30 Simple Things That Remind Us To Smile

30 Simple Things That Remind Us To Smile

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Life throws obstacles, hardships and even grief straight into a weary traveler's path. It's up to us, however, to see the beautiful details hiding within the dark. Every person is unique, and that means that each of us have different quirks that make us illuminate our inner fuzzy warmth to everybody who surrounds us. We don't even realize how many simple things perk our moods. And so, we must be the detectives of our own story, and seek out serenity and simplicity. Only then will we understand exactly what causes our cheesy grins. Here are 30 of my "simple things."

1. Rain.

2. Ripping open a pack of brand new socks.

3. Finding a great bargain.

4. Slicing fresh lemon for tea.

5. Opening your book to the exact page you need.

6. Receiving pretty flowers.

7. Enjoying a nicely cleaned room.

8. Getting a handwritten letter in the mail.

9. The comfy scent of a kitchen after baking.

10. Bubble baths.

11. Giving presents to others.

12. Creating hundreds of To-Do lists and then attempting to finish at least one of them.

13. Writing poetry.

14. Playing the Nintendo 64 after its years tucked away in storage.

15. Coffee dates.

16. Visiting with someone after not having seen them for a while.

17. The warm aura of a lit candle.

18. The crackles and snaps a fire produces.

19. Bike rides with your friends.

20. Hikes while camping.

21. Bon fires with your family and pals.

22. Attempting to paint a masterpiece, and then realizing you were more talented when you were 5.

23. Wearing your favorite piece of jewelry.

24. The smell of fresh, clean laundry.

25. Discussing your favorite book with a friend.

26. A well-earned paycheck.

27. Finding a new song that you can't take off of replay.

28. Dominating a king after a long and tough game of chess (with good sportsmanship, of course).

29. Showering your pet with love.

30. Knowing that you are blessed, and that your life is wonderful the way it is.

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

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I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

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If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

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8. Intervention

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