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A Journey Through a Day of Smiles - My Happiness Project

Updated on September 19, 2013

My Happiness Project - A One Day Experiement

Happiness can mean different things to many people and almost everyone wants to achieve some kind of happiness in their lives. For some it might be about finding your soul mate and for others, it could be about achieving financial security. It sometimes seem rather complicated especially when happiness seems to be readily available to everyone. I mean how difficult can it be? That was the question that followed me around for most of my life.

One day, I decided to do an experiment and it was a very simple one. I wanted to see if I could stay happy for an entire day by focusing on things that make me smile. All I had to do was find things that made me smile throughout the day. That's all! If happiness was so important to me, sparing just one day out of my entire life felt like something worth doing.

*Photo : Empty benches at the park on a weekday.

All photos by myself unless otherwise noted.

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Unhappy, Depressed and Suicical

a piece of sky
a piece of sky

I've had my share of unhappiness in my life and it's not something I usually talk about. I guess it's not surprising considering my early days on earth. Throughout my youth, I was overweight and didn't particularly feel good about myself. My family was not a typical one and it included a lot of pain and confusion that I soon became depressed and attempted suicide a couple of times. Fortunately, I failed miserably at trying to end my life and so my life continued on.

I'm not going to bore you with details of my life, but do want to point out that I haven't always been a happy person. Happiness always seemed just out of my reach when something traumatic would happen in my life. I'm sure I'm not the only one with problems and life just happens I know. So I a few years ago, I made it a major goal to concentrate on trying to be happy with life. It wasn't about material things and it wasn't about money. It was about just being happy with what I have.

*Photo : A piece of sky

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

This book became the inspiration for my own happiness project. It made me think, laugh and smile! Whatever your level of happiness, reading this book can definitely make you just that much happier.

 

Waking Up to a Beautiful morning

plumeria plant
plumeria plant

I awake from a slightly disturbing dream of finding myself trying to teach an exercise class to a group of angry people while an insurance salesman tries to shoo me away with his sales brochure ( you know how weird dreams can be ). As soon as I remember the dream, I find myself laughing out loud at the absurdity of it and then realize that it was the first smile of the day! My happiness project has started!

As usual, the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is to make a gratitude list. I jot down ten things I'm grateful for every morning and write it down into my electronic notebook that's sitting beside the bed. Once I'm done with that, I feel good and ready to take on the day. A smile one more time before hopping out of bed. I am anxious to see how my plumeria plant is doing.

*Photo : Plumeria plant on my balcony against a beautiful blue sky

The Magic and My Gratitude List

The Magic (The Secret)
The Magic (The Secret)

Truth be told, I never understood the Secret until I got this book. It is more of a workbook where you can put things into practice to make your life happier.

 

Breakfast on the Balcony

pancakes on the balcony
pancakes on the balcony

I hop out of bed to make myself a quick breakfast of green tea and some frozen pancakes I made a week before. I decide to have my meal outside on the balcony since it's such a beautiful day. Feeling the breeze and the sun's warmth on my skin makes me smile. My plumeria plant is thriving and growing strong. My dog decids to join me on the balcony and the picture is complete. Can life get any better than this?

*Photo : Green tea and pancakes for breakfast on the balcony

My Daily Walk with Justin

cute dog
cute dog

After breakfast, Justin is ready for his morning walk so we both head on out into a perfect day. The sun is out and there's a nice breeze in the air. I remind myself that I still need to keep track of how many times I smile today when I realize I'm already smiling.

*Photo : Justin

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Signs of Autumn

persimmon tree
persimmon tree

My walk with Justin takes us on our usual route when I realize that autumn is right around the corner. Look there Justin...persimmons waiting to mature and ripen! Once again, I smile. Is it just my imagination or is Justin smiling too?

Photo : Early persimmon plant with green persimmons

Getting on the Train is a Big Deal

train platform
train platform

Since it's such a beautiful day, I decide I should head to Shinjuku Gyoen, a beautiful park just a train ride from my apartment. I smile at myself as the train approaches thinking how this was virtually impossible for me a few years back. My anxiety disorder prevented me from riding trains and I have conquered those irrational fears. I board the train and look across the train to see my reflection in the glass window smiling right back at me.

