Sunday, September 26, 2010
Just for fun, I decided to google that old saying about how it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. I was glad to see that researcher-par-excellence Barbara Mikkelson of Snopes has a lengthy article here: www.snopes.com/science/smile.asp
She even mentions a parody of the adage that points out that
(a) scientists who research such things have way too much time on their hands,
(b) since frowning takes more muscles, then it must also burn more calories!
Maybe SP should add frowning to the fitness tracker as exercise?!
Although they can't agree on the actual number of muscles involved, those who study these things do agree that smiling can have the effect of making the smiler feel happier. Mikkelson says, "Facial expressions do not merely signal what one feels but actually contribute to that feeling." Not that this means we should all go around with phony smiles on our faces. But if slapping on a smile makes the day a little brighter, I'm sure going to give it a try.
The article also points out that people tend to respond in kind to the facial expressions they meet. No surprise there, really. It seems that it's difficult for us humans to smile back when someone frowns at us, or to frown when met with a smiling face. Just try it sometime!
With all that in mind, I decided to rearrange my Spark friends on my Spark page to show those who have a nice, big, smiling head shot for their profile photo. I love you all, dear Spark friends, but it makes me smile to see them smile, and I've been needing some smiles lately.
I hope they make you smile, too, when you visit my page.
Current favorite emoticon:
Sunday, September 05, 2010
*Lose two more kilo (ca. 4 pounds) in time for October retreat
*Log 1200 cardio miles
*Burn SP recommended number of calories each week
*Track and stay in Calorie range at least 5 days a week
I have lots of other goals that I'm working toward in other areas - like studies, work, home, ministry, relationships - but I'm not going to list them all here because it starts looking too much like a To-Do list! And it wears me out looking at it. So I'll keep that list offline for now!
Monday, August 30, 2010
It sure feels like it, too! Temps in the lower 50's and rain, rain, rain. I hope the summer is not quite over weather-wise. A "golden October" would be nice, please. Thank you.
Today I'm without my car. Louise is in for her mandatory 2-year inspection. There is virtually no such thing as a "beater" here in Germany because of these inspections. Rust on the body and frame have to be repaired, as well as any oil leaks - anything that might be a safety or environmental hazard. It's going to be expensive, but still cheaper than investing in a new-to-me used car. I can look forward to that in 2012, though.
I only have evening lessons at the language school so am puttering around here in the apartment, doing some meal prep, and thinking about making my goal list for September. My August goal has been basically - SLOG THROUGH IT. And, with the Lord's help, I've almost made it!
Happy Labor Day, end of August, new fresh start in the new fresh month to my Spark friends!
Edit! Just realized that Labor Day is NEXT Monday in the US! Hope it's a good one whatever! :D
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