(: Self Help Books and Chinchillas :)

Good evening gumdrops!

First of all, I’m very sorry for having taken so long to write to you!  I’ve been very busy with the Thesis of Doom and preparations for my Italy trip!

I have, however, picked up some great books on the subject of happiness (“How to be interesting” by Jessica Hagy and the famous “Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin) and checked one thing off of my bucket list, which has yet to be completed and posted here online, namely, I got a touch screen cell phone.

Things are hectic around here before my trip to Italy, so I will not be writing as long messages as I would like, but I do hope to bring you all a daily dose of smile nonetheless from now until at least next Monday

Italian word of the day:

Cincillà – chinchilla

Thing(s) I am grateful for today:


Today’s quote:
“we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity”
– Pope Francis

Today’s picture is of a floppy eared chinchilla because floppy eared chinchilla’s are cute:


May your Dad in Heaven bless you!

May you dream sweet dreams of chinchillas reading self help books


(: Smurf you! :)

Good evening rainbow chocolate chips!

Thanks so much to growupproper (http://growupproper.wordpress.com/) for liking and following my blog!

Sorry for not writing yesterday!  Thesis of Doom continues to be doom-y, although I only have the bibliography and conclusion left to write.

Today I will be discussing a subject very pertinent to our society, one which makes me feel rather blue, I’m afraid.  I speak, of course, of Smurfs.  Growing up in a Polish family, I was aware of the Smurfs throughout my life, but it wasn’t until last summer when I saw the Neil Patrick Harris movie on a plane to Europe, where I bought a French and Polish language DVD of it, Polish DVDs of the cartoons as well as a hideous Smurfette doll who my cousins believed to be Hogatha.  Now I smurfin smurf the smurf out of smurfs and every smurfin thing smurf.

In fact, I’m so excited for seeing Smurfs 2 tomorrow that I am making today’s journal smurf themed!  Yes, I’m a child at heart so smurf me!


Italian word of the day:

Smurfs – Puffi

Smurfette – Puffetta

Papa Smuf – Grande Puffo (Great Smurf)

Gargamel – Gargamella


Today’s quote:
“Look for happiness under your own rood” – Gretchen Rubin

“Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too” – Anonymous


Thing(s) I am grateful for today:

1) FINALLY being finished correcting my analyses for my thesis (conclusion, bibliography and final corrections left to go)!

2) Finding The Happiness Project at a second hand bookstore for $8 instead of $15

3) Going for a walk with my mom

4) Seeing a friend


Today’s photo is of smufing smurfs smurfily smurfing away at something smurfy


May your Dad in Heaven bless you!


May you dream sweet dreams of smurfy Smurfs smurfily smurfing

(: One-week anniversary :)

Good evening honey bunnies!


Thanks so much to Cheeni (http://cheenithoughts.com/2013/07/10/what-does-she-want/) and Jordan Latour (http://en.gravatar.com/justlats2013) for following my blog and to projectlighttolife (http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/?page_id=1) for liking yesterday’s post!


Can you believe it’s been a week, and that, during this week, I have blogged every day?  I know I can’t!  Go ahead guys, have some kawaii cake:


In honour of our week-long anniversary, here are 5 of my favourite summertime songs in no particular order with a link for your listening pleasure (note, this is not an exclusive list: I have more than 5 favourite summertime songs):

1) Dragostea Din Tei by Ozone – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRx5PrAlUdY

2) Wonderfilled Anthem by Owl City (yes, I realize it’s an ad, but it’s fun and cute and has a good message: if you’re kind to others, even the “bad” others, you’re likely to show and teach them kindness by example) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOpDGOLzXUM

3) In the Sun by She and Him – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ3cTwI9bIw

4) Lemonade by Alexandra Stan – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrbHjsQC2zA

5) Find Yourself by John O’Callaghan feat. Sarah Howells – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtT7BOtymsU

Italian word of the day:

A shoe = una scarpa


Today’s quote:
“I am like a star shining brightly
Shining for the whole world to see
I can do and say
happy things each day
for I know [my] Heavenly Father loves me”
– Anonymous


Thing(s) I am grateful for today:

1) Being done my analysis of Voltaire

2) Being done some of my corrections

3) My bed . . . so soft and warm and welcoming after a night of writing my opinions of Voltaire’s opinions on happiness


Today’s photo is of . . . silly shoes:Image


May your Dad in Heaven bless you!


May you dream sweet dreams of shopping for shoes and finding a pair that does not pinch

(: The Thesis Writing Continues :)

Good evening pop tarts!


Thanks so much to ahines3 (http://www.andrew-hines.com/about-me/) and Jimmy Dulin (http://www.masteringcreativecontent.com/about-me/) for liking my post.  In all honesty, I did not expect a “like” on so short a post.

