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Today, I woke up late and decided that I’d just do my makeup quickly in the office restroom before I started work. On my way into the office, as I was hurrying to the restroom, I received two sincere compliments on my appearance from two separate colleagues. One of them actually said, “I love the lighter make-up today, it really brightens your smile.” I went into the restroom and stared at myself in the mirror in silence for a few seconds and then walked back out and received a third compliment just a few minutes ago. MMT

#15399 (2) - Aug 30, 2011 by Ally - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1612) - No, that made me sleepy. (457)

Today, a street performer tipped me $10. I'm a bellhop at a boutique hotel in Miami Beach. This street performer is always rocking a drum beat on trash cans, paint buckets, or any object that he can play like a drum set. He constantly performs at various locations around the neighborhood. He’s good at what he does and the tourists love him, so I’ve tipped him a few times over the years. He was walking by this evening as I was complaining to a coworker that I didn’t receive many tips today. He walked up, stuffed a $10 bill in my shirt pocket and said, “I received more tips than usual today, my friend. Have a great night.” MMT

#15380 (0) - Aug 27, 2011 by jerome44 - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1329) - No, that made me sleepy. (49)

Today, I was sitting on a park bench eating a sandwich I made myself for lunch when an elderly couple pulled their car up under a nearby oak tree. They rolled down the windows and turned up some jazz music on the radio. Then the man got out of the car, walked around to the passenger side, opened the door for the woman, took her hand and helped her out of her seat, guided her about ten feet away from the car, and they slow danced for the next half hour under the oak tree. MMT

#15362 (0) - Aug 26, 2011 by perfectmoment - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1734) - No, that made me sleepy. (56)

Today, the day after my 25th birthday, I was the maid of honor and my brother was the best man in our parent’s first marriage. They had us when they were teenagers, never married, and then split. They remained friends, dated other people, but never married anyone else either, and then got back together five years ago. I’ve never seen two people more in love. MMT

#15361 (1) - Aug 26, 2011 by tayla - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1109) - No, that made me sleepy. (75)

Today, I saw my elderly neighbor down at his mailbox getting his mail when a gust of wind ripped a large yellow envelope out of his hand and blew it down the street. As I got up to assist him, my dog, who was sitting on my front porch next to me, unexpectedly got up and went running after the envelope, caught it in her mouth halfway down the block, and brought it back to my neighbor. MMT

#15340 (3) - Aug 25, 2011 by Csuse - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1588) - No, that made me sleepy. (92)

Today, a homeless man poked his head in the front door of our donut shop just before we closed for the evening. He asked for a tall glass of clean drinking water so he could share it with a friend who’s feeling “dehydrated.” I gave him two large cups of water and the 16 leftover donuts we had sitting in our display case. He was extremely grateful. And I watched as he walked outside to a homeless woman sitting out front. She smiled and gave him a huge hug. MMT

#15286 (1) - Aug 19, 2011 by G - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1397) - No, that made me sleepy. (21)

Today was the 10 year anniversary of my dad’s passing. When I was a kid he used to hum a short melody to me as I was going to sleep. When I was 18, as he rested in his hospital bed fighting cancer, the roles were reversed and I hummed the melody to him. I haven’t heard that melody since and almost completely forgot about it until last night. My fiancé and I were lying in bed. We were turned on our sides looking at each other when he started humming the melody to me. He said his mom used to hum it to him when he was a kid. MMT

#15267 (1) - Aug 17, 2011 by amena - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1930) - No, that made me sleepy. (46)

Today, the happy-go-lucky street performer/bum who has spent the last several years hanging outside our condo complex making residents smile by strumming funny, positive songs on his guitar and encouraging everyone who walks by to “smile and make today memorable,” is now an official resident of the complex. An elderly woman on the first floor deeded her mortgage-free unit to him in her will before she passed away last week. I remember her telling me once that this street performer had a way of “making her smile when no one else could.” MMT

#15254 (0) - Aug 15, 2011 by Buzbee - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1503) - No, that made me sleepy. (13)

Today, it has been five years since I last cut myself. Five years ago my dog, Benny, saw me cutting myself in my basement and barked hysterically until I stopped. Every time I took out a razor to cut from that point forward, before I even began, he did the same thing. Benny is my best friend and the reason I gave-up cutting. MMT

#15253 (0) - Aug 15, 2011 by vegger - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1919) - No, that made me sleepy. (132)

Today, my twin sister and I met for lunch. We shared stories and laughed for hours, like you might expect two middle-aged sisters would. But today's lunch was the first time we met since we were separated at birth 41 years ago. We found out about each other last weekend after my sister reconnected with our biological mother. MMT

