Do Something That Makes You Smile Today

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“Do Something That Makes You Smile Today” by Joan Y. Edwards

It is important for your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being to do something that makes you smile every day of your life. Chances are you spend most of your day doing things to help others. It is essential to take a few minutes of time for you. Or things have got you so tense, you can’t relax. Do something that makes you smile today and every day. It’s healing. It is a gift you deserve. It is a gift you need. You may be working from early morning to night. You may be stressed from caring for others.

God says  in Matthew 22:37-40. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

You may focus on helping others smile. Now it’s your turn. Once a day for at least 10 or 15 minutes, do something that is fun for you. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. It can be enjoying nature outside your window. Do something that makes you smile on the inside and the outside. It will help you be more at peace. It will help you accept yourself as you are. Truly wonderfully made.

What’s fun for you? What might make you smile. Here are a few ideas.

  1. Say a prayer of gratitude for your life and for little things that make you smile.
  2. Read your favorite scripture from the Bible
  3. When I was taking care of my Mom, when someone came to watch her for me, what was fun for me was…make a guess…Yes. You got it. Sleeping for an hour was fun for me.
  4. Take a warm bath.
  5. Take a hot shower.
  6. Walk in a garden, a park, or down your street.
  7. Watch one of your favorite movies.
  8. Drink a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate.
  9. Call a friend. Ask them to share a funny story or good news with you.
  10. Listen to your favorite music.
  11. Draw or paint a picture.
  12. Read a book or look at comics to help you smile.
  13. Get a massage. Ah. A soft massage is so comforting. 
  14. Get a manicure or pedicure. Getting polish with sparkles in it makes me smile. I’ve seen men getting manicures and pedicures, too…with no polish.
  15. Play a game.
  16. Take silly pictures.
  17. Do a google search for fun things to do near you. Amazing ideas will come up.

Each of you has many things that make you smile, that brings you joy. These are the things that are good for your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. They will help you relax and enjoy being you. Go for it.

I did a post on this in July 2020. “Do Something Fun Today:” I feel so strongly about this that I wrote this one for you today.

Please share with me 3 things you like to do that make you smile. I love hearing from you. More resources below my signature.

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  1. Good Housekeeping. “100+ Creative Things to Do When You’re Bored to Pass the Time:”
  2. Jeff Payleitner. “What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?
  3.  Check out the inspiring and funny quotes here: Inspiring Quotes. 
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “Do Something Fun Today”
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  6. Bill Harvey. “The Odds:”

10 thoughts on “Do Something That Makes You Smile Today”

  1. Dear Joan, you make me smile! Your words today feel like a warm hug. I struggle on alot of days and fail to remember to find something fun ,instead just focusing on the pain that has taken a lot away. I needed this reminder. Sending a hug and love to you, sweet friend ❤️

    1. Dear Kathleen,
      It is so good to hear from you. Thank you for saying I make you smile! That makes me smile! You are right. Sometimes we forget that changing our focus and doing something simpke that makes us smile helps us to have a sense if well-being even in the midst of inner turmoil.

      I forget sometimes, too.
      May God bless and heal you!
      I admire your Never Give Up spirit!

    1. Dear Melanie,
      Thank you fir writing! It is good to hear that I make you smile, That makes me smile!!!

      May God bless and heal you!
      I admire you and how you walk 10,000 steps every day Never Give Up!

  2. Great Post Joan! Trying to heal after eye surgery. Pictures of my grandchildren make me smile. Funny dog or cat pictures also make me smile. Nothing like a dad joke or a funny movie too to make me laugh and smile. Have a great day.


    1. Dear Maureen,
      Thanks for writing. It feels good to hear from you. I appreciate you sharing the things that make you smile. May God bless you and heal your eye. I hope you see pictures of cats, dogs, and esoecially pictures of your grandchildren plus hoping you have many other reasons to smile each day.

      Never Give Up

  3. The sound of children chattering makes me happy.
    Reading your positive posts, Joan E. Edwards, makes me smile and be happy.
    Reading in bed before going to sleep is a slice of heaven on earth. This makes me happy.
    As well as scanning my prayer list and saying each name aloud,, brings me a quiet happiness.

    1. Dear Joan Reid,
      Thank you for writing. You are so sweet to say reading my positive posts makes you smile and be happy. That makes me smile! Children chattering is a happy sound. Reading a book before going to sleep is an awesome idea. Hmm. Maybe I’ll try that.

      Never Give Up
      Believe in you! You’ve got what it takes.

  4. creighton and I walked a nature trail in Tn today. I thanked the Lord that we could do it, that no one twisted his/her ankle, and it was a beautiful day. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.” 1 These 5: 18. The little girl in your picture made me smile too!

    1. Dear Carol,
      Thank you fir writing! I enjoy hearing from you. What a gift to be able to walk the pretty path with no one getting hurt! And both you and Creighton got to enjoy being together with nature. I know that made you smile. Definitely reasons to give praise and gratitude to God. So glad the picture of the little girl with paint on her face made you smile, too. I guess we all need to paint our faces sometimes.

      Never Give Up
      Your sharing God’s word with others makes him smile and others like me smile when we read it.
      Enjoy being you

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