Reason to SMILE #47: HAPPY PEOPLE - So that's why they're so happy! |

“Welcome!  How are you today?” I heard as I entered the store.

Looking over toward the checkout counter, I discovered a young man with the biggest smile on his face and the happiest spirit about him. His happiness seemed to resonate throughout the store as he spoke with each customer and made positive comments about every item being purchased.

This was not what I expected when I walked in the store that day but it was a most welcomed surprise. I left the store with a smile on my face and it’s all because of that young man’s happy attitude.

Don’t you just love to be around happy people?  Their joy seems to rub off on everyone they meet.  And the cool thing is when they leave, the happiness remains.

But the same goes for unhappy people.  Their gloom and misery spread to all those around them and linger long after they are gone.  Most of us do our best to avoid the perpetually unhappy.

I learned a song in children’s choir a long, LONG time ago called “Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful”.¹  It starts with a little rhyme that says:

I have two friends with funny names that sound a lot alike
But once you get to know them, they’re as different as day and night.
One is happy all the time and has lots and lots of friends.
The other always gripes and complains and no one really likes him.
You may wonder who they are and why they act the way they do.
The difference is the way they see things, it’s called their attitude.

So, which one are you?

Are you HUMBLY GRATEFUL, lifting others up with your happiness?

Or are you GRUMBLY HATEFUL, leaving others disheartened and discouraged?

I want to be like that young man I met in the store and leave everyone with a SMILE!


¹”Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful” by Janet McMahan-Wilson and Kathie Hill


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So Much More - Embracing the true meaning of Thanksgiving |

More than a holiday.

More than a gathering.

More than a meal.

It’s an attitude of gratitude.

It’s choosing to count your blessings

instead of your sorrows.

It’s a way of life.

Always be thankful.

“Giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:20‬

May the spirit of Thanksgiving fill your hearts and carry you through all of your days!

A Year of Smiles – Day 330

Reason to SMILE #330: WAKING UP

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The first morning back to work or school after any holiday is never a happy occasion. In fact, it’s downright miserable – at least it is in the Smith household. There’s always a struggle. No one wants to wake up. No one wants to get ready. No one wants to leave the house. No one.

This morning was no different. My husband was aching from working on bathroom renovations over the break and I didn’t want to give up my extra sleep that has been so lovely these past few days. My older son hit his snooze button at least three times and my younger son, well, he suddenly came down with an incurable disease. So to say that this morning was difficult for my clan is pretty much the understatement of the century.

I’ve been at this game long enough, though, that I anticipated the problems this dreaded morning would bring. I awoke early (miracle of all miracles 😉 ), drank a cup of coffee and had my “Unless You’re Dying, You’re Going to School” speech prepared. Though the morning was determined to beat me down, I was more determined to begin this day with a SMILE.

Whew! It was a tough battle. My speech did not make me Mother of the Year and I didn’t end up being Wife of the Year, either. I wasn’t taking excuses from anyone today! And when the morning’s battle had been waged, I sat in my recliner in the glow of the Christmas lights (I needed all the help I could get this morning. 😉 ) overwhelmed by feelings of defeat.

Those feelings grew even stronger when I heard my husband leave the house. I believed that he had left for work without saying “good-bye” but a few minutes later, he came back inside to tell me he had started my car. You see, it was cold and he wanted the car to be warm for me when I left. There it was – my SMILE.

My husband’s simple act of love reminded me that no matter the morning struggles, no matter the frustrations or aggravations that await, waking up is a SMILE never to be taken for granted. And waking up to a family that loves you, even when you are reprimanding and making them do things they don’t want to do, is a SMILE I wouldn’t trade for anything – even another hour of sleep! 😉

Here’s A Quarter

Have you ever had one of those mornings when nothing goes the way it is supposed to go? Well, that was my morning today. From being awakened at 5:30 AM (Are you kidding me?) by the phone alarm of someone who shall not be named (but he sleeps in the same bed with me) to spilling coffee all over my bedroom floor, my morning was just not going like I desired.

As I was sopping up coffee from the carpet, I was grumbling and complaining to myself and wondering what was going to happen next. Then, I came across a quarter lying on the floor and you’ll never guess what popped into this brain of mine. As soon as I picked up the quarter, an old country song started running through my head. Oh, yeah, you know the one. It goes something like, “Here’s a quarter – call someone who cares.” Really?

It’s funny what God uses to speak to His people. This morning He spoke to me through a silly song and boy, did I ever get the message! No matter how many things were going wrong for me this morning, complaining about it all wasn’t making it any better. What if, instead of grumbling, I had decided to praise God? For what? Well, for starters, I could have thanked him for that man who sleeps next to me every night – even though he set his alarm for an ungodly hour of the morning! I could have thanked Him for the coffee I had to drink. After all, it could have been worse. I could have been out of coffee altogether and man, what a morning that would have been! You see, my attitude could have made a huge difference in my morning.

That quarter and that country song also reminded me that I do have someone who cares for me and wants me to “give Him a call” – even when all I want to do is complain. God loves me. He sent His Son to die for me so I can have that connection with Him, so I can fellowship with Him. He wants me to tell Him my worries, my sorrows and my troubles. He wants me to give my burdens to Him so I can be free to glorify His name, to praise Him and to serve Him. He is my “someone who cares” and when I need Him, I only have to call out His name. No quarter required!

Are you burdened today? Do you feel like your days are filled with complaints and grumblings? There is someone who cares for you and He is waiting for your call.

Psalm 55:22 (NIV) Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 94:19 (HCSB) When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Romans 5:6-8 (ESV) For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 4:25-5:2 (CEV) God gave Jesus to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God. By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God. Christ has also introduced us to God’s undeserved kindness on which we take our stand. So we are happy, as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God.

Psalm 103:2 (NLT) Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

Psalm 118:1 (ESV) Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!