Smile, Smile, Smile

While doing some filming recently, I found it interesting that one of the actors shared with the director that when he delivers his lines he tends to become stern and intense. He asked to be reminded to relax, smile and lighten up. As filming proceeded, it became obvious that the actor really knew himself and did indeed become more serious than the script and message called for. The director created a sign with a smiling face, literally stood behind the cameraman and flashed the sign when needed. The actor responded to the coaching and delivered a quality performance.

Are there times when you need to be reminded to smile and lighten up? Happiness and a cheerful attitude are wonderful characteristics. Sometimes, maybe more often than not, you might not feel like smiling and being happy. If that is the case, "fake it until you make it." Force yourself to change your attitude and you will find yourself more agreeable and pleasant to be around. Remember the words of George Asaf's little ditty:

What's the use of worrying?
It never was worthwhile,
So, pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag,
And smile, smile, smile.

Jones Loflin