Photo : The train arrives to take me into town

Tokyo on Foot

Tokyo on Foot: Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods
Tokyo on Foot: Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods

Walking is the best way to get to know Tokyo. This book is completely illustrated with hand-drawn pictures, making it unique and entertaining. An easy way to get a feel of what living in Tokyo is actually like.

 

Life is a Gift

shadow of myself
shadow of myself

Once I get off the train, it's still a good 20 minute walk to the park. As I walk amongst the crowd, I remind myself to take notice of my surroundings. It is then that I notice my own shadow realizing how blessed I am to be alive. I can't help it and I'm smiling again.

*Photo : Shadow of myself

An Oasis in the City

shinjuku gyoen park
shinjuku gyoen park

I love visiting the Shinjuku Gyoen park. It's a sprawling oasis in the middle of the chaotic city and it never fails to put me in a relaxed state of mind. Upon entering the park grounds, you are surrounded by an abundance of nature while the buildings in the distance reminds you that you haven't really left the city. I take a deep breath and smile at how good it feels to be surrounded by nature.

*Photo : Shinjuku skyscraper from inside the park

Nature and Sky Equals Total Bliss

tree and sky
tree and sky

I walk towards the concession stand to get myself a nice cup of iced coffee. After paying for my drink, I immediately head towards the Japanese gardens. As I start to walk a bird flys over my head making me look up at the sky. The sky is blue with there's not a cloud in sight. With my coffee in hand, I feel completely relaxed. I say "thank you" towards the sky to no one in particular as I continue to walk with a smile on my face.

*Photo : A piece of tree against a sky blue background

Beauty All Around

bridge in the park
bridge in the park

As I approach the Japanese gardens, I notice how beautiful everything is and a bridge leading into the section catches my attention. Why haven't I noticed it before I wonder to myself. I then realize that my "happiness project" is making me take notice of things I always took for granted. This realization makes me smile and I find myself standing on the bridge for longer than necessary so I can relish in the moment.

*Photo : Bridge into the Japanese gardens

A Calming Space

expanse of grass
expanse of grass

Wide open spaces in the city is extremely rare, which makes this park all the more special. To my right is a family of four laying on the grass and doing absolutely nothing, yet they look content and happy just being there. On the left is a mother and daughter having a picnic. Everyone seems to be smiling including me.

*Photo : Open field in the park

The Grass Under My Feet

stepping on grass
stepping on grass

I suddenly want to take off my sandals. I take them off and feel the grass under my feet. The grass is surprisingly cold and refreshing. Memories of simpler times come rushing into my head and I feel like a child again. Why do I try to supress these feelings of giddiness? I smile at myself as I allow myself to be a child again.

*Photo : I take off my sandals to walk on the grass

What Can You See?

shadows on the ground
shadows on the ground

Remember those innocent games we used to play as a child? One of my favorite things to do was to lie down on the grass with friends and telling each other what the clouds looked like. The clouds shifted and morphed into things that were only limited by our imaginations. At that precise moment, I noticed the shadows on the ground callling for my attention. I absorbed myself into a private game of "What can you see?" and smiled as I kept walking with my head down for a good 5 minutes.

*Photo : Shadows on the ground

Beauty Beneath Your Feet

sidewalk patterns
sidewalk patterns

I leave the park and decide to head on back home. I was getting hungry and I was pretty sure Justin was waiting for his dinner as well. On the way to the station, I found some random beauty in the city right under my feet.

*Photo : sidewalk design

Sometimes Detours Can Be a Good Thing

a path in tokyo
a path in tokyo

Although it wasn't the most direct route, I decided to follow the path with the beautiful pavement and as I did, I was pleasantly surprised that I found a quaint little street that I never knew about before. Pockets of unexpected beauty makes me smile.

*Photo : A picturesque street in the middle of the city

Visiting Tokyo

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The Walk Back Home

a house
a house

After getting off the train at my home station, I walk towards my apartment following my usual route as I try to find something to make me smile. As I look towards the sky, I notice a stream of sunlight pointing towards a house with some beautiful red flowers. It's hard not to forget the house that was destroyed by the earthquake two blocks down. This house was spared along with my own and once again, I decide to focus on how blessed we are that we are still here. I smile and am filled with gratitude.

