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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actually smile at people i dont know


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INCONCEIVABLE! Find the six fingered man, and avenge my father.Smile!

Well worth it, makes you both feel great, need to keep doing it 8 years ago


It’s interesting looking at this goal and how everyone has the same experience with it. You feel good when you do it, especially when the response is positive. And, I can say from the other end, it feels better when you give a positive response. Yet, there are still so many times (it seems everyone experiences this) when the object of our grin doesn’t return the smile. What makes people so afraid to smile a little? I don’t know, even though it does occasionally happen to me. It takes so little energy, but it makes you feel so good, yet it doesn’t just come naturally. Interesting I think, and how universal these things are. 8 years ago

cafegroundzeroThis CAN be a tad bit dangerous. But I like to live on the edge.

Some folk, I think they suspect I’m up to something.

Well…. I AM! 8 years ago


So I think when you simle at someone and they don’t smile back (as I have often done in the past) it becomes very discouraging. I used to not really know how to react when someone smiled at me. I would contort my face into an odd shape or I would nod or I would just ignore it completely, feeling awakward inside. Now when people do this to me it makes me feel like the world is unhappy, and what am I doing? I like it when it is a positive experience, but the dazed looks intimidate me. 8 years ago


It’s easier if you’re not in a big city. Particularly if they smile back! 8 years ago


It is hard to do this when I have been feeling so down lately. I’m hopeing I’m over that, and I can get into this. 8 years ago

Ruben LlibreIt's impossible...

to smile on the outside, and not feel better in the inside. trust me. 8 years ago


This is something that I do on occasion and it usually makes me feel good. I would like to do it more. I know that I have this fake smile thats all with my mouth, but I have a more sincere smile that will occasionally spread across my face that I would like to get to come more naturally.

There’s this boy I went to High School with who I see around on occasion and whenever we walk by each other he gets a big real smile on his face and that makes me feel really good. I want to give other people that feeling. 8 years ago

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