Some women’s faces make me uncomfortable just looking at them. Let me show you what I mean.
Martha Stewart is 71 years old. But her cheeks are shiny, her forehead is smooth, and she has no wrinkles in the corners of her eyes.
Judi Dench is 78 years old. The skin around the corners of her eyes crinkles. She has fine lines around her mouth. Her face moves.
Do you see what I mean?
Martha Stewart looks like she never smiles. Maybe she’s incapable of smiling. But Judi Dench’s lines are unmistakable proof of smiling.
Who would you rather spend time with?
Dogs Smile With Their Whole Bodies
Dogs never hide their feelings.
We may not always understand what they’re feeling. But it’s not because they’re practicing subterfuge.
When dogs are sad, they look sad. And when they’re happy… Well, let’s just say there’s nothing more amazing than a happy dog.
When our friend D comes over, Honey rushes to the door. First, she starts a slow wag. She spins in circles. Then Honey goes frantically looking for a toy. She cannot greet her friend without a toy.
As D approaches the door, Honey steps back just enough to let her in before leaning into her with her whole body, tail swishing and struggling to stay on her feet in excitement.
You’d better believe D feels very loved at that point. And I feel just a little bit jealous because I never get that reaction from Honey when I get home.
There’s nothing like an enthusiastic smile to let people know they’re loved and appreciated.
I Want to Smile Like a Dog
I find it hard to show people how much I appreciate them. Unlike Honey, I’m afraid to show affection.
When I do creep out of my comfort zone and try to tell someone what they mean to me, I get intimidated. I wonder if they’re going to think I’m stupid or wonder why I’m bothering them.
But as I draw near to a half century on this earth, I’m also thinking about what I want the second part of my life to look like.
For one thing, I’d like it to have lots of laugh lines instead of Botox. And since I don’t have a floofie golden tail to show my affection, I’d better start smiling.
After all, it’s good for the dog and it’s good for me too.
Your Turn: Would you rather be “beautiful” (wrinkle-free) or fun-loving? How about your dog?