#15233 (0) - Aug 14, 2011 by StacyMe - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1123) - No, that made me sleepy. (31)

Today, my 75-year-old grandpa who has been blind from cataracts for almost 15 years said to me, “Your grandma is just the most beautiful thing, isn’t she?” I paused for a second and said, “Yes she is. I bet you miss seeing that beauty on a daily basis.” “Sweety,” my grandpa said, “I still see her beauty every day. In fact, I see it more now than I used to when we were young.” MMT

#15217 (0) - Aug 13, 2011 by pauline - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1342) - No, that made me sleepy. (16)

Today, in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco where I live, I was struggling on crutches (I fractured my ankle yesterday) to make my way up a steep inclined street from the trolley stop to my apartment. When I was about a quarter of the way there I stopped to take a break. A teenager walked up and insisted on helping me. He was a big kid, and ended up basically carrying me three blocks up the street to the doorstep of my complex. MMT

#15207 (0) - Aug 12, 2011 by christina - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (918) - No, that made me sleepy. (36)

Today, a young teenage boy was in line in front of me at Target. He used a gift card to buy two video games. The cashier, an older woman probably in her late 60’s, rang him up and informed him that he had $12 remaining on his gift card. “Oh, wait then,” he said as he ran two isles over and grabbed a $10 bouquet of flowers. As the cashier added the flowers to his order the boy handed them to her and said, “These are for you.” The cashier could not wipe the smile off her face, even after he left. MMT

#15168 (0) - Aug 8, 2011 by Gio - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (2496) - No, that made me sleepy. (33)

Today, it’s been almost four months since my son’s seven-year-old dog, Grover, got lost at a crowded fair on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida. We were on a family vacation visiting my husband’s parents. We searched for him everywhere, put up flyers all over the city - the whole nine yards. Nothing. My son was devastated. This afternoon, Grover showed up at our front door in Austin, Texas all by himself. MMT

#15166 (11) - Aug 7, 2011 by JC - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (3100) - No, that made me sleepy. (46)

Today, my 11-year-old son speaks fluent sign language because his best friend, Josh, who he grew up with from the time he was an infant, is deaf. Seeing their genuine friendship evolve and grow over the years MMT.

#15164 (0) - Aug 6, 2011 by Dan - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1591) - No, that made me sleepy. (31)

Today, my son showed up to the diner for our weekly lunch date a few minutes late without a baseball cap on. “I can’t even remember the last time you showed up without a cap,” I said. “Actually, it’s kind of a funny story,” he said. “I’ve never told you about him, but every week on my walk here a homeless man who hangs out in the park down the street compliments my hat. So today, I stopped and talked to him for a few minutes. I found out that his name is Kyle, and I decided to give Kyle my hat. He was so happy. And next week when I walk by we’ll have matching hats.” MMT

#15163 (1) - Aug 6, 2011 by Brianna - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1362) - No, that made me sleepy. (41)

Today, I have been tutoring a high school student with a reading and writing learning disability for just over a year. He’s a smart kid. He aces AP math classes without an issue, but struggles with basic reading and writing. When I first started working with him, he was frustrated. He didn’t even want to try. But now, a year later, he is so excited and passionate about his current research paper on dolphins that he managed to score BOTH of us a look at a new dolphin exhibit at the city aquarium before it even opens AND secured an interview with the exhibit’s director. MMT

#15141 (0) - Aug 4, 2011 by Emma - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (911) - No, that made me sleepy. (78)

Today, due to Alzheimer’s and dementia, my grandfather usually can’t remember who my grandmother is when he wakes up in the morning. It bothered my grandmother a year ago when it first happened, but now she’s fully supportive of his condition. In fact, she plays a game every day in which she tries to get my grandfather to ask her to re-marry him before dinnertime. She hasn’t failed yet. MMT

#15092 (0) - Jul 31, 2011 by jfaller - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (2670) - No, that made me sleepy. (27)

Today, I walked my daughter down the aisle. Ten years ago I pulled a 14 year old boy out of his mom's fire-engulfed SUV after a serious accident. Doctors initially said he would never walk again. My daughter came with me several times to visit him at the hospital. Then she started going on her own. Today, seeing him defy the odds and smile widely, standing on his own two feet at the altar as he placed a ring on my daughter’s finger MMT.

#15083 (0) - Jul 30, 2011 by masonjay - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (2804) - No, that made me sleepy. (28)

Today, my grandfather used 25 different coupons at the grocery store. Then he gave the money he saved to the bag boy as a tip. He does this almost every Sunday because he says he “likes to see people smile.” MMT

#15082 (0) - Jul 30, 2011 by lisa - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1363) - No, that made me sleepy. (28)

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