Monday, February 21, 2011

100 Things That Make Me Smile!

1. seeing someone I love 2. the song “Amazing Grace” 3. crows 4. singing lullabies 5. the Goodyear blimp 6. mail carriers who whistle 7. little children with sunglasses 8. Canada geese honking while they’re flying 9. unusually shaped trees 10. corn on the cob 11. lots of bumper stickers on one car 12. beautifully presented food 13. homemade soup 14. when someone holds the door for you 15. outrageous yard art 16. creative license plates 17. snowpeople or forts 18. truck drivers who honk for little kids 19. cotton candy 20. kids’ shoes with lights in them 21. George Clooney 22. wild nail polish 23. teddy bears 24. deely boppers 25. perfect classical music 26. funny tee-shirts 27. a child skipping 28. buds on bushes or trees in the Spring 28. finding a new book 29. a greenhouse 30. a hula girl on a dashboard 31. wind chimes 32. great blue herons 33. fresh lemonade 34. fountain pens with turquoise ink 35. fountain pens with purple ink 36. a happy unexpected phone call 37. keyword searches 38. the perfect greeting card 39. when I’m writing, the second sentence! 40. hawks 41. morning glories 42. bonfires 43. fun socks 44. blowing bubbles 45. making cut-out cookies 46. interesting shadows 47. watching someone get a well-deserved award 48. wildly colored hair 49. huge pickles in big glass jars 49. fingerpainting 50. Kewpie dolls 51. witnessing an act of kindness 52. a big avocado 53. finding a fabulous shell on the beach 54. friendly and helpful salespeople 55. that first bite of pizza 56. hope 57. landing safely in a plane! 58. woodcuts 59. sunflowers 60. seeing a wedding party on the church steps as you drive by 61. flamboyant dressers 62. extreme Christmas lighting displays 63. someone whittling 64. red, ripe, homegrown tomatoes 65. funny things hanging from rearview mirrors 66. kids in a Halloween parade 67. free samples at the grocery store 68. clouds in shapes 69. finding a favorite magazine in the mail 70. people who perform traffic kindnesses 71. taking a great photograph 72. setting a lovely table for a dinner party 73. looking up something in a dictionary 74. birds chirping 75. a newborn baby 76. kittens playing 77. fairy gardens 78. an idea for a new adventure 79. black cherries 80. chatting with strangers 81. starting a terrific book 82. finishing a terrific book 83. a new idea in the shower 84. unexpected color combinations 85. hugs 86. happy anticipation 87. the joy of completion 88. art that touches my spirit 89. a handwritten thank you note 90. red, ripe, succulent strawberries 91. charm bracelets 92. when a child explains something 93. primroses 94. a sign that says “SMILE” 95. every time I hear a song that reminds me of a happy time 96. really great pecan pie 97. finding things my children made for me when they were little 98. blank notebooks full of possibility 99. sock monkeys 100. love in action!


  1. This is the best list EVER Carol!!!! I love this so much! Smiling is my favorite, but even Lucy Anne has trouble finding one sometimes. I'm putting this on my "favorites" list so I can consult it at times when I need a smile-tickle :)
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
    YOU make me smile!
    Love and light and dimples,
    Lucy Anne

  2. Lucy Anne -- You make me smile, too. I am so glad you posted here! Hooray! I am looking forward to when we can smile at each other in person!

  3. Here's a list of things that make Sparrow smile:

    Receiving a "care package" from friends

    Watching squirrels tunneling in the snow for acorns.

    Watching my cat watching squirrels (with whipping tail).

    Discovering new tangles. (see

    Seeing other's Zentangles.

    Being kissed on the nose by my cat.