Anyways . . .  It’s about time for a list, isn’t it?  Seeing as how I am still working on the Thesis of Doom, today’s list going to be about how I can do good in the world while studying:

1) As cheesy and unproductive as this sounds to those who don’t share my faith, I can do good in the world by praying for it

2) Blogging!  It isn’t overly time consuming (at least not the way I am doing it, which mostly involves making lists) and I don’t have to leave my computer to do it

3) Smiling at and being kind to everyone I meet.  Thankfully, I am bound to have some sort of human contact, and I will therefore try to make it as meaningful as possible for myself and the other person(s) involved

4) Being kind to my friends on Twitter and Facebook

5) If I get inspired for good that I can do when I’m done my thesis, I will write it down for future reference

6) Listen to Italian music so that I can learn Italian before my Italy trip (in August).  While this isn’t actually a good deed, it is something productive and will help me be kind and friendly when conversing with Italians.  Besides, learning is never a bad thing: knowledge is neutral, it’s what you do with it that’s good or bad, and I intend to use my new Italian powers with great responsibility 😀


Speaking of Italy, in honour of my Italy trip, I will be adding an “Italian word of the day” to this blog:

Happy = “felice” (in the sense of “felicity”), “contento” (tranquil/content), “lieto” (glad), “beato” (blessed)


Today’s quote:

“One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that someone is happy because of you” – Anonymous


Thing(s) I am grateful for today:

1)      That I’m finished reading Voltaire’s Discourse On Man


Today’s photo is of . . . Beauty and the Beast!  I was going to post a photo from Mont Tremblant, but I found this gorgeous picture on Google of Belle, the Beast and a rainbow that I couldn’t resist putting it up here:


May your Dad in Heaven bless you!


May you dream sweet dreams of Beauty and the Beast writing their theses on rainbows in Italy

(: I’m home! :)

Good evening sugar cakes!

I was away for a day and this blog exploded! 

Thanks so much to projectlightotlife (http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/about/comment-page-7/#comment-2920), Cristian Mihai (http://cristianmihai.net/2013/07/02/that-moment/) and Tanner Hawryluk (http://workwithtanner.com/about-tanner/) for following my blog and to seedbud (http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/the-artist/), ahines3 (http://www.andrew-hines.com/about-me/) and to 5kidswdisabilities (http://5kidswdisabilities.com/2013/06/29/but-she-was-just-talking-to-her/)!

Unfortunately, I am way too exhausted today to write a proper blog entry.  I am sorry guys, but all you’re getting today is a quote, a list of some things I am grateful for and a (hopefully) lovely picture.


Today’s quote:

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Anonymous


Thing(s) I am grateful for today:

1) Getting home safely

2) Being able to wake up early and surprise my parents by breakfast


Today’s photo is of GLITTER:


May your Dad in Heaven bless you!

May you dream sweet dreams of having breakfast on a pile of glitter!

(: Leaving Mont Tremblant :)

Day 4

Good morning marigolds!

That’s right: morning.  I am leaving Mont Tremblant and, due to Toronto traffic, I most likely won’t be back until sometime at around 3:00 tomorrow morning . . .

Don’t have too much to say or too much time to say it, so I will just say that the time I have spent with my family in Mont Tremblant was a wonderful blessing.  I am very grateful for it and must admit that I wish this blissful time could go on for a while longer.


Today’s quote:

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say” 

–          J.R.R. Tolkien

Thing I am grateful for:

Being in Mont Tremblant with my family!


Today’s photo is of the sunset in Mont Tremblant


May your Dad in Heaven bless you!

May you dream sweet day dreams of a family of hobbits climbing up mountains on their family vacation

(: The perks of thesis writing :)

Good evening apple dumplings!

First of all, many thanks to happsters (http://happsters.com/) for liking my post and following my blog and inviting me to become a happster!

Since it seems that lists are the theme of this site so far, and since the doom aspect of the Master’s Thesis of Doom isn’t getting any less doomy (which, according to dictionary.com, is the correct adjectival form of the word “doom”), the theme will continue.  Today’s list is about the perks of being doomed with a thesis:

1)  You learn things.  Honestly.  Reading about 18th century people’s views on happiness not only teaches you about the time period but also puts things into perspective and makes you consider your own opinions on the subject

2) You read books that you would never have read otherwise but that you probably should have read: case in point, by the time you read this, I will have finally read a whole work by Voltaire.

3) You get to eat unhealthy.  Your excuse: it gives you vitamin B, cheers you up, and potentially gives you that extra boost of energy you need to finish the current page.

4) You learn about interesting classical, indie and lesser known music through making YouTube playlists labelled “study” or something of the sort.  If you are in need of study music, try Strauss, Mozart, Owl City, She and Him, Enya, Celtic Women, the Lumineers (recommended by my brother) or the Oz the Great and Powerful soundtrack; they’re all very different, but calm enough to study too.

