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 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.


Blog Posts by Ruth Kaiser

  • clouds smiley

    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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  • parking-lot-smiley-2

    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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  • birdpoop-smilie

    ”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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  • toilet-smiley

    Mistake Ritual

    I was just listening to a panel discussion about effective behaviors of people who coach sports. The panelists said a whole bunch of interesting things about discipline and motivation.  I was most struck by one man’s advice to teach kids (people) to have a mistake strategy or mistake ritual.

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  • Thank You

    Thank Yous

    I recently heard a man interviewed about writing Thank You cards. The idea made me smile from ear to ear.  His idea had nothing to do with the obligatory Thank Yous one is supposed to write, after receiving a gift. Nope, not the kind you mean to write but then don’t, and then beat yourself […]

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  • peeling-paint-smiley

    Be Porous, not Teflon

    If you go through life with a Teflon coating, you miss out. So often it’s a matter of incorrectly thinking we have too much to do to take the extra time to enjoy our surroundings.  Too much to do?  That supposition deserves a second look.

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  • bubble-smiley

    Be the Adjectives You Admire! A TO DO list worth doing!

    Can you think of 6 words to describe yourself? Probably not too hard to do, so take a minute. I hope you come up with lots of positive adjectives! If not, practice a little self compassion and try again. Nobody gets to see the list so why not brag a little, about yourself to yourself. […]

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  • moss-smiley

    The How Much Mud Can You Carry in Your Underwear Challenge, be quick to smile and slow to scold.

    One gorgeous spring day, my three kids were in the backyard making mud with the hose, lots and lots of mud. They’d come up with the marvelous, incredible, never before experienced, “How Much Mud Can You Carry in Your Underwear Challenge.” Unbeknownst to me one of them had run into the house to get the […]

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  • In the coming year I vow to be a uni-tasker

    In the coming year, I vow to be a uni-tasker.

    The whole concept that multitasking is wonderful, is quite frankly absurd. I don’t buy the theory, that if only we could master multitasking we would have a better life. I say, “Bptptptp” to that (imagine the Smiley Lady blowing a raspberry).  Multitask and you lose the entire experience of each of the things you’ve jumbled […]

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