Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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happy30 in Dallas is doing 4 things including…

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)


happy30 has written 10 entries about this goal


51. Seeing a rainbow. This usually happens on the commute to work.

52. A good stretch.


47. Remembering a year later that I had started this list!

48. Hot showers.

They’re very relaxing and no one can bother you.

49. Travelling to foreign countries and not feeling like a foreigner.

50. Getting a mani/pedi while drinking wine!

Yeah! I’m half way there!


44. Building sand castles at the beach!

45. Watching the sunset over the ocean.

46. Blowing bubbles!

I like to watch them and although some people won’t admit it, so does everyone else! I wish I had a car that blew bubbles. So that everywhere I drove I could leave a bubble trail!


Recording my “out of the office” message at 5 pm the day before a vacation.

(Give credit where credit is due – derived from


Being engaged!


41. Being able to use my hands.

I was making this jalapeno dish and I seeded about 30 jalapenos, with my bare hands. Not a smart idea. Note to self: use plastic gloves next time! My fingers literally felt like they were on fire for 24 hours staight! It killed to do the simplest things like open a safety pin, button my jeans, take a shower… I am happy that now have complete use of my hands!

39 and 40

39. A bright blue sky
40. Cashmere


38. Being able to walk. As I have just sprained my ankle and have to learn to use crutches, I can appreciate the ability to walk. A simple thing that most of us take for granted, but a huge pain in the ass when you can’t.


I am working on it!

21. Learning

22. Snow Days

23. My bed

24. Fresh sheets on my bed

25. Being wrapped in a towel coming straight out of the dryer when I am coming straight out of the shower.

26. Seeing the flashing and red and blue lights in my rearview and just after my heart starts racing, realizing those lights are for the guy next to me!

27. Having my hair shampooed by my hairdresser at the salon.

28. Getting free stuff

29. Actually making money in the stock market

30. Finding the perfect gift for someone

31. Screaming at a concert or an atheletic event

32. Artwork that moves me, especially when nobody else “gets it”

33. Freshly vaccumed carpet where you can see the vaccuum lines

34. Sharing in the excitement when great things happen to loved ones

35. Winning

36. Having the best cousins all over the world

37. Being Invited


1. Watching a good movie in the movie theater with popcorn and a Diet Coke.

2. Real hugs (as opposed to the everyday friendly ones)

3. A good night’s sleep (not waking up in the middle of the night for any reason and no bad dreams!)

4. Going to the beach

5. Being in shape ( I was there, once)

6. Crunching fallen leaves under my feet

7. Crunching snow under my feet

8. Having co-workers that are smarter than I am

9. Finding money I don’t expect (like the first time it gets cold enough to put your coat on and you reach into your pocket and find money! also check couch, drawers, washing machine, car, drawers, etc.)

10. Listening to music that makes me move or moves me

11. Feeling like I have made a positive difference.

12. Seeing a child laugh, smile, sing, play

13. When I can make people laugh

14. Looking through the mail and finding something hand-written

15. The smell of the neighbors doing laundry

16. Outstanding customer service (Discount Tires)

17. Someone genuinely appreciating me

18. Stargazing on an incredibly clear night in the country or on the ocean

19. A really good thunderstorm

20. Feeling like I really belong


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