Enthusiasm Smile Diet Quiz
with Enthusiasm: How the 21-Day Smile Diet Can Change Your Life
answer that sounds most like you. Score yourself at the end of the
1. How often do you find yourself smiling during the day?
to smile for? The worldís such a mess. Besides, I heard it
takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. I hate exercise so
the more muscles I can use without effort, the better.
exactly five oíclock p.m. every Monday through Friday and
twice on the 2nd and 4th Fridays when I
get my paycheck.
never thought about it. Maybe 10-20 times a day. But I hardly
ever show my teeth because theyíre not perfect and I
canít afford to get them fixed.
My life is
a smile! I hunt for smiles. Everywhere I look thereís
something to smile about no matter whatís going on in my
Do you wake up with a
smile on your face?
No, but my
wakes up in park. I need all the help I can get.
Once in a
while if Iíve had a good dream or Iím excited about
something Iím doing that day.
dah day! As soon as Iím aware Iím awake, I choose to smile
as big as I can, take a deep breath, and say a prayer,
ďThank you for another day.Ē
3. Would you like
more energy to get more done?
Is this a
how much exercise I have to do.
If itís fun, count me in.
Always. I keep a running list of 50
energy-building tips that help me get things done faster and
with more fun.
4. How easy is it
for you to get other people to buy in to your ideas?
just say that I graduated last in my class on purpose so that
everyone else could get ahead.
call me Attila the Hun.
a money magnet. If Iím excited about what Iím talking
about, people throw money at me.
I finally figured out that my enthusiasm is in direct
proportion to how excited I am about what I'm selling, and how
much I'm helping someone who needs what I have to see the
benefits of what I offer.
5. How would you rate
your health over the last twelve months?
Prozac, Mylanta, and Advil, Iím doing great.
A few aches and pains, maybe one cold,
and a few headaches depending on the moods of my boss,
co-worker, or child.
Since Iíve had cancer, my whole
definition of healthy has changed. How am I? Alive, smiling,
and grateful Ė thatís healthy to me.
Since I started eating smaller portions
with more green veggies, doing some kind of movement every
day, and upping my fun factor, Iím healthier than Iíve
DAY 6. Do you have enough fun and joy in
Please, send in the clownsÖ
Can you help me put the fun back in
I am the life of my party. And life is
the party I make.
Now I do. I read this great book Ė
Living with Enthusiasm: How the 21-Day Smile Diet Can Change
Your Life Ė that showed me fun isn't a
four-letter word and that when you combine fun with meaning
and contribution, the result is joy.
DAY 7. How connected do you feel to the
people in your life?
Like totally! I love my cell phone.
Does the internet count?
My family drives me crazy but I
wouldnít trade them for a million dollarsÖat least this
week. Just kidding. I love them to death and theyíll be the
death of me. Did I just say that?
My mother taught me that if I make sure
to smile and do something every day that would cause a family
member, friend, coworker and someone in our community to say
thank you, Iíd never feel alone. She was right.
DAY 8. How would you describe your energy
I wake up tired, go to bed tired. How do
I get off the treadmill?
After two cups of espresso and a sweet
roll, Iím good for about an hour and then I crash.
I make the energizer bunny look like a
When I pace myself, eat healthy foods,
and remember to take laugh breaks throughout the day, I can go
DAY 9. How many questions did you ask
yourself or others yesterday?
What does this question have to do with
One. In a restaurant. Whereís the
At least 100 before lunch. The only dumb
question is an unasked one.
I had a list of 20 for the doctor. I know
from researching Alzheimerís after my dad was diagnosed that
learning helps keep your brain healthy so I try to learn
something new every day.
DAY 10. How often do you point out to others whatís wrong
with things, people, or situations compared to what is
Pointing out whatís wrong and telling
people how to fix it is my full-time job.
Does the word Pollyanna mean anything to
There's a gift in everything if I'm
willing to look for it.
Life has its ups and downs. So do people.
I focus on what I can do. If I run into a problem, I donít
dwell on it. I trust that, with everyoneís help, we can find
DAY 11. When was last time you had a really good
belly laugh that brought tears to your eyes?
This is a ridiculous question. Whatís
I canít remember, maybe years.
Last month on Friends.
Just this morning! Good thing my legs
were crossed. I didn't wet my pants this time. Life is so
funny at times I canít help but laugh out loud by myself.
DAY 12. Do you have a hobby or activity that you love to
do and participate in daily?
Too busy. I donít have time for
anything but work and carting the kids around town.
Does a new boyfriend count?
I finally got my horse after waiting 35
years! Even mucking his stall makes me smile.
I love, love, LOVE the work I do matching
latch-key kids with temporary grandparents after school at my
community Senior Center.
DAY 13. What drives your
With three active kids, I couldn't live without it.
I'll turn anything into an excuse to have a good time.
like, "Am I in the driver's seat of my life?"
needs all the good that we can do and I'll do what I can to
offer hope and encouragement wherever I can.
DAY 14. How often do you hear yourself
say, ďWow,Ē ďThatís amazing,Ē or ďOhhh, that's so
Not often enough.
Whenever Iím chasing tornadoes or
passing a car accident. There but for the grace of God, go I.
Every time I look in the mirror.
Every day there are at least ten billion
things Ė a sunrise, a childís laugh, the bud of a rose, my
DAY 15. God comes to you and says,
"It's your lucky day. I need a vacation. I've chosen you to
fill in for me today to run the world. You've got 30 seconds to
decide what four things to bring with you. What will you
Can you reschedule your plans until next
week? Iíve got a big charity event coming up this weekend
and they canít do it without me.
