Smile Power Day gives every reason to grin | Lifestyle

June 15 is the day we always observe Smile Power Day. Feel the power. Give everyone you see a big friendly, “I like you” smile. You never know, your warm smile just might turn someone’s day right around for the good!

Love may make the world go round, but a smile makes the world a happy place. A smile is a powerful thing. Best of all, it’s contagious. However, we do note that in order to be effective, a smile must be sincere. People can see right through phony or forced smiles.

Spend the whole day with a big, bright smile on your face. Flash a toothy smile to everyone you encounter.

A smile is so powerful, according to Holiday Insights, that it can add years to your life, make you a happier person, be a mood changer for the giver and the receiver, make someone else a happier person, improve relationships, and send a great customer service message in business.

Did you know it is easier to smile than to frown? A smile uses fewer muscles.

So you may be asking: What is the deal with smile power? Well, for one thing, if you give a smile, you usually get a smile in return, and if normally you don’t smile a lot and you start smiling a lot, people are going to wonder what mischief you are up to. And shame on them for that because you are just trying to create a new lifestyle. But with that smile you may start a conversation and gain a new friend. Happy smiling.

Summer school started this past Monday. Be on the lookout for sluggish, cellphone-in-hand, laptop-toting students walking, biking, boarding and driving to and from Galt High and Liberty Ranch.

There are two summer school sessions with the second session ending on Monday, July 25. Yes, some students may be spending six weeks of their summer working on extra credits or making up credits. The pandemic really took its toll on some students’ academic careers. At least, they have air conditioning and get lunch.

Do you have your Father’s Day plans organized? I will let you know next week how our family celebrated. I don’t want to give away any surprises. I think Mother’s Day is a lot easier to plan than Father’s Day. Most moms want a quiet day, dinner, some flowers and maybe candy, and of course someone to clean up after the day’s festivities.

Planning Father’s Day takes a bit of imagination and creativity. The fathers in my family want activity. They are not a “sit around the family room and talk” type of guys (unless it is raining, of course). There will be a meal. Carnivores, unite – there will probably be ribs, and maybe some chicken, tri-tip and some shrimp (and, believe it or not, they all like salad – potato or macaroni) and greens and rolls (just in case someone wants a slider or two). Dessert is a surprise. It is either going to be great or a bust.

The summer solstice is next Tuesday, June 21. It is supposed to be the longest, most daylight-filled day of the year and, thus, the shortest night of the year. And then the nights slowly start getting longer and the days get shorter. It has been kind of eerie in the mornings lately before the sun comes up, almost fuzzy. Maybe the fuzziness is all the particles in the air.

Thought for the day: The shortest distance between two people is a smile.

Flower of the day: Purple Morning Glory

Recipe of the day: BBQ pork ribs

Dates to remember:

June 19 – Father’s Day

June 21 – Summer solstice

July 4 – Independence Day

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.


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