View Full Version : What makes you smile?

03-18-2005, 05:53 PM
I was reading over the Pet Peeves thread, getting bummed out, thinking we all have things that drive us crazy. :crazy:

So in an effort to be more positive, I pose this question:

What makes you really happy? :Sun:

03-18-2005, 06:44 PM
What makes you really happy? :Sun:

That's easy. My grandchildren!!! Love, love, LOVE those blonde haired, blue-eyed, into-everything little bits! *insert huge sappy sigh*

There are other things, too....living in the country, trees, feeding the wild birds, watching hummingbirds, the deer that come right up to our porch, rabbits and squirrels, music, reading, writing, painting, walking, my parrots, my dog, so many things. But I don't like snakes. ewwww.

aka eraser
03-18-2005, 06:57 PM
Babies, children, women, fishing, baseball, acceptance letters, cheques, (positive) mail from readers, giving and getting rep points, Lucy my parrot, kittens and puppies, smelling a bakery, goofing with friends on or offline and sipping a Rusty Nail in front of a fire with a woman who winks at me and who doesn't have something stuck in her eye.

03-18-2005, 07:04 PM
squirrels, chocolate, singing loudly (and often badly) to music when no one else is around, finishing a good book, a really nice cup of tea, having a nap on the sofa with a nice warm blanket over me

will edit for more as I think of them

03-18-2005, 07:15 PM
A baby's smile or laughter, the warmth of the sun on my skin, happy music, a good movie, good friends, a hug, someone calling me just to make sure I'm okay, an "out-of-the-blue" card, pets (and baby animals), a warm fire, the surprise look on someone's face when I give them something, lying in bed talking "afterwards", seeing my friends (either in person or online), a long drive with the top down in my convertible, seeing my byline, an out-of-town trip, watching someone I love sleep, having a good day writing...

So many things, so little time.

(and notice that I didn't contribute to the pee peeves thread. Life's too short. good thread, rhymegirl)

03-18-2005, 07:25 PM
Home (the one word that encompasses all that makes me happy). :)

03-18-2005, 07:39 PM
My husband, daughters and son - esp. my five year old son! Oh, what would we do without him?! He is the prince of our family.....

And when others smile at me - smiles bring forth smiles..... :) :) :) :) :)

So here's smilin' at ya!!........Debbie :Sun:

03-18-2005, 07:40 PM
(Heard this somewhere else but it's true for me too.) Dogs riding in cars with their head out of the window -- ears and tongue flapping. Never fails to make me smile. :)

Oh, and chimps on bicyles. Cracks me up...

03-18-2005, 08:13 PM
Fruity tea
Electric blanket on my lap and my kitty on top of it
Strangers who hold the door for you, even when you're halfway down the block
A pair of jeans that really, really fits
A bra that really, really fits
Vacations with no computers
My brother
Counting Crows and Indigo Girls music
When my husband tricks me into snuggling (yesterday, he told me I had to come look because the bed was broken-- I went in and he slammed the door behind me, tackled me, and made me snuggle more)
Finishing writing a book
A call from my college roommates
Seeing actors bring my words to life
Finding out a friend is getting married/having a baby
When a cashier tells me to forget the change
This forum

03-18-2005, 08:22 PM
The two thousand+ daffodils that start to bloom in my back yard.
The 2-3 eggs I collect every morning...
The sound of "the job is yours."
Seeing my family.

03-18-2005, 09:01 PM
Babies, getting mail, having a great dinner with bf, popcorn!, plans for the future, living in the present, writing to someone special, writing in general!, reading a good book, when a friend calls just to say hi, when bf calls just to say hi :), music, watering and taking care of my plants, cleaning (yup)...etc...

03-18-2005, 09:14 PM
Comfortable knickers and chocolate.

