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Write Down 3 Things That Make You Smile Each Day

Emily Rathmanner


I challenge you to start a new routine of appreciating the little moments throughout your day that make you smile.

It's easy, I promise. Each night, write down 3 things that had a positive impact on your day. Whether it be something huge, like completing your first 5k or receiving news of a friend getting engaged, or something small, like the rollerblading ride you shared with a friend or being woken up by your dog, this daily routine will help you focus on the good things in life, appreciate each day as it's own, and be present.

So, what are three things that made you smile today?

If you please, post your 3 things on social media to help encourage your peers to start finding their daily 3 things and invoke their inner happiness. Remember to tag #3thingsthatmakemesmile. Follow the sites below to find the things that are making others smile:


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  • Carrie Hadley

    1. My family trying to make my birthday the best it can be
    2. My friends staying up late to sing me happy birthday at midnight
    3. The bright and warm weather today and the rest of this week.

  • Rebeca Serafim

    1. Talk to my sister
    2. Talk to my friend who lives in europe
    3. See the sunshine

  • Julenne Esquinca

    1) meditation
    2) the belief that I can chose to be part of something great
    3) spirituality
    4) every day fight against my OCD
    5) music and love

  • katnap888

    1) My cat waking me up
    2) The sunshine, yet again, how amazing
    3) The BBC on my laptop, three cheers for the Beeb!

  • Liora Yukla

    this is great :) reminds me of some exercises we're doing in classes at SVA

  • brettfish

    ah this is great, thankx - wrote a similiar thing recently on my blog titled 'what will you celebrate as your head hits the pillow' reminding us of the need to be content and show gratitude as we head to sleep - worthwhile reminder - thank you so much -

    definitely my wife 'the beautiful Valerie' [tbV], a great home to live in and the opportunity to work with young people...

    • Emily Rathmanner

      Brettfish - Thank you so much for the kind words! Your article flows nicely with my post and hit a soft spot :) The 5 regrets of dying article is evidence for us to remember each day!!

  • Simon Skiles

    My wife, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Unicorns.

  • Jonny Miller

    #1 Going for a swim in the ocean first thing before anyone else is awake
    #2 The sunset outside on a clear evening and the way it lights up the town here
    #3 Making (and eating) custard!

    • Emily Rathmanner

      There is something about getting into the ocean whether it be for a swim or a surf... Thanks for sharing, Jonny!

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Love custard and LOVE the idea of #1- wish I lived close to the ocean!

      • Jonny Miller

        We're lucky being so close - that's definitely something I have grown to appreciate! Amazingly the first swell of the season sounds like it has just arrived - hoping it will might be a surf in the morning instead ;)

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    3 Things that make Me smile:
    1) The dog I'm fostering- when she started to wag her tail when I'd come home after work
    2) My boyfriend's drawings of hamburgers in suits
    3) Brunch that doesn't involve typical brunch foods.

  • Emily Pasnak-Lapchick

    1. My cat Akela being clumsy and missing her landing during a jump.
    2. Spending time with old friends and family.
    3. DELICIOUS food - specifically fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil.