A friend of mine returned from India, where he saw many people with “smiling eyes” despite the abject poverty and poor living conditions. Conversely, he says many people in the United States have what he describes as “dead” eyes.

Another friend claims many of his wealthier acquaintances don’t seem to be very happy. He feels glad he has followed his heart instead of seizing the various opportunities presented to him that might have increased his wealth but would have compromised his personal integrity and path to happiness.

Most people desire happiness, health and “enough” money. They want to feel safe, to be noticed and to make a difference in the world. I have met people from many different backgrounds with a variety of philosophies. The ones who appear to be the most “successful” have loving families and are able to do the things they enjoy and have made positive contributions to society.

Most of them have a passion for life, enjoy getting up each day and look forward to the future. Most are active learners who like to read and enjoy talking to people. They believe in moderation, exercise, healthy eating, and treating others with respect.

One of my patients, a robust 90-year-old who looks 70, always stands straight, displays a quick mind, dances regularly, and still drives a car. I asked him about his secret to longevity and he believes it includes keeping a positive attitude, having goals, getting regular exercise, eating well and choosing your doctors well.

He claims if you feel good or are improving, then you are in good hands. If not, then look for another doctor who can get you back on the right track. He believes in keeping your mind active. He stays busy, doesn’t watch much television, and likes going to his cabin in the high desert.

The happiest people I know are passionate individuals with an enthusiasm for living. With positive attitudes and sharp minds, they tend to actively pursue their goals and feel in control of their lives. They make things happen. They find life and people interesting.

Loving friends and/or families play a big part in their life. They are interested in others and try to learn from everyone. These generous souls work at making this a better world.

Do you have smiling eyes?  Are you helping others to have smiling eyes?


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Sheila Yonemoto, P.T., has been a physical therapist for over 30 years, specializing in Integrative Manual Therapy utilizing a holistic approach. She can be reached at Yonemoto Physical Therapy, 55 S. Raymond Ave., Suite 100, Alhambra, CA  91801. Call (626) 576-0591 for a free consultation and free insurance verification, or visit www.yonemoto.com for more information.

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