The Smiling Manifesto // Lucy-Anne Holmes

Life is short, smile while you still have teeth!

I am a firm believer in the power of happiness. So when I came across a book that had a smiling manifesto in it, I couldn’t help but be excited. The book in question is a quirky little novel by Lucy-Anne Holmes and it is called “Just A Girl Standing In Front of A Boy”. The main character Fanny struggled with depression so her super awesome best friend decided to create a list that she had to follow every single day. That list was called The Smiling Fanny Manifesto.


Now I truly believe that the ten mandatory steps covered in the manifesto will make for a funner (I want this word to exist so badly) and better life, so I decided to share this particular bit of information.

The Smiling Fanny Manifesto

  1. Phone a friend. You can always call me. Just say, “I am calling you because I have to tick it off my list.” And then we can chat about the usual: what we shall name our future children, our top five sandwich fillings, what you would say to Robbie Williams if you bumped into him on the street.
  2. Grow something – not like something different every day, just always have something growing, like a plant! (Mould on an old cup of tea doesn’t count!!!!)
  3. Count your blessings – before bed you have to think of things from the day that were good and that you’re grateful for. One, very random, off the top of my head example could be “my best friend, Philippa”!!!
  4. Have a face-to-face conversation with somebody. Skype doesn’t count, you actually have to leave the house – it could just be, “Lovely day, today, isn’t it? Do you know what the forecast is for tomorrow?” to the man in the corner shop.
  5. Give yourself a treat (doesn’t have to cost money – a nice bath, a trip to the charity shop to try out new outfits, that sort of thing).
  6. Laugh – my favorite – see attached gift!!! (editor note: the gift was 3 DVDs of Fanny’s favorite stand-up comedians live routines)
  7. Exercise (can just be a ten-minute walk round the block).
  8. Smile or say hello to a stranger (has to be a different person to number 4).
  9. Do a kind deed – either helping someone or going out of your way to be nice to someone.
  10. Watch no more than two hours of telly a day.

Doesn’t it seem like a good idea to try these out? It could be fun. 😀 Let me know in the comments if you would dare to start doing the smiling manifesto!


  • 2 years ago

    I wanna read that book now! Well, I also kinda need to read it, I guess.

    • Kairi Killing
      2 years ago

      It is waiting for you on my bookshelf if you want it. Guaranteed fun reading 😉

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