The 33 Days Newsletter Challenge – Day Ten

Today is the tenth day of the 33 days challenge. The question for today was: “What makes you smile? Name at least 10 reasons…”.

Let’s see the answers.

L.K. ”
1. Seeing other people smile
2. A hot cup of coffee
3. Watching my cat chase his tail
4. Getting big hugs from my daughter
5. I smile when I pass others on the street as a greeting
6. Watching ducks or swans in the lake.
7. Climbing into a fresh made bed
8. I smile when I review the best parts of my day
9. I smile when I feel gratitude for what I have in my life ( Yes I am truly blessed)
10. Just because…

I smile often because I have a great life and want to share my blessings with others. Just sharing a kind word and a smile can change a person’s day

I liked number 7. Never thought of that before.

T.L. ”
1. observing my children from a distance (rather than policing them)
2. talking to strangers and leaving with a feel good message
3. riding my bicycle
4. visiting the community yoga circle before the sunset (when I know no one else will be getting up at sunrise)
5. conducting kooky spontaneous things for the community or my family
6. making a cup of my own lemongrass tea from the garden
7. feeding my worms in the worm farm
8. making bread
9. seeing my wife smile within (usually from a session surfing)
10. being still on mind and body (not often enough)

Again, number 7 was surprising. I confess I didn’t even know that there is a such a thing like a worm farm.

C.F. ”
1.meeting a friend
2.receiving a compliment
3.looking in the mirror after having a haircut
4.smelling a rose
5.humming a happy song
6.a stray dog following me in the street
7.a kiss
8.watching children play
9.eating ice-cream
10.answering your question

This time, it’s number 6 that made me curious. I wouldn’t be smiling if I’d be followed by a stray dog. To be honest.

B.D. “Things that make me smile are things that give me a really good positive feeling inside, such as when I see someone doing something good. Here are 10 things that make me smile:

1) Sunshine
2) A bird sitting on a branch singing a beautiful song
3) Seeing 2 ants helping each other carry something much larger than themselves. (I love nature!)
4) The smell of fresh-brewed coffee (even though I don’t drink it)
5) Watching a marriage proposal that ends up with a “yes.”
6) The feel of a soft, warm blanket enveloping me in winter.
7) When my boyfriend gives me a gift for no special reason other than love.
8) Singing with a great band (I’m a musician)
9) Seeing Colin Firth in any movie. Yum!
10) Whenever someone thanks me for being their friend.

I loved number 3.

A.A. ”
Mirrors … I smile as trying to make a friend

Music … I smile like celebrating the end of bullshit era

White papers … I smile as following a mystery on its way to the be revealed

Darkness … I smile as using the biggest weapon against fear

People dancing … I smile as finding the proof of 2 people playing in the same dream

My child … I smile when he is playing with his father

Old people … I smile as seeing a fulfilled promise of life

Strangers … I smile as: look, I am human even if I don’t use words 🙂

Stars … I smile because they smile at me first

My boss … I smile as: hey, the end is coming and nobody fucks with the Jesus

Great list! I will definitely borrow some items from here.

S.C. ”
1. A beautiful warm sunny day, as created by GOD our heavenly master, is at the top of the list.
2. A joke from my mom.
3. A smile from my children.
4. A “thank you” card.
5. A nice, unexpected gesture (like someone holding the door for me).
6. A “Happy Birthday” email I get to write to an “old” school mate.
7. A great fitting pair of shoes.
8. A great, encouraging quote from the Scripture.
9. A good medical report, for my family members and for myself.
10. A bike ride in May, when all the blooming trees are hanging over the streets.
11. A car ride with the sunroof opened and the warm sun coming in.
12. A leisure summer stroll with my children.

Yes, number 7 again. I admit I am satisfied when I get a pair of shoes, but I’m not smiling a lot because of this.

C.E. “I will do a quick free association writing to see where it takes me 😉

Smile. Happy faces. People. People I love. Cats. My cat (mega smile). Kittens. Puppies. Babies. Children. Playground. Playing. Swinging. Dancing. Zumba. My zumba trainer: smiling is a rule at her class and she’s very funny and sweet. Peaches. Kaki (is a fruit also). Feeling my sexual energy. Making love. His smile. Painting. Travelling. Flying – yeah!, love to be on air. Clouds. Mountains. The ocean. White beach. Coloured shells. Silvery fishes around my feet. Waves. Swimming. Floating.The sun on my face. Warmth. Light. Starry sky. A comet. Rainbows.

I’ll stop here with a biiig smile on my face and feeling refreshed. It was a lovely, quick trip, thank you!

Thanks for the exercise. Refreshing!

Here are my 10 smiling reasons:

1. Kids
2. A nice sunrise
3. A nice sunset
4. Dancing tango
5. Talking to a beautiful woman
6. Receiving a gift
7. Finishing a difficult task or project
8. Practicing yoga in the morning
9. Listening to good music
10. Sometimes, I smile for no reason at all.

If you want to be a part of this 33 days challenge, and receive the next 31 questions, all you have to do is to sign up here. It takes only a minute.

* indicates required

Email Format




Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner


The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”

And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.

Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.

If you want to know how I got out of this space, eventually, check out my latest book on Amazon and Kindle.

Running For My Life -from zero to ultramarathoner

Dragos Roua

The guy who started all this. Entrepreneur, ultra-marathoner, tanguero, father and risk taker. I’m blogging here, but I also spend a lot of time in this marvelous space.. You’re invited, by the way.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What is 9 + 6 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)