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

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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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    If the simplest things

    If a blade of grass springing up from a field has the power to move you, if the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simplest things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. – Eleanora Duse Clouds Smiley Pleasure is not synonymous with […]

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    Practicing Self Compassion

    A problem seems small, If you cut it some slack. You can choose to forgive, And how you react.

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    ”Ode to Things” a poem by Pablo Neruda

    A poem about loving stuff could hardly be cool, right? Aren’t we all supposed to be groovier than that? Well, I think this poem is the grooviest. I am right there with Pablo: I love my bed, my tub, sourdough toast, waxed dental floss and thick socks. Daffodils are the best. New sheets, rechargeable batteries, […]

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  • Why not skip being embarrassed and laugh about it right now?!

    Why not skip being embarrassed and laugh about it right now?!

    Sidewalk Smiley at the Cable Car turnaround on Market St. I’ve written frequently about sticking your neck out and taking a chance. You know, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Really what’s the worst that can happen? Even when it all goes south, it’s rarely as bad as the way you imagined it might be. Last night […]

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