03-18-2005, 09:18 PM
My babies' laughter--they're in college, but they're still my babies
"Mr. Maryn's" frankly approving look anywhere south of my chin
The dignity of certain elderly people who've led hard lives
Getting carded buying wine or beer
First-rate standup comedy that holds no subject off-limits
Any election that goes my way, from town council to Oscars
Snow outside, fireplace and popcorn and rented movie and family inside
My friends' successes, both personal and professional
Emperor penguin chicks, possibly the cutest animal around
The garage telling me there's no charge, fixing the car only took a minute
Making that crabby employee at the deli laugh
A writer saying my critique or brainstorming really helped
A book that makes me laugh, or cry, or gasp, and sigh when it's over
A bra that really fits (stolen from Jenna)
My daughter dating really cute guys who think she's beautiful even though she doesn't think so herself
People thinking my son is dark, mysterious, or rebellious based on his appearance, then finding out he's smart and fairly silly
Fixing it myself, whatever 'it' is
Being able to stop escalating disagreements at other forums, sometimes
Distracting a crying toddler in line at the grocery store check out--my peek-a-boo skills remain intact only through frequent use
Many people at this site who are clever, helpful, thrifty, and irreverent

03-18-2005, 09:42 PM
My neice. (Got to spend time with her yesterday.)
My nephew. (Will spend time with him today.)
My family.
Hearing someone say "I love you" and knowing they mean it.
Having no transcription to do.
My Paris pictures.
Finishing something I've been working on, whether it be beady, jewelry, or writing.
The smell of baking bread.

I could add more, but I've got to get back to the transcription.

03-18-2005, 10:10 PM
Seeing the guy, who I recognize as the one who cut me off for no reason and is now at the side of the road when I catch up to him, give his undivided attention to a cop for whatever it was that got him pulled over. Priceless. ;)

03-18-2005, 10:29 PM
Rhymegirl, sorry the pet peeve thread bummed you out. :Hug2:

It’s a research project I’ve been working on for quite some time, with hopes that the end result will be a guide to help people to not worry about the “little” things.

What makes me smile or makes me happy:

Your thread--what makes you happy?
Seeing the bright innocent eyes of my granddaughter.
Knowing within a few weeks I’ll be a grandmother for the second time.
When my daughters say, “now I understand what you meant when you said…”
When my mother smiles at me.
When I think of my dad.
Spring and the first crocus’ blooming.


03-18-2005, 10:31 PM
Oo, and the weather.

I love changes in the weather, the whole lot, sun, snow, rain....especially rainbows.

03-18-2005, 11:07 PM
The silly face my shepherd makes when he stretches.
My 5 year old's no-holds-bar gut laughter at a silly joke.
Hearing my 9 year old's entire day recapped, play by play, when I pick him up from school.
Hubby kissing my neck after over a decade together.
Conversations about life with my mom.
Phones... Even though my sisters are thousands of miles away, we're still only a phone call away.
Hearing my nieces/nephew say "Hello Auntie."
As previously mentioned by Jenna and Maryn, that perfectly fitting bra.
An obvious once-over from a cute guy at the convenience store. (hey, I'm married, not dead.)
Coming home to hubby after being checked out at said convienience store.
The Water Cooler and the faboo people in it.

03-18-2005, 11:28 PM
An icecream cone on a really hot day.
Watching a sunrise.
Receiving a letter from a friend thanking me for being there when she needed someone to talk to.
Being here.


03-18-2005, 11:49 PM
Hmm, based on the responses so far, it looks like it's much easier to find things that make a woman happy than a man. How is it they're so bad at it?

Maryn, ducking

03-18-2005, 11:58 PM
Nice lists everybody! I didn't realize the Pet Peeves thread was part of a project. But yeah, if it makes people realize they shouldn't sweat the small stuff, I guess that's a good thing.

What's nice to find out is when I went to make a list of what makes me happy, the good things far outweigh the bad.


*CHOCOLATE!!! (If they stop making it, that's the end of me)
*Peanut butter (Ditto)
*Selling my writing (I.e. A check in the mail.)
*A writing assignment
*Working on my novel and all the words come together right
*Good movies, especially funny ones
*Going out to a nice restaurant and having something delicious
*Okay, food in general


*Swinging on a swing like a little kid
*Riding a bike on a fall day with the wind blowing through my hair
*When one of my kids says: "I love you" or "Thanks, Mom" or
"I just cleaned my room"---Priceless!
*When my husband says, "I love you"
*A baby's smile
*Children's laughter and innocence
*Talking and laughing with a good friend
*Getting together with my sisters
*Reading the funny posts on AW
*A bright, sunny day like today

Hmmm...I wonder if this would make a good article idea??

03-19-2005, 12:08 AM
What's nice to find out is when I went to make a list of what makes me happy, the good things far outweigh the bad.

Hmmm...I wonder if this would make a good article idea??

Good things do outweigh the bad if one convinces the mind to lean that way. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

Can't hurt to try working your happy information into an article.