*Photo : A house on a typical Japanese street

A Piece of Happiness in My Backyard

park behind apartment
park behind apartment

I arrive back home with Justin waiting for me at the entrance like he always does. I wonder if he just stays there waiting for me all day. He never fails to make me smile and I am grateful that he's a part of my life. I greet him with my usual hugs and kisses and open up the windows to circulate the air in my apartment. As I step outside on my balcony to check on the plumeria plant, I look out at the small pocket-sized park right behind my apartment building thinking how lucky I am to have a view of a park, no matter how small it is.

*Photo : The park from my balcony

Amazing Sunsets

sunset from room
sunset from room

I check on my plants on the other balcony and a beauty sunset greets me. I thank the sun for giving me so much warmth and happiness today.

*Photo : Sunset from my living room

The Day Comes to an End

dog in bed
dog in bed

At the end of the day I realize my project is coming to an end as well. During dinner, I notice how delicious everything tastes including the variety of textures in my mouth adding to the sensory pleasure of eating. I also enjoyed the cleaning up after my meal even though I usually dread this part of my day. It felt good to clean up and wiping the kitchen counter of leftover food bits. As I cleaned the kitchen and threw out my garbage, my soul felt like it was being cleansed along with everything else.

I got ready for bed and as I lay Justin into bed with me, he looked completely content and happy with life. I smiled one last time for the day and never felt happier in my entire life.

*Photo : Tucking Justin into bed

Do you think you are a happy person? What makes you smile? Please feel free to share your thoughts with us. Thanks for reading!

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      corinnephillips1 3 years ago

      I find your lenses so good and inspiring.This is a great lens and the nature pictures and your appreciation of nature and it making you smile.I have some nice beautiful parks nearby and as I have been so down lately this lens and your other lens saying have a date with your camera has inspired me to go to the parks tomorrow and take pics of the beauty in the parks.Thanks again for your wonderful lens.I might end up buying one of the self help books you reccomend one day.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Your Happiness Project filled my day with peacefulness that is sure to remain throughout as I, too, will remember to look around and see my surroundings through a new lens view. Wishing you many more perfect days.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Another wonderful lens, Smine27! It's so striking to see the busy city photo and then the serene park. How much one makes the other even more beautiful. Joy can be found in every little thing (including a snuggling puppy of course). What a good reminder to look for it!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sierradawn lm: Thanks so much Sierra for coming on this trip with me. Cheers!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      As I journeyed with you through your day of smiles, I began smiling and kept smiling all the way through! Such a refreshing and inspiring lens! Thank you!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @JessicaLVine LM: Thank you for visiting!

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      JessicaLVine LM 3 years ago

      I really liked the uniqueness of this lens. I want to visit Tokyo now. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MaryRoseFitz: That's great to hear Mary. It will do you wonders!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TapIn2U: Thanks so much Sundae!

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      MaryRoseFitz 3 years ago

      What a wonderful idea - a day devoted entirely to happiness. I have made a New Years resolution to devote 1 day a month entirely to doing anything that makes me happy. I have slotted the days for the first 2 months into my diary already!

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      You have done a beautiful job here. Justin is a very beautiful but spoilt dog but the love he must give you is worth it. Happy and peaceful. Well done.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Happiness simply feels good: Find what you love. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Aladdins Cave: cheers to you as well Aladdin!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Aww hotsprings are perfect this time of the year.

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      Aladdins Cave 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Nice stuff. So when did you do that last time ? mmmmm

      Not for awhile............ get out and do it again.

      Thank you for a day in your life, keep smiling :)

      Thanks for visiting & liking my Road trip Australia to Germany

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      Being able to take a hot bath in the morning makes me smile. I need to go to some hotsprings this autumn.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Aww thank you Papier for those nice words. I always appreciate your visits.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Serenity also pleases me more than I can express. Thanks for so cogently sharing your journey towards smiling each day.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: Thanks Tony.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Interesting post!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @KandH: Glad to have put a smile on your face. Thanks KandH

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Really glad to have read this today, it made my day even brighter, keep on smiling!!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Pat Goltz: It's good to hear that Pat. I can also tell that most people would feel happy just by being around you. :) Hope you are having a great week!

