Arriving in Petchaburi

Kid, dogs, food, Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand
Nothin wrong with kids & dogs. Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand.

by Mike & Nicole

This morning someone asked me if I was ok. I was fine, I just wasn’t smiling. Stoic, you know, to show I wasn’t taking their culture for granted, not treating it like an amusement park. (read more)

Comments (10)

  1. Nicole

    I LOVE the image of you trying to force yourself to smile at the bird on the cow. I actually think our post is one of your most profound ever. The description of the old woman smiling was amazing, and the realization of how simple it is to change a tense or stoic exchange into a joyful one is so vital to interpersonal communication, international relations, and mental health. YAY Mike!

    1. Mike (Post author)

      Well thank you, Nicole! It is our profound post, yours and mine, and I changed the authorship accordingly.

      It’s actually about 5 different topics that could all be addressed individually, but they all kinda piled on in one outing. Such is the density of experience on the road.

      I’m noticing the nice mental health effects of the smiling thing – it’s so fun! Don’t know why I didn’t try it earlier, it feels so good!

  2. Nicole

    And By “our” post, I actually meant “your.” Heh. OK, I was subconsciously trying to take credit.

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  4. susan goldstein

    Wow. That is a life changing insight and awareness, Mike.

    I saw a bumper sticker today that said “Wag more, bark less”. Yes.

    On another note, two recent findings by neurologists:
    (1) Women who have botox (forehead) feel angry less often.
    (2) When unhappy people smile, they feel happier.

    The brain and body are connected, and deeply communicate with each other.

  5. Kim

    Love it Mike, and Susan… we have that bumper sticker too! I agree, smiling is so powerful, throughout all of our travels I think smiles have gotten us farther than any amount of money ever could :).

  6. Arnie

    Try winking. I find some interesting reactions.

  7. Ed Book

    Thank you for your smile, I’ll pass it on…


    1. Mike (Post author)

      Ed – You don’t even have to link back to me!

      Dad – I tried it at customs in Indonesia. Expect a phone call.

      Nicole – This post couldn’t have happened without you!

      Kim & Adam – You guys connect with the most random people all over. Maybe it’s because they think you’re Jewish?

      Mom – I’ve read those things too – apparently just the act of using those smile muscles can accomplish the effects of actually smiling. Amazing.

  8. Nicole

    Thanks for the credit Mike :) I am excited to hear how this awareness adds to your travel experience this year.


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