2000-12-23 / Sports

Fitness Forum

By Shaun Ruskin

Being that it’s the holiday season and all, I thought it would be nice to change things up a bit, and not answer any questions. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I enjoy more than answering your wonderful questions each week, but how much over analyzing, guilt ridden rubbish can one town take? You need a change, and you need a change now! I’m here to give it to you.

Speaking of giving, and how gift giving is ever so popular this time of year, I will not be unintentionally making you feel guilty about not exercising, not lifting weights, not eating right, and not treating your body better, inside and out. That’s my present to you, and here’s what I’d like for you to give to me (we’re supposed to exchange right?). Don’t worry, it’s quite inexpensive, for my thrifty friends out there.

Just smile. That’s it. All I want is for you to extend your face muscles in a horizontal fashion, then slowly open your mouth, and reveal those pearly whites (or in some cases, pearly yellows). Either way, show me some enamel for crying out loud! You’ll be surprised how much better it will make you, and the people around you feel. Trust me, I’ve watched.

I’ve always been one to watch people. I suppose you could even call me somewhat of a people watcher. Throughout my years of "people watching", I’ve observed how someone with a poor outlook, who’s constantly in a bad mood, can really alter and put a damper on the mood and feelings of the ones they’re in contact with during their daily activities. I see people in the gym, in stores, and even at home, who seem to be trying really hard not to grin, laugh, and enjoy themselves. So I’m here to say, stop trying so hard. If there’s no problem, smile. If you have a problem, whatever it is, it can’t be that bad, and believe me when I say, people have it a whole lot worse…a whole lot worse, so feel fortunate.

This doesn’t mean that it’s not okay to be in an evil mood every now and again. We all have our bad days, even myself. Just try and take immediate steps to change your frame of mind, by thinking of people or things that make you feel good and happy inside, like babies, family, or even fond memories. It’ll make you smile. Its okay, nobody has to know.

So for the next two weeks (or the rest of your life) try being nicer, friendlier, and happier for yourself and the people you come in contact with. It takes so much energy to be unfriendly or mean to someone, but smiling and being kind is so natural, effortless, and quite honestly, feels fabulous.

Whatever your holiday may be, spend it with a happy face. Furthermore, I’d like to wish all my readers a Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and for my Seinfeld viewers, Happy Festivus, God bless, and hopefully I’ll see you at the store, the bank, or the gym…smiling.

Shaun

Bigshotss@aol.com


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