Because we need this thread.
What are the little things that make you smile? Is it a shiny new bubblenest your betta has made for you? Is it the way they seem to wait patiently (or not!) for their food? How about the way they dance for you whenever they see you?
The first time I gave bloodworms to Murdoch, a betta I adopted from a school classmate, he was absolutely freaked of the very sight of me (TEH SCARY HOOMAN!!1!) and he wouldn't come out from beneath his plant. He would just lay there as pale as a sheet breathing heavily, flattened under the leaves like his life was over. He was truly terrified. So I dropped his bloodworms in, and after an hour or so he emerged, carefully looking for TEH SCARY HOOMAN !1!! I just watched him from my desk, careful not to give him a heart attack. He ate them once he knew they were there, and ever since I've fed him in the same corner of the tank. Usually he'll go back into his hiding spot when he's finished.
Over the past two weeks he's gotten much braver. My hand is no longer scary, but he still gets flighty. The little thing that makes me smile is that every day Murdoch is gaining confidence, bit by bit. Maybe one day I'll get a picture of him, but there are still many things he's afraid of - cameras being one of them.
So what are your stories?