50 Things To Think About That Will Make You Smile, Guaranteed

50 Things To Think About That Will Make You Smile, Guaranteed

Little things I think about when I'm having a bad day that bring a little joy back into it.

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Everyone has bad days. Sometimes they are bad enough that you cannot see the light at all, and you can only focus on the dark, bad thoughts. I know what that feels like. You are not alone in that. To cope with those days or just bad days in general, I started writing down little things that make me smile.

1. Dogs

Dogs are one of my absolute favorite things in the whole wide world. They make me so happy. They're so silly and happy, and all they want to do is make you happy. Plus, they are always excited to see you. If you need more silly dogs in your life, head over to my other article where there are lots of cute puppy .GIFs.

2. Sunflowers

Sunflowers are just happy flowers. They are so bright and big and they're my favorite.

3. Freshly baked cookies

The smell, the taste, the feeling you get when you pull them apart and bite into them... it's all so lovely.

4. Sunshine

Sunshine is proven to make people feel happier. Good days usually happen on sunny days. I love sunny days because they feel like happy days, and I'm always looking forward to summer so there's a whole season full of them.

5. My significant other

He makes me the happiest I could ever be. Being with him, or thinking about being with him, always brings such a big smile to my face.

6. Birds singing

Birds singing means it's getting warm again after months of cold, and that makes me happy. That, and they always sound so cheerful.

7. The ocean

Everything about the ocean is so calming. Hearing and seeing the waves crashing, feeling the sand and water under your feet, and the sun on your skin... it's magical.

8. My favorite meals from home

Being a college student 2,370-ish miles away from home is difficult. It also means that I almost never get a good homemade meal, but when I do, I appreciate it so much more. Tacos, soup, salads... everything is better when it's not made in a dining hall and comes from home.

9. Brothers

There are annoying most of the time, but they are so silly and fun to mess around with. Thinking of or hearing about their silly comments and the dumb things they do always makes me giggle (and is usually preceded by an eye roll).

10. Sisters

My sisters are like my best friends, and I love spending time with them. We just get each other in ways that nobody else could possibly understand, and there is happiness in that.

11. Candles

Aromatherapy is a thing, and it is wonderful. The smells themselves make me happy, but so does just laying down or taking a bath with candlelight.

12. Friends who listen

Feeling and being heard by someone is so important. It's always good to have a friend you can go to and know that they will listen without judging you.

13. Hugs

Hugs always help. I love hugs.

14. Summer

Just picture it: the sun on your skin, laying in or by the pool, a refreshing drink ready to go. Birds singing, people laughing, eating fresh fruits and barbecue. Pool parties, trips to the beach... it's my favorite.

15. Ice cream

Ice cream is a go to for every occasion.

16. Books

Old books, new books, hard cover, soft cover, all books. The smell of them and the feeling of turning the pages and exploring new world is magical.

17. My favorite movies

I love watching new movies. For me to want to enjoy seeing a movie more than once, it has to be really good. For the select few (other than Disney movies) that are like that, they always make me feel good on a bad day. Disney movies are ones that I could watch all the time and never get tired of them.

18. Singing and/or dancing along to your favorite songs in the shower

Nothing like a personal concert in the shower.

19. Kittens

I did not grow up with cats in my house, only dogs, so I do not know how to act around cats, but I love kittens. They're so adorable and I love playing with them.

20. Music

There's something for every situation.

21. New opportunities

I love getting to do things I've never done before. It's so exciting.

22. Learning something new

When I know I am going to use that knowledge, it is so exciting to learn something that I did not know before.

23. Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes

Personally, these bring back memories of sleepovers and tummy aches, but the best kind. They remind me of best friends and giggle fits and sugar rushes. Plus, when something is Mickey Mouse shaped, it's better.

24. Rollerskating 

The smell of popcorn, used skates, and sweat, mixed with throwback music is something that cannot be replicated anywhere other than a rollerskating rink. It brings back happy memories of elementary and middle school field trips and lots of friends trying to skate while holding hands.

