how to get happy

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how to get happy*
brian vanderlip

‘found poem’ from a McDonald’s Restaurant place-mat

1
Here’s your start, hold your
thumb and first finger about
4 1/2 centimeter apart.

2
Bring thumb
and finger up so that they fit the
outside edges of your mouth.

3
Push.
Keep mouth in that position
and remove fingers.

4
Using
cheek muscles, make the tops
of your cheeks go up.

5
Wrinkle
your nose
and hold it that way.

6
Squint with your eyes

7
Move lips enough to say the
words ‘weasles eat cheese,’
quietly several times.

8
Now, keeping face in that
position, look up at the people
at the tables around you.
When they see your face, they
will smile or even laugh.

9
Laugh with them. You are happy.


*from What Happens to Memory , The Netherlandic Press, Canada, 1989

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