It’s funny what little things affect me!

@Fleura (6159)
United Kingdom
November 10, 2017 6:26am CST
I’m sometimes surprised at how affected my mood is by little things. Music, for example, has a huge effect; if I listen to country music for more than about half an hour I find myself feeling like I’m going to cry for no reason, whereas beautiful classical music or uplifting dance music really makes me feel happy. At one of our girls’ birthday parties years ago we gave the guests each one of these Mr Men coasters in their party bags, but we had a couple left over so we used them ourselves; my partner and I each have one on our bedside table. I didn’t really think it would matter which one we had and my partner doesn’t even notice as he prises his eyes open to reach for his morning cup of tea. But when, after moving house, I ended up with the Mr Grumpy coaster I found that when I lifted my coffee mug and was faced with Mr Grumpy's frowning face it made me feel a bit miserable. I had to ask if we could swap, and now when I see Little Miss Sunshine smiling at me each morning it really does seem like a good morning. Who would have thought it? All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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@inertia4 (26915)
• United States
10 Nov
Little things can ruin our moods. But some of those little things are just not important enough to make a difference. Music is the one thing that can change moods in seconds. That I agree. But don't worry about Mr. Grumpy. Try and find it funny, then you will feel better.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov
It's OK, I swapped now so I don't have to see him : )
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@inertia4 (26915)
• United States
11 Nov
@Fleura Okay, cool. Now you feel better. Nice!!!
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
10 Nov
Have you swapped the coasters? I would also feel moody seeing Mr Grumpy first thing in the morning.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov
Yes I have, now I'm greeted with a smile : )
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
10 Nov
@Fleura A wonderful smile make the morning brighter.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov
@LadyDuck Even when it's just a 2-dimensional cartoon!
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@YrNemo (8469)
11 Nov
So your partner ends up facing Mr Grumpy every morning?
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
11 Nov
Yes but it doesn't affect him - he doesn't have his glasses on!
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@YrNemo (8469)
12 Nov
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@Corbin5 (81330)
• United States
10 Nov
Glad you now have Little Miss Sunshine. The littlest things do have some control over the emotions we express. I remember Mr. Grumpy, Little Miss Sunshine all the other characters from a series of books I read to our son when he was little.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov
I've read some to our girls as well. They like them but I have to admit I'm not that keen!
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@thelme55 (11777)
• Germany
10 Nov
I am like you. Little things can brighten our face every day like that of Miss Sunshine.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov
It's funny what an effect such a little thing can have!
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• Preston, England
11 Nov
I'd definately be Grumpy
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@BelleStarr (31954)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Nov
I think we all respond better to a smile than a frown.
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@m_audrey6788 (11601)
• Germany
10 Nov
I think the same as you as those little things makes me happy no matter what
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov
It is surprising, it makes you think about people who live in bad circumstances.
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• Germany
10 Nov
@Fleura We all have encounters those bad circumstances but in different times and ways
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@ourlot (1013)
23 Nov
It's important to accept that any day you'll encounter small annoying things. I used to get upset by traffic, traffic jams, people not respecting the rules or being too slow. Now I get that it's just the way it is. It won't change any time soon. At least around me, it will go even worse. Streets are getting more and more collapsed each year. So, it's better to accept and let it go.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
Maybe all these annoying things are sent to teach us something, as the Buddhists believe.