Tag: Smiles

Offering a Simple Smile


When I first started working out at our fitness facility, I focused on my mission—getting in, doing my stuff and getting out. I’ve never been crazy about fitness, but as I’ve gotten older, I now realize that if I want to maintain my health and mobility, I’ve got to do it.

I also began to understand that the time I spent at the fitness center would be much more pleasant if I “got outside myself” and realized that other people, for their own reasons, were there with me. And then I remembered my Uncle Al who was a fan of exercise, and he was always friendly to everyone, even if they didn’t reciprocate. He had a sweet demeanor and always greeted people with enthusiasm and kindness.

Curmudgeonly Doctors Get a Bad Rap


If you want a doctor who has an excellent bedside manner, don’t go to my doctor. I know two women who are aghast that he’s my doctor, yet I’ve been going to him for about 10 years. And I wouldn’t go to anyone else.

Now I can explain why these women don’t like Dr. G. He’s business-like and rarely makes small talk. He wants to know exactly why you’re visiting him, and if you’re there to make small talk, he’s not usually interested.

Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella


All kinds of people visit our gym in this community. Some are very friendly and we kid around and harass each other. And there are those who are shy and distant, rarely making eye contact. But I feel connected to them, too, since we are all older people on a mission to stay healthy.