5) You get to test out various scented candles

6) When you’re studying outside, you get to multitask by getting a tan, fresh air, and a tonne of work done all at once

7) Through procrastination you learn about awesome YouTube channels (AVByte, Collgehumour, tracijhine, nerdyandquirky)

8) While procrastinating, you might possible actually manage to get your room into an acceptably clean-ish state

9) When you’re exhausted and feel like you can’t procrastinate in front of the computer any longer, you go outside!  That’s right, people: a master’s thesis makes you appreciate nature and fresh air)

10) You procrastinate and start happiness blogs.  You are currently experiencing the result of procrastination


Today’s quote:

“I believe that one of the things that most contributes to happiness is to be happy with one’s situation and to try rather to make it happy then to change it.” – Émilie Du Châtelet (translated by yours truly)


Thing(s) I am grateful for today:

1) Trail C: Grand Brule on Mont Tremblant

2) Climbing up a mountain with my mom

3) Ice cream parlours with creative flavours (pistachio flavour?  Yum!)


Today’s photo is of ice cream


May your Dad in Heaven bless you!

May you dream sweet dreams of procrastinating on a mountain top while eating pistachio flavoured ice cream

(: I continue making lists :)

Good evening buttercups!

First of all, thank  you very much to viewsfromasmallisland (http://en.gravatar.com/viewsfromasmallisland), redlipsandblackmascara (http://en.gravatar.com/redlipsandblackmascara#photo-0), seefancylove (http://en.gravatar.com/seefancylove) and twigfigs (http://en.gravatar.com/twigfigs) for liking my first post and thank you to the afore-mentioned twigfigs, Lindy Jordan (http://lindyjordan.com/about-me/), juliemontagu (http://en.gravatar.com/juliemontagu), ahines3 (http://www.andrew-hines.com/), and juliansherman (http://en.gravatar.com/juliansherman) for actually following my blog!  This was completely unexpected and came as a most pleasant surprise to me this morning!

Due to writing my Master’s Thesis of Doom, I don’t have much time to write as thoughtful and heartwarming yet funny and quirky a blog entry as I’d like.  Due to the time crunch, I will, in fact, resort to making lists.

Here’s my shopping list:

1) Cookies.  Because everyone loves cookies

2) A pencil.  Because I always wanted a magic wand

3) A bouquet of flowers of all sorts, shapes and sizes to reflect both the diversity of people in this world and the beauty of each individual

4) Fruit tea: it’s warm, relaxing,  and somehow manages to be sweet while having only about 3 calories per bag (I realize how hypocritical that last point sounds, considering the fact that cookies are my first item)

5) A smile: I can’t buy this, but I can spread the virus to the sales clerks, cashiers and my fellow shoppers

Today’s quote:

“Do not be afraid.  Do not be satisfied with mediocrity.  Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” – John Paul II

Thing(s) I am grateful for today:

1) Pizza

2) In fact, all the food my parents made here in Mont Tremblant: they made all our favs – pizza, hamburgers, pierogi, chicken with fries – exactly what one writing her thesis needs

3) The fact that I managed to find Voltaire’s Discourse on Man online.  Now I can finish my thesis!

Today’s photo is of a beautiful deer I saw here in Mont Tremblant:


May your Dad in Heaven bless you!

May you dream sweet dreams of Voltaire and a deer sharing pizza and cookies on a mountain top


Good evening sugarplums!

I started this site for 4 reasons:

1)      I want a place to archive all my Facebook/Twitter happiness quotes

2)      I want to share happiness with the rest of the world

3)      Writing about what makes me happy and what I’m grateful for keeps me appreciative

4)      I’ll admit it: I want to be remembered

Since this is my first blog entry, I figure the best way to being is by saying something about me:

1)      My faith is the reason I am happy (I am Catholic).

2)      Asides from God, what I value most is family, love and friendship

3)      I am currently finishing up my French literature Masters, for which I am writing about the incomparable Marquise Du Châtelet’s Discourse on Happiness

4)      I love to travel so much that I should have been born a Time Lord.  Or a TARDIS.

5)      My dream is to have a family of my own, be a language/literature teacher and spread as much joy to the world as I can

6)      The name of my blog – aleksmiles – comes from a combination of my name (Aleks – short for Aleksandra) and the word “smiles.”  It means Aleks smiles.

7)       The subheading – “let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” – is a quote by Mother Theresa.

Today’s quote:

“Fairy Tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – G. K. Chesterton

Thing(s) I am grateful for today:

1)      Seeing a gray jay

2)      Seeing a humming bird

3)      Eating lots and lots of wild strawberries up on Mont Tremblant

May your Dad in Heaven bless you!

May you dream sweet dreams of humming birds armed with lightsabers dueling with dragons over wild strawberries,Image