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How to ... Make Your Spirit Smile

Updated on December 29, 2011

The nonconformist in me decided that I need to blend-in a little more with Hub-pages. Since this web-site is considered by many to be the place to go for “how-to” blogs/hubs, I thought I would write a “how-to” piece. I have never attempted one and I thought today was as good as ever to give it a try.

So, if I succeed in getting a smile from you by the time you move-away from this page then, I have done what I intended on doing. I do understand that we live in a busy world, full of demands and things to do, or get done. That is why I will be as brief as possible – I do wish you to go on happily with your day.

I thought about smiling Spirits for some time now. I usually like smiling but I do see many people who are upset, worked-up, stressed-out, tired, etc. In a conversation with my sister not too long ago, she mentioned to me that mental illnesses are becoming more common because society in general places a great amount of pressure on people. I never thought about that, until she mentioned it … I think I might agree.

I am a loner though. I have very little pressure. I have very little of anything, period. That is why it is easy for me to distance myself from everything. When I do so, I can appreciate the tiny little things in life: a spider, a flower, waves, little grains of sand, etc.

Life is beautiful if we allow it to be. If we pay attention to our surroundings, sunshine can be enough at times to make us smile. Another morning, the beginning of another day: that always makes me happy!

I collect shells, rocks; I talk to trees and flowers … sure some people think I have completely lost it but you see when I am sitting and talking to an Oak, nothing else matters. (Oaks as a general rule always lend me strength too – they are amazing friends.) Paying attention to a little ant-hill, seeing all the ants running-around helps me understand that there is more to this existence than just myself; there is more to care about than just what I want to do. The ego loses its strength and one can begin to relax a little more …

Waves help me smile too. I can sit on a beach for hours just watching waves crash endlessly on the sand … and nothing much matters. In relation to the Great Oceans, I am a tiny spec of sand – and the pressure dissipates … Life can always be enjoyed: enjoy it. Cheers!


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Sgbrown,

      Smiles are contagious: "Thank you for making me smile first thing of a morning!" Now, I am smiling too! So, thank You for the smiles, first thing in the morning. You made Mr. Happy even happier!

      All the very best! : )

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I saw this on my feed and I was looking for a smile." - There are many smiles here Mrs. Keely! It's all good. Life is a learning experience. As long as we can learn something, I think we're on the right track.

      Pay little attention to exterior pressures. Listen to your Spirit! : )


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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Rusticliving,

      Thank You for the visit. "Ahhhhh ...." . Smiles : )

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      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful hub! I have been known to do my share of talking to trees and flowers. I love and appreciate nature. Even as a child, one of my favorite things to do was to go on nature walks or sit by the lake and listen to the waves. Thank you for making me smile first thing of a morning! Voted up and beautiful. Have a wonderful day!

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      HL Keeley 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I honestly wish I left smiling. I guess I am just too deep into it right now. I saw this on my feed and I was looking for a smile. I really hate society. It is just so much pressure: jobs, school, how you look, how to act, friends. I am just so tired of all of it and I'm only 20. I hate being stressed. I want to be able to not think just for a second.

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Mr. Happy, Not only did you cause me to smile throughout this entire hub, but you cause me to sit back, take a deep breath and say "Ahhhhhhhhh". Thank you! :) Lisa

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      What a great comment Mr. Gmaoli - thank You.

      I am happy you appreciate water as well. Water is special in many ways: it carries feelings and emotions.

      I am happy you enjoyed my post. All the best! May Wakan Tanka walk with You.

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      Gianandrea Maoli 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      You certainly made me smile and got me motivated to live a more carefree life! Over the past couple of years, I've put so much on shoulders with different responsibilities that I gave myself little me time. Usually, I find walking along the riverwalk helps get that peace of mind back. So when you mentioned the joy about looking at natural things like waves and trees, I know exactly what you mean.

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings OutsideYourWorld,

      you're a tough cookie lol

      Thanks for the read either way though and for the insightful comment. It does seem we have a few things in common, other than things to smile at.

      I certainly agree with you on the idea that we are all One. It is the "Law of One":

      All the best, cheers!

