Today is world smile day and so to celebrate I’m sharing 5 things that make me smile.
I’ve decided not to include the big, more obvious things that make me smile on a daily basis. Things like my family and friends, it’s a given really that they make me smile. Coffee, chocolate and Netflix too.
This post is a few of the slightly less obvious things in my life that make me smile.
Whether it’s with my best friend about uni days, my sister about our childhood or my husband about when our kids were babies.
Talking about the past is almost guaranteed to make me smile.
I’ll quite happily spend a few hours looking back at old photos, listening to songs that take me right back in time and having “oh man do you remember when….” chats with the people I’m lucky enough to have known for a long time.
There is something about the beach, standing on the sand and watching the water that just makes me feel so happy and at peace.
I didn’t grow up by the sea but have amazing memories of days (and late nights) on the beach on our family holidays in France.
And now I live in Swansea I see the sea so often and it always makes me smile.
I don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s only once a year that makes it so special but I do rather like bonfire night.
When I was little we used to walk to the meadow in our village for the local fireworks display. I have memories of cold hands, muddy wellies and a huge bonfire.
For the last few years we’ve taken the children to the big fireworks display here in Swansea and it has been amazing.
Fireworks are brilliant anyway, and to get to see your children watching them, transfixed, is just so special.
Shooting stars and Orion
I’m not sure if this is a bit odd, but I always smile when it’s a clear night and I can spot Orion’s belt in the sky.
There’s just something reassuring to me about looking up and seeing those particular stars in their familiar positions.
And shooting stars, well, who wouldn’t smile at seeing a shooting star!
We always try to get out and see some around my birthday each year during the Perseid meteor shower. For a few years it was too overcast to really see any, but this summer we got really lucky. We had a super clear night and spotted a couple of the biggest, brightest shooting stars I’d ever seen.
And oh my word did it make me smile.
Or the people on the internet. The humour is so quick, and so random at times, it always makes me smile and laugh.
When the last season of Game of Thrones was going to pot the thing that made it amazing was all the memes and jokes being made on Reddit. And when people started to worry that the actors might be upset by all the criticism (which was never aimed at them), a fantastic amount of money was raised by the same community. For charities close to the cast’s hearts, to show how much they were loved and how none of the negative comments were aimed at them.
There are some bad sides to the internet, of course, but there is so much humour and joy to be found online. And so much support for people who need it, a lot of the time from complete strangers.
And who doesn’t smile at the parenting memes that do the rounds on Facebook!
So there you have it. 5 things that make me smile, just in time for world smile day.
Do these things make you smile too?
What else is guaranteed to put a smile on your face?