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Welcome to the 21st century, where celebrities (yes I am talking about the George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Oprah, Justin Beiber, Jennifer Lopez‘s,  etc, etc…) truly do rule the world.  Its true.  Think about it.  We (that is society and myself included) have elevated these beautiful people up to almost God-like (or whichever higher power or diety you identify with) status.  We worship them, idolize them, revere them and give them all our hard earned money (by going to see their movies, watching their tv shows, buying their perfumes, wearing their clothing…it is endless, I could go on an on with this).We tune in to see what is going on in their lives, we want to hear the gossip (look how famous Perez Hilton got), we want to see who “hooked up”.  Its an endless maze of celebrities wedging themselves in our lives.  Its crazy when you step back and look at it from a distance.  In the world that we are living in, where individuals and families can barely make ends meet, we have celebrities “raking” in cash.  Its as though they are flaughting the status that we have given them in all our faces.

To me, its sad to think that it will take me years and year to pay off my mortgage, my student loans etc. and a celebrity can easily buy a $6 -10 million dollar home (Justin Beiber rumour) or a $100,000 car, and so on.

Let’s just say that anything a celebrity does is bigger news that children starving, the economy, the nuclear weapon debate, the environment…

That is why I have devoted this post to the Best 3…Reasons why celebrities rule the world:

1.  More people can name 10 celebrities vs 10 presidents

2.  They dominate social media (they are everywhere)

3.  In today’s economic times, they are still living the life of luxury and seem untouched

Lets face it, my #1 Best pick is true (and somewhat sad).  I can proudly say I can name 10 presidents but I can name a whole lot more celebrities.   Why is this possible?  I think its because they have a life that I envy and because they are everywhere.  They are beautiful (no average girl among them), they are rich and they just don’t seem to have the worries of an average girl life.  I know that there are people out there that are indifferent to them and I commend you (and envy you)!

I don’t think I need to say much about my number 2 pick, I think it is self-explanatory.

As for #3, that is a reason why they rule the world…they seem untouched by this past recession, and all the other economic hardships that have dominated the news for the last 2-3 years.

AG

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“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”    ―      John Lennon

In my life, there are a lot of things that I am thankful for and a lot of things that have the ability to make me smile.  When I mention a smile, I am talking about the smile that truly lights up my face.  The smile that lights up my eyes, and possibly shows my teeth.  Like I said, a lot of things make me smile but for this post, I wanted to focus on the best 3 things that have the ability to coax a smile out of me, even when, in some cases, I really don’t feel like smiling.  You know that you have experienced the same thing.  For me its just nice to go back and actually put these things in a Best 3 post.

So, here are the Best 3…Things that make me smile

1. The look on my dogs faces, after they’ve done something they shouldn’t have

2.  Reading The Book of Awesome

3.  A child smiling back at you

Honorable mentions: there are so many it would take me hours to write them all down…

My #1 best pic was easy.  If you are lucky enough to own a pet in your lifetime, life is good.  Pets are wonderful.  They love you unconditionally, aren’t judgemental, never get embarrassed and would stand up for you in a fight (ok, that is me wishing, sometimes I think my dog would let a robber into my house if he was carrying a juicy steak) .  The one magical thing that my dogs can do always do, is coax a smile out of me after I catch them doing something they should be doing or have done.  Case in point, I have a gorgeous yellow lab.  She has a great mild temperment, is playful and vibrant when she wants to be and has enough sassy mannerisms that make her the best dog in the world (yes, that is right, my lab is the best dog in the world).

There are a lot of times over our years together when this dog has made me smile but my favorite SMILE moment happened when I left a bowl of plain 2% yogurt on my coffee table because I had to go an answer the phone.  At that moment, I didn’t think that I was leaving the bowl unattended with a dog that loves human food…well that was my mistake.  I don’t remember the phone call but I do remember, walking back to my living room and the site before me made me smile.  There was my lab, sitting, staring up at me with her big, brown eyes, my bowl of yogurt slightly moves from its original place…and my dog’s snout covered in yogurt.  Even writing about it, brings that same smile back.

Cover of "The Book of Awesome: Snow Days,...

Cover via Amazon

My #2 choice was easy.  If you have never had the pleasure of reading this book, I highly encourage you too.  The Book of Awesome is just that AWESOME!  Neil Pasricha, the author, has a brilliant way of taking everyday things that would happen in your life and just labelling them awesome, which if you’ve experienced some of them are.  One of my favorites having the exact right amount of cereal to milk ratio.  This was one of the books stories that just made me smile

The last on my best 3 list is when a child smiles at you.  For some this might not be the case but for me, when a baby or toddler is smiling, its infectious and I cannot help but smile back.

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