25. Sleepovers

Sugar rushes, shared secrets, lots of laughs, staying up late, and watching movies.

26. Quiet time

Sometimes being alone in a quiet space is all you need. Give yourself the space to collect yourself and quiet your mind.

27. Fairy lights

They make me feel like a princess. They're even better when combined with pictures held up by clothespins.

28. Freshly washed laundry

I love the smell of clean laundry and the feeling of clothes that just came out of the dryer.

29. Traveling 

There's something about exploring new places that gets me so excited yet so at peace. I adore traveling. I just wish I was a little less anxious on plane rides, and that tickets weren't so expensive.

30. Painting

I am not good at painting by any means. However, I enjoy painting on everything. Rocks, canvas, walls, my arms, paper, everything. It can be so relaxing.

31. Broadway musicals

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with Broadway musicals. My favorites are "Mamma Mia!", "Newsies," "Hamilton," "Waitress," "Anastasia," and "Les Miserables" (among many others). Everyone is so talented and they all have such smooth voices. It's really pleasing to hear them sing and tell their stories.

32. Iced coffee

I never finish hot coffee before it gets cold, so I have resorted to getting iced or blended coffee. It is a necessity as a college student with classes as early as 8 a.m., and even just knowing that I'm going to get coffee that day is exciting to me.

33. Hearing "I love you"

I love love, and I love being in love. Hearing "I love you" from a friend, family member, or significant other is such a good feeling.

34. Flowers

The smell, the beauty, the everything. Every kind of flower. Even if they make my allergies act up.

35. Sleeping in

It's nice to wake up early and have more time to do things every now and then, but getting to sleep in and not worry about an alarm is a feeling I adore.

36. Taking off my shoes when I get home

It's such a relief.

37. Babies

Baby feet, baby hands, baby coos and babbles. The idea of holding a baby in my arms. I have always wanted to be a mother, so whenever I see a baby, it makes me smile.

38. Fuzzy socks

Nice and warm.

39. Handwritten notes/letters

Texts and phone calls are more convenient and efficient than writing things out and sending them, but I love getting letters and cards from people. My boyfriend and I used to write letters to each other (as well as calling and texting) and it was so sweet. I loved it even more because we were in a long distance relationship and it added a personal touch to our communication that texting could never replicate.

40. Stargazing

The universe is so vast and I am in awe of its beauty. I love recognizing constellations and making my own shapes in the stars. I love the peace that comes with staring up at the sky and even occasionally seeing a shooting star or the Milky Way.

41. Bonfires and s'mores

Summer nights with friends and family, gathered around a fire. Burnt marshmallows and sticky fingers may seem like a bad time, but it only makes it better.

42. Popping bubble wrap

It is SO satisfying.

43. Taking pictures of friends

I love being behind the camera. I am constantly taking pictures of everything I want to remember. I have had the opportunity to do photoshoots with a few of my friends, and I love being able to be the one to capture those moments.

44. Helping people

I want to help people in every way that I can. It's a good feeling to know that you have done a good thing, but it is an even better feeling to know that you have touched someone's life and made them a little bit happier, even if it is only for a moment.

45. Listening to stories from grandparents

I love hearing about other people's lives. It is so interesting to me, especially when the stories come from people who lived in a completely different world than I am growing up in right now. I love hearing about my grandma's childhood and how she explored. I love hearing about how people have overcome their struggles and made it this far. I adore the relationships that have lasted decades and are still going strong. I can't wait to tell my story to my children and grandchildren someday.

46. Freshly picked fruits

I love picking them myself, and they always taste better when you know where you got them from.

47. Fall/Autumn

The best temperatures, crunchy leaves, pretty colors, and lots of festivities.

48. Drinking cold water on a hot day

Water is my favorite drink, but it tastes so much better on a hot summer day when you need it.

49. Long, hot showers

Time to think, relax, sing, or just enjoy the water running over your body.

50. Making lists

Most of my articles are lists, and that's because I really enjoy making lists. I also enjoy making to-do lists because I feel more accomplished when I can cross things off of it.

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

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