Here's a few more:

Puppies, kittens, newborns of any kind.
Robins--sign of Spring.
Visiting nursing home patients and seeing the smiles on patients who never get visitors.
Giving a gift just for the sake of giving.


03-19-2005, 12:36 AM
My two furry children! I have two pekenese dogs who are my world! Oh yeah and I guess my husband too :)

03-19-2005, 12:55 AM
My mentally challenged Dalmatian named Sparky
My son William
My wife's 25 pound cat named Shadow
Sometimes my wife Kelli

Being able to bring a smile to a child's face in an otherwise bad situation always makes me smile.

Brady H.

03-19-2005, 01:44 AM
My wife's 25 pound cat named Shadow

Wow I thought my cat was big.

Lets see. Things that make me smile...hmmm:

my cat jingles (well kittens do in general)
my writing
the people in my critique group
friends and family
Oh I can't forget chocolate chip cookies

03-19-2005, 01:57 AM
Buds on trees.
My yard in full bloom in June.
Sitting on my deck writing.
Knowing I have only 200 more pages to edit on my book.
Finishing the next chapter on my new WIP.
Sitting on my deck writing.
Getting a real cheek hurting, tear wiping, ROFL from some of the hilarious posts made on this site.
Oh, and did I say, sitting on my deck writing? LOL


03-19-2005, 02:14 AM
I don't know how I could forget MUSIC--all kinds.

Oh, hugs and kisses are good, too. :kiss: :Hug2:

03-19-2005, 02:17 AM
Someone has to say it...

If your cat jingles, you really should get it taken care of, even if it makes you smile.


03-19-2005, 02:37 AM
Things that make me smile, hmm? Well there are a lot of things, really. It all depends on the mood I'm in (which habitually means goofy).

+ Being near my crush . . . Yes, insert gushy sitcom awws.
+ Joking around with my friends. My IQ is now slightly less than my shoe-size because of them. >=)
+ Acting or doing improv. Being on-stage is amazing.
+ Watching Family Guy, The Simpsons, or Futurama.
+ When I finish reading a novel I'm pretty excited.
+ When I finish writing stories, which is rarer than teeth in an Alabama family reunion.

That's all.

Oh, wait. One more.

+ When a bra really, really fits.

. . . I couldn't resist. Honest. Sorry, Mrs. Jenna Glatzer. :snoopy:

03-19-2005, 05:33 AM
The people I love; seasons (they're all beautiful in different ways); bad jokes; birds squabbling over bread on the lawn; being snuggled up in a warm bed when the rain's beating on the window; sticking my hand in the pocket of a coat I haven't worn in ages and finding an unexpected fiver; the sea in all its moods...the world and all its glories.

And so ad infinitum...

03-19-2005, 06:17 AM
Oh, wait. One more.

+ When a bra really, really fits. :snoopy:

No, no, no--it's when you take the dang thing off--fit or not at the end of the day.

Ahhhhhhh . . . .


03-19-2005, 06:36 AM
Chocolate chip cookies
When I got an A on my medieval history essay
Writing when it goes smooth
Listening to U2
Watching squirrels frollic in the yard over the peanut butter
Chickadees that fly onto your hand when you have sunflower seeds
My cat
My hubby when he did the dishes and made dinner for me - yay!
Coming here every day for my dose of sanity/insanity

And yes, taking off the bra at the end of the day!!


03-19-2005, 06:56 AM
My two-year old granddaughter, especially when I give her something out of the blue, like a cookie, and she smiles and says, "Thank you, Nana." She's so sweet. :)

03-19-2005, 07:08 AM
Sitting out in the rain, mmm....

03-19-2005, 08:00 AM
Things that make me smile...

When I answer the phone at work and hear, "Hi Mommy, I love you, I'm being good" from my 3 year old son

Watching my stepson (who is 19) my little one and my husband roughhouse in the floor

Listening to the little one count to 10

The smell of the ocean

Removing the bra (yep, me too)

The last few minutes before I get into the chair at the tattoo shop when my adrenaline is rushing and I'm anxious and nervous

Deciding to do something totally outrageous and out of character

Making someone else smile

Eating something really good for the first time

Being able to finish a novel (I have mild dyslexia)

Hmmm...guess that's about it for now...


