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Sometimes the best smiles happen when you least expect them!

Yesterday, I accompanied my daughter and the two boys on a few errands. We went in my car so when we got back to their house, I stayed a bit and had a sandwich before coming home. When it was time to come home, I had two boys saying they wanted to come home with me so I brought them home and brought their little wading pool. I set up the wading pool first but by the time it filled with water, they were distracted playing with other stuff; exploring the yard. When they are in the yard, I go out and sit with them to watch them because the front yard is not fenced in. So I sat out there until they came inside the house. They played and played. They were here for about three hours then Spencer wanted to go home. Anderson did not. I told Anderson that he had to go with me to take Spencer home but he could come back with me if he wanted to so that’s what we did. When we got to their house, Spencer went in and Anderson stayed in the car so we came back to my house. When we got in the driveway, Anderson wanted to stay in the car and play Legos. He had a few with him. As I got all of our stuff out of the car (the candy, gum and lunch trash and empty water bottles) Anderson ran out of the car and said “Wait a minute!” and ran in the house (it’s a key less entry and he knows the combination). Quicker than I could figure out what was going on, he came out with a bunch more Legos and a building platform and got back in the car.

He played and played with the Legos, inside the car. He didn’t want to go inside. So I stayed in the car with him. For an hour and forty-five minutes! I loved it. It reminded me of when we are alone, Anderson and me. He plays and gets so involved in his play. I watch. He talks. I listen. Lately we haven’t done that because his little brother is always around. Last night, he talked and showed me the Lego figures he had made and what each one was named and what their power was and how they worked. He told me stories about his Lego creations and other stuff.  I really enjoyed it. Finally, he found a memory game I bought for them that we hadn’t played so he said “Let’s go to my house and you can come play the game with us, Nana.” So that’s what we did. We played a Finding Dory memory game for a little while then I came home.

Before I left, he asked why I was leaving and I said because it was time for me to go home and time for him to go to bed. He said, “I want you to go home never, Nana. You have to stay here forever.” That’s when I smiled. And I’m smiling again. I know I’ll smile many times over that memory.

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The #WeeklySmile is a weekly blog linkup hosted by Trent. Go over and check out the smiles and maybe share one of yours?!

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I wanted to share this before…weeks ago, days ago, hours ago…but didn’t get to until now. I know I posted a #WeeklySmile post yesterday but I don’t want to forget to share this so I won’t wait til next week.

Have you ever noticed that when someone smiles at you, you end up smiling back? Have you noticed that when you smile at someone, they smile back? This is true even if the non-smiler is in a bad or sad mood before the smile. They will still smile back. It’s kind of like yawning. When one does it, others follow.

Smiling is good for you and me and everyone else. Scientific studies will show you that smiling releases endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin (called neuropeptides). The release of these neuropeptides can cause a lowered heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and heighten relaxation. Who can’t use that?

Why do we smile back? Scientists are still trying to figure it out. As far back as Charles Darwin in 1871, scientists have been studying smiles. Darwin concluded that it is a by-product of social living and serve the purpose of “telegraphing our feelings and intentions.” Some scientists say that when people face each other, their brains form a neural bridge which synchronizes feelings and emotions. It’s called a mirror neuron. Scientists say it is part of the network of “non-volitional” actions of the brain, meaning you can’t help but smile!

Whatever the reason, smiles have been proven to be contagious! Go on out and test it for yourself! Go smile at strangers, especially if they appear to be sad or grouchy. See what happens!

When Trent started his #WeeklySmile feature, he did so in an attempt to spread smiles and happiness in this world which all too often is “smile-less” and filled with hate and anger, I thought it was a great idea to try to counteract all of that negativity with something positive so I joined up right away! How about you? Do you need to smile more? Do you want to see more smiling and less grumpyness? Want to lower your blood pressure without medications? Join us! Think of something you can share. Something light hearted that might make us smile; something that made YOU smile; something funny. Write it up, post it, tag it #WeeklySmile, and then follow the blue linky box on Trent’s post to link up to the rest of us Smile Spreaders! That’s all there is to it! Come on! Give us a smile!

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  1. The look on Spencer’s face when he brought me the bottle of bubble solution. It was a big smile. He knew his Nana would not say “no.” He loves bubbles. I blow them and he chases them and smashes them.
  2. Another huge smile on Spencer’s face when he realized that he could put his hand in the candy bowl and pull out a candy at each store where we trick-or-treated. He usually has to wait to be handed one but this time he could actually walk right up and stick his hand in the bowl and take what he wanted. He was all full of two-year-old-smiles.
  3. “Don’t take Nana home. I want to keep Nana forever. Please don’t take her home.” That was Anderson (5 years old) on Halloween.
  4. Being included in the plan to move to Omaha and buy a house. And another smile when I found that they were looking only at listings for houses that have a separate apartment or Nanny unit on the property so that I could have my own space. I didn’t even ask and that’s what they are planning.
  5. The cat finally figured out that if she stays at my feet, she can sleep in my room with me. If she comes up to my chest or face, she gets kicked out of the room and I shut the door. She seems to accept that now.  Yay. Finally!
  6. A little boy playing peek-a-boo in line at the grocery store. I think he must have been about three.
  7. Making my NaNoWriMo word count for the first two days of the month!
  8. After about ten tries, I am one step closer to making the NanoPoblano graphic show up on my sidebar. It’s still not working but I am a little bit closer than I was yesterday. Maybe tomorrow.
  9. Finding a blog that will help me with my NaNoWriMo project research.  Yay! I won’t be going into this project totally blind.

There were other smiles but these are the ones that stand out at the moment. I’m tired. I’ve been either writing, researching, or with the boys since 7 am and it is now after midnight. So for today…that’s all she wrote!

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