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A Smile to Brighten Your Day

According to neuroscientists, it’s the equivalent brain stimulation of having 2,000 chocolate bars. Just think of all the calories you save by smiling! Or you can have the same effect as receiving $25,000–if you’re not into chocolate.

An older man was leaving the grocery store and he looked so glum, I just smiled at him and that one little smile absolutely transformed him. His whole expression brightened, he said something about the weather, it took him out of the doldrums and made his day. And it made my day!

For my daughter’s birthday, we went to a coffee shop, and after my granddaughter had part of our cinnamon rolls, she was wired and running from one of us to the other and around a table to me, giving hugs and kisses. A man was watching her, smiling. Of course we were smiling, as we played the game, “Go give your daddy a hug and kiss. Go give your mommy a raspberry. Go give your grandma a hug.” And she was having a ball, instead of bugging us about leaving while we finished our coffee. And yes, it made for a perfect birthday.

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If I smile at my granddaughter, she smiles back, her eyes bright and twinkly. If I smile at my dogs, they wag their tails. Who would ever have thought a smile could equal that much chocolate to a brain that is totally addicted to it.

Smile and lose weight! Hey, sounds like a plan, right?

Okay, I’m off to work on Bite of the Vampire and I HAVE to make up a bear today. Have a smiley day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day & Say Cheese!

Or not! In Click Love Grow, the photographer talked about natural expressions. Here, baby looked up and saw me smiling at her and I was talking to her. She was so focused on trying to crawl up on the slide, or back down it, that when she looked over, she was tickled to see me there. But these are the kind of expressions that are great. Nice and natural. In the other, she was smiling at her momma. She was having a ball. Talking to us, laughing, smiling.

The photographer recommended having the kids hold something, getting them involved in the photo set up, catching them when they’re playing or doing some other activity, rather than have the standard mug shot. Playing word games, mixing up stories, so that  they don’t make sense, bribing, are some of the ways that photographers get the kids to smile genuinely. Even with Keira as young as she is, if I say, “What does the cow say? Mooooo,” she smiles. Or if I sing her one of the songs like “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” or “Row Row Row Your Boat,” she’ll also smile.

I love to sit with her on the floor and while she’s playing and talking away, I take pictures. Hopefully with using better settings for a moving baby, they’ll turn out better.

Tomorrow’s prompt was nice background blur so that the child stands out against the background.

Off to work on the story! I got word count!!! And now just continuing to edit and write. It’s amazing as I’m going along, how I’ve changed the story as I write, and have to return to the beginning to reflect those changes! The butterfly effect…

Have a lovely St. Patrick’s Day! Potatoes, corned beef, cabbage, and carrots on the menu!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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