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5 Things To Do Daily

5) Smile. Look at yourself in the mirror and smile. I do this and I know it works: to see myself smiling reminds me of all the reasons I’ve ever smiled and the memories make me smile, all over again. I recognize in my smile the person I was when I was very little and still certain that any dream of mine could come true.  I see in my smile the graduate, the bride, and the new mother.

I have been through many times of sorrow.  When my oldest sister died, I suffered through a long period of loss and grief and anger, but I did, finally, through reading and talking and walking and singing, return to a place where once again I could smile. Now I make sure to smile in appreciation of life, and of all that I have been given. And I smile because smiling, like reading, talking, walking, singing, and writing, is very, very good for you.  Every day.

Nina Sankovitch is the author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair:  My Year of Magical Reading.  Nina has always been a reader.  In her beloved purple chair, she rediscovered the magic of such writers as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and, of course, Leo Tolstoy. Through the connections Nina made with books and authors (and even other readers), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Reading, it turns out, can be the ultimate therapy.  In our lightning-paced culture that encourages us to seek more, bigger, and better things, Nina’s daring journey shows how we can deepen the quality of our everyday lives–if we only find the time.  Learn more on Nina’s blog, Read All Day.

 

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7:06AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Thanks for this I love reading, writing and doing all these things and they often help me out

3:20PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Very inspiring.Thanks.

5:34PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

thanks

8:01AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

thanks.

11:15AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

nicee

3:44AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Thank-you!

9:23AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

thanks

10:12PM PDT on May 23, 2011

I have been reading 15-17 verses from the Bible every day into my son's voicemail on his cell phone for the past 8 months now. It has us both in our Bibles daily and has become my very favorite part of the day!!

11:12AM PDT on May 21, 2011

Thank you for this really inspiring article! As I was reading it, I was also writing the points on a post-it which I will stick to my bedroom door as a reminder! This is exactly what I need to do in my life - thank you for writing your experiences and sharing with us. :)

3:49PM PDT on May 20, 2011

interesting thanks

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