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This will make you smile…

Sometimes when times feel a bit bleak it can be really helpful to recall the small joys that make us smile.
Here’s a little list of 15 things that make me smile, off the top of my head. I definitely felt better after writing it. Gratitude is a powerful mood booster too.

15 things that make me smile

🌸 Beautiful flowers

🌘 Watching the moon reflect on the water

☀️ Fresh, line-dried sheets

🪶 Hearing the tuis sing

🪴 Sitting in the garden
🌳 Swinging beneath the oak tree

👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨 Hanging out in person with my friends

🌶 Growing herbs and vegetables

🧘‍♂️ Meditating

🎵 Singing and dancing
👬 Holding hands

❤️ Snuggling

🌈 Sending  encouraging messages

🎨 Playdates in the studio just for fun

🖼 Peoples smiles when they see my art

Uplifting others is a great way to uplift ourselves. I love to serve as a bright beacon of hope (especially during these fearmongering times). Keeping things small and nimble has helped boost my resilience during lockdowns, lockins and slowdowns. These are just a few simple pleasures that make me smile. Will you share some of yours with me?

Lots of love


p.s.Here’s a few things to smile about that others have shared with me:

  • So what brings me joy? Much like you, it seems!
    the smell of the earth when rain touches
  • the call of the bellbird in the dawn-seeing the mist in the trees in the early morning
  • the feel of cold river water on my body on a hot day-the feeling I get when the dog looks up at me to say hello welcome home-
  • the feel of my sheets when I climb into bed (just lashed out and got linen)-looking at the colours in my wardrobe when I wake up
  • learning something new-a blue sky-fresh mown grass
  • the wind in my face as I ride my bike-feeling my bodywork into a stretch
  •  snuggling in my bed with a good book
  • laughing with my friends
  • watching the leaves fall

15 things that make Anthea smile:

  • Waking up to sunshine
  • Pruning in my garden
  • Hugging my sister
  • Seeing a baby smile
  • Sitting in the sunshine
  • Spring flowers
  • Spending time with a friend or friends
  • Getting a Wordle right
  • Driving somewhere
  • Playing a game
  • Painting without worrying about an outcome
  • Being warm on a cold day
  • Lying under my tree reading on a hot day
  • Swimming in a warm sea
  • Having a cuddle

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This will make you smile…

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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