Just Smile // Life's 'Thousand' Little Things

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

They say laughter is good for the soul.

I don't know if it is true or not (metaphorically speaking, of course) but I do know a good laugh can lift my mood like nothing else can. The one person who can make me smile in spite of myself is my father. I don't know how he does it, but it is just one of the many reasons I love him. Sometimes even the smallest things can entice a giggle out of me. Sometimes it's the most goofy, silliest thing ever - when that happens, everyone else in the room usually looks at me like I am insane and shaking their heads, wonder what I could possibly find so amusing. Honestly? I don't know why some things tickle my funny bone when everyone else is thinking, "what was so funny?" but whatever, maybe when I get in such moods, I was in serious need of a pick-me-up.

Life has a way of "weighing" us down. Around  us, we get caught up in the "bad" life has to offer and often forget what is "good." Why do we forget to cherish the joy in our lives - the "insignificant" things that seem unimportant and therefore unworthy of our time? I feel like I have been given a precious gift to have been raised in the home and family I was. My childhood was a happy one and, there was always laughter - many memories were made.

The state our nation is in - or maybe there are trials a little closer to home, tends to leave us in a perpetual state of worry or fear. We think 24/7 about "what ifs" instead of stopping to smell the roses; stopping to enjoy the laughter of a child or the simple joy of coming home, a fresh bouquet of flowers or getting caught up in a board game. All of these things are "forgotten" in life. You never know if a polite "please" and "thank-you" could  mean something. Whether idle chatter could make a difference in the day of the person who hands you your change or if a smile directed at the person you pass at the grocery store could make their day a little brighter. We've lost a sense of joyfulness that shouldn't be gone.

In looking for something else entirely (this started out very different!), I came across this quote. I thought it was cute and sweet but also somewhat thought-provoking:
Part of it is superficial but there is a "depth" to it in saying that tomorrow is a new day and a chance to change anything. Christian trio Point of Grace have a new single out called "A Thousand Little Things." Again, they have met and surpassed my expectations. The song (hear it below) chronicles the smallest things in life that are often overlooked - the things that can bring a smile to brighten our day. The moments which we are most grateful for.

Whatever might be happening in life now won't always be a problem. There will be change. Just remember, sometimes laughter is the best medicine. So, have a happy-face kind of day - and don't forget to just smile. ♥


  1. Thanks for such an encouraging post, Rissi. I'm sorry I haven't been commenting much lately, but I have still been reading ;D This was just so great♥


  2. Thanks, Rissi! This was an inspiring post. :)

    It reminded me of Proverbs 17:22 - "a merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones."

  3. Jessica - thank you! I appreciate your sweet words.

    I so glad you are back to commenting of late, girl - it is always great to hear from you. =)

    Lauren - excellent verse. Thanks for that. =)

  4. This was such a fun post and a great reminder to read, Rissi ~ thanks for posting it! :) It truly is the little things in life that make us smile...well and the big things too...and laughter/smiles definitely make the whole day a whole lot better! :)

  5. Inside jokes with God are the best! Thanks for the reminder to look for joy in the little things. :-)

  6. Rachel - thanks! It started out much different, and so, I basically wrote it up spur-of-the-moment which is not something I usually do. It always feels good to "let go" and write something not "planned," or seriously considered. =)

    I am so glad you left a comment, girl - I've missed you. =)

    Gwendolyn - sure. Don't we all need these reminders... probably more than we should, right!? ;-)

  7. Great post...I love to laugh and make other people laugh...I had a friend in middle school that her mother said she didn't like me because I laugh too much...REALLY? Maybe she needs to laugh more...LOL

    ♥ Shia

  8. There is such joy in this world even amidst the "depressing" things that somehow always get us down - it is always a "good thing" to laugh. =)

    BTW: I will be doing your blog award in the next few days, Shia! =)


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