I have had several occasions to smile over the past few days. Maybe it is the afterglow of vacation, but rather usual things have just struck me as quite amusing or amazing and have made me smile.

When I returned to work from vacation on Thursday, things were well in order. A few things had come up while I was away, but had been managed very well by those who were covering for me. I was able to get through all of my mail, email and backlog by the end of the day on Friday. Quite remarkable since I had been gone from work for three weeks. I was expecting it to take me a few more days to get caught up. I left work smiling on Friday.

After work my husband and I had dinner at Gemmell’s in the Dana Point Harbor. Good food generally makes me smile and this was good food along with great atmosphere and service, it made me smile. It also made me happy that we were using a Living Social Certificate , so our fabulous dinner was a real bargain.

We left the restaurant, the night was clear and the moon was amazing. It was one of those moons that looked huge in the sky and it was a beautiful pale gold color. It was breathtaking and it made me smile.

This morning I went for walk in the harbor. While I was walking, I saw an older man and woman, probably nearing 80, walking in the harbor. They were holding hands and the man was holding the leash of small white dog that was wearing a fluffy Hawaiian skirt. This made me smile. Not so much because the dog was wearing a skirt, but because the man was walking the dog. He was a very dignified looking man and it struck me that it was likely his wife’s dog or at least her idea to put the dog in a skirt. I can totally see Tom doing the same for me some day. That is really what made me smile.

Here are some reasons to smile as often as possible:
1. Smiling makes us attractive.
2. Smiling changes our mood.
3. Smiling is contagious.
4. Smiling relieves stress.
5. Smiling boosts your immune system.
6. Smiling lowers your blood pressure.
7. Smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonins.
8. Smiling lifts the face and makes you look younger.
9. Smiling makes you seem successful.
10. Smiling helps you stay positive.

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Days like today make me feel as if I am doing a pretty decent job of leading a balanced or at least a blessed life.