By Robin Weaver
What ”always” makes people smile? Muscles.
If you’ve read any of my blogs, I’m sure you aren’t the least surprised I didn’t say babies, kittens, pizza, or puppies—although those things do make my chipmunk cheeks do the happy squirrel dance.
I’m also sure you’ve heard the saying: It takes 43 muscles to frown and only17 to smile. That’s not exactly correct though. Some researchers say 19 muscles are required for the Cheshire Cat imitation while others insist it may take 26 muscles for that demur little smile. Seems like the Brainaic Brigade should be able to figure it out, right? I mean we understand anatomy, so why can’t the experts agree?
So for you writers out there, maybe we shouldn’t be perfecting our pitches for editors and agents. Maybe we should be perfecting our smiles. Add a smile to any human situation, and you make things better.