Things that make me smile

Spring is here and we’re all happy. Well, spring was here last week and now it seems like the UK weather has returned to a more wintery state, but the start of British Summer Time always brings with it a new bunch of smiles, even if they can be harder to maintain on a grey day. To help restore the cheer to my day whenever I need it, I decided last week that I should start a list of arbitrary things that make me smile.

So far my list is small, but everything on it gives me a feeling – however small – that makes me glad to be alive. So far I have: yellow flowers, the original Citroën DS, marching bands, the River Thames, buttons (the ones you get on clothing and the type you press), changing gear when driving, nice stationery, the work of Antony Gormley, analogue photography, rhubarb crumble and custard.

UPDATE: I have a few more things to add to the list now… the smell of archives, unexpected conversations, blossom, the feel of viscose fabrics, an entire pot of darjeeling to myself, the opposite of small talk, winter sunshine, new paper smell.

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