October 31, 2014

The Little Things Matter

Happy Halloween, everyone! What plans do you have for this weekend? I bet it's exciting! Let me know what you're up to in the comments below!

With my hectic college schedule this semester, it doesn't look like I'll be able to write consistently for Tuesday mornings, but I will do my best to at least keep posts coming weekly! I hope you all understand!

As of late, I've been so stressed out about life! Goodness, I don't even know what my deal has been. Sometimes, you just hit a wall and it can take a lot of motivation to keep it going, you know? Well, the past weekend was such a big challenge for me emotionally, but this morning, something about the day just really brightened my mood.

This is how I feel on the inside today. I wonder if that pumpkin spice latte had anything to do with it...
Which goes to say how valuable little things are. There was something that really helped me out--but it was so subtle that I'm not even sure what it was! Being a psychology major, I've been learning about how some subtle things can influence people's mood. On nice, sunny days, people are more likely to report a higher level of satisfaction in their lives. When it's rainy, though, people's self-evaluation of their lives are lower. (But when they make note of the weather before considering their own lives, their ratings are uninfluenced by the weather.)

Also, it's been found that people who bite a pencil to simulate a smile are happier than those who are glaring or frowning.

What a difference those little 26 muscles make!

I think that especially when you're young, it's so easy to get caught up in a lot of anxiety and stress because there is so much that is not set in stone. But, in the grand scheme of things, there's no use in worrying. Usually, things will work out on their own or you end up finding a way through.

Instead of thinking about the big things and worrying, learn to appreciate the little things and you can't go wrong! Try lifting your chin up and smiling even if you don't feel like doing it--I promise you'll have a good day if you do!

Smile on,
-Riley XO


  1. I don't have mega plans for this weekend! But always smiling is timeless advice.

  2. Sometimes, the best plan is having no plan :) Hope you have a great time!

  3. This is a great little post which is one of the little things that matter ;) You're right about not stressing. It's time to just appreciate things, go with the flow, and let things work out. Worrying doesn't help.

    Anyway, I've nominated you for the blogger recognition award! Here's the link: http://thelyfoflittleme.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/the-blogger-recognition-award.html

  4. M, thank you so much for your lovely comment and the nomination! I definitely agree that gratitude is key. :)

  5. Sometimes the little things make a greater impact than the big ones! :) This post is inspiring! :)
    Hope you can visit my blog. Let me know what you think about it!

    sammiethestargirl.blogspot.com || Bloglovin

  6. Thank you for your comment, Sammie! I left you a comment back on your blog :) It's adorable!
    -Riley XO

  7. This post is great I love it! The message in it is so important! Thank you!
    New follower
    Go follow my blog smilesnomatter.blogspot.com :)

  8. Little things can have big impacts! It's amazing, really. Positive thinking, for example; days go so much better when you know you'll live through that rough patch and you can find the silver lining. And yes, I very much agree with what you said at the end: Very little is truly set in stone, especially in teenage/early adult years. Just go with the flow! :)

    Lovely work! Followed.


  9. Thank you so much for your comments and for following, Eve and Another Teen! Eve, I like what you added about the silver lining. There's definitely something beautiful if you just look through the clouds carefully enough :)

    -Riley XO

  10. I don't know why I haven't read your blog yet, when I've read most of blogs from TBC..because this post is wonderful :) :D
    I like the line "What a difference those little 26 muscles make!" :)

    Neal Kind
    Daily Diaries

  11. Thank you for your comment, Neal! I am glad that you are a part of TBC, I've also found some great blogs through the community as well. :)


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