15 Things That Make My Heart Smile

15 Things That Make My Heart Smile

For when you're having a bad day and need a smile
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Today as I was walking to class thinking about my test, my mind began to flood with happy things. The stress that I was thinking about in my life was gone. As I began to go through all the things that were beautiful around me, I began to feel more relaxed and happier. I hope that whomever is reading this post is happy and reads this list and is even more happy than before. If you are someone who is going through something difficult and are in need of some happiness, then this list is for you. Enjoy!

1. The warmth the sun casts on my face. It reminds me of sitting in a beach chair and having the ocean rush up against my feet. It reminds me of when I was little and would lay on my driveway and watch the clouds pass by.

2. The trees moving in the wind. It reminds me of how easily we can be moved. How easily life can be changed with one single breathe and movement.

3. That one song that makes you feel at home. It takes me back to where I belong. It reminds me of who I am and who I am yet to become.

4. A cold drink of water after a hot day. It reminds me of how alive I am. How I can't survive on my own, but I must rely on others too, like water.

5. Making someone smile. I absolutely love making people smile. I love when I can feel the smile that they are smiling. It makes my heart fill with love and makes me smile back.

6. Tulips. I like tulips. They remind me of spring and how the year is changing. They also remind me of how the seasons change and how there is only a moment to live this life just like a tulips's life. Life passes by so quickly that sometimes you just have to stop and smell the flowers.

7. Hugs. Not wimpy hugs that mean nothing, the kind that you give to people you don't know very well. The strong bear hugs that mean the world. It's like you are taking over the world and protecting the person you're hugging from any harm that could come to them.

8. When people take the time to talk to you and mean it. Honestly, this makes me so happy. When I walk through campus and I see people having genuine conversations and actually caring what someone is saying to them makes my heart happy.

9. A warm bed. A soft, warm bed. When you are just so exhausted from what life has thrown you, you just melt into the sheets and the comforter. My bed is in the sun, so my bed is always warm and usually don't want me to leave in the morning.

10. Words. I love words, that's why I'm writing this article. I think words are the most powerful things in the world, right below action. Words can mean so much more than what they are for. Words and quotes are honestly my favorite things ever!

11. Curvy roads. Have you ever been driving and see that you're coming up to a curvy road and then the rest of the drive is all curves? I have and it makes me so happy. Curves on roads are honestly my favorite things on roads.

12. Little animals. Particularly, baby cows and baby ducks and baby pigs. I love baby animals. They are just so innocent and have so much to learn about the world.

13. Fresh pens. Sharp black pens. I love black pens. I used to hate writing with pens, but now I think my handwriting gets better with pen.

14. Speaking with your eyes. I love when you know someone so well that you know exactly what they're thinking when they look at you and they know what you're thinking too.

15. Unspoken love. I think that it is so interesting how many people care and love for you and you have no idea. This is something that I struggle with, but there are so many people that are there for me and you.

I hope that this list has made you think about some of the things that make you happy and make you have a better day. I encourage you to write your own list and to go back to them and think about if they really make you happy.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

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16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

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What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.

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Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

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