|This is the smile. Not too creepy right?|
I say they used to stop me. That seldom happens anymore. Why you ask? Well because I've trained myself to smile all the time.
Okay, before you have me committed I want to assure you that I'm not talking about a Heath Ledger as the Joker smile, or a full blown toothy grin. I'm talking about just turning up the corners of my mouth ever so slightly so that I don't look so menacing.
I started this because I was tired of people on the street stopping me (that can be a little creepy all by itself) and I was tired of my kids asking me "What's wrong mommy?" But after a while, something magical began to happen. When I engaged the muscles in my cheeks to turn "my frown upside down" (blech) I began to FEEL like smiling. I could feel my mood shift. Sometimes it was dramatic and sometimes more subtle but it never failed to make me feel better.
Yesterday as I was rushing to meet the bus and busy contemplating the murder of my boss who was the reason I was rushing to meet the bus (I really do love her...most of the time), when I suddenly realized that I was sporting the face with which I was born. I turned up the corners of my mouth and poof! My mood began to shift and by the time the bus came I had decided that murder was probably not the best solution and that I really do love my job.
Amazeballs people! For reals.
So since some of us might be a little grumpy because we aren't drinking alcohol or aren't eating sugar or getting laid enough or aren't in the Bahamas, give this a try. It won't get you drunk or laid or suntan, but it might just change your mood today.