26 Images that Will Make You Smile
Happiness is Warm Fun
What does happiness look like? We created a contest asking that very question and received an amazing response. These 26 emotion-filled photos were selected as the most gleeful entries, and each provides proof that pictures are truly worth a thousand smiles.
It can be difficult to smile through depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses. If you’re looking for a reason to grimace, there is one found on every page. From a happy, hula-hooping bride to a fuzzy, big-eyed puppy, each of these 26 pictures provides a perfect reason to take a moment, sit back, and smirk.
Return to Innocence
No one fights harder for our country than our army’s men and women. They have chosen to leave everything they know to protect their homelands. Two of the most rewarding experiences for our soldiers are the respect they receive as defenders of our nation, and the joy of coming home to their families.
This brave warrior has returned home and is holding his child for the first time. Smiling at the baby’s chubby cheeks and precious eyes, he can barely contain the love and joy he feels.
Circle of Life
Celebrating 90 years of life is, in itself, exciting. Celebrating your life, surrounded by family and friends, is even better. Life is a never-ending rollercoaster, full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and a few surprises. But looking back, through the eyes of loved ones, you can truly appreciate the crazy and wonderful ride.
All children wish for a small animal to love, while growing up. Whether it is a kitten or a hamster, they long for a fuzzy ball of fur, nuzzling against them, so they can cuddle back. Warmth and love radiate from this photo of a girl, who shows the world that her new puppy will be her best friend for years to come.
This is proof that you are never too old to have fun. Whether a favorite cartoon character from childhood or the mascot of your favorite football team, it’s a great feeling to approach, hug, and just plain have fun with these costumed figures.
Although you cannot tell by looking, this woman learned to overcome her PDD (pervasive developmental disorder) and enjoy life. She is an inspiration for anyone looking to manage their illness and live blissfully and free.
Bald and Beautiful
Cancer can be a difficult battle, but the best way to fight it is with a smile — like this woman who loves life and pushes forward no matter what gets her down. Her future brother-in-law embraces her hardships and always finds a way to turn them into laughs. With her beautiful smile, she shows the world that she is gorgeous and knows it.
Enjoying the pleasure of sugary treats is difficult for someone with celiac disease. They don’t often have an opportunity to indulge in such delights. However, this woman has found, through nutritional advances, the joy of indulging in a tasty, gluten-free cupcake.
Raccoons can be scary little critters, but if you run into one that is sitting still, and sticking out his tongue at you, why would you run the other way? It is hard to not break into a smile, or stick your tongue out back, at these masked balls of black and white fur.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and those who witness a stunning sunset are always thankful for the experience. People will walk, run, or drive to witness, if only once, the sun dropping over the ocean’s uncluttered horizon. Where the heavens meet the earth, magnificence is born.
Love is feeling a lick across your nose from a puppy in your arms. It might be cold or warm or even sticky, but it’s a kiss from them to you. This little girl is accepting the puppy’s smooch and returning it with a hug. There’s no better way to say, “I love you,” than through pure, adoring affection.
The wonder in a child’s eyes is amazing to behold. Though you may not notice the little things around you, a child brings them all to light, causing you to be as astounded as they are. Whether it’s passing their rattle from hand to hand or taking that first step, they force you to crack a smile every time. Children never fail to bring you up when you’re feeling down.
So Happy Together
Exploring the world is something we all talk about and sometimes dream about. When that dream finally becomes a reality the feelings that flood over you can hardly be described. Excitement, accomplishment, anticipation, and joy are just some of the emotions that overcome the mind and body.
This woman is being distinguished as part of an African tribe and welcomed with open arms despite her differences. This demonstrates how we can find tolerance and acceptance even many miles from home.
Best friends find more ways than one to bring joy into each other's lives. Even spontaneous jumps like this from one friend can keep them both laughing for hours or even days as they reflect upon that one moment. A bond, such as theirs cannot be broken and is meant to be cherished forever.
