We have all been there at one point where everything and everyone seems to be against you and the whole weight of the world is on your shoulders. Everywhere you turn there is negativity and nothing you do seems to go right. Everything you think about or see is wrong.

You have been there right? What do you do about it in that instance?

2014-06-22 near Small World at Disneyland

Smiling near It’s A Small Word ride at Disneyland

Me? I think about something, anything that can make me smile. But how do I do it when everything is so dark? There is beauty in everything around you. Don’t believe me? Then stop and just look around you. Go ahead, I will wait and do not worry, no one will think you are silly. Beside if they do, who cares? Maybe you will ever help them smile.

Did you see something that made you smile? What about that flower over there? Or the mother holding the baby? Do you see the beauty in that? Does that dog chasing the butterfly make you smile? What? You do not see a dog chasing a butterfly there in your 12th floor office cubicle? Then just think about a dog chasing a butterfly. There you go. That made you smile right? Or maybe it is something you did recently? Maybe that comedy club you went to or that hypnosis show during that crazy trip to Vegas or that one scene from your favorite James Bond movie or…

I know there is something out there that makes you smile. As hard as it sometimes is, I try to see the beauty in everything. Even if I was in the middle of a desert or the ocean with nothing around, there is still the warmth of the sand or the shimmer of the sun off the water that can make you smile. Or you can always go inside yourself and think about things in the past that made you smile.

John Wesley sang in his song “Domino” “Hey I can walk, I can talk and I can even breathe. To get much more than that is to live in luxury.”

(Go ahead and click on the link and have a listen. It’s really good music and it’s free. And free will make you smile right?”)

So what is 1KSmiles all about?

Over the course of almost three years I will offer to you 1,000 things that make me smile. It could be anything from that gentle blue part of a flame to the sound of a sonic boom. Nothing is off limits as long as it makes me smile.

More importantly I hope it makes you smile too. Which is where you come in… This site was created while thinking about what would make each day just a little brighter and what would bring a smile to the reader’s face. To your face.

Visit the 1KSmiles Facebook page and add 1KSmiles to your daily reading schedule using Feedly or similar and enjoy your daily dose of smiles.


So? What is it that makes you smile?


use your smile to change about the world


If you would like to keep up with Troy personally you can find him at TroySwezey.com or @TroySwezey


11 Replies to “About”

  1. So true about a smile. My wife commented the other day how smiling at people made her day better. We need more smiles!

  2. With so much going on in the world, finding ways to smile throughout the day is very important and worth involving others. It brings the peacemakers together, helps the sceptics believe more and motivates ones to find more joy day to day.

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