Discover ‘Made You Smile Back‘ and be rest assured you’ll be brimming with anticipation and excitement waiting for more and more blogs written that cares about what YOU think, that brings articles on subjects that are most important to YOU! But even more importantly, that isn’t about hype, negativity and just another virtual advertising campaign!
Made You Smile Back is a whole different type of blog. This isn’t about recipes or bucket-list destinations or the ever-popular, ‘do you wish to learn how to blog’ blog!! No, THIS blog is dedicated to providing a unique ‘go-to’ website you’ll want to bookmark to get your daily and weekly dose of thought-provoking content and inspiration and cheer. We all need coping mechanisms and the ability to learn self-care in taking care of not only our physical self but our mental health as well, right?
Made You Smile Back is proud to be a ‘mental health awareness advocate’ and strives to bring encouragement, positivity and actual value-added articles and referenced resources to help you if you’re having a down day. This is a blog where you can ‘reach out’ whenever you need to get in essence, a ‘virtual hug’.
It was no accident that the ‘mission statement’ for Made You Smile Back is:
“Turning Your Tears of Sadness Into Tears of Happiness!”– Umair Qureshi
Let’s face it, folks, both you and I know all too well no one can be happy ‘all the time’. No one is immune from suffering from depression from time to time. We all have down days in which we come face-to-face with some of life’s most difficult challenges.
Let me ask you a question. When you DO experience these days or ‘moments’, what do you do? Yes, there are many ‘coping’ skills you can employ, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to just tap into a place where someone actually cares? Where your feelings are heard and where you can find empathy and support to help you get through that moment?
If you find yourself not able to immediately connect with your ‘best friend’ or ‘loved one’ to talk to, are you not looking for an outlet you can easily connect to and immediately feel better, right?
Wouldn’t it be nice to simply be able to go to a site via your smartphone or laptop which provides immediate much-needed encouragement and upliftment?
Made You Smile Back is your ‘no judgment zone’ website. There are inspirational quotes available that you can scroll thru and find one that resonates with you for reflection.
In addition, there are over 50+ blogs to read covering topics ranging from “I Just Want To Be Happy” to ’10 Powerful Steps in Overcoming Anxiety Attacks” to ‘It’s Okay to be Silly Once in a While’ to ‘Beyond Sadness Helping Your Friends Smile Again’ to even ‘The Awesome Healing Power of Journaling’ plus many more.
See if the following resonates with you, especially those sitting at home behind your laptop or texting away on your smartphone as you’re reading this…
Before we go any further, please allow me to briefly introduce myself to those who are new visiting this blog. I’m Beth Elkassih, and I am the proud owner and creator of this blog you’re reading, Made You Smile Back. Let me share with you my first experience seeking encouragement and inspiration on the internet.
Question… If you wanted to ‘open up’ and discuss something that is somewhat personal but yet something you really really needed help with, who are you going to turn to? Someone you trust, right?
I remember all too well of feeling isolated and alone spending literally ‘weeks’ holed up in my own created ‘rabbit hole’ of despair in the not too distant past. I knew I was suffering from depression. I desperately wanted relief and didn’t know where to begin.
“I Just Want To Be Happy Again!“
So…with my laptop in hand, I began to search the internet for answers. Let me share with you what I found.
When I finally crawled out of that deep dark hole of despair a good nine months to a year later, I made a promise to myself. I vowed that ‘one day in the future I was going to find a way to help others who were going through the same struggles as I was!’
I soon realized that there just weren’t any really good value-added websites that one could go to to just get simple words of encouragement and maybe a few tips on how to cope. I was also looking for some type of ‘chat room’ where I could relate with others who may be dealing with the same issues.
Thus, the evolvement of ‘Made You Smile Back’ came to fruition. And I would be totally amiss if I didn’t tell all of you, I KNOW that Divine Intervention played an important role as well to see to it that this ‘life’s journey’ came to be.
Since inception, these are the current benefits and resources available to my readers:
Did you know that there are now Facebook communities that are composed of ‘like-minded’ members who actively support and engage with one another?
Made You Smile Back was also created to take advantage of Social Media, to get the word out as well. Facebook just recently has changed a lot of their policies in 2019 and are now giving special attention to the creation of both public and private Facebook Groups. In fact, in 2019, Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined the changes to the news feed and a move “from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.”
With the encouragement from my web developer and business mentor, Umair Qureshi, Made You Smile Back immediately saw the benefits of creating such a group alongside Made You Smile Back’s Facebook business page. Thus, ‘Achieving Happiness’ was created in mid-2019 and now boasts over 1000 active members.
Let me reassure you. I don’t only ‘talk the talk’… believe me, I have ‘walked the walk’ as discussed above. I know all too well what it feels like to be sad, feeling alone and struggling to figure how why I was feeling the way I did. Sound familiar?
Made You Smile Back regularly posts thought-provoking inspirational quotes every day. In addition, all members are also able to share and post their own individual inspirational quotes as well. But not only that, members are also encouraged to engage with other members as well in expressing their own personal concerns and challenges and kindly asking for encouragement, support and advice.