03-19-2005, 08:03 AM
A day without a ringing phone
Getting to sleep past 7am
Purring cats all snuggled up together
The moment I remove the wretched hot pink scrubs I have to wear to work
Clear, moonlit skies with lots of stars
Knowing the names of a few of those stars, knowing the whole world can see them
Books that make me want to stay up all night reading
Something really good happening to a friend
Really being happy to see my husband every day
Daffodils in springtime

03-19-2005, 08:11 AM
The phone call I receive every morning from my mom letting me know she's awake.
Blue skys and buffalo clouds.
Working windshield wipers.
Warm apple pie.


03-19-2005, 08:36 AM
Babies of any kind, human or animal

The antics of my two dogs, an emotional pit bull and a spastic cocker spaniel/chow mix

The days my husband and I spend together where we have fun and good conversations.

The first warm and sunny day after a winter of cold days and the first breezy autumn day after a hot, humid summer.

The first good snow of winter and the first thunderstorm of summer.

Reading a good book with a good cup of coffee in a quiet, comfortable spot.

Working on my first novel and making good progress.

03-19-2005, 09:06 AM
Someone has to say it...

If your cat jingles, you really should get it taken care of, even if it makes you smile.


:ROFL: Any other time if that was the case yeah it would be a good idea to get it taken care of. But Jingles is my cat's name since she has a bell on her collar.

03-19-2005, 12:01 PM
The sound of a compliment from the lips of the girl I love.

That tingly feeling I get up my back and shoulders as she puts her arm around me, and my skin feels electric, like I'm on fire yet totally at peace at the same time.

The total bliss I get when I wrap my arms around her, close my eyes and breathe her in, my cold nose touching her soft, warm neck.

At least, that's how I remember it. I'm single nowadays, so I don't smile much.

Okay, I'm gonna go cry now.


03-19-2005, 12:06 PM

03-19-2005, 08:44 PM
The first blue-sky day after many weeks of grey ones. (Why do I live here, again?)


03-19-2005, 08:51 PM
The first blue-sky day after many weeks of grey ones. (Why do I live here, again?)

I know, it is absolutely amazing today. I'm sitting on my porch, you have to love wi-fi :D

03-19-2005, 09:06 PM
Boy, that one about the bra coming off at the end of the day sure is popular. I always tell my husband it's one of the worst inventions ever. Kinda like a horse wearing a bridle or something. That poor horse is probably thinking, "Get this thing off me!" :horse:

03-19-2005, 10:12 PM
Here's a couple more I thought of today. :)

-Beautiful day!
-A nap
-Talking with a friend on the phone (an in-person visit would be better, but phones work well. :) )
-Going to lunch with my Dad. (On that note.... Bye! :) )

03-20-2005, 01:13 AM
When all three of my kids get to laughing with each other.
When my kids are happy or are happy with a job they've done.
My husband's smile.
Knowing I've done something well.
Days when my hair doesn't have a mind of it's own.
When the whole house is clean and no one messes it up for at least an hour.
When my tramp-like cat finally deigns us with a visit.
When my favorite song comes on the radio.
A good book.
Writing and feeling like this time it might be okay.
When people actually listen.

03-20-2005, 06:46 AM
things that make me smile - reading this thread and agreeing with almost everything (I really like the bra one Jenna, of course taking it off is good too!)And of course there's talking to my grandson's on the phone and hearing them say, "Hi Nin, I did..." they are soooo adorable. A new one for me, thinking about my daughter's upcoming wedding. So many things make me smile, that's why I like reading everyone else's comments, I can nod and agree and not have to think and type.


03-20-2005, 07:13 AM
This is going to sound silly. OK, maybe not....

The fact that this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v114/craftsbyjen/31905choker.jpg) turned out really close to how I wanted it to and it needs only just a little bit of tweaking. It was tough getting it to go just right and ....

I'll shut up because I'm just rambling. lol.

03-20-2005, 07:37 AM
I forgot to music and horror movies in my "what makes me smile list."

Though with the day i've been having, I haven't felt much like smiling. :(

03-20-2005, 10:53 AM
:Hug2: Hope this helps, sthrnwriter. Hope the :Sun: shines for you tomorrow.


