond to my needs–in the past couple of days I begged Him for a break in the hot temps, which he answered last night; and I’d been feeling otherwise overwhelmed (not like an Overcomer), tearfully desperate. I was stunned to wake up with the melody of an old hymn running through my mind. I knew it had to be from my early childhood attendance in an Episcopalian Church, but I couldn’t seem to grasp the words to “Google” it. When we’re questing for Him, God is faithful and speedy to assist–and by last night I had the beginning words to research on YouTube. The song is “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”–and that’s exactly what I needed, His power, because my tank was on Empty. I’ve been so excited I had to share it with someone–and I guess that’s you! May He bless you today and always 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for sharing! I pray you will walk more and more in the light of God’s love every day. If there’s anyone who can refill your tank, it’s Him.

      I heard that song for the first time at a singing get-together earlier this summer!

      Here’s a good verse to go with the comments you shared: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8)

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  24. wonderful post. I’m thankful for the rain on my face, the wind singing in the trees and a glorious sunrise; of course for my family and friends and my health today! And the joy of traveling and exploring and telling stories!! there’s a lot more – lol but sometimes I’m grateful for my melancholy too. I know it sounds strange but it often leads to a story! Oh here’s a funny saying by WB Yeats- “Being Irish he had an abiding sense of tragedy which sustained him during temporary periods of joy” that always gave me a chuckle.

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  25. Merry Hearts Medicine – I am grateful that I came across your blog! Don’t know how but it happened and I am grateful that I read your blog and others’ gratitude stories so I am grateful for this experience while enjoying hot chocolate

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  26. This day began early for me, with many tears. I am particularly thankful this afternoon for kind words which brought a smile back to my face, and for compassion, peace, hope, and good health. We so often take so many blessings for granted.


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