100 Days Healthier Me – Day Eighteen

Smiling. Just doing it makes your endorphins go ‘Weeeee’. We should always be smiling. We should always have that great feeling, the natural higher than lie with the positive brain chemicals going crazy. Forever smiling.

Of course, we both know that isn’t the case. Things do not go according to plan, and we lose our smiles. Sometimes, it takes us a long time to get it back. Then, you find yourself crying in your bedroom wondering when the world will stop beating you down. No? Maybe just me?

Today, Charmaine is asking me to share my smile. She wants me to get those endorphins pumping and make other people’s day just a little bit brighter to keep it moving forward. It’s been a long day for me so far. I got up around 8:00am, and know that I’m going to be working until at least 1:30am or 2am. Probably close to 2.

It’s been a long day and going to be even longer. The day just draws on. It’s hard to keep the smile going.

But, that’s what today is about. Today, it’s about giving that positive energy out into the world and keep it going. It’s actually one of the things I’m known for at work. I will always stop by my co-worker and just whisper in her ear as she’s working at the register. “You’re beautiful.” I tend to instantly see her shoulder loosen and a smile come to her face.

If everyone is smiling or loosening up, the customers will not get the best of us. And that is what I try to make happen. Trust me, there are days that are not easy. You get a group of people who come in and hate everything that you give them. They ask for a martini. Then proceed to ask what is in a martini. You explain it. They order it. They don’t like it. They ask about something else. You explain it. They order it. They don’t like it. She leaves. You don’t get a tip.

But, instead, I try to get people smile. The smiles keep us going. The smile can keep us heading in a positive manner. The smile keeps us from strangling the customers who are being annoying or just being jerks.

It’s not only the customers, however, that sometimes keep us from smiling. Other employees do the same thing. Sometimes, it takes a lot of smiles to just make it through one shift at a bar.

So, I am going to give you one right now. I’m going to let the curve move up the sides of my lip and do a broad smile. Just doing it makes me begin to feel a little bit happy, although my broken top lip curves slightly against my braces. Nonetheless, I’m smiling. I can feel the happy.

I take a deep breath, and now I’m ready to get back to work and take down the day with a smiling vengeance. Press back the frown and put a smile on your face!

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