Just recently, I have added ‘Facebook Lives’ which are ‘live videos’ that I stream right into your livingroom via Facebook on a scheduled basis. This is such a new and engaging platform in which I can do mini-webinars on topics that are most meaningful for my readers!
So, if you want to explore this new option and start engaging with others who can relate to how you feel and even have the opportunity of helping others with encouragement, please accept Made You Smile Back’s invitation to join this inspirational, thought-provoking Facebook Group!
Do YOU like to have the option to actually have a one-on-one conversation with someone who is actively ‘listening’ to you and who truly cares? Made You Smile Back also uses this other amazing Facebook feature available within Facebook Groups to do just that. No more sending an email or typing in a comment in a website ‘chat room’ and having to ‘wait’ to get a response. You are now able to ‘chat live’ with other like-minded Facebook members.
My readers are very important to me. I want each and every one of you to feel welcome when you come to this site. I welcome any and all suggestions on how to improve it and make it the best that it can be.
I leave you this graphic image as my new mantra. I would love for you to join in the conversation below with your comments. Many Blessings. Thanks for taking the time to discover ‘Made You Smile Back‘! Take Care!
If you haven’t already, as the creator of Made You Smile Back, I also offer your personal invitation to become a subscriber. I promise to deliver consistent value-added content on a regular basis and of course, you would have 24/7 access to our Resource Page. I thank you in advance. ?
Sounds like you’ve created a great space where people can come and get their needed encouragement/cheer for the hour/day/week and know they can always come back for more. This has been a tough year for many so I’m sure this great site will help a lot of people. Keep it up!
Wow! What a kind and positive review about Made You Smile Back. Thanks for continued encouragement for me to write thought-provoking content for all of us who face everyday life struggles.
Thanks for sharing. This was very good information.
This post is so positive! I loved reading this article so much.
Rianna, I’m so tickled you like it! I enjoyed writing this so much! I hope to make a difference! Thanks!
this is such a wonderful and beautiful post. mental health is so important, and it is great to see posts like these with useful, positive tips.
So many of us need this type of blog this year!
Fantastic post= thank you
Hong, thanks for the positive feedback. Appreciate it!
Needful content. Keep creating content like this! Tons of love for you
Barshan, thanks for the encouraging words about my blog.
Wow so much positivity! This post definitely made me feel encouraged and happy. I have to pin this!
So happy to have come across your site this is absolutely amazing you should be so proud of yourself for being a source of aid for those in suffering- I too have suffered from depression and never ever want anyone else to go through what I have. I always endeavour to help anyone who ever talks to me about any negative feelings and to that I focus on positivity always. Thank you so much once again Beth wish you success and happiness in all that you do x
Rodha, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. Yes, I feel very strong about being a mental health advocate and plan to use Made You Smile Back as a platform for people to reach out to and hopefully, can make a difference in their life. Thanks again. Many blessings to you.
There really are a ton of great resources out there! It’s just a matter of looking for them. I have a couple facebook groups I really love, and of course, blogging is a great outlet.
Jennifer, thanks for your positive comments about my blog content.
What a refreshing site. It’s nice to focus on something so positive
Nicole, thanks for your kind words.
Made you smile back just reading that out loud brought a smile to my face. Sharing your story is very powerful and inspiring. We all at some point need help and encouragement and your blog is going to be one I would come back to!
I love your uplifting content! Keep making people smile! Can’t wait to read more!
I think everyone needs that boost at one time or another. Having a site where we know that we can find that inspirational and uplifting content is great! I’ll definitely be saving this in my favourites to return to any time that I need it.
Reading this post made me feel more positive and hopeful! Thank you so much. I look forward to reading more!
Looking forward to reading more from this blog! Love the positivity!
Thank you for sharing.
Outstanding post Beth, well done! Indeed something completely different, your blog. Allow me to add some inspiration. “Realize your Worth and Trust your Ability. So you no longer confuse Failure with Defeat” – Deon Christie
Deon, thanks for that great inspirational quots!
This looks like a fantastic resource, I’m excited to keep checking out your blog! Great work!
Garrett, thanks for your positive comments! I would love to have you as a subscriber!
I love everything to do with wellness and personal growth so I’ll definitely come back to your site. Thanks so much for the great resources 🙂 Bookmarked!
Corinne, thanks for your kind comments. It’s ‘work in progress’ but I’m so excited about the future resources MYSB shall be offering to their subscribers!
I like all the effort you do for your graphics, they’re beautiful and they result in a much more enjoyable read!
Thanks Chris! That means alot coming from you!
I always feel more inspired after reading your blog! (And of course I loved your book, very personal and makes you think about the inter-connectedness of the universe!) Thanks for spreading joy and motivation with your blog and Facebook group!!
Kate, thanks so much for the kind words. I’m looking forward to what all 2020 is going to bring to Made You Smile Back blog. Take care.