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Happiness Is Key: 50 Things That Make Me Smile

Dakota Canzano, Staff Reporter

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Have you ever been stressed or had a rough day? Probably every high school student would say yes to that question. We’ve all had those bad days where we want to drop everything, get comforted by a family member or friend, or simply plop on the couch with a bowl of Tillamook Ice Cream and turn on Netflix.

With finals only about four weeks away and lots going on between tests, sports, and other school events, this time of year for us students can be very stressful. To help you remember that there is lots more in life than stressful situations, I decided to create a list of 50 things that make me smile. I hope it gives you inspiration to pay attention to and remember all of the small things in life. 

#1 Reuniting with family friends

#2 Contagious laughter or trying not to laugh

#3 Looking at beautiful sunsets and sunrises

#4 Putting your toes in the sand

#5 Seeing cute dogs

#6 Celebrating with your team after a great play

#7 Late night conversations

#8 Binge watching a show all night long

#9 Going on a road trip

#10 Singing at the top of your lungs in a car

#11 Plugging your phone into an aux cord and blasting your favorite music

#12 Listening to Christmas music

#13 The smell of Christmas

#14 Drinking a cup of hot chocolate while watching your favorite Christmas movies

#15 The sound of waves crashing on a beach

#16 The smell of fresh flowers blooming in the spring

#17 Going to a concert

#18 The first day of summer

#19 Seeing tan lines after laying out in the sun

#20 Getting a new pair of snazzy shoes

#21 Smelling fall-scented candles

#22 Driving a golf cart

#23 Baking homemade cookies

#24 Watching YouTube for hours

#25 CHIPOTLE

#26 Quoting Vines with friends

#27 Climbing into bed after a long day of school

#28 Watching Disney throwbacks

#29 Jumping into the pool on a hot day

#30 Getting Dutch Bros. on a late start school day

#31 Going on a run or on a hike

#32 Exploring new places

#33 A good hug after a happy or sad day

#34 Capturing moments in the form of photography

#35 Late summer nights

#36 Celebrating after a great touchdown at a football game

#37 Getting dressed up for football games #schoolspirit

#38 Playing your favorite sports

#39 Dancing crazy to your favorite song

#40 Traveling

#41 Seeing someone you haven’t seen in a while

#42 Making someone smile or laugh

#43 Water balloon fights

#44 Eating watermelon on a hot day

#45 Dancing in the rain

#46 Drinking ice-cold lemonade on a summer day

#47 Watching bath bombs sizzle with color in a bathtub

#48 When a new episode comes out from your favorite TV show

#49 Telling a cheesy joke

#50 Putting a new sticker on your Hydro Flask

These are just 50 of the things that make me happy.

As we head towards the end of the school year, don’t be afraid to take a break from studying and daydream about what makes you smile.

Let us know what makes you happy in the comments below!

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Dakota Canzano, Staff Reporter

Dakota is currently a freshman at La Salle. She enjoys singing, photography, playing volleyball, running and creating Youtube videos. She also lives off Chipotle burritos.

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7 Responses to “Happiness Is Key: 50 Things That Make Me Smile”

  1. Philicia Robinson on May 9th, 2018 8:29 pm

    #51=MEMES

  2. Nick Riley on May 9th, 2018 9:53 pm

    Yes Dakota! The thing that probably makes me the happiest is walking on the beach during a sunset, or going to sleep knowing that the next day won’t be stressful.

  3. sou on May 9th, 2018 11:47 pm

    i love sleeping

  4. Mr. Hortsch on May 10th, 2018 8:17 am

    My dachshund Stefan when I get home.

  5. Mr. De Ieso on May 10th, 2018 9:25 am

    Baseball! Thanks Dakota for making us think about all the smile-makers.

  6. Sherri Keepes on May 10th, 2018 12:53 pm

    I love your list, it made me smile – thank you for such a LIGHT, positive article!

  7. Maggie Rasch on May 11th, 2018 12:23 pm

    I loved reading this! Thanks for making my day! 🙂

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