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      9 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada

      Well, I didn't smile. But, I definitely agree with what you have said. In fact, I could see myself writing something along those same lines! I, too, am very much a loner, and thus feel quite distanced and disconnected from the rest of the fast-paced society we live in. And yes, this also helps me appreciate the seemingly simple things in life (although everything is actually quite complex when you think about it!).

      I think what 'centers' me the best, is thinking about the beginning of the Universe. In the beginning EVERYTHING was literally stardust, which in turn means everything we are and see, is stardust. That then means we are all essentially one in existence, and in that sense, I feel a general happiness towards all things (albeit, that is hard to hold on to).

      Great hub, keep thinking outside the box!

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Your comment brought a smile to my face Mrs. Sunnie Day, thank You. : )

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      Sunnie Day 

      9 years ago

      I loved this Mr. Happy..simplicity in life is such a gift..appreciating the little things, nature, being able to get up in the morning..Thank you for sharing such a wonderful hub..


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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hello GPS2012 - I am happy you came-by and enjoyed the post. All the very best!

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      9 years ago

      Hello, Mr. Happy! Thank you for sharing this. The photos and your writing sparked my face to smile. Yes, appreciating nature indeed makes me happy and refreshes/rejuvenates me.

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for your comment Mr. Hyde. I sincerely appreciate it. Cheers!

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      Dale Hyde 

      9 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Acknowledging the Divine in all that surrounds us certainly is a good way to bring a smile to one's heart and face! Taking the time to "see" what is there can become a very natural thing as time goes by. Many folks never take the necessary time to "stop and smell the roses" as the song goes. Thanks!

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am happy you enjoyed my post Mrs. Carolinemd21. Thank you for passing by and also leaving me a comment. Cheers!

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      Caroline Marie 

      9 years ago

      Great hub. Gorgeous photos!

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You so much for the comment Aboutaustralia, I am glad you enjoyed it. Cheers!

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      9 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      The best hub I've read! :)

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      You are most very welcome Mrs. ShyAnne! Thank You for stopping-by and leaving a comment as well. All the very best!

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      9 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the smile!

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you so much for all the lovely comments, everyone. Your comments made me smile as well. All the very best! Cheers.

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Mr Happy, thank you for sharing this wonderful hub, it certainly made me smile. I too love and respect the grandeur of the old oak and I have been known to talk to the trees and flowers too! There is so much beauty in nature. Voted up.

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      Fresh Approach 

      9 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for the smiles. :)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      9 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Your wonderful hub did work! I was looking through the beautiful photographs and they made me smile even before reading your inspirational hub!

      It's really interesting when you say that the oak is a good friend. When I'm out with the dogs, there is no place I feel safer than when walking among the trees in the wood - I've probably lost it as well, but who cares!

      I can identify with being a loner. I am as well or at least introverted. I can quite happily be entirely on my own for long periods of time and I am quite content. Im not blaming people - this is my reactions - but as soon as I come into contact with 'society' that's when my stresses and strains start and I can't wait to get back to solitude!

      Great hub, thanks for making me smile, voted up!!

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      9 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Glad Florida made your spirit smile! I almost smiled myself on reading this hub, but as I have whitener on my teeth in a vain attempt to reverse time and bad habits, I thought I'd better not. However, I did smile in spirit. Lynda

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      Richard Kent Matthews 

      9 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area


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      Donna Sundblad 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I lived in SW Florida for almost 20 years and do miss collecting shells, walking the beach and such. I think many writers are loners...well introverts. Once you meet us we are very friendly. :)

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      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Beautiful my friend, there is abroad smile going from one ear to the other :) Thank you.

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      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Miles and miles of smiles, dear Mr. Happy! Hugs from afar. Your photos are stunning.

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      9 years ago

      I see we are alike in many way...Bob

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      Marvin Parke 

      9 years ago from Jamaica

      The pictures were refreshing. Just gave you a smile up

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Dude, talking to trees and animals - I do that too. If it's considered to be a sign of insanity by corporate America - then you know you're doing the right thing!

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment SomewayOuttaHere. Have a wonderful week-end! : )

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      9 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky made me smile - a couple of times :) :)


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