Like a Monkey with a New Banana

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If I told you I had a secret that would make people talk to you, make them like you, make them warm to you.  It would make you sexier, help you live longer and  it would make customers want to come back for more.  Of course, you would like that. Wouldn't you? Who wouldn't?  Well, everyone can do it but unfortunately, despite the fact that it is free and there is no secret (sorry), not everyone bothers.  

The power of a smile.  It's such an amazing thing yet it doesn't cost a penny.   Check out the video of Ron Gutman on The Hidden Power of Smiling.  It's an oldie Tedtalk but it's a good'n.

I was thinking about it on the way home from Wymondham on Monday.  What started as a solo visit to town to do a little research surprisingly turned out to be quite a social day.  The sun was shining, it was warm, I had no where to be and had the whole afternoon to wander around.

Everywhere I went I stopped and chatted to people.  In the coffee shop, at the bus stop in the pub, in the tourist centre, by the old abbey.  

I wanted to go to the Mad Hatters Tea Shop for a break.  It sounded delightful and many of their customers must also have thought so to as the teashop was so full that there was no space for me to sit.  

The person who worked there apologised but I said I might stop by later.  Unfortunately I didn't return there. I let my need for coffee overcome my patience and I popped into a little coffee shop further into town.  There was plenty of space, it was quaint and the food looked nice.  However, it seemed that smiles were being charged for, and I hadn't paid yet.

I went to the person at the counter, no smile.  I was brought my order, no smile, crockery was taken away, no smile, I paid, no smile.   I left.  The place felt like any atmosphere had, long ago, been sucked right out of the room.  Do you know which little coffee shop I will be going to go visit the next time I happen to pass through?  

No, I don't know either, but I do know that it won't be that one. 

Smile : )

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