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365 Reasons to Smile – Day 1

If someone were to ask me about my greatest asset or my greatest deficit, I’d give the same answer: my brain. It’s constantly engaged and always working overtime.

It’s probably the reason I worry, get anxious and have trouble sleeping.

It’s also the reason I’m always making lists in my head. I’m not talking about shopping lists or “to do” lists. I’m talking about random lists about anything and everything: eight things I can talk about with a stranger; 12 exercises to do while driving a car (facial exercises count); and 365 reasons to smile.

I started that last list after my experience during November when I joined others in writing daily about something for which I was grateful. That forced me to think of all the good things in my life rather than all my worries. But then, when November ended, so did my daily dose of thankfulness.

That’s when I started my  list of 365 reasons to smile.

Today, I’ve decided to start sharing that list.

I know this is just a random day in July instead of January 1 or any other date that marks a significant beginning, but I don’t care.

Being able to write what I want when I want is certainly a reason to smile, but it’s not the my “Day One” reason.

That reason is the Martians on Sesame Street.

As a young child, my parents always limited my television, so watching Sesame Street was a treat. I didn’t realize it was supposed to be educational, I just thought it was fun. And one particular sketch stuck in my mind for years. Even in high school, my friends and I would reenact the scene from Sesame Street when the Martians try to talk to a telephone. We’d move our mouths down and over in a ridiculous parody. And it made me smile.

It still does.

No matter how many times I’ve watched that sketch, it always makes me smile.  I hope it makes you smile too: