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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lauren1988 in Sydney is doing 40 things including…

smile more

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lauren1988 has written 4 entries about this goal


I was so smiley today. All I have to do to acheive this goal is capture the hyper-positivity of today and inject a bit of that same happy into tomorrow, et cetera et cetera. Maintaining morale is usually my weak point, but I’ve been feeling aliveawakealertenthusiastic for an unusually long period of time. Here’s hoping it will last.


I’m not always good at this, but today it was raining, so I was smiling all day.


Breaking up after a 5.5 month relationship (my first serious one) will hinder my progress in this goal somewhat. Especially in the next few days. I’ll do my best, but I can’t guarantee instant results.

Something of a Challenge

I enjoy the company of others, but I am also independent and don’t feed off attention. As such, I occasionally get told that I look perplexed or sad when I’m simply off in my own world. Funnily enough, people (mostly bosses or parents) tend to tell me this when I’m simply feeling indifferent or even happy. I’m just one of those people who isn’t too good at keeping track of the signals their facial expressions are sending out.

But that’s beside the point. When I do bare my sharky grin, I’ve been told that smiling suits me.

Other reasons to set happy happy as my default:
The Money:

I wait tables part time, and friendly service that makes the customer feel special = tips. In the long term, developing an effortlessly personable outward demeanour will help me advance in my chosen career.

Emotional Charity:
Smiling is contagious, and a simple way to lift the moods of others. Think of how good you feel when random babies smile at you at the supermarket. They have no ulterior motive; they just enjoy the reaction they get from you. I think the little ones are onto something.

Metal Mouth:
I’m getting braces some time in the next month. I will be the only 19-year-old I know with braces, therefore I will be special. :#!

Think yourself happy. Smiling through adversity won’t get rid of it. But it can’t hurt.

Anyone want to join me? :DDDDDDD!

lauren1988 has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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