Friday, May 20, 2016

Fake laughs

Aislinn was playing on her quilt today.  After a morning spent with her brother at the orthopedist's office, she was ready to play.  She wasn't too thrilled about playing by herself today, which is unusual.  She cooed at me to get my attention, and I'd smile at her.  She's jabber, and I'd talk to her.  It wasn't enough, so I got down on the floor with her.

A few boops on her nose and some tickles had her smiling widely.  I wasn't really in the mood for playing, and it must have showed. I fake laughed at Aislinn, and she rewarded me with a belly laugh.  Her laughter is impossible to resist, and I laughed at her amusement.  Pretty quickly, we were laughing together and feeling pretty happy.

There's a big difference between faking and being happy.  In the long term, faking doesn't work, but it can get us from one minute to the next when we really can be happy.  We just have to put in a little effort and be open to the possibility of happiness.

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