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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! (1392) - 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! (1929) - 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! (1496) - 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! (1912) - 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! (1118) - 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! (1337) - 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! (912) - 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! (2488) - 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! (3095) - 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! (1586) - 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! (1359) - 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! (908) - 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! (2660) - 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! (2798) - 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! (1359) - No, that made me sleepy. (28)

Today, an 86 year old man completed my diving certification course in Key West, FL. He said he wants his certification so he can dive at the Great Barrier Reef when he visits Australia in 2 weeks. “That sounds like fun. Are you a world traveler?” I asked. He laughed. “I was when I was your age. Actually, I was cleaning out an old filing cabinet yesterday. In it I found a list I made when I was 22 titled, ‘10 Things I Will Do Before I Die.’ Diving at the Great Barrier Reef is #10 on the list, and it’s the only one I haven’t completed.” MMT

#15069 (5) - Jul 29, 2011 by konra - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1950) - No, that made me sleepy. (62)

Today, my dad got home at 10AM after being overseas with the Army for almost 9 months. He took a taxi from the airport directly to the hospital. At noon my mom gave birth to my baby twin brothers. MMT

#15053 (0) - Jul 28, 2011 by KelleBelle - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1468) - No, that made me sleepy. (72)

Today, I am the proud mom of a blind 17-year-old boy. Although my son was born without his sense of sight, it hasn't stopped him from being a straight A student, a guitarist (whose band just surpassed 25,000 digital downloads of their first album), and an honest, loving boyfriend to his long-term girlfriend, Valerie. Just today, his younger sister asked him what he likes about Valerie, and he said, "Everything. She's beautiful." MMT

#15010 (0) - Jul 24, 2011 by Apple - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1778) - No, that made me sleepy. (44)

Today, 12 years after I graduated high school, after attending college abroad, and living in 8 different cities scattered all over the world, and then moving back to my hometown last month, I found myself sitting across a dinner table from my high school sweetheart, who I broke up with so I could travel the world. And as we sat there chatting and laughing, I realized all these years later I never stopped loving him. And remarkably, we’re both still single. MMT

#14998 (2) - Jul 23, 2011 by nerdgirl - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1568) - No, that made me sleepy. (194)

Today, it’s been 10 years that our office janitor/maintenance man has been working at our company. Ever since he started, even as our small company grew from 12 people (when I started) to 118, he has given a small gift and card to every single one of his coworkers on their birthday. I actually just received my 10th gift and card from him last week. Today, for his birthday, the owner and CEO gave him a $25,000 bonus and threw him an after-work party. MMT

#14985 (2) - Jul 22, 2011 by lauren40 - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (2361) - No, that made me sleepy. (26)

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