03-20-2005, 03:12 PM
My 21-month-old daughter singing, "Row, Row, Row, Row Boat", or "Winko, Winko Tar" (Row, Row, Row Your Boat or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

My 9-year-old daughter's poetry

My 8-year-old son's drawings

My 18-year-old son's warped sense of humor (definitely inherited from me)

Walking in my neighborhood

03-20-2005, 11:47 PM
Walks along a pebbled path
My writing
My horrendous guitar playing (yes, it really is rather awful—but I still enjoy it)

My mom’s sweet potato pie

My brother’s old fleece that I wear on a cold night

Ocean swims

Bright pink toenail polish


Coffee—as long as its not Maxwell House, Folgers, or any other brand that comes in a can (yes I am a “coffee snob”)

Feeling accomplished, even when I am not

The unquestioning love of a dog

Stupid and corny emails from my dad

Coming home from a first date knowing there’s another, actually getting that call asking for the second date


Sweet little kisses

. . . and a few others . . .:Guitar: and putting that list together made me feel better

03-21-2005, 02:32 AM
Jenna's thread Stupid things you believed. It brought back some silly childhood memories.


03-21-2005, 04:24 AM
Wow! How weird is that?

I smile when I take off a bra too!

03-21-2005, 04:35 AM
You mean "her bra"?

03-21-2005, 04:44 AM
LOL!! Is there any other kind?

I didn't want to say "her" bra in case anyone mistakenly thought I was referring to one of the female posters who mentioned their bra.

Believe me, I would NEVER try to remove the bra of a woman I didn't know or hadn't bought a couple of drinks for first....

03-21-2005, 05:39 AM
Soaking in a hot tub with candles burning all around.

03-21-2005, 06:23 AM
Okay - sappy I know, but when my five year old son, who's also my youngest, throws his arms around my legs, shuts his eyes tights, grins from ear to ear and says, "MY MOMMY!"

03-21-2005, 06:30 AM
Hearing my granddaughter's voice on the phone and being told that she dialed the number herself.


03-21-2005, 06:33 AM
daffodils in an overgrown field

cranberry wine
comfy shoes
sex on a rainy night
sleeping in
finishing a chapter (which i just did---heee haw. wish it was creative and fiction, but this chapter is for my other life . . . that one that somewhat pays and promises to pay more in the future . . .)
the lingering tingle that the right man can leave after he's placed his hand on the base of my back
cookie dough
long,hot showers
walking in a spring, early fall, or summer rain--barefoot of course

just a few more . . . this wandering through these boards seems to be helping my productivity. and the stupid beliefs and this one have improved my mood all day. :hooray:

03-21-2005, 06:35 AM
Opening my file cabinet and knowing exactly where to find what I'm looking for.


03-21-2005, 07:03 AM

I'm glad this thread helped improve your mood. I think we have enough bad stuff to deal with in our lives. I thought it would be nice to focus on what's good. Since I've been a member here, especially lately, my mood has improved considerably! It's a lot of fun here at AW and there are some fantastic people. :) :) :)

03-21-2005, 07:24 AM
rhymegirl, you did a good thing here. My thread lets people vent, yours brings smiles. :) I'd give you another rep point for bringing so many smiles to the forum, but it says I have to spread them around first. So here's a :Hug2: for the time being.


03-21-2005, 11:05 AM
Deciding, after some thought, not to add my opinion to the numerous opinions already posted in a thread about something controversial. I can't say it makes me smile, exactly, but the feeling of having excused myself from an imaginary responsibility is good.

03-21-2005, 01:04 PM
I agree with Joanne. It's good to have a thread that makes you smile. I know I felt better yesterday after reading a few posts here. :Hug2: to ya.

03-21-2005, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the hugs and kind words. :)

We all need hugs and smiles. Even THIS guy::mad:

03-21-2005, 05:58 PM
Deciding, after some thought, not to add my opinion to the numerous opinions already posted in a thread about something controversial. I can't say it makes me smile, exactly, but the feeling of having excused myself from an imaginary responsibility is good.

So glad you've excused yourself, reph.
Hope you find a smile today.

03-21-2005, 06:02 PM
The house is a mess--I mean really bad. My husband had to make the lunch he takes to work on the stove, the only clear area in the kitchen. Laundry's piled up again, and my dream of vacuuming the entire house one day and shampooing all the carpets the next will never happen because there's too much clutter with no home.

But I finished a chapter yesterday, and it's good. We're talkin' real good, and at that moment, ending it with the cherry-on-top page-turner line, I didn't care about the house, you know? I just smiled and smiled.