Despite it being Monday, it was a happy day, and I didn't even have to work very hard to make it so. Here's what put a smile on my face today ~

First and foremost, the SUN was shining all day.  Sunshine has an amazing effect on my mood - it's like switching on the happy button.  Suddenly I have energy, I'm optimistic, I'm excited to do even the ordinary stuff.  I'm beginning to think I need one of those ultraviolet lights when I'm stuck in the dark winter doldrums.

Secondly, the snow is all gone and the ground is dry.  Which means I was able to walk the dogs today ~ so they were happy too.  Nothing better than a happy dog (unless it's two happy dogs).

Probably as a direct result of  the energy and optimism I get from number one, I was able to get through everything on my to-do list.  And you all know how happy that makes me.

But the best thing today was visiting a dear friend who was hospitalized Friday morning with a serious case of endocarditis (infection in the lining of the heart).  He was greatly improved today, and seemed more like his old self than he had in weeks. That really made me smile.

Smiling and sunshine - two very big mood brighteners for me on this first Monday of 2011.

How about you?  What made you smile today?