It’s a pretty safe bet that none of us ever met Hitetsu Watanabe, but maybe we would have all been better off if we had. The man the Guinness Book Of World Records says was the oldest living man in the world died this past Sunday in northern Japan at the age of 112. Watanabe credited smiling every day for his longevity. He greeted officials from the Guinness Book with his oldest man award with a raised fist and a big smile just earlier this month. Watanabe who grew vegetables on his family’s farm after his retirement from Japanese government service, had gotten sick just a few days prior to his passing. Smiling is an art that too many of us take for granted, but one that can have a real impact on the people we encounter. Who knew it could be the secret to a long and happy life. I wrote last month about a study from Mayo clinic researchers that showed happiness is good for your health and can even reduce your risk of a heart attack. The weather may be less than ideal outside but maybe this would be a good day to smile at someone or find something that you can be happy about. That’s the way I see it.