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On a regular basis, I stop at the local Starbucks (which happens to be in the Safeway) for an Americano on the way to the office. Usually this is because I’ve failed to get up early enough to make coffee before leaving the house. There are two people who work the morning shift on alternating days at this Starbucks. One is kind of grumpy most of the time, but the other is a very cheerful woman named Karin who appears to be older than me by about 15 years or so. She has recognized me for quite some time but recently she’s started chatting with me.
At 6:00 AM, with no coffee and an hour ahead of me in the car, I probably look pretty grim. I have been told before that I look like I’ve got a frown on most of the time. That’s the French blood in my make up, I believe. At any rate, Karin always tries and is usually successful at getting me to smile. This morning she said, “I’ve got the perfect New Years resolution for you,” and before I could respond, “you should smile more often. You’ve got a great smile.”
Well, that did it, I was grinning from ear to ear and noticed that smiling actually lifted my mood. So, I’m going to attempt to take Karin’s advice and smile more often. It just might actually be good for my health.