Making a Timely Exchange — Tune Out the Media, Turn on the Smiles

It takes 13 muscles to smile and 111 muscles to frown.”

Given that interesting medical fact, you’d think we’d all smile more just because it’s easier…or is it?

A free and spontaneous smile is a rare treasure indeed these days…

Why is that?

The truth is…a smile costs us two of our most precious commodities – time and effort and we’re all (too busy and too preoccupied to notice.)

Time – enough to stop, pause, and consider what there is to smile about.


Effort – enough to (make the effort) to locate and then think about what there is to smile about.

Because according to author Kalle Lasn…we Americans have advocated both of the above and that’s a very sad thing indeed.

Are you frowning yet?

Lasn writes that when individuals forfeit their time and put all their efforts into accumulating what “other” people dictate, they might as well let the frowns show on their faces because it means they finally understand what they’ve lost.

Lasn’s words —

“American culture is no longer created by the people. A free authentic life is no longer possible in America today. Our emotions, core values and personalities are under siege from media and cultural forces too complex to decode. A continuous product message has woven itself into the very fabric of our existence. Most North Americans now live designer lives. Sleep, eat, sit in a car, work, shop, eat, watch TV, sleep again. I doubt there’s a more than a handful of free, spontaneous minutes anywhere in the cycle. We ourselves have been branded.”

If what Lasn suggests is true (and I believe it is…) then a frown is in order until we step back (and take back) the direction of our lives, the time of our lives.

Simple question —

Ever wonder why thinking about going on vacation puts a smile on your face?

In a word.


We envision lots of free time, lots of fun times, lots of time to do nothing at all (or anything we choose)…and the energy to enjoy every single minute of it.

Picture it. Time to choose…what we choose.

Beautiful thought (with no commercial interruptions).

Brings a smile to my face just thinking about it. 🙂


One thought on “Making a Timely Exchange — Tune Out the Media, Turn on the Smiles

  1. I just returned from a lovely vacation and it did make me smile, but it is also truly important to soak up the experience and not let the peace and beauty get away from us as we let our minds drift back to the “real life” waiting for us at home. That challenge snuck up on me and I shared about it in a recent post at (The Trouble with Stopping).
    Thanks for encouraging us to smile and enjoy…

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