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Smiles Davis Blog
Monday, November 29th, 2021

Where Happy Begins

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Remember when you were a kid and you would take that special trip to McDonalds where your Mom or Dad would say "Do you want a Happy Meal?" Remember the excitement and spontaneous joy you felt when you knew a Happy Meal was on the way? I do. My eyes would light up, and my smile would look like the Grinch who stole Christmas - ear to ear. I get that same feeling today for Happy Hour when I get a group of friends together I haven't seen in a while, or when that special someone joins me.

My guess is the word "happy" triggers a flood of endorphins that tells my body - something good is going to happen. I'm sure it started and developed as a kid with the Happy Meal and Star Wars caricatures or figurines (waiting for Baby Yoga here...), but I'm glad it carried over into adulthood. The feeling is great.

While I understand the health concern of some...particularly with the focus being on the current Covid-19 issue...the same premise of "a prize" holds true for numerous products; especially cereal. The question then becomes if you were to put a prize in a box with chicken and broccoli and call it Happy, would kids still bite? My guess is whether it's a burger or turkey burger, kids are still going to want it. Everything is better when there's a prize involved, right?

So, I say keep the Happy Meal, and just have it in moderation. Parents take the extra effort and time of preparing a meal for your kids. They are after all your greatest investment. Much like Happy Hour today, when there is a prize (e.g. value food & drink) as a bonus; you're bound to get excited; just do so in moderation.

Happy Meals are like Happy Hour for kids. Just be safe when you go out there for it ;)

Smiles Davis

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

So why do we call it Happy "Hour" if it's more than an hour?

Now that we all may be able to enjoy Happy Hours again, one has to wonder why *do* they call it Happy Hour if it's more than an hour? Not that I am complaining!

I've done my share of happy hours, but one thing has bothered me about the terminology Happy "Hour." In the last few years more and more establishments are seeing the value in offering specials during off-peak days/hours. So if the industry has moved from what was once just an hour special, to a few hours or in some cases an entire day, why hasn't the designation Happy Hour been changed to reflect the true representation of the occasion? Some establishments have even reverted to multiple happy hours in a day - Reverse Happy Hour, Late Night Happy Hour, or After Hour Happy Hour have become commonplace these days.

I, for one, would like to change Happy Hour to just plain "Happy." Why even keep the hour portion when it's never an hour long anyway? Establishments could promote something like "We're Happy Mon-Fri from 3pm-7pm." For those offering multiple specials or daily deals, they could say "we're Happy at least two times per day Mon-Fri," maybe "we're Happy all day on Thursday," or "We're only Happy after 10pm." Have some fun with it - play around - put the "Happy" back in the event.

So if you own your own place, or work for "the man (or woman)," wouldn't it be great if you were happy for more than an hour? If you're a patron, why not suggest to the owner, manager, or bartender that they change their Happy Hour to something more depictive of the occasion; Happy Hour or just plain Happy? For me, I'd rather go somewhere that's Happy all day rather than just for an hour; wouldn't you? Take a stand, be happy every hour.

Enjoy your Holiday Break!

Smiles Davis

Friday, December 31st, 2021

Why aren't more people Happy?

Happy Friday!

This is a question that has plagued us since the beginning of time. Some say it's due to circumstance, while others say they can't control their emotions. Me, I say being happy is a choice; and the solution to staying happy can be summed up in just two words: laugh and smile.

We've all been around someone with a great sense of humor, right? The guy or gal that"s always good for a laugh. If you were perceptive, you noticed that while they were talking the others in the group were all smiling; without even knowing it. It's that short window of unconscious happiness that we all wish we could tap into at will. That surplus of positive energy that with the flip of a switch; can take someone from distress to happiness in the blink of an eye. Well, we all have it in us; and it's just a matter of finding it amongst all the other harmful emotions.

Now that Spring is around the corner, why not make a commitment to being Happy?

Granted, we all know the challenges being faced with Covid-19 (let alone the crazy weather)...BUT, why not take the steps to be happy every day? I consider myself the guru of happy. Every day I do one thing to both laugh and smile. Believe me, some days are tough, but I always make a conscious effort to laugh and smile sometime during the day. I call an old friend, watch a movie or TV program, read a joke, or look at a picture of a great trip, family memory, or activity I enjoy like traveling. Every day... I make a decision to do just two things in the chaos of work, family and "life" -- both laugh and smile.

So, I implore upon you the importance of being happy. Find time to laugh and smile today. It not only makes you feel better, but it"s infectious, and others around you feel the same way. Happiness has no boundaries, no limit, and only takes one to light the fuse. Light your "happy" fuse today.

Laugh and smile. Two simple words, which together, can change lives...starting with yours.

As a friend once told me, "smile it makes people wonder what you've been up to."

Happy New Year,

Smiles Davis
(Updated 2023)

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