Guest Blogger

Ruth Kaiser

Ruth Kaiser

Artist and children’s author Ruth Kaiser, is excited to share with you her new children’s book of optimism called A Smiley Book of Colors (Random House & Golden Books). Dr. Greene had this to say when he finally got his hands on a copy: "I knew it was going to be good, but this is so much more than good! This is incredible!!”

Ruth Kaiser is also a preschool teacher, TED Talk speaker AND the creator of the popular online art project SpontaneousSmiley.com. Thousands of people find, photograph and share Smiley Faces they find in everyday objects. The Spontaneous Smiley Project is a joyful community of people of all ages from all over the world.

The project is as much about finding happiness as it is about finding Smiley Faces. Ruth blogs as the Smiley Lady. Here she shares her observations about choosing to view life more optimistically. Enjoy her whimsical outlook on making the everyday into the spectacular. As a teacher and mom, she brings a wisdom and perspective that can be enjoyed by parents.

And the next time you or your child need a giggle break, check out the Smiley Gallery or sing along to “Smile. Be Happy!” or “Do You See What I See? A Smiley! A Smiley!” songs Ruth co-wrote just for kids!

Click to let Ruth know that you’d like to receive info about "A Smiley Book of Colors" release party, book signings, and library and museum events.

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Blog Posts by Ruth Kaiser

  • Crying toddler boy wearing overalls

    In everything we do, we teach our children lessons

    We all have experienced babies letting us know just exactly how they feel, about just about everything. Empty tummy? How about I scream until you figure it out. Food not to my liking? Of course, I’m going to spit it out! Wet diaper? Yes, it may be 2am but I’d like a dry diaper…and I’d […]

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  • If we dont listen to our kids when they ask nicely

    If we don’t listen to our kids when they ask nicely, aren’t we teaching them to scream if they want to be heard?

    In every endeavor I try to pause and, instead of just experiencing it, I ask myself what can I learn from this. I’ve always done this, but since becoming a blogger I find myself asking, “Is this a bloggable moment? Is there something here worth sharing?” I knew when I left for the Philippines to […]

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  • Child with cleft lip and big eyes

    Have you ever had one of those bolt of lightning moments of awareness?

    Have you ever had one of those bolt of lightning moments of awareness knowing exactly where you belong, while simultaneously realizing it’s never going to happen. That’s how I felt the first time I heard about Doctors Without Borders. That was me. I wanted to be those people, to work to end suffering for people […]

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  • Young Boy plays with a toy truck after having surgery

    Meet Gustavo

    People have asked what traveling with Operation Smile has been like. The best way I’ve found to explain the impact it has on my life is to share the impact that Operation Smile has had on the lives of a few of the people they serve. Meet Gustavo. He’s a happy, lovable, eleven year old. He loves hot wheel […]

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    12 Days that Changed My Life and the Lives of More Than 100 Children and Their Families. Part 5

    Ruth Kaiser, of SpontaneousSmiley.com, a frequent contributor here at DrGreene.com, shares her experience as a volunteer on a medical mission to Paraguay with Operation Smile. A friend, recently back from an Operation Smile mission, shared with me a story I can’t retell without getting goose bumps, a story that when heard touches the listener. People […]

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    12 Days that Changed My Life and the Lives of More Than 100 Children and their families – Part 4

    Ruth Kaiser, of Spontaneoussmiley.com, a frequent contributor here at DrGreene.com, shares her experience as a volunteer on a medical mission to Paraguay with Operation Smile. I am here to say that play, in and of itself, is enough. The two American teenagers who accompany every Operation Smile mission are included to educate the children and […]

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  • 12 Days that Changed My Life - Part 3

    12 Days that Changed My Life and the Lives of More Than 100 Children and their families – Part 3

    …. Ruth Kaiser, of SpontaneousSmiley.com, a frequent contributor here at DrGreene.com, shares her experience as a volunteer on a medical mission to Paraguay with Operation Smile. When you go into another culture, you really don’t know what you will discover, what things will strike a cord because they were not what you expected. One of the things that […]

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  • 12 Days that Changed My Life - Part 2

    12 Days that Changed My Life and the Lives of More Than 100 Children and their families – Part 2

    ……… Ruth Kaiser, of SpontaneousSmiley.com, a frequent contributor here at DrGreene.com, shares her experience as a volunteer on a medical mission to Paraguay with Operation Smile. Surgeries begin today. Another day filled with big adventures-lots to learn and people to meet. As a first timer I go into this situation with only a sketchy little idea of what […]

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  • 12 Days that Changed My Life  Part 1

    12 Days that Changed My Life and the Lives of More Than 100 Children and their families – Part 1

    Ruth Kaiser, of SpontaneousSmiley.com, a frequent contributor here at DrGreene.com, shares her experience as a volunteer on a medical mission to Paraguay with Operation Smile.  The first day at the hospital was amazing. So amazing. I hardly know where to start. The hospital is part of a military base that we entered through a gate guarded […]

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    To Do or To Don’t?

    “Never let the Urgent, crowd out the important.” ~ Kelly Caitlin Walker I just stumbled on this quote and loved it. No idea who this woman is, just know she’s got it right.*

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