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If you serve up a smile to people, they usually bounce it back. Hit them with a snarl and watch them scowl instead.

You can use the infectious effects of a grin to jump-start an optimistic outlook in yourself by sending others what you want them to lob back at you. A kind word to the man behind the deli counter can get your day bouncing in the right direction.

Lise Funderburg, O, The Oprah Magazine contributor
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