My family, my photo album, my cell phone, and a
hot dish for Godís freezer so She doesnít have to cook the
night she gets back.
My cat, my jewelry, a bottle of wine, and
My enthusiasm, my love, my creativity and
my health. If God needs a vacation, Iíll need the best of
DAY 16. Your manager has just notified you that your job is
being phased out in 30 days and thereís no opportunity for a
transfer. What do you tell yourself?
I knew this would happen. If it werenít
for bad luck, Iíd have no luck at all.
If this company were run by anyone who
knew what they were doing, this would have never happened.
Iím calling my attorney.
Great! I need a vacation.
I wish this hadnít happened, but I know
thereís a gift in here somewhere. At least I have 30 days to
prepare. Iíll update my resume this coming week and send it
out to my email list next week.
DAY 17. Where
is your favorite place in nature to rejuvenate yourself?
Does the electric Zen mini bubbling brook
on my desk count?
My garden or walking along the river with
my dog on Saturday mornings.
Watching the full moon rise from the
cockpit of my sailboat.
An ocean boardwalk, park bike path, or
wherever thereís fresh air and I can roll my wheelchair
makes me a happy camper.
DAY 18. What dream or goal are you most excited about making
happen this coming year?
Why bother? Nothing ever turns out the
way I wanted anyway.
Iíll have to let you know. I have to
check with my husband first.
I need help. How do I choose the best
one? There are so many good ones!
I have two. One just for me and one with
my family. Iím taking an Italian cooking class at the local
community college with two friends Ė weíre going to open a
restaurant in three years. The other dream is organizing a
family reunion for my family this summer.
DAY 19. How many people are you avoiding or not speaking to
because of an unpleasant past experience with them?
My lawyer said to plead the fifth.
My therapist says, ďIf you have to ask
the answer is Ďyes.íĒ
None. I hate conflict and confrontation
so I make sure I never get that close to anyone or I just roll
with whatever comes up.
None. I canít control the past but I
can control my thinking. When I encounter uncomfortable
situations, I either deal with them directly or address them
within 24 hours and keep working on forgiving. Itís a daily
process but the peace of mind is worth it.
DAY 20. How many friends do you have that
you would feel comfortable calling at 3 a.m. in the morning if you
needed emotional support?
Does my psychiatrist count?
I wouldnít feel comfortable calling
friends at that hour of the night. Iíd just suffer through
Is this similar to, ďHow many friends
does it take to screw in a light bulb? Five, because if you
burn out one, you still have four left.
I got smart. Iím in a womenís support
group that gets together or talks on the phone for an hour
once a week, so Iíd say seven.
DAY 21. What do you say when someone
Are you kidding?
Donít thank me. Thank my team.
Thank you for noticing. Is there anything
SCORING: After each day, list the letter that
you chose for your response (a, b, c, d).
Day 1 ______
Day 8 ______
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How to Understand Your Score
Perhaps you've noticed that with each
question you answered, the "a"
and "b" responses had a touch (or more) of cynicism, low
self-worth, or low expectations for joy.
The "c" answers
showed a healthier sense of humor, community, and effort to create
more enthusiasm, but still didn't always fully embrace the unlimited
abundance available to us all.
The "d" answers range
from ideally balanced and joyful to off-the-chart (and for the cynics
among us, unrealistically and
It's a helpful idea to remember that you
experience a range of moods throughout the day and that whatever
surprises show up, you have the opportunity to choose your
I'm not suggesting denial in difficult situations, but I
do know that once you've acknowledged the situation, the sooner
you look for something to be enthusiastic about, the better you
will feel and the more you'll be able to move into positive
Notice how many "a" and
"b" answers you had and pay special attention to those
days as you're reading Living with Enthusiasm. Be sure to
do the action steps and answer the questions at the end of each of
these particular days. You'll strengthen your smile muscles and
increase your ability to splash in the stream of joy more often.
If you answered "c" and
"d" to most questions, congratulations. You're living
with enthusiasm and people look to you for inspiration. Read Living
with Enthusiasm in the early morning or at the end of the day
as a way to renew your spirit. Share extra copies with your
admirers and mentees to help them stay encouraged.
How to Apply Your Answers to Your Life
Review all 21 questions one more time and
notice which one question and set of answers sticks in your mind
or touches your heart. Read that day's message in the book and
spend the next 21 days focusing on that message as a gift to
yourself. For example: You really got a charge or an ache from Day 7's
question, "How connected do you feel to other people?"
because you realized that you stay in touch most often by cell
phone but don't spend more than 5 minutes in person with most
people. You could decide to spend 60 quality minutes once a week
with someone important to you, sharing 15 minute monologues about
what's going on in your lives, doing the 30-second laugh, and sharing
appreciations for each other. If you run out of things to say,
take a walk or do some activity together that involves something other
TV or going to a movie or talking about other people besides
yourselves -- give each other shoulder, hand, or foot
massages, or dance or sing to your favorite music.
Consciously Smile at 3 New People
Here's another example: Maybe you realized that you only smile at
people who smile at you. Set yourself a goal to smile at 3 new people
every day for the next three weeks. Write down their names at the
end of the day in your journal and a few sentences about how they
responded and how that made you feel. At the end of 21 days, I guarantee
you that you'll feel more connected to people and that there will
be at least a few miracles that will have taken place.
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