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      Maia609 4 years ago

      I like all your lenses, but this one is the best. Thank you for sharing!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Maia609: Aww thanks so much. I really appreciate you saying that.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you. I'm still working on it. :)

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      God makes me smile. So so all the beautiful things He created. People I love make me smile, most of the time. My friends make me smile. The things I do all day are enjoyable to me. I just feel content most of the time.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      It sounds like you have really turned your life around.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Margaret Schindel: Aww thank you so much MShindel. Right back at ya.:)

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This truly does sound (and look - thanks for the awesome photos!) like a day filled to the brim with beauty, appreciation, and happiness. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful and inspiring day! May you enjoy many, many more such days.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: That's a wonderful way to start your day.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      In the morning before I even put a foot to the floor I sing a song "On this good day, it is a gift for You (God) the world is turning in it's place because You made it to. I lift my voice and sing a song of praise, on this good day." Every day is a gift and not promised. If we remember that, everything else is a bonus.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DebMartin: We need more happy like you in the world Deb. Thanks so much for visiting today. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Shihoko: It was my pleasure to share it with you Shihoko. thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I'm absolutely a happy person. No matter how tough things get, I find myself looking for the next excellent thing that is just around the corner. I can't help it. Walking every day in nature I feel is the biggest contributor to my happiness. And I too love breakfast outside!

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      Shihoko 4 years ago

      This was such a great lens. It's the simple pleasures in life and having the right perspective that make all the difference. Thank you for sharing your day!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LoriBeninger: And thank you for your wonderful comments.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: You're absolutely right. Sometimes the simplest things can make you happy.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TanoCalvenoa: Tano I appreciate you taking the time to comment. You sound like a very special person. Sending you lots of hugs!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @David Stone1: Thank you Dave. Those are some words to contemplate.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you Nancy for commenting. I will have to check that group out on facebook. Thank you so much.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @grannysage: Thank you so much for coming on the journey with me. It was fun wasn't it? Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @notsuperstitious1: Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my lens. I love your collection of lenses!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ecogranny: Thank you Grace. You are so sweet for saying that. I love all the people I meet here on Squidoo and can't tell you how happy I am being here.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @changrcoacher: I really appreciate your kind words. Well let me tell you that you made my day with your comment. I hope you make a lens about earthing-grounding. It sounds like something I might be interested in reading.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Talking to people could make you happy too. Just hanging out with the right bunch!

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      This lens made me happy...I will have to take that one day and enjoy the beauty that is around me. Of course, I will take my dogs along (for they make me happy to -- just as Justin does for you). Thank you for this.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      My family and my religion are what make me happy. Feeling loved and having peace of mind, knowing I'm not a bad person are important. I'm always working at improving myself in every way I can.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      Happiness is built from a million different commitments, day by day.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Most of the time I am a happy person, because to be otherwise is counterproductive for me. Your lens has impressed me with its uplifting inspiration to remember all the things I am thankful and happy for. Thank you for sharing. We hope to see you in our group Squidoo Positivity on Facebook.

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      What a wonderful experiment. You provided us with great examples of being mindful. I felt like I was right there with you and it made me want to smile too.. I, too, try to be happy most of the time, but am not always successful. The next time I am out and about (not often, I am a hermit) I will try this experiment.

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      Edith Rose 4 years ago from Canada

      Very good read. I was lucky in the fact, that although life was not kind, I still enjoyed living, and never once thought of ending it.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      This lens makes me smile! I am so glad to have discovered you through Squidoo's "Meet Giant Squid ..." program. Your responses to the questions there were so thoughtful, wise and upbeat that I immediately wanted to to get to know you. The way you share on this page about your difficulties in life, while focusing on the goodness to be found in the simplest pleasures is inspiring as well as heartwarming. Thank you for writing about the things that are most important to you. Please keep doing so!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Faye Rutledge: So true partybuzz. I hope you had a wonderful day today.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ForGoodPeople: Oh yes, I would be very interested in that. I'll check it out. Thanks for visiting!

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      changrcoacher 4 years ago

      Thank you for taking me on this lovely journey into your world. Beautifully photographed and experienced. All the sights, colors and textures...I'm reading about "Earthing/Grounding" right now, making a point out of walking around barefoot to soak up Mother Earth's energy. You succeeded at making my today better...thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: Thank you so much sousababy. Always a pleasure to see your comments.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @writerkath: Aww Justin thanks you as well. Big hugs from Tokyo!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @writerkath: Thank you so much Kathy for your heartfelt comment. I truly did enjoy making this lens. :)

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      A smile always makes your day brighter, especially when it's shared! :)

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      Pinar Unlu 4 years ago from Mugla Turkey

      Thanks for the beautiful lens .. You might like to do vipassana meditation, I have a lens about it ..

