Children smile up to four hundred times a day; in comparison, adults will only smile an average of twenty times. I read this fact not long ago, and thought surely not – but a daily observation of my children proved it to be so. Something as simple as a lolly, a favourite game, for no apparent reason at all – everything seems to make them smile. We all used to clock up as many smiles as them, but somewhere along the way, life gives in to chaos – mortgages, careers, parenting responsibilities – and we no longer have times to notice the roses, let alone stop to smell them.
In an attempt to get your daily smile count up, here’s a whole garden of them.
1. This child who already knows to fake it ‘till you make it.
Whether it be starting a new job, or facing a question about ‘the birds and bees’ from an inquisitive child, let us all hope we can muster as much confidence under pressure as this adorable little boy.
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2. These dad jokes so lame you’ll hate yourself for laughing.
‘Two guys walk into a bar, the third ducks.’
‘Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers? They say he made a mint.’
‘A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer. Bartender says, ‘Sorry we don’t serve food here.’
‘Whenever the cashier at the grocery store asks my dad if he would like the milk in a bag he replies, ‘No, just leave it in the carton!’’
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3. The pebble and the penguin.
You might already know that penguins mate for life. What is lesser known is their way of ‘engagement’ is not all that dissimilar from ours. Not just an animated film from the 90s, penguins will actually ‘propose’ to their intended partner with a specially-selected pebble.
4. The innocence of babes.
Mum and dad are trying to teach a valuable safety lesson – but it’s hard to concentrate when ice cream and sweets are mentioned. Try not to smile at this little girl’s enthusiasm.
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5. Even mama pandas can’t eat in peace.
The panda video to end all panda videos. You won’t believe that such a loud sneeze comes from such a little animal – mama panda certainly doesn’t!