A genuine smile and a good belly laugh does you the world of good, it releases amazing, feel good hormones that makes you feel happier, it's a wonderful cycle that we don't always experience everyday. I am a bit of a snorter when I really, really laugh,which makes me laugh even harder,often ending it really happy tears, it doesn't happen that often but I love it when it does. The last time I laughed that hard was a while ago when my adult son showed me an app on his phone that I hadn't seen before, snapchat, I laughed so hard and long, I was in tears by the time we had finished.
Not every day in my life makes me laugh or even smile like I mean it, but when I do get to smile, I mean really smile from happiness, I try and remember it and savour the feeling for when I am not feeling so wonderful. Some of the things that have been making me smile are-
Riding my lovely retro style bike to work everyday. I bought it second hand about two years ago for $100 and I just love it. It has 5 gears that don't really get a big work out. I leave it on the heaviest gear to give me a bit of a work out, I do this as it's not that far to work and I like to get at least some exercise that makes my heart pump a bit faster. There is a wonderful freedom I feel on my bike with the fresh air wizzing by me that invigorates and enlivens me for the day ahead. I have a little time to think as well which you don't get behind the wheel.
My native bees make me smile a stupid big goofy smile everymorning, I just love to see them coming and going and doing their bee thing. I have at last had some pumpkins set fruit and I would like to think that my little bees are making it happen.
Not my native bees but a blue banded bee visiting my garden during Summer
Rain. I want to dance in the rain everytime it comes our way. We live just north of Brisbane and we seem to miss out on the rain even when it is forecasted. There is definately something that comes out of the sky that doesn't come out of the end of a hose. Again the smell of rain is something that I remember from my childhood, I grew up in Gympie (further north) and we would get amazing rain in the Summer.
The feeling of a really clean kitchen. I have a cleaning schedule and every Friday afternoon I wipe the entire kitchen over with really hot water and a splash of Eucalyptus oil. I then wipe it dry with a clean tea towel. I love to smooth my hand over the clean countertops when I am finished, crazy, I know, but it makes me smile.
The BeeGees playing from my iPad. There is something about their music that makes my heart sing and brings a super smile to my face AND it makes me dance which also makes me smile even more. My love affair with the Bee Gees began when I was a teenager and would go Ballroom Dancing, every Friday night, at our social dance at Boultons Studio, we would get down and boogie to Saturday Night Fever, holy cow could they sing. I am such a tragic, I listen to their music almost every day (sometimes it's Barry Manilow or Barbra Streisand) I got to met Barry Gibb a few years ago when they opened the second stage of BeeGees Way in Redcliffe, what a hoot it was to meet such a gifted, generous and just wonderful man.