Although I was a very cheerful person in my teens, circumstances made me dead serious. It's not that I didn't laugh anymore, but on the whole, I had a serious disposition towards life. I really didn't fathom the seriousness of my seriousness until I realised I was aging faster (much faster) than my peers. That's when I decided to take up this funny exercise. Since last one week I'm making a deliberate effort to smile (for no reason whatsoever) whenever I can. Here are my findings: 1) My entire outlook towards life has changed. I see humor in most incidents. 2) My appetite has returned and I'm putting on weight (It's no wonder that it's difficult to find thin happy people). 3) I laugh easily at jokes. 4) Simple things my son does make me laugh and smile. 5) I feel healthier and optimistic. We all are born to be happy and merry. Just look at kids. How happy and playful they are. One of the most valuable lesson my son taught me is to be happy all the time. And we parents/society turn them into serious beings by instilling false beliefs, fear etc. I believe the biggest gift a parent can give to his child is to nurture and preserve his sense of humor so that it becomes a vital part of his life. For those who have forgotten to be happy, just try my exercise and see the difference.