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Incredible - such a wonderful documentary of one day of gratitude. I will try to enjoy one full day myself now. Thank you for the inspiration. Take good care, Rose

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Oh... one more thing. I LOVE Justin! What a good friend to have. Yes, pets make a huge difference in our lives!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      This was beautiful! I love your approach to happiness, and I am also VERY glad your early attempts to leave this earth prematurely were unsuccessful! Thank you for sharing this marvelous journey through your day!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DreyaB: Thank you for the lovely comment DreyaB. I still have to remind myself to stop and just take a breath.

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      This was a lovely lens. Thanks for sharing your day and your project. I have the book too, but haven't yet had the chance to read much of it. You've reminded me how important it is to focus on the things that really matter. I like to think I'm generally a happy person, but know I can do better. This was a great reminder and congrats on the purple star. :0)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Aww thanks so much. I had such a good time making this lens. Lots of hugs from Tokyo.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much for your heartfelt comment. Did I ever tell you that your comments always make my day? Sending you big hugs all the way from Tokyo!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I'm feeling quite happy after experiencing your happiness project. So much beauty and contentment to be known anywhere and everywhere. Loved this lens. Loved meeting Justin. That last photo of him in bed still has me smiling. :-) Here's to continual happiness, beauty, and wonder. May it fill you to overflowing.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lollyj lm: Aww you really are too kind. Glad you enjoyed it though. Thanks!

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      Laurel Johnson 4 years ago from Washington KS

      I love this lens. Your happiness project day made ME happy just reading it.

      Congrats on the well-deserved purple star.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LynetteBell: Aww thank you so much. Justin and I appreciate your comment. :)

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What a beautiful lens. I love your photos and Justin is just gorgeous. Smiling back at you :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MargaritasWorld: Thanks for the comment. Japan is waiting for your visit. Cheers!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you Vspa for reading. Hope you are having a fantastic day!

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      Margarita Boettcher 4 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      Lovely! Would love to visit some day:) great lens.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Beautiful and very inspring.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @mcstacy: Aww thanks mcstacy.Really appreciate it.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @jennabeezer: Thank you jenna. I appreciate your comments especially about Justin. hehe.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Thanks ChocolateLily. Always a pleasure to see your comments.

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      I enjoyed my journey with you about town. Great lens!! Justin is a cutee pie :)

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      I love your proactive approach to happiness! So many circumstances are out of our control, but you've made a great point here - that there are many beautiful sights and sounds in the world that can contribute to our overall feeling of contentment. I like to open the car windows on my drive home and breathe in the crisp mountain air. It always makes me smile. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos. Justin is a cutie! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ah, now I can comment! As I said on your profile, this lens is delightful! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @The_Storyteller: Thank you so much for reading my lens. Today I'm going on my second happiness day. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @darkflowers: Aww thanks so much darkflowers. Really appreciate it.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SusanDeppner: You know, my sister says the same thing about her kids. They are her treasures. Thank you for sharing your comments here. Cheers!

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      The_Storyteller 4 years ago

      Wonderful! I really enjoyed and appreciated this lens. What a great idea! I think happiness is something we can all use more of in our lives, and learning to focus on happiness each step of the day is a very valuable thing. Thank you for sharing!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Hi Smine, great Lens, I added it to the related topics on my "How to Lead a Happier Life" Lens :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I had lunch with one of my sons today, a rare treat that will keep my smiling throughout the rest of the day, maybe the whole week. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my kids. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and happy day with us!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @josietook: I agree with you about having being with friends. I'm always reminded of that when they come over. Thanks for reading josietook!

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      josietook 4 years ago

      Beautiful surroundings and being with friends makes me happy.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @GrammieOlivia: That's really great advice grammieo. thank you for adding your comment. Really appreciate it. :)

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      A smile is the best way to break down all kinds of barriers. I smile at everyone, even when my day isn't going perfectly, it makes me feel better and I get lots of smiles back.