Moving On Up
Ah, graduation, whether it’s from high school or college, all that hard work paying off can put a smile on anyone’s face. This girl is excited, not just because it’s the end of her years in school but because it’s a whole new beginning that wouldn’t have been possible without her hard work and dedication. Her sense of accomplishment is overwhelming and she hardly has enough face to express it all at once.
Full Tilt Boogie
Seeing the world in a whole new perspective is mind-blowing at times. Just leaning your head upside down and tilting it back can give you the feeling of flying through the clouds and soaring with the birds. Now what's better than that?
Nothing can stop you from laughing when you hear a baby begin to giggle like crazy. Sometimes they’re just giggling to giggle; who knows what it is they find so funny? Maybe it’s the hat on their head or maybe it’s the face the other child is making, but it must be hilarious. All we know is that when they squint their little eyes and scrunch up their cute little nose they burst into an uncontrollable giggle that causes a never-ending chain reaction of cheerfulness.
What’s more fun than reliving your childhood hula-hooping days on your wedding day? Even the people around this champion are admiring how carefree and alive she is. A wedding day can be just as nerve-wracking as the proposal, but after the “I do’s” are exchanged, it's freedom time to dance and enjoy life.
Run! The tickle monster is on the loose! All together this family has gathered in honor of those who have lost their lives defending the freedoms of families like this one. Carefree and full of life, this family is enjoying a beautiful day out together, relaxing and taking in the fresh air.
How many opportunities do you get to swim with the gentle dolphins of the sea? Not only does this family get the opportunity to take a happy family photo with the caring sea creature, the dolphin joins in the merriment and cracks a smile as the shot is taken.
Live, Laugh, Love
"Live," "Laugh," and "Love" describe this beautiful baby girl to a tee. As she munches on another cupcake, she paints those words in bright pastel colors across her smooth cheeks. Sweets are everyone’s idea of a stress-relieving snack but watching a baby, who has never known stress, indulge in such a yummy treat with a smile, brings peace to those around her.
We all remember our favorite blankets and stuffed animals. We remember that peace we had as we held them tight through the thunderstorms and the rough times. This little girl’s new favorite Scooby-Doo doll was won in a carnival game. She squeezes it tight and smiles for the camera before running off to introduce him to her other stuffed animal friends.
When a baby drifts off to sleep, we find ourselves staring into their beds watching them dream. Every now and again, we see a beautiful smile cross their face while they rest; just what are they dreaming about? There’s just something about a baby’s smile that brings peace to life.
How can you deny such a little face? Tilted slightly to the side, relaxed on its favorite seat, you can’t deny such a cute cuddly little countenance. Puppies of the world unite, because if we could see such cuteness all in one place, we’d marvel in awe and bliss, while we pet and love on each and every one of them.
She Said "Yes"
What can be more nerve-wracking than preparing to pop the question? Even those who have lived together for over 10 years and expect to be married, get nervous when they ask the ultimate question, “Will you marry me?” Once it finally comes out, though, and the answer is “Yes!” the relief and joy that follows is priceless.
A mother’s love knows no end. Many who say they would never have children, eventually say that they can’t imagine a life without them. This mother expresses that love, based on a bond and connection that are so deep and mysterious that it is difficult to describe.
You're My Touchstone
Friends come and friends go, but a friendship that lasts through the years, through thick and thin, is one to be treasured. Having that bond outside your family is priceless. It is just like creating a second family, a sister or a brother from another mother. These two friends now cross their new milestone together, hand in hand.
When an adult makes a funny face, it can make you chuckle a little at their attempts to be silly; when a baby does it, it’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen. Why? Because this baby isn’t doing it to make you laugh; they’re doing it because they just want to do it.
Watching children grow and learn is not only a beautiful and fascinating experience, it is also one of the most rewarding ones and fills hearts with the utmost joy.
Smile On, Pass It On
In each of these photos you will find love, compassion, joy, excitement, and even a bit of humor, because each was submitted with the hope that their expressions of delight would be passed on to you.
Human or animal, child, or adult, you can find smiles anywhere you look. Remember, if you’re feeling down, all you have to do is look up. There is happiness everywhere, waiting to be discovered.