Hi guys. To my Muslim brothers and sisters, Ramadan Kareem. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed a sudden feeling of sadness in the air? Everywhere I go these days feels like there’s a dark cloud hovering above me. It’s almost like the dementors have abandoned their guarding duties at Azkaban and have instead shifted base to Kenya. Speaking of Harry Potter, there’s a new installment coming out this July in the form of a play titled “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. I am really excited about it as I can’t wait to see what happened to the Potterverse characters and their various offspring. (Spoiler alert, Harry Potter’s son may join Slytherin. AWESOME!) I was also sorted into Slytherin so it’ll be cool seeing the next generation of Potters wearing the same green jersey as me. You can also get sorted by visiting https://www.pottermore.com and beginning your sorting process. Also, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits the big screen this November – on the 18th to be precise – so am real psyched to see how Newt Scamander came across all those marvelous creatures. The synopsis of the movie states that this movie could have more than just chasing after magical creatures and could actually offer an allegory to real life discrimination and human conflict so it seems like a real keeper. Oh, and the movie marks J.K Rowlings screenwriting debut! Excited shriek! Don’t worry, I just needed an excuse to rant about the fictional world of Harry Potter.

Back to the issue at hand. It seems like we are all in a bad mood nowadays. The economy isn’t looking so positive, there’s no money, the threat of Al Shabaab looms large, banks are collapsing at almost the same rate as buildings being constructed, Donald Trump may be elected the next president of the United States and the national coffers seem to be growing even thinner due to the efforts of a few unscrupulous individuals who have been entitled with the responsibility of leading us. Leading voices are being assassinated, scandals of all manners are exposing the moral decay of the Kenyan society and residents of University Way have been accustomed to a weekly holiday as a result of T.G.M (Tear Gas Monday). And Batman v Superman was a monumental disappointment so that also really pulled down our spirits.

However, I’m not here to offer a solution to these problems. Instead, I want us to focus on something else. I want us to smile. I know some of us have browning teeth – yours truly included – but that should not prevent anyone from smiling.

Some may ask why we should smile. Nothing seems right so smiling is not ideal for the moment. Well, I just came across an article that states that, among other benefits, smiling makes one more attractive. Yes, you read that right. So if you are into all things beauty – or are searching for that special somebody – smile more. Smiling also lowers stress and anxiety and strengthens one’s immune system as shown by a study that found that hospitalized children who were visited by puppeteers and story-tellers who made them smile and laugh had higher white blood cells counts than those who weren’t visited. I am not comparing you to children but I think you get the gist of my argument.

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