But there is one thing I do know about smiles: they wield power, in a good way. If you offer a genuine smile, it is guaranteed to make the recipient feel better. It's a fact. In fact, there are a number of fun facts about smiling that most of us probably never contemplated. Smiling is an innate behavior. We are born knowing how to smile. Ultrasounds have shown babies smiling in the womb.
The newest trend in traffic is the roundabout and it has me terrified. The name sounds so friendly, so casual: "roundabout." I'll come to your house roundabout 6-ish. Let's head roundabout to the beach tomorrow. We walked roundabout the city for most of the afternoon. The word "roundabout" seems as amicable as an old friend and as relaxed as a prewashed pair of jeans.
> It started with a water heater that refused to heat water. Which was a problem. Obviously. I'm not much for cold showers. Unfortunately, it didn't end there. A cold shower is one thing. No shower is another. This next adventure started with a clog in the bathtub/shower, which quickly spread to another tub/shower that was attached to the same drainage system. One clog, two tubs. Three plumbers.
My kids give me gifts, often without even knowing it. This weekend I received a pair, or actually, it was a pair of pairs.
So to my credit, I got him a card; I just didn't give it to him on the right day. A couple of weeks later, I stumbled upon it in the drawer. It was a nice card and I'd chosen it carefully.
We all start out in life as self-centered beings. It's a necessity to survival.
Upon finishing my food, I returned directly to my computer, only to discover the problem with the keys. One of them no longer functioned when pressed. I punched it. Nothing. Punched down twice. Still nothing. Sigh.
When you describe someone as rich, you are typically not talking about their fat content. That's reserved for rich foods like triple-chocolate, salted-caramel hot-lava cake. When we say someone is rich, we are not saying they are fat — we are saying they have lots of money.
You might start the week with just a few and end it with a proverbial swarm. They're officially called drosophila melanogaster; it's a big name for an itty bitty bit of an ordinary fruit fly. I've always thought of them as nuisances that fetch a free ride home on my bananas but it turns out they have serious scientific significance. That's because drosophila melanogaster and humans have many of the same genes — a whopping 60 percent. Shocking, I know!
You don't have to limit yourself to just one happy place. Go ahead; grab a few. They're free! A happy place doesn't have to be a place, per se, but it can be. It is a state of mind sometimes brought on by a physical location, but it can be achieved by any number of conditions: country music, classical music, hard